South American Under-20 Player Profile: Yonathan Del Valle (Venezuela)

Goal.com looks at one of the most influential players from the first day of the second group stage at the South American Under-20 Championships: Yonathan Del Valle...
Personal Information

Yonathan Alexander del Valle Rodríguez
Birthdate: 28/5/1990, 18 years old
Birthplace: Guacara, Carabobo
Height: 1.77 Mts.
Weight: 74 Kgs.
Position: Forward
Team: Deportivo Táchira

First Steps


Since he was very young, Yonathan Del Valle has always played football, and grew up in various schools where football was prominent.

His first steps were with Carabobo FC, where he got his debut at the age of 17.

From there he went to Unión Atlético Maracaibo, where he scored a goal on his debut, and played in the Copa Libertadores for the first time, playing 90 minutes against Atlas on March 25 2008.

Nevertheless, he did not stay for long with Maracaibo, and six months later signed for Deportivo Táchira.

Del Valle is a technically gifted striker, who is renowned for his great speed, and his good all-round awareness.

Even though his idol is Samuel Eto'o, he is much less of an out-and-out striker, preferring to run in the channels and use his speed to test defenders, he can also finish from distance well.

National Team

His first steps with the national team was in 2007, when he was called up to the Under-17 side that played in the South American Championships in Ecuador.

There he was the top-scorer for the side, scoring three times in eight matches, and earning a draw against Argentina with one goal.

National coach, César Farías, was very aware of the player, and on August 21 2008, he got his full call-up, debutting in a friendly against Syria. He played the last 15 minutes of the match, replacing Giancarlo Maldonado.

He was then chosen for this current Under-20 squad, where is has proved himself to be one of the most important players.

Future

In the middle of 2008 he was close to joining Atlas, but finally settled at Deportivo Táchira, where he has a contract until July 2010.

The player does not hide his aim of playing in the Mexican league and in Spain, like his fellow countrymen, Maldonado and Juan Arango, for now the Libertadores is his stage.

Martín Decaux, Goal.com