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Julio Dely Valdés

Personal information
Date of birthMarch 12, 1967(age 50)
Place of birthColón, Panama, Panama
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1.7 in)
Playing positionForward

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Julio César Dely Valdés (born March 12, 1967 in Colón) is a retired Panamanian association football player. He is a twin brother of Jorge Dely Valdés and younger brother of Armando Dely Valdés. He is well known for his heading abilities as a striker.

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.

In Europe, he played for Cagliari in Serie A and Paris Saint-Germain alongside Brazilian players like Raí and Leonardo in the French Premiére Division.

He then played in Spain's Primera División with Real Oviedo for three seasons and with Malaga for another three,where he became the most prolific goal scorer in Malaga's history in Primera División, before returning to Nacional. In 2005 he played for the Panama national football team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Panama was runner ups for the Gold Cup that year, losing the final against USA in the penalty shootout. He finished out his career in 2006 after playing two seasons with Panamanian club Arabe Unido.

He then signed with his former team, Malaga, a contract as assistant manager of the head coach, Antonio Tapia. He left Malaga in June 16, 2010 after the arrival of the new owner Qatari Abdullah ben Nasser Al Thani. He left because he didn't have a contract and the whole team was been renovated as a whole.

On September 14, 2010 he became head coach of the Panama national football team. He became Coach after the FEPAFUT chose him over the Colombian Luis Fernando Suarez. He has a contract for 10 months to coach the national team for the UNCAF Cup of Champions and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. This contract has an option to be extended to include the Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup in function of the results obtained. As of now Julio Dely Valdés' team have won all the three matches they have played in the first round of the UNCAF and came first in that stage without conceding a single goal.

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