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Adolfo Valencia
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Full name Adolfo José Valencia Mosquera
Date of birth 6 February 1968 (1968-02-06) (age 41)
Place of birth    Buenaventura, Colombia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1988–1993
1993–1994
1994–1995
1995–1996
1997
1997–1998
1998–1999
1999–2000
2000–2001
2002
2002
2003
2003–2004
Independiente Santa Fe
Bayern Munich
Atlético Madrid
Independiente Santa Fe
América Cali
Reggiana
Independiente Medellín
PAOK
MetroStars
Independiente Santa Fe
Zhejiang Lucheng
Unión Atlético
Zhejiang Lucheng
000- 0(-)
0026 (11)
0024 0(6)
0022 (11)
0019 0(9)
0023 0(4)
0022 (11)
0027 0(8)
0048 (21)
0028 (11)
0031 (14)
0007 0(4)
0006 0(0)   
National team
1992–1998 Colombia 0037 (14)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

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

Nicknamed El tren (train) due to his powerful physique, he played in seven different countries, and represented Colombia at two FIFA World Cups.

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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".[1]He subsequently went on to represent A.C. Reggiana, PAOK FC, NY/NJ MetroStars, Zhejiang Lucheng and Unión Atlético Maracaibo. In his first season with the Major League Soccer outfit, Valencia set a team record by scoring 16 league goals (21 in all competitions), and retired from football in 2004.

International career

Valencia made his debut for Colombia in 1992, and proceeded to represent the nation at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups. In the former edition he scored two goals, in group stage defeats against Romania and the United States.

Alongside midfielder Bernardo Redín, Valencia was Colombia's all-time topscorer in the World Cup.

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