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Name: Daniel Noriega
Current Club: Union de Santa Fe (Argentina)
Date of Birth: ??/??/1977
Position: Forward
Previous Clubs: Mineros de Guayana
Comments: His nickname is “Cari Cari”, a bird that lives in Venezuela famous for its quickness and mobility. He is considered as the best Venezuelan football player. Noriega is quick and skillful, although he has to improve his intelligence. He has had great success in the Argentine League. He played on the Copa America 99, the Centro-american championship and many international games.

2.
Name: Renny Vega
Current Club: Udinese (Italy)
Date of Birth: 04/07/1979
Position: Goalkeeper
Previous Clubs: U. A. Tachira
Comments: He, just like his father, is a great goalkeeper, he knows where to be or where to go in the right time. He demonstrated his incredible ability in the Copa America 99, by saving many goals against big teams like Brazil and Chile. He also played on the Under-20 South American championship in Argentina. He has earned respect in Venezuela for his signing with an Italian club.

3.
Name: Juan Arango
Current Club: Caracas
Date of Birth: 17/05/1980
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: Nueva Cadiz
Comments: He was named best player of the Venezuelan League last year when he was just 18 years old. He combines quickness with ability and strength to form a great player. He can also play as a striker. He played on the National Team and with the U-20. Now with a better team, Caracas, he has a great expectation in the league.

4.
Name: Jorge Rojas
Current Club: FCU-ULA
Date of Birth: ??/??/1978
Position: Defender
Previous Clubs: Estudiantes de Merida
Comments: He is a great left back who often goes to the attack very efficiently. They call him “El Zurdo”, which means “The Lefty”, because of the leg he uses better. Rojas is very skillful and knows perfectly his job. His team, FCU-ULA, due to economical problems, plays with many young players, so Rojas has to be the soul of the team. He played in the Copa America 99.

5.
Name: Massimo Margiotta
Current Club: Udinese (Italy)
Date of Birth: 27/7/1977
Position: Forward
Previous Clubs: Pescara, Lecce, Cosenza and Reggiana (Italy)
Comments: He was born in Maracaibo Venezuela but when he was ten years old, he moved to Italy. He has made a good impression in Italy and now he is playing in the Serie A. He played on the National team a couple of games, but didn’t make it to the Copa America.

6.
Name: Ricardo Paez
Current Club: Estudiantes de Merida
Date of Birth: 09/02/1979
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: Boca Juniors, Lanus (Argentina)
Comments: He uses his left leg with perfection, he makes great passes, Ricardo plays as a creative midfielder, with his number 10 on his back, or sometimes as a forward. He played in the Argentine League and played very well, now he returned to Venezuela to consecrate as a great player.

7.
Name: Leopoldo Jimenez
Current Club: Deportivo Italchacao
Date of Birth: ??/??/1978
Position: Defender
Previous Clubs: Academia Venezolana de Futbol
Comments: Another member of the National Team and participant of the Copa America 99. He is a great defender, who can also play as an effective midfielder. He has a huge strength and a lot of soul for the game. He won’t stop running until the whole 90 minutes have passed. Last season he won with his team, Deportivo Italchacao, the Venezuelan championship against U. A. Tachira.

8.
Name: Christian Casseres
Current Club: Deportivo Italchacao
Date of Birth: ??/??/1977
Position: Forward
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: I think he is the fastest player in the country, Casseres has an unstoppable quickness that can leave any defender behind by miles. He can also play as a midfielder as a winger, most of the time he goes all the way to the end line and puts the ball into the penalty area where other forwards try to score. He played in the Copa America.

9.
Name: Carlos Isseles
Current Club: Audaz Octubrino (Ecuador)
Date of Birth: ??/??/1979
Position: Forward
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: He went to live in Ecuador when he was very young and he has played in the Audaz since those days. Teams all over Venezuela are trying to sign him and bring him to his native land. His goal instinct and strength make him a good but common player.

