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Jorge Valdivia

Personal information
Full nameJorge Luis Valdivia Toro
Date of birthOctober 19, 1983(age 33)
Place of birthMaracay, Venezuela
Height1.73 m
Playing positionAttacking midfielder
Club information
Current clubPalmeiras

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Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro (born 19 October 1983) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Brazilian Série A club Palmeiras and the Chilean national team.

Valdivia's career began when he signed a professional contract with Colo-Colo, but for indiscipline problems, he was loaned to Universidad de Concepción, making his first-team debut in 2003 aged 20. Shortly after, Valdivia had a brief pass for Europe and then returned to Colo-Colo in 2005, devoting in the next season. He left his club Colo-Colo to sign for Palmeiras in 2006, where he remained for two seasons, clinching the Paulista championship in his final season with the club. In August 2008, it was announced that Valdivia would leave Palmeiras for the United Arab Emirates club Al Ain, signing a four-year contract with them on 8 August 2008. After the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he announced that he was to return to the Paulista club.

In international football, Valdivia made his Chile debut in 2004, at the age of 21. Because of his good performances in 2007, Valdivia was nominated for the Copa América of this year, shortly after protagonizated a scandal at the Concentración hotel in Puerto Ordaz with other teammates, being banned for 20 games by the ANFP. After his return to the national team, he was an undisputed starter in the squad of national coach Marcelo Bielsa, playing all games in the last part of the World Cup qualification and also the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Valdivia has one brother called Claudio, integral of the reality TV show Año 0 (Year 0) and is married with the Chilean model Daniela Ferreira, with whom he has two children: Agustina and Jorge Ignacio.

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