Renny Vega

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Renny Vega
Personal information
Full name Renny Vicente Vega Hernández
Date of birth (1979-07-04) 4 July 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Maracay, Venezuela
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1997–1998 Udinese
1998–1999 Nacional Táchira
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Italchacao 134 (1)
2003–2004 Deportivo Táchira 19 (0)
2004–2005 Caracas 17 (0)
2005–2006 Aragua 21 (0)
2006–2007 Carabobo 29 (0)
2007–2008 Bursaspor 25 (0)
2008 Denizlispor 4 (0)
2009–2013 Caracas 116 (0)
2012 Colo-Colo (loan) 15 (0)
2013–2015 Deportivo La Guaira 57 (0)
2015–2016 União da Madeira 2 (0)
2016 Deportivo Anzoátegui 32 (0)
2017- Zulia 13 (0)
National team
1999 Venezuela U20 4 (0)
1999–2013 Venezuela 66 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 January 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2012

Renny Vicente Vega Hernández (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈreni ˈβeɣa erˈnandeθ], born 4 July 1979) is a Venezuelan footballer who plays as a goalkeeper.

He has played with the Venezuela national team for more than ten years, with his most successful moment being when he was a member of the historic 2011 Copa América squad that reached 4th place. His performances as goalkeeper under the leadership of coach Richard Páez, and currently César Farías, for the national team make him an important player in Venezuelan football's emergent recent history.

Club career[edit]

Venezuela and Europe[edit]

In 1997, Vega traveled to Italy to play in the youth ranks of Udinese. However, he returned to Venezuela in 1998, joining Nacional Táchira, a first division club of his country. After two years with Nacional, Vega returned to Udinese remaining at the club for one year. He then returned to Venezuela and played for various First Division clubs, including Caracas.

In 2006, he was signed by Carabobo, playing 29 games in the club. In 2007, because of his good performances with the national team and his club, he was transferred to Turkish club Bursaspor, being this his second adventure in the old continent. He established himself as the Turkish club's top keeper and appeared in 22 league matches. After his spell at Bursaspor, he joined to Denizlispor, playing only one friendly game for the club.

In January 2009, after his bad spell at Denizlispor, Vega returned to Venezuela, joining Caracas, the most successful team of his country. With Caracas he played both the Copa Libertadores and the local tournament. He had a successful semester at Caracas, winning the Venezuelan league title and also the cup title. In 2010, his team again qualified to the Copa Libertadores but had a poor Cup run, finishing last place in the group with 2 points. Although, since Caracas won the league title again, his team once again qualified to the continental tournament in 2011.


On 13 February 2012, was reported that Primera División club Colo-Colo and Caracas reached an agreement in a US$100.000 fee for Vega on a long-season deal,[1][2] being appointed on 16 January during a press conference at Estadio Monumental.[3] However, because first-choice Francisco Prieto's well performances, Vega failed to play during championship first weeks, but following the resign of Ivo Basay (team's coach) and 5–0 thrash of rivals Universidad de Chile (where Prieto conceded those goals), he finally made his debut on 5 May against Unión San Felipe in a 1–0 home win.[4] After five-match unbeaten with him in goal and caretaker coach Luis Pérez since one-nil over San Felipe (between Torneo Apertura's regular phase and playoffs), on 24 June, he conceded four goals in rematch semifinal against Universidad de Chile,[5] after having won 2–0 in first leg at Macul, where Vega made a well game.[6]

International career[edit]

In 1998, he was named the best keeper of the Primera División youth ranks and one year later was listed in the Copa América 22–man squad of Venezuela national team by the Argentine coach José Omar Pastoriza. Vega made his international debut on 30 July 1999 against Brazil, in where his team lost 7–0, in a match that Ronaldinho realized a very well goal, who made an incredible dribbling that passed over the head of the centre back José Manuel Rey. Three seasons later, Renny was called–up by Richard Páez to the 2001 Copa América held in Colombia, not making an international appearance. In June 2007, was considered by Páez in an historic Copa América for his country, that was made at Venezuela.

Vega made his qualifiers debut in a 1–0 away win over Ecuador at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito, being that his most successful and important match in his career, losing then against the Argentine national team in the Estadio José Pachencho Romero with goals of the footballers of Barcelona, the centre back Gabriel Milito and the striker Lionel Messi, missing the following qualifier games against Bolivia and Colombia, in where was replaced by the keeper Leonardo Morales, returning in a 1–1 away draw with Uruguay at the Estadio Centenario of the capital Montevideo, in where received a header goal of Diego Lugano. On 12 October 2008, Vega made his most poor performance in the qualifiers against the Verdeamarelha conceding four goals in a 4–0 home win at the Estadio Polideportivo, receiving the same amount of goals in March of the next year against Argentina at Buenos Aires.

Prior to the 2011 Copa América held in Argentina, Renny played two of the three friendly matches leading up to the tournament. The first game was a 2–0 win over Guatemala and in the second match against Spain, Vega committed two mistakes that led his team to a 3–0 loss.

Vega played the full 90 minutes in the opening match of the Group B against Brazil. During the game against the Verdeamarelha, Vega stopped a series of goal attempts from stars like Neymar, Alexandre Pato and Robinho, and thanks to the crossbar and his performance, the game ended in a 0–0 draw.[7][8] After of the game, Vega said: "The big teams aren’t going to get an easy ride — they’ll have to scrap for everything in every game".

On 13 July 2011, in the last game of the group stage against Paraguay, Venezuela advance to the knockout stage for second time in its history, after drawing 3–3 in dramatic fashion. The game was being lost 3–1 in the 85th minute, but thanks to a goal from Miku in the 89th minute, the team looking for the equalizer in the 93rd minute, in which Vega went up for a corner and headed the ball assisting centre back Grenddy Perozo in scoring the equalizing goal.[9]

Career statistics[edit]


Club Season League Cup International Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Carabobo 2006–07 29 0 29 0
Total 29 0 29 0
Bursaspor 2007–08 22 0 0 0 22 0
Total 22 0 0 0 22 0
Denizlispor 2008–09 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0
Caracas 2008–09 8 0 9 0 17 0
2009–10 27 0 13 0 5 0 46 0
2010–11 31 0 1 0 6 0 38 0
2011–12 14 0 2 0 16 0
Total 80 0 14 0 22 0 116 0
Colo-Colo 2012 13 0 2 0 15 0
Total 13 0 2 0 15 0
Career total 145 0 16 0 22 0 183 0

National team[edit]

Venezuela national team
Year Apps Goals
1999 5 0
2001 4 0
2006 7 0
2007 12 0
2008 9 0
2009 9 0
2010 1 0
2011 12 0
2012 6 0
Total 65 0






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