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Juan Carlos Valerón

Juan Carlos Valerón
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Valerón Santana
Date of birth (1975-06-17) 17 June 1975
Place of birth Arguineguín, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Las Palmas
Number 21
Youth career
1987–1990 Arguineguín
1990–1994 Las Palmas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Las Palmas B 25 (7)
1995–1997 Las Palmas 54 (5)
1997–1998 Mallorca 36 (3)
1998–2000 Atlético Madrid 65 (7)
2000–2013 Deportivo La Coruña 328 (24)
2013– Las Palmas 72 (3)
National team
1997–1998 Spain U21 4 (0)
1997 Spain U23 4 (0)
1998–2005 Spain 46 (5)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 21 October 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Juan Carlos Valerón Santana (born 17 June 1975) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for UD Las Palmas as an attacking midfielder.

He is known for his technical abilities, especially passing skills and ball control. He also had many injuries during his professional career.[1][2] Over the course of 15 seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 390 games and 29 goals, in representation of Mallorca, Atlético Madrid and Deportivo, spending 13 years with the latter club.

Valerón represented Spain in the 2002 World Cup and two European Championships, gaining 46 caps.

Contents

  • Club career 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Atlético Madrid / Deportivo 1.2
    • Return to Las Palmas 1.3
  • International career 2
    • International goals 2.1
  • Personal life 3
  • Appreciation 4
  • Statistics 5
    • Club 5.1
    • International 5.2
  • Honours 6
    • Club 6.1
    • Country 6.2
    • Individual 6.3
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Club career

Early years

Born in Arguineguín, Gran Canaria,[3] Valerón started playing with hometown's UD Las Palmas, but switched to the Balearic Islands in the 1997–98 season, representing RCD Mallorca and making his La Liga debut on 31 August 1997 by playing ten minutes in a 2–1 home win over Valencia CF.

He was an instrumental figure in the club's qualification for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, with the team also finishing fifth in the league and reaching the final of the Copa del Rey, lost to eventual champions FC Barcelona in a penalty shoot-out.

Atlético Madrid / Deportivo

In the next two years, Valerón played for Atlético Madrid where he was an undisputed starter but, following the side's relegation in 2000, he joined Deportivo de La Coruña, sharing club and position with equally talented Brazilian Djalminha. He gradually would become first-choice, signing an extended contract until 2010 to see off the remainder of his career with the Galicians in February 2004.[4][5]

In January 2006, however, Valerón started a bad run with injuries. He suffered a knee injury[6] which relapsed in July[7] and early 2007 (with him only managing two league appearances in the process), leading to another surgery.[8] Consequently he did not reappear until midway through the 2007–08 campaign.

On 27 January 2008, Valerón returned to the bench in Deportivo's 3–1 home win against Real Valladolid, replacing Andrés Guardado for the final 15 minutes – his first match for over a year. In 2008–09, aged 33, he eventually became an important first-team fixture again,[9] both on domestic and European fronts.[10]

36-year-old Valerón was an undisputed starter for Depor in the 2011–12 season, scoring a career-best five goals in nearly 3,000 minutes of action in Segunda División as his team returned to the top flight after one year out, as champions.[11]

Although he had a contract with Depor until 2015, he chose to leave the club after season 2012-13 ended.[12]

Return to Las Palmas

On 14 July 2013, following another Deportivo relegation, Valerón returned to his first club Las Palmas after 16 years, signing a 1+1 contract.[13] He continued to be an important first-team member during his tenure, achieving promotion to the top flight in 2015.[14][15]

In the 2015 shortly after Las Palmas promoted to Primera Division, Valerón renewed his contract with the Amarillos for a further year.[16] On 26 September 2015, he made his debut with Las Palmas in Primera Division against FC Barcelona. It was his first appearance in Primera since 847 days after June 2013[17] making him the fifth oldest La Liga player ever with age 40 years and 101 days.[18]

International career

A Spanish international since 18 November 1998 in a 2–2 friendly draw with Italy in Salerno,[19] Valerón appeared with the national side at UEFA Euro 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup (where he scored in a 3–1 win against Slovenia[20]) and Euro 2004, netting immediately after coming from the bench in a 1–0 victory over Russia in the latter competition.[21]

He made his last international appearance on 26 March 2005, a 3–0 win over China.[22]

International goals

[23]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2002 Gwangju World Cup, Gwangju, South Korea  Slovenia 2–0 3–1 2002 FIFA World Cup
2. 7 September 2002 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Athens, Greece  Greece 0–2 0–2 Euro 2004 qualifying
3. 11 October 2003 Hanrapetakan, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 0–1 0–4 Euro 2004 qualifying
4. 5 June 2004 Alfonso Pérez, Getafe, Spain  Andorra 4–0 4–0 Friendly
5. 12 June 2004 Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal  Russia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2004