10.
Name: Javier Villafraz
Current Club: Estudiantes de Merida
Date of Birth: ??/??/1979
Position: Defender
Previous Clubs: Academia Emeritense
Comments: His height is 1, 77 meters, Javier is a great player with a very powerful shot, he can play anywhere on the defense and make an outstanding performance. He is on the Under-20 national team, which will play in Brazil for the Pre-olimpic of the South American continent.

11.
Name: Gerson Chacon
Current Club: U. A. Tachira
Date of Birth: 27/10/1980
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: UNET, Escuela de los Andes
Comments: He can play anywhere on the midfield, either left or right, either defensive or creative. He has a great future with his team, Tachira. Gerson is a great player, which from an early age he has been playing on the National team. He played in the Copa America 99 in Paraguay.

12.
Name: Jorge Giraldo
Current Club: Caracas
Date of Birth: 24/01/1978
Position: Forward
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: He is a quick and skillful forward, but he is very small. He can score or he can pass, in any way he does his job, help the team. He has a lot of experience playing on the Venezuelan league, always wearing Caracas’s uniform.

13.
Name: Pedro Fernandez
Current Club: Estudiantes de Merida
Date of Birth: 27/7/1977
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: Atletico Zulia, ULA
Comments: He was a member of the Under-23 national team, he was footballistically formed in Argentina where the Venezuelan managers saw him and persuaded him to play for their teams. Finally he made an agreement with Atletico Zulia. He is smart, quick and has a powerful shot.

14.
Name: Luciano Roque
Current Club: U. A. Tachira
Date of Birth: 07/01/1980
Position: Forward
Previous Clubs: Danubio (Uruguay), Gimnasia (Argentina) and Universidad (Bolivia)
Comments: I have never seen him play, but according to the press and manager’s comments and his previous squads, he has to be on this list. He has shown his ability to play football nationally and internationally by playing in good teams of three hard and pressured leagues.

15.
Name: German Quintero
Current Club: Estudiantes de Merida
Date of Birth: ??/??/1980
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: He plays as a midfielder, either defensive or offensive, he has a great technique, Quintero is one of the members of the relief generation of one of the most popular teams in Venezuela, Estudiantes de Merida. He comes from the minors of this team.

16.
Name: Jean Andre Luna
Current Club: U. A. Tachira
Date of Birth: 27/02/1979
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: He has played his entire life on the Union Atletico Tachira. Since he was eight years old, he has played on this team, becoming the member with more tradition on the squad. He plays as a defensive midfielder.

17.
Name: Gregory Lanken
Current Club: Nacional de Tachira
Date of Birth: ??/??/1980
Position: Defender
Previous Clubs: ?
Comments: He is a very good defender, he can play on the left or in the center. He made a spectacular job in the U-20 championship made in Argentina along with Juan Arango. He faced many great players and knew how to control the situation.

18.
Name: Reinaldo Melo
Current Club: Llaneros de Guanare
Date of Birth: ??/??/1978
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: Deportivo Italchacao
Comments: He plays as a defensive midfielder. He runs the whole field for the entire game. He can also play as a right winger, although he is a little slow for that job. He played on the Under-20 Centro-american championship and is about to play in the Under-23 Pre-olympic in Argentina. With Llaneros, Melo has played a great season.

19.
Name: Carlos Bravo
Current Club: Mineros de Guayana
Date of Birth: ??/??/1977
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: ?
Comments: His full name is Carlos Pomada Bravo. He plays as a really offensive midfielder, who can score many goals. His job is very important in his team, Mineros de Guayana. He will also go to the Under-23 team to fly to Brazil.

20.
Name: Frank Presilla
Current Club: U. A. Tachira
Date of Birth: ??/??/1980
Position: Defender
Previous Clubs: Deportivo Italchacao
Comments: He has been recently transferred form Deportivo Italchacao to U. A. Tachira. He plays as a central defender who can play the game and knows many secrets in the way of defending his goal and his team.
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