John Jairo Tréllez

John Jairo Tréllez Valencia (American Spanish: [ɟʝoŋ ˈxajɾo ˈtɾeʝes];[a] born 29 April 1968 in Turbo) is a retired Colombian footballer. A striker, he played most of his career with Atlético Nacional of Medellín. He has a son, also a striker, Santiago Tréllez.

John Jairo Tréllez
Personal information
Full name John Jairo Trellez Valencia
Date of birth (1968-04-29) April 29, 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth Turbo, Colombia
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 Atlético Nacional
1989–1991 FC Zürich 33 (12)
1991–1994 Atlético Nacional
1994 Boca Juniors 16 (3)
1995–1996 EC Juventude 86 (18)
1997–1998 Al-Hilal
1999 Dallas Burn 17 (3)
2001–2004 Zhejiang Greentown
2005–2006 Bajo Cauca
National team
1989–1994 Colombia 24 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Tréllez was born in Turbo, Antioquia, and started playing for Atlético Nacional in 1985. He scored his first goal as professional the same day the debuted against Cúcuta Deportivo. With Atlético Nacional Tréllez scored a total of 116 goals, 14 of which were against Independiente Medellín, Atlético Nacional's eternal rivals. In 1992, he became the top goal scorer in Colombia with 25 goals, becoming the first Colombian to become the league's goal scorer for Atlético Nacional. In 1994, Tréllez became the first Colombian to ever play for Boca Juniors of Argentina, where he scored two goals in 19 games, in all competitions.

At the international level, Tréllez also played two seasons for FC Zürich and then played in the United States for the Dallas Burn.


  • Colombian Championship winner with Atlético Nacional (1991)
  • Copa Libertadores Championship winner with Atlético Nacional (1989)


  1. ^ In isolation, John is pronounced [ɟʝon].

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