Personal life

Valerón's older brother, Miguel Ángel, was also a footballer and a midfielder.[24] Having represented Las Palmas and Mallorca B, his career was also curtailed by injuries.[25] Later, Miguel Ángel, Juan Carlos, and their older brother, Pedro built a football club named Abrisajac which stands for names from Bible, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.[26]

He is known to have a close friendship with Manuel Pablo, also Canarian and his former teammate during his tenure in early Las Palmas and Deportivo who is he referred as more than a friend, like his brother.[27]

He is also well known for his devout to God but he admitted that he and his family do not follow any religions and practicing their own belief.[28]

Valerón has a nephew who is currently playing for Las Palmas junior team, Manu Valerón.[29]

Appreciation

Valerón is widely known as one of most respected player in Spain. Andres Iniesta testified that he would pay to watch Valerón plays,[17] Juan Antonio Anquela said that Valerón is a reference for Spanish football,[30] while Vicente del Bosque admitted that Valerón would always be fit for National Team.[31] His Las Palmas teammate, Javi Castellano once revealed that Valerón is a honest guy and never bragged.[32]

Miguel Angel Ramirez, Las Palmas president, said that Valerón will set a farewell tour during 2015-2016 campaign and say goodbye to all stadiums in Spain where he always gets applauses[33] even from his former teammate in National Team, Luis Enrique while he stepped on the pitch at Camp Nou.[34] Former Dutch international strikers, Roy Makaay and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink declared that Valerón is the best player they ever played with.[32]

Valerón is expected to retire by the end of 2015-2016 season but later he confirmed that his focus is still to help the club stay in Primera Division and conveyed that he had not thought about his retirement.[35]

Statistics

Club

As of 21 October 2015[36][37][38]
Club performance League Cup Super Cup Continental Total
Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa Europe Total
1994–95 Las Palmas B Tercera División 25 7 25 7
1995–96 Las Palmas Segunda División B 27 0 2 1 29 1
1996–97 Segunda División 27 2 7 0 34 2
1997–98 Mallorca La Liga 36 3 11 1 47 4
1998–99 Atlético Madrid 30 3 5 0 5 0 40 3
1999–00 35 4 6 0 6 0 47 4
2000–01 Deportivo La Coruña 31 4 2 0 0 0 8 0 41 4
2001–02 36 3 4 0 13 3 53 6
2002–03 23 2 1 0 2 1 5 0 31 3
2003–04 34 3 1 0 14 2 49 5
2004–05 38 1 1 0 8 0 47 1
2005–06 20 4 3 1 6 0 29 5
2006–07 2 0 1 0 3 0
2007–08 5 0 0 0 5 0
2008–09 22 0 3 0 12 1 37 1
2009–10 24 1 3 0 27 1
2010–11 21 0 5 0 26 0
2011–12 Segunda División 39 5 1 0 40 5
2012–13 La Liga 33 1 1 0 34 1
2013–14 Las Palmas Segunda División 45 3 1 0 46 3
2014–15 24 0 3 0 27 0
2015–16 La Liga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total Las Palmas B 25 7 25 7
Las Palmas 126 5 13 1 139 5
Mallorca 36 3 11 1 47 4
Atlético Madrid 65 7 11 0 11 0 87 7
Deportivo La Coruña 328 24 26 1 2 1 66 6 422 32
Career total 577 46 61 3 2 1 77 6 717 56

International

[23]
Spain
Year Apps Goals
1998 1 0
1999 6 0
2000 7 0
2001 4 0
2002 9 2
2003 10 1
2004 8 2
2005 1 0
Total 46 5

Honours

Club

Deportivo

Country

Spain U21

Individual

References

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  2. ^ "Jugadores de ayer y de hoy: Juan Carlos Valerón" [Players of yesterday and today: Juan Carlos Valerón] (in Spanish). RCDM. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Valerón, el hechicero de Arguineguín" [Valerón, the wizard of Arguineguín]. Vavel (in Spanish). 26 August 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
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  5. ^ "Depor"Valerón shows devotion to .  
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  7. ^ "Tottenham hit by King injury blow". UEFA.com. 30 July 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Crucial surgery nears for Valerón". UEFA.com. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Valerón thankful for new lease of life". UEFA.com. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  10. ^ through"Depor"Valerón fires . UEFA.com. 26 July 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
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  12. ^ "Valeron announces Depor exit | Football Espana". www.football-espana.net. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
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External links

  • Deportivo official profile (Spanish)
  • Juan Carlos Valerón profile at BDFutbol
  • National team data
  • Juan Carlos Valerón at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Juan Carlos Valerón – FIFA competition record
  • Juan Carlos Valerón profile at Soccerway
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