Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Panama's twin coaches
FIFA.com, June 27th, 2011 2:01AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Panama, which reached the semifinals of the Gold Cup, is coached by Julio Dely Valdes. The Canaleros' U-17 squad, which is in the round of 16 of the U-17 World Cup, is coached by his twin brother, Jorge Dely Valdes.

"We have a unique relationship," explained Jorge. "Soccer has often come between us, but it always brings us back together again. We work together as coaches now. I'm part of the training staff and have been responsible for the U-20s and U-17s since those teams were introduced. We've both had more than 25 coaches during our careers ... so now we're passing on that experience to our players."

The 44-year-old Jorge, like Julio, enjoyed a successful playing career until 2005, scoring 13 goals in 34 internationals. He played in Japan and MLS for the Colorado Rapids. Julio netted 22 goals in 32 appearances for his country and had spells with Paris St. Germain (France), Malaga (Spain) and Cagliari (Italy) among others.

Tragically, the duo's elder brother Armando, who starred in Argentina and Uruguay, died after falling into a coma at age 40. The "Panamanian Pele" was one of the greatest players the country has ever produced and, following his death, the main stadium in Colon was renamed the Estadio Armando Dely Valdes in his honor.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Bookmakers Slash LVG Exit Odds    
British bookmakers reacted to Manchester United's humiliating 4-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons in the Capital ...
Atletico Appeals Simeone's Ban    
Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo on Tuesday said the club would appeal coach Diego Simeone's eight-game ...
Eto'o Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton     
Samuel Eto'o on Tuesday completed a free transfer to Everton, signing a two-year deal with the ...
Warnock Appointed Coach of Crystal Palace     
Crystal Palace on Tuesday signed former coach Neil Warnock on a two-year contract. Warnock, who most ...
Barca Target Douglas to Sign Five-Year Deal     
Barcelona on Tuesday announced that Brazilian right back Douglas will join the club before the end ...
Deila: Celtic 'Not Good Enough' for UCL     
Celtic coach Ronny Deila said his team was "not good enough" to play in this season's ...
Di Maria: I was Forced Out by Real Madrid    
In an open letter to Real Madrid fans, Angel Di Maria reveals that he did not ...
Yeagley: 'They all want to beat Indiana'    
A Big Ten title extended Indiana's streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances to 27, but it ...
Belmont Abbey freshman McGuire remembered on campus    
Belmont Abbey freshman Michael McGuire collapsed following a pre-season fitness test Aug. 16 and died five ...
Report: Benatia Joins Bayern Munich from Roma     
AS Roma on Tuesday sold central defender Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich on a five-year contract. ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives