Noel Valladares

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Noel Valladares
Personal information
Full name Noel Eduardo Valladares Bonilla[1]
Date of birth (1977-05-03) 3 May 1977 (age 45)
Place of birth Comayagua, Honduras
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 27
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2005 Motagua 368 (3)
2006– Olimpia 427 (0)
National team
2000– Honduras 129 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2005.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 25, 2014

Noel Eduardo Valladares Bonilla (born 3 May 1977 in Comayagua, Honduras) is a Honduran football goalkeeper, who currently plays for Olimpia, a Honduras football club based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Valladares is Honduras' second most capped footballer of all time, after Amado Guevara.

Club career

Valladares started his career at local club Real Comayagua, but made his professional debut in 1997 with Motagua.[2] In 2003, as a third-choice keeper at Motagua he entered as a striker in an injury-plagued derby with Olimpia. He scored a header and played few more games as a striker before returning into goalkeeper duties with Motagua and then Olimpia.[3]

International career

He was a member of the national squad at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[4] Prior to that experience he played as goalkeeper and forward for Honduras at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg.

Valladares made his senior debut for Honduras in a June 2000 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Haiti and has, as of February 2013, earned a total of 105 caps, scoring no goals. He has represented his country in 46 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played in all three matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[5] He played at the 2009[6] and 2011 UNCAF Nations Cups[7] as well as at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup[8] and the 2001 Copa América.

Valladares has been the first-choice goalkeeper for his country for over 10 years and became the third Honduran to reach a century of caps,[9] after record cap Amado Guevara and Honduras' top goalscorer of all time Carlos Pavón.[10] He was an instrumental figure behind Honduras's qualifying run to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and played in all three games in South Africa, conceding 3 goals against Chile (0-1) and Spain (0-2) before keeping a clean sheet and earning the Man of the Match award in the team's final game against Switzerland.

His nickname in the Honduran squad is The Secret due to his shy personality away from the field. In 2010 he succeeded Amado Guevara as the captain of the Honduran national team.

In 2011, he won the award for "Best Goalkeeper in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup." In the same tournament he won the award for the 3rd as well as the 4th best save.

Honours and awards


C.D. Olimpia
C.D. Motagua





  1. "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 19. Retrieved 11 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Noel Valladares: “La afición nos pide estemos encima del rival” - Tiempo (Spanish)
  3. Las 10 curiosidades del clásico Olimpia-Motagua - El Heraldo (Spanish)
  4. "Noel Valladares Biography & Statistics". Retrieved 29 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Noel ValladaresFIFA competition record
  6. Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2009 - Details - RSSSF
  7. UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2011 - Details - RSSSF
  8. CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011 - Full Details - RSSSF
  9. Noel Valladares festejó los 100 partidos con derrota - Diez (Spanish)
  10. Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals - RSSSF

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