Antonio Valencia


Ecuadorian Valencia made his debut in 2005 and scored two goals. Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera, the Ecuadorian soccer player who currently plays for Manchester United and his Ecuadorian team. Wigan then signed a three-year deal with Valencia in January 2008 for an undisclosed fee. Valencia have since won the Football League Cup in 2009-10, FA Community Shield in 2010 and the English Premier League in 2010-11 while at Manchester United. along with being named the PFA Team of the Year in his debut season.

Personal Information
Full name : Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera
Date of birth : 4 August 1985 (age 26)
Place of birth : Lago Agrio, Ecuador
Height : 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position : Right winger
Right back

Club Information
Current club : Manchester United
Number : 25


Early Life

Valencia helped her mother sell drinks outside their local club's stadium in Lago Agrio, then looked for empty bottles for her father to sell at a bottle depot in the capital, Quito. When Valencia was 11 years old, scout Pedro 'Papi' Perlaza saw him play on a dusty pitch near his home and signed him for the local FA sports academy in Sucumbíos.

Club career

Early career

Valencia started his career at El Nacional and within a year he was on the fast track to the Sub 20, where he played alongside striker Christian "Chucho" 'Benítez and scored 20 goals in 84 games. Valencia debuted together with El Nacional to his idol Edison Méndez. Valencia joined Spanish club Villarreal in 2005. Recreativo helped Valencia advance to La Liga as they finished the season at the top of the table.

Wigan Athletic

On August 3, 2006, Valencia joined Wigan Athletic of the English Premier League, initially on a one-year loan. Valencia finished their first season with one goal, one assist and one red card in their 22 appearances.

Valencia scored their first goal of the 2007/08 season in a 2-0 win against Derby County on 23 February before scoring a brace with his first Wigan in a 2-0 win against Aston Town on 3 May. the season with three goals and three assists in 32 games in all competitions.

Valencia's first goal of the season came after Wigan beat Hull City 5-0 away on 30 August. Valencia scored their final goal for Wigan on 13 December, inspiring them to a 3–0 win over Blackburn Rovers. Wigan manager Steve Bruce confirmed that Valencia had turned down the opportunity to join Real Madrid in January 2009. Valencia scored 7 goals in 89 games during his time at Wigan.

Manchester United

On 30 June 2009, Valencia became Manchester United's first summer signing after he cut short his holiday to undergo a medical at the club. He made his United debut on 29 July, scoring his first goal and his second in a 2-1 preseason win over Boca Juniors in the Audi Cup.

On 17 October he scored his first official goal for the club and scored United's second goal in their 2-1 league win over Bolton Wanderers. His first UEFA Champions League four days later. Goal in the 1-0 away win against CSKA. Moscow. Valencia With the assist for Wayne Rooney's winning goal in the 2010 League Cup final against Aston Villa on 28 February 2010, Valencia were named Man of the Match as United won 2-1. On April 25, Valencia was admitted to the PFA Premier. League Team of the Year in his debut season with the club alongside teammates Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher and Wayne Rooney.On 8 August, Valencia scored United's first goal in a 3-1 win over Chelsea in the 2010 Community Shield.

During a Champions League game against Rangers on September 14, Valencia suffered a broken left ankle. On 28 February 2011, Valencia returned to training with the Manchester United first team. Valencia made their debut this season at Benfica in the first game of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Valencia scored their second goal of the season, the first goal in Manchester United's Champions League game against Otelul Galati, the game ended 2-0. On 26 December 2011, Valencia scored Manchester United's fourth goal in a 5-0 home win. Win against Wigan Athletic.

International Career

Ecuador team
On 27 March 2005, Valencia played their first international match for Ecuador, scoring their first two international goals in a 5-2 World Cup qualifier win over Paraguay. Valencia played in the entirety of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Ecuador. Play and was selected as a candidate for the FIFA 11 Dream Team, which recognizes the best stars for each position at the World Cup.

On 27 June 2007, Valencia scored Ecuador's first goal at the 2007 Copa America but ultimately lost the match 3-2 to Chile to finish bottom of their group. On September 9, 2009, Valencia scored their first World Cup. Cup qualifying goal in a 3-1 away win over Bolivia.

Personal Life
Valencia and his wife Zoila have a daughter named Domenica who was born during the 2006 World Cup final. Along with former Wigan team-mates Maynor Figueroa and Wilson Palacios, Valencia began taking English classes (although Valencia still need an interpreter). . Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson described Valencia as a quiet and shy boy. His older brother Eder is also a professional soccer player and plays for Independiente José Terán in Ecuador.



El Nacional
     Serie A (1) : 2005 Clausura

Recreativo de Huelva
     Segunda División (1) : 2005-06

Manchester United
     Premier League (1) : 2010-11
     Football League Cup (1) : 2009-10
     FA Community Shield (2) : 2010, 2011

     Alan Hardaker Trophy (1) : 2010
     PFA Premier League Team of the Year (1) : 2009-10

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Antonio Valencia

  Ecuadorian Valencia made his debut in 2005 and scored two goals. Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera, the Ecuadorian soccer player who currentl...