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Dely Valdés, the DT of Panama 'muletto' who played in the rise of Argentina and expects a 'hostile' Monumental


He debuted in Central Norte de Salta and later went through Deportivo Paraguayo and El Porvenir. Next Thursday he will face the world champion team, since he is in charge of the Sub 20 of the South Americans.

In the


delegation with which


will disembark in


in the next few hours for the friendly on Thursday at the party of the world champions there will be someone who knows this land.

This is

Jorge Luis Dely Valdés

, the coach in charge of leading the Central American team in the absence of the main coach, who spent his first years as a professional soccer player in the Argentine Ascent.

Currently in charge of the Sub 20, Dely Valdés had to put together a squad full of players who play in the local League, because the head coach, the Spanish-Danish Thomas Christiansen, decided to focus on the


against Costa Rica for the League of CONCACAF Nations.

The players of the Panama National Team in training at the Rommel Fernández stadium in Panama City, before the trip to Argentina.

Photo: EFE/ Welcome Velasco

What surprised Dely Valdés, 56, is that he anticipated that he expects a


scenario for Panamanians at the Monumental stadium, which will be packed with more than 83,000 people, ready to participate in a celebration for the third star obtained in the World Cup in Qatar 2022, rather than focusing on the sporting result of the friendly.

"We already talked with the players,

we are going to find a totally hostile field

. We talked about that we must have the ability to show a lot of personality to play that game," said the Panamanian coach at the end of the training session at the Rommel Fernández Gutiérrez stadium in the capital of the Central American country.


He added that Panama and its players should take this opportunity as a showcase to show themselves, but beyond that they have to be aware that they are defending their team's jersey and they should go out and do a good job.

"As I said: they are going to want to celebrate in a big way, but we have to keep a working rhythm on the field and play a good role

," said the former soccer player who debuted at

Central Norte de Salta

, and later went through

Deportivo Paraguayo


The Future


The Panamanian coach made it clear that it is an honor for him to lead his National Team in a duel of this level, because this

"is not seen every day"

and it would be

the first time that Panama is going to face the current world champion


Photo: EFE/ Welcome Velasco

"I am really motivated, because this is not seen every day, it is the first time that Panama is going to face the recent world champion. That must be valued, that must be taken into account, obviously I am very motivated," he said.

In sports, Dely Valdés anticipated that he does not know what scheme the albiceleste coach

Lionel Scaloni

will propose to him , because during the World Cup "the systems varied" and that is why he will try "to give all the tools to the players."

The former national team warned that they do not know the intensity with which the game will be lived, but acknowledged that despite being a celebration

"Argentina is supposed to win

. "

"In the Monumental and with its people, they are going to want to win. Despite this, we are happy because they considered us for that party and we are going to try to do a fine job," he said.

He assured that the Argentina team has players with great virtues and that, beyond

Lionel Messi

, considered the best player in history, he believes that the rest of the footballers "can be considered the best" in each position they occupy.

"Argentina's players are at a good pace. I think they are at a better pace than when they played the World Cup," closed Dely Valdés.

Travel with a B team

Photo: EFE/ Welcome Velasco

Panama will take flight to Argentina this Tuesday.

The novelty that emerged last Wednesday was that he will do so

without his main coach and with a B team full of players who play in his local league


This was reported by the Panamanian Football Federation (Fepafut), which revealed the list of

20 footballers

summoned for a trip that will surely be unforgettable, but that its main exponents on the field will be lost due to calendar issues.

What happened?

The Spanish-Danish coach

Thomas Christiansen

himself explained it: "For me it would be exciting to go to Argentina to face the world champion, against Messi and company, but it is not the priority. I will not go to Argentina, because for me the priority is the Nations League and I don't want to play it in any way".

Six players who are active in foreign clubs plus 14 who play in the Panamanian Soccer League were included in the squad list, although the base of the team that competed in the past World Cup Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 will not be there.

Among the 'foreign' soccer players, Martín Morán from FK Etar VT from Bulgaria, Iván Anderson from Venezuela's Monagas, Richard Peralta from Deportivo La Guaira, Cristian Quintero from La Luz from Uruguay, Jiovany Ramos from Deportivo Táchira and Alfredo Stephens, who plays for the Puerto Cabello Academy of Venezuela.

Photo: EFE/ Welcome Velasco

The call of Panama


: Emerson Dimas (CD Plaza Amador, PAN), and José Guerra (San Francisco FC, PAN).


: Iván Anderson (Monagas, VEN), Michael Casazola (Sporting San Miguelito, PAN), Edgardo Fariña (CD Universitario, PAN), Kevin Galván (Sporting San Miguelito, PAN), Gilberto Hernández (CAI, PAN), Richard Peralta ( Deportivo La Guaira, VEN) and Jiovany Ramos (Deportivo Táchira, VEN).


: Ricardo Ávila (CD Universitario, PAN), Omar Browne (Tauro FC, PAN), Miguel Camargo (Tauro FC, PAN), Irving Gudiño (Tauro FC, PAN), Víctor Medina (Tauro FC, PAN), Martín Morán ( FK Etar VT, BUL), José Murillo (CD Plaza Amador, PAN), Cristian Quintero (La Luz, URU) and Jorge Serrano (CAI, PAN).


: Ronaldo Córdoba (Herrera FC, PAN) and Alfredo Stephens (Puerto Cabello Academy, VEN).

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Source: clarin

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