Adolfo Valencia

Adolfo Valencia

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Adolfo José Valencia Mosquera (born 6 February 1968 in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca) is a retired Colombian footballer who played as a striker.

Nicknamed El tren (train) due to his powerful physique, he played in seven different countries - having one-year spells in Germany and Spain's topflights - and represented Colombia at two FIFA World Cups.

Club career

Valencia started playing with Independiente Santa Fe, where his stellar performances earned him a transfer to Germany's FC Bayern Munich; in his sole season (although he still played the first game of 1994–95), he was instrumental in helping the Bavarians clinch the league title, and finished as the club's top scorer (alongside Mehmet Scholl, with 11 goals).

Valencia also played one season in Spain, with Atlético de Madrid, where he was involved in a serious incident with irascible club president Jesús Gil, while vastly underperforming overall: after a match at CD Logroñés, Gil said that "The black guy needs to have his throat cut". He subsequently went on to represent, without settling at any club, A.C. Reggiana 1919, PAOK FC, NY/NJ MetroStars Independiente Santa Fe, Zhejiang Lucheng (two spells) and Unión Atlético Maracaibo.

While at Zhejiang, Valencia led the Chinese second division in scoring during the 2003 season. In his first season with the Major League Soccer outfit, he set a team record by scoring 16 league goals (21 in all competitions), and...
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