Julio Valentín González
|Full name||Julio Valentín Ferreira González|
|Date of birth||26 August 1981|
|Place of birth||Asunción, Paraguay|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2002||→ Huracán (loan)||10||(1)|
|2003–2004||→ Tacuary (loan)||15||(6)|
|2004||→ Nacional Asunción (loan)||12||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
|Olympic medal record|
|2004 Athens||Team Competition|
González, the topscorer for Serie B club Vicenza as of December 2005, was due to represent his country in the upcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. However, on 22 December 2005, he was involved in a terrible car accident as he was going to Venice airport in order to take a flight over the holidays. After a long hospitalization, on 17 January 2006, González finally suffered the amputation of his left arm. The event was an important news item, and he immediately enjoyed the support of the whole sports world, including a visit from Alex Zanardi.
González then underwent a long period of rehabilitation, always considering a comeback to active football. The player, who was confirmed under contract with Vicenza for the 2006–07 season despite his inability was then awarded the Giacinto Facchetti Prize by Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
On July 2007, González returned to Paraguay and started training with club Tacuary, where his younger brother (Celso) plays. A few days later, he confirmed in an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport he will also serve as local scout for his former team Vicenza.
González finally managed to make his comeback on 18 November 2007, playing for Tacuary in a Paraguayan First Division match against South American giants Olimpia Asunción. He played for 57 minutes. The news gained massive media exposure in Italy as well. In 2008, González went to play for Presidente Hayes.
- TUTTO MERCATO WEB - Gonzalez l'indomabile, punta ai mondiali del 2010
- VICENZA CALCIO - Sito ufficiale / Official Website Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Il "Facchetti" a Donadoni. Succede a Francesco Totti" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
- "Julio Gonzalez torna in campo" (in Italian). Excite Italia. 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
- Una lucha a brazo partido (in Spanish)
- "Julio González juega en Hayes" (in Spanish)
- "Julio González Inter Milan Academy" Archived 9 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Julio Valentín González at National-Football-Teams.com
|La Gazzetta dello Sport's Facchetti Award