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
High school vs. club debate rages in New Jersey    
High school vs. club has long been an issue on the boys side, culminating with the ...
Man United's Falcao Out Two Weeks    
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be out for another two weeks with a "new injury", ...
Arsenal's Injury Woes Ahead of Man United Clash     
While much has been made of the injury crisis facing Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal, ...
Bolton Coach Fumes at Klinsmann    
Bolton Wanderers coach Neil Lennon on Friday slammed USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann for what he called ...
Liverpool Investigates Sturridge Injury    
Liverpool has opened an investigation into Daniel Sturridge's persistent injury problems after the striker suffered yet ...
Report: Messi Could Leave Barca over Tax Threat     
According to unnamed sources cited by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Lionel Messi may leave Barcelona due ...
Chelsea's Costa 'Totally Recovered' From Injury    
Jose Mourinho on Friday revealed that star striker Diego Costa, who missed Spain's 3-0 win against ...
Klopp Hints at Reus Departure     
Jurgen Klopp admitted that he is powerless to keep Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund, and hinted ...
Report: Blind Injury Not as Bad as Feared     
Manchester United on Thursday was boosted by the news that defender Daley Blind will be out ...
Parma Deducted Points for Missing Payments    
Serie A club Parma will be deducted between one and six points this season for failing ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives