Víctor Valdés

FC Barcelona's veteran goalkeeper who was born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat Víctor Valdés i Arribas is a Spanish football goalkeeper who currently plays for FC Barcelona in La Liga Spain.

He is the most successful goalkeeper in the history of Barcelona and is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, having won a total of 17 titles, including five league titles, three Champions League titles and one Copa del Rey titles. He also has won the Zamora Trophy four times the record. Prior to joining the full team in 2002-03, Valdés played for youth teams and FC Barcelona B. Currently, he has a contract with Barcelona until 2014.

Valdés has a distinguished career with Barcelona, but he has not been able to play for the Spanish national team, until 2010, when he made ​​his debut. This is due to the fact that for Spain to play one of the world's best goalkeeper - Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), who has held this post for a decade.

Personal information
Full name : Víctor Valdés i Arribas
Date of birth : 14 January 1982 (age 29)
Place of birth : L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
Height : 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position : Goalkeeper

Club information
Current club : Barcelona
Number : 1

Early Career
Born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, to José Manuel Valdés and Agueda Arribas and has two brothers, elder Ricardo and younger b, Valdés started his career with FC Barcelona's youth team when he joined from Peña Cinco Copas on 1 July 1992. But in September, he moved with his family to Tenerife and had to leave the club, rejoining only three years later. After returning, he made quick progress through the youth teams.

The early part of the 2002–03 season saw him play deputy to Argentine international Roberto Bonano. The arrival of Radomir Antić as the new manager saw regular first team opportunities for him.

In the 2003–04 season, he emerged as first-choice goalkeeper, and in the 2004–05 season, he played in almost all of Barcelona's matches helping Barcelona to their first league title in six years. He also won the Zamora Trophy for the best goalkeeper in Spain.

In the 2005–06 season, he helped Barça to the double. He played a big part in Barça's 2005–06 title and in the final against Arsenal, he denied Thierry Henry twice from point-blank range. His efforts saw him singled out for praise from Frank Rijkaard. The "Zamora" title, however, eluded him as Valdés came third after Santiago Cañizares and the winner, José Manuel Pinto.

On 17 June 2007, the last round in La Liga, Valdés matched a goalkeeping record held by Barcelona legend Andoni Zubizarreta; a record of starting, and never being substituted, in all 38 matches of the La Liga season.

Valdés set the Barcelona club record for not conceding a goal in European competition with a clean sheet against Rangers on 7 November 2007, which saw him re-write the Barça record books after not conceding a goal for 466 minutes. Unfortunately, Valdés was beaten twice by Olympique Lyonnais' captain bthrough a 45-yard free kick and a late penalty at the Stade de Gerland, ending his streak. In the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, however, Barça failed to win a major trophy. On 1 April 2008, Valdés made his 250th appearance for Barcelona.

On 27 May 2009, Barcelona beat Manchester United 2–0 in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final to complete an unprecedented Treble of La Liga, Champions League, and Copa del Rey. In the match, Valdés made two crucial saves from attempts by Cristiano Ronaldo in both halves. In the first half, he saved a long-range free kick, and in the second half, he saved the other from Ronaldo, coming from a tight angle following a low cross from Dimitar Berbatov.

On 16 May 2010, Valdés won his fourth title as Barcelona clinched a second successive Spanish league title with Josep Guardiola's side, ending the season with 99 points.

International Career

On 20 May 2010, Valdés was included in Spain's final 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as the third-choice goalkeeper ( behind Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina )

On 3 June 2010, Valdés earned his first cap by starting in a friendly match between Spain and South Korea at Tivoli-Neu in Innsbruck, Austria. Coincidently it was 10 years to the day since compatriot Iker Casillas made his debut for the national team. In July 2010, he won the 2010 World Cup with Spain. He won his second cap in Spain's 1–1 draw against Mexico, coming on as a second-half subtitle for Iker Casillas.

Personal Life

Valdés has a long-term relationship with his girlfriend, Yolanda Cardona. In 20 August 2009 Cardona gave birth to the couple's first child, son Dylan Valdés Cardona in Barcelona.


    La Liga : 5
        2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
    Spanish Cup : 1
    UEFA Champions League : 3
        2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11
    Spanish Supercup : 5
        2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
    UEFA Super Cup : 2
        2009, 2011
    FIFA Club World Cup : 2
        2009, 2011

    FIFA World Cup : 1

    Zamora Trophy : 4
        2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
    ESM Team of the Year : 1
    La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year : 1

    Prince of Asturias Awards : 2010
    Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit : 201

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