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Víctor Valdés

Víctor Valdés
Full name Víctor Valdés Arribas
Nationality Spanish
Date of birth January 14, 1982 (1982-01-14)
Place of birth L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position Goalkeeper
Number N°1

Last comment

t.boy6259 (15 Sep 2013 - 11:00)
u a d best in laliga i love u.

Víctor Valdés Arribas (born January 14, 1982 in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), nicknamed Víctor, is a Catalan football goalkeeper, who currently plays for FC Barcelona of the Spanish La Liga. Before joining the principal team in 2002/03 season, Víctor played for the youth teams and Barca B. Currently, he has a contract with Barcelona until 2010.

Video : the best of Victor Valdés

A Catalan in his club!!
He started his career with Barca's youth teams when he joined from Peña Cinco Copas on the 1st of July 1992. But in September of the same year he moved away with this family to Tenerife and had to leave the club, rejoining only three years later. After returning he made quick progress through the youth system and was made part of the senior squad in the 2002/03 season. The early part of the season saw him play second fiddle to the then Argentine international Roberto Bonano. The arrival of Radomir Antic as the new coach saw regular first team opportunities for him.

In the 2003-04 season, he emerged as first-choice goalkeeper, and in the 2004-05 season, he played in almost all of Barcelona's matches helping Barcelona to their first league title in six years. He also won the Zamora Trophy for the best goalkeeper in Spain.

In the 2005-06 season he helped Barça to the double. He played a big part in Barca's UEFA Champions League 2005-06 title and in the final against Arsenal he denied Thierry Henry twice from point-blank range. His efforts saw him singled out for praise from Coach Frank Rijkaard. The "Zamora" title however eluded him as Víctor came third after Santiago Cañizares and the winner José Manuel Pinto.

One of his most important saves this season came on February 11, 2007, when he saved Racing Santander's Ezequiel Garay's penalty shot and kept a clean sheet for the game. Barça won 2-0 with both goals coming from Ronaldinho. It has quickly been pointed out the Iker Casillas failed to save two penalty kicks from the same player in the match in which Real Madrid lost 2-1 this season.

Many of the current FC Barcelona squad, especially Samuel Eto'o, constantly convey anger at the little credit Valdes receives for the victories that the team gains despite his constant match-winning saves. Eto'o's views were clear for all to see when on May 5, 2007, he scored the second goal for Barça against Real Sociedad and decided to run the length of the pitch to celebrate with Victor in thanks for his efforts. In a press conference Eto'o admitted: “Before going out on the pitch, I already had it all thought out in my head, because he always puts his arms up by himself while the rest of us are celebrating together”.

Although he makes good saves he has been known to make errors, especially the one mistake he made in the UEFA Champions League 2006-07 against Liverpool. Despite this, it is evident that Barça would not be in the La Liga title race this season without him as the squad was depleted due to the severe injuries to Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi. Barça players have expressed dismay that he should be blamed for the end of Barça's season due to one mistake.

A great goalkeeper!!
On June 17, 2007, the last round in La Liga, Victor matched a goalkeeping record of the Barcelona legend, Andoni Zubizarreta. It has never been matched, by any Barça goalkeeper, until Valdés. The record held by Zubi is that he went all season long, all 38 rounds in La Liga without leaving the starting line-up nor getting substituted. Victor Valdés did the same this season.

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Your comments : Víctor Valdés

- t.boy6259
(15 Sep 2013 - 11:00)
u a d best in laliga i love u.
- movic swaray
(19 Jun 2013 - 10:15)
i hear some of our say's dat valdes is nt a gd keeper if i may ask wat make a gd keeper? Ans, a gd keeper should hv gd defense barca dnt hv a gd defense i relly imired dat when they r playing against big club they play they hv nt play foot before n is nt gd like dat all dat help to spoil the keeper we really need a gd defense pls!!! Nt keeper
Valdes leaveing Barcelona
- Patrick weah of Harper city Maryland county
(12 Jun 2013 - 10:00)
Valdes leaveing F.C Barcelona, is something we the fans should look at carefully.
Victor valdes,did his best for the team.,
- Isaac Gibson of Liberia
(31 May 2013 - 09:30)
Valdes did his best for the team,we should give him his credit while he is still alive. If even he leave the team, i personally will always miss him,thanks Valdes.
Valdez shud b fired
- Denis Chege
(25 Apr 2013 - 11:15)
You are Barcelonas only problem go home or do mo training
poor keeper
- Ezekiel Nwadiwe
(24 Apr 2013 - 08:30)
Valdes u're the worse goal keeper I ever see ok . Am true baca fan,but u are the only problem we av in dat team and yet they still retain u why?if am to be messi,I we live Barcelona if they can get us a good keeper
- valdes
(22 Apr 2013 - 08:15)
You are best goalkeeper i ever exprience in my telling you this messege from nigeria
- doktor
(14 Aug 2012 - 10:00)
i love valdes
- Ibrahim m khamis
(12 Aug 2012 - 11:00)
Victor valdes, i am d barca pals pls advice 4u, u hv 2 be terlent in ur position bcos smtime u ar d one dat make us suffer pls u better change.
- d
(21 Jun 2012 - 09:15)
vector veldas without being a good goal keeper he is a good lover too.
- tunde lawal
(10 Jun 2012 - 09:45)
the best keeper
Best goal keeper
- Josh
(19 Jan 2012 - 10:15)
V.V is not only a very good goal keeper but down to earth and a son of god.more power and god bless you more and all barça team
The best keeper
- Daniel Ekong
(5 Nov 2011 - 18:15)
victor valdes is the best keeper. He has help barca win the champions league for three good times and other numerous titles, I think he is the best.

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