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Jorge Alberto Francisco Valdano Castellanos (born October 4, 1955 in Las Parejas, Santa Fe Province) is an Argentinemarker former football player and the current Director General of Real Madrid CF.


He is sometimes ironically nicknamed The Philosopher of Football. He was part of the Argentine team that won the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexicomarker (he scored Argentina's second goal in their 3-2 victory over Germanymarker), a starter in Spanish giant Real Madrid, and later became sporting director of the Spanish club.


Valdano started playing when he was 16 years old for Rosario's club Newell's Old Boys, where he also started playing professionally, as well as with the Argentina national football team, in 1972.In 1975 he was transferred to Deportivo Alavés of the Spanish Second Division, where he played until 1979. In that year he moved to Real Zaragoza of the first division, and then to Real Madrid in 1984, playing with the Quinta del Buitre. He helped them win the UEFA Cup in 1985 and 1986, scoring once in the 1985 final and twice in the 1986 final. Stricken by Hepatitis, he decided to retire in 1988, and became a sports commentator and Real Madrid youth team's coach. In the 1991/1992 season he became CD Tenerife's coach, helping it avoid relegation, and qualifying for the UEFA Cup in the following season. He went back to Real Madrid, now as coach, and won them the 1994/1995 league. He finally coached Valencia CF in 1996/1997, before becoming Real Madrid's Sporting Director until his resignation in June 2005. In June 2009 he came back to Real Madrid as Director General and Presidential Aide of Real Madrid.

International Career

Valdano played 22 times for Argentina, scoring seven goals, four of them in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, including one in the final itself. Other than the 1986 triumph, he also took part in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, but missed most of the tournament after being injured in Argentina's second game, against Hungary.


Valdano also wrote the book Sueños de fútbol ("Dreams of football") and edited the book Cuentos de fútbol ("Football short stories") by diverse authors. Real Madrid's current captain, Raúl González named his first born son in honor to Valdano [151801].

Career statistics


  • 1995 - Spanish Championship, as coach (Real Madrid)


  • Football is beginning to be a lie well documented by the media.
  • [Diego] Maradona has no peers on the pitch, but he has turned his life into a show, and is now living a personal ordeal that should not be imitated.
  • The coach proposes and the player disposes, but the limits that the tactics impose on us are every day obfuscating more the expression of new talents. A pity.
  • Every team that is good to the ball, is also good to the public.
  • The bacillus of efficiency has also attacked football, and some dare to ask what's the point in playing well. I feel tempted to tell about the time they dared to ask Borges what is poetry for, to which he answered: What is a sunrise for?, what are caresses for? what is the smell of coffee for? Each question sounded like a sentence: they are for pleasure, for emotion, for living.
  • Football is made up of subjective feeling, of suggestion - and, in that, Anfieldmarker is unbeatable. Put a stick with shit hanging from it in the middle of this passionate, crazy stadium and there are people who will tell you it's a work of art. It's not: it's shit hanging from a stick [...] if football is going the way Chelsea and Liverpool are taking it, we had better be ready to wave goodbye to any expression of the cleverness and talent we have enjoyed for a century.
  • Football is an excuse to make us happy.


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1973 Newell's Old Boys Primera División

1975-76 Deportivo Alavés Segunda División
1979-80 Real Zaragoza La Liga 34 9
1980-81 17 3
1981-82 29 9
1982-83 34 17
1983-84 29 8
1984-85 Real Madrid La Liga 26 17
1985-86 32 16
1986-87 27 7

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