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Nelson Valdez

  • Position: Striker
  • Squad number: 18
  • Date of birth: 28 November, 1983 (26 years old)
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
5 Nelson Valdez
3|4 Nelson Valdez
1 As substitute
23|29 Total Paraguay
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
5 Total Paraguay
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Nelson Valdez
0 Nelson Valdez
3 Total Paraguay
3 Total Paraguay
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
10|11 Nelson Valdez
0|0 Nelson Valdez
83|76 Total Paraguay
9|0 Total Paraguay
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Paraguay games played

  1. Italy 1-1 Paraguay
    Monday, 14 June Match report
  2. Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay
    Sunday, 20 June Match report
  3. Paraguay 0-0 New Zealand
    Thursday, 24 June Match report
  4. Paraguay 0-0 Japan
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report
  5. Paraguay 0-1 Spain
    Saturday, 3 July Match report

Player Profile

Quick striker who scored the goal that sent Paraguay to South Africa, blasting the winner against Argentina in September 2009. He was Salvador Cabanas’s regular partner in qualifying.

He played alongside Roque Santa Cruz at the 2006 World Cup (when his shirt name was Haedo) but failed to score in three appearances despite looking menacing.

Valdez joined Borussia Dortmund that summer but also found goals hard to come by - he has managed just 15 league goals in 113 games for his current club. He has been linked with a move to England this summer, with Wigan reportedly a possible destination. The striker joined Paraguayan minnows Atletico Tembetary as a 15-year-old but his wages were so low he spent two years sleeping under the stands at the club’s home ground.

He got his big break when Werder Bremen chairman Jurgen Born, whose wife is Paraguayan, dropped by for a game. He was so impressed with the 18-year-old that he invited him to Germany where he scored four goals in his first trial match. He went on to win the league and cup double with Werder in 2003/04.

Valdez has spent almost a decade in Germany, but has yet to score 10 or more league goals in a single season. However, he has broken one goal scoring record - he has the honour of scoring the ‘latest’ goal in the Bundesliga. It was 11.13pm when he netted the winner against Schalke in August 2004 - the match had been interrupted by floodlight failure.

Every year he treats 1,500 Paraguayan kids to a Christmas party, supplying footballs, toys and sweets.

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