Julio Dely Valdés

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Julio Dely Valdés
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Personal information
Full name Julio César Dely Valdés
Date of birth (1967-03-12) March 12, 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth Colón, Panama
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Águila (Manager)
Youth career
1975–1987 Atlético Colón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Deportivo Paraguayo 33 (28)
1989–1993 Nacional 89 (46)
1993–1995 Cagliari 64 (21)
1995–1997 Paris Saint-Germain 64 (23)
1997–2000 Real Oviedo 103 (39)
2000–2003 Málaga 104 (38)
2003 Nacional 15 (8)
2004–2006 Árabe Unido 0 (0)
Total 472 (203)
National team
1991–2005 Panama 44 (18)
Teams managed
2006 Panama
2006 Panama U-17
2007 Panama U-20
2007–2009 Malaga (assistant)
2010–2013 Panama
2014 Árabe Unido
2015 Águila
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Julio César Dely Valdés (born March 12, 1967) is a Panamanian former footballer who played as a striker. He is a twin brother of Jorge Dely Valdés and younger brother of Armando Dely Valdés.

Club career[edit]

Born in Colón, Dely Valdés began his professional career in 1987 in Argentina with Deportivo Paraguayo of Argentina (after trying up to get in the Argentinos Juniors' Squad), where he scored 28 goals. He then moved to Club Nacional de Football in Uruguay, where he scored more than 100 goals and won the Uruguayan Championship in 1992.

In Europe, he played for Cagliari in Serie A and Paris Saint-Germain alongside Brazilian players like Raí and Leonardo in the French Premiére Division.

Nicknamed Panagol,[1] he then played in Spain's Primera División with Real Oviedo for three seasons and with Málaga for another three,where he became the most prolific goal scorer in Málaga's history in Primera División, before returning to Nacional.

He finished out his career in 2006 after playing two seasons with Panamanian club Arabe Unido.

International career[edit]

Dely Valdés made his debut for Panama in a May 1991 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Honduras and earned a total of 44 caps, scoring 18 goals.[2] He represented his country in 27 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[3] and was a member of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup team, who finished second in the tournament,[4] losing the final against USA in the penalty shootout. He also played at the 2001[5] and 2003 UNCAF Nations Cups.[6]

Both he and his twin brother announced their international retirement in November 2004,[7] but they both returned for a final Gold Cup tournament and World Cup qualification matches in 2005. His final international was an October 2005 FIFA World Cup qualification match against the United States, just as his twin brother Jorge.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 May 1991 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Honduras 1–0 2–0 1991 UNCAF Nations Cup
2 2 June 1996 MCC Grounds, Belize City, Belize  Belize 2–1 2–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 9 June 1996 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Belize 1–0 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 9 June 1996 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Belize 2–0 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 9 June 1996 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Belize 3–1 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 19 March 2000 Estadio Cacique Diriangén, Diriamba, Nicaragua  Nicaragua 2–0 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 2 April 2000 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Honduras 1–0 1–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 21 May 2000 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Nicaragua 1–0 4–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 23 May 2001 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Honduras 2–1 2–1 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
10 30 May 2001 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Costa Rica 1–1 1–2 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
11 28 April 2004 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Bermuda 2–1 4–1 Friendly match
12 1 May 2004 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Guatemala 1–0 2–1 Friendly match
13 1 May 2004 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Guatemala 2–0 2–1 Friendly match
14 13 June 2004 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Saint Lucia 1–0 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 20 June 2004 George Odlum Stadium, Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia  Saint Lucia 2–0 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
16 23 July 2004 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Guatemala 1–1 1–1 Friendly match
17 18 August 2004 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1–1 1–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
18 4 September 2004 National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica  Jamaica 2–1 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification

Managerial career[edit]

Dely Valdés became a coach after his playing career ended. He signed with his former team, Málaga, as an assistant manager for head coach Antonio Tapia. He left the club on June 16, 2010, after the arrival of new Qatari owner Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani. The entire team and staff was rebuilt, and Dely Valdés did not have a contract.

On September 14, 2010, Dely Valdés became head coach of the Panama national football team.[8] He became coach after FEPAFUT chose him over the Colombian Luis Fernando Suarez. He had a contract for 10 months to coach the national team for the Copa Centroamericana and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The contract had an option to be extended to include the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He appointed twin brother Jorge as his assistant.[9] They led Panama to the final round of World Cup qualifying, but ultimately fell short. After failing to qualify for the World Cup, the Dely Valdés brothers did not continue managing Panama.

Julio was put in charge at Árabe Unido in August 2014[10] and was announced as the manager at Águila in El Salvador on December 31, 2014.[11]

Honours[edit]

Nacional
Paris Saint-Germain
Malaga

References[edit]

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