Jorge Dely Valdés
|Full name||Jorge Luis Dely Valdés|
|Date of birth||March 12, 1967|
|Place of birth||Colón, Panama, Panama|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Panama under-20 (manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Colon, Dely Valdés began his professional career in 1989 in Argentina with Deportivo Paraguayo of Argentina, where he scored 28 goals. A move to El Porvenir for the 1990 season did not prove successful, as a leg injury kept him out most of the season, and he moved to Nacional of Uruguay the next season, where he won the Uruguayan Championship in 1992. In the next year, he won the Chilean Cup championship with Unión Española.
Dely Valdés then moved to the Japan Football League, where he played with Toshiba. In his first season, 1993, he led the Japan Football scoring table with 20 goals, and improved that in 1994, again leading the league with 34. Delys Valdés was transferred to Cerezo Osaka for the 1995 season, and continued his dominance, scoring 19 goals. In the subsequent season he moved to Tosu Futures, where he scored 24 goals. For the 1998 season, Dely Valdés was signed by a Japan Football League club, Consadole Sapporo, looking to return to the first division; Jorge helped the team do just that, by scoring 40 goals in leading the team back. Dely Valdés remained with Sapporo in 1999, scoring 20 goals that season. He left them after the 1998 season.
Dely Valdés returned to CONCACAF following the 1999 J. League season to play in Major League Soccer for the Colorado Rapids. Dely Valdés continued his scoring rate in the 1999 MLS season, registering 10 goals and 6 assists in 32 games for the Rapids. He continued to score in 2000, registering another 7 goals and 1 assist in 20 games, 13 starts, for the Rapids.
Jorge was a very dangerous striker for the Panama national team for over a decade, playing 27 games with the team in the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cup Qualifying cycles. He made his debut in a May 1991 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Honduras and earned a total of 48 caps, scoring 19 goals. He represented his country at the 1995 and 2001 UNCAF Nations Cups.
In the Gold Cup of 2005, he scored two goals and led Panama to the final match against the United States.
On August 8, 2014, he took over as manager at Tauro in his native Panama, a position he held until leaving on December 30, 2014 to join his brother Julio at Águila in El Salvador. He returned to Tauro in May 2015, only to be replaced by Rolando Palma in October 2015.
As coach of U-20 Panama, he managed to write history for the country by helping the national team to win the first ever match in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, a 2–1 victory over Asian champions U-20 Saudi Arabia in 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup and qualified to the round of sixteen for the first time ever in Panamanian history of the U-20 World Cup.
|Panama national team|
- Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
- Panameño Jorge Dely Valdés abandonó el Consadole Sapporo Crítica (in Spanish)
- Rapids de Colorado contrataron anoche al panameño Jorge Dely Crítica (in Spanish)
- Alfredo Anderson jugará con el Omiya Ardija del Japón PanamaAmerica (in Spanish)
- Jorge Dely firma con el Frontale en Japón La Prensa (in Spanish)
- Jorge Dely Valdés – FIFA competition record
- Panama – Record International Players – RSSSF
- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2001 – Details Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine – RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 – Full Details Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine – RSSSF
- "Palma resigns, Jorge Dely Valdes new Tauro coach". 8 August 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- "Dely Valdes departs Tauro". 30 December 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- Dely Valdés a Águila La Prensa Gráfica (in Spanish)
- Tauro FC se encomienda a Jorge Dely Crítica (in Spanish)
- Jorge Dely Valdés sale del Tauro, Rolando Palma regresa – RPC (in Spanish)
- Jorge Luis Dely Valdes – International Goals