Julio Dely Valdés
|Full name||Julio César Dely Valdés|
|Date of birth||March 12, 1967|
|Place of birth||Colón, Panama|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.
Nicknamed Panagol, 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.
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. He represented his country in 27 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and was a member of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup team, who finished second in the tournament, losing the final against USA in the penalty shootout. He also played at the 2001 and 2003 UNCAF Nations Cups.
Both he and his twin brother announced their international retirement in November 2004, 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.
- Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
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. 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. 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.
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Julio César Dely Valdés: El mejor futbolista de Panamá - Somos Lasele (Spanish)
- Panama - Record International Players - RSSSF
- Julio Dely Valdés – FIFA competition record
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details - RSSSF
- Qualifying Tournament fothe r Gold Cup 2001 - Details - RSSSF
- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2001 - Details - RSSSF
- Los gemelos Dely Valdés anuncian su retirada - Nación (Spanish)
- Dely Valdés firma como nuevo seleccionador de Panamá - Marca (Spanish)
- Turner, Georgina (2013-03-27). "Football manager twins and sons versus dads in the dug-out". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
- Julio Dely Valdés, nuevo técnico del Árabe Unido de Panamá - Diario Diez (Spanish)
- Dely Valdés a Águila - La Prensa Gráfica (Spanish)