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Famous Athletes from Venezuela

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List of famous athletes from Venezuela, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Venezuela has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Venezuelan athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Venezuela and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Venezuela then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list has a variety of athletes in it, from Alfonso Blanco to Wilking Rodríguez.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Venezuelan athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Venezuela?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Venezuela in order to get more information about each one.
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Pablo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
San Francisco Giants

Birthplace: Puerto Cabello, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Position: First baseman, Third baseman

Pablo Emilio Juan Pedro Sandoval Jr. (born August 11, 1986) is a Venezuelan professional baseball third baseman for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). Sandoval has also ...more
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Héctor Sán... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
San Francisco Giants

Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Position: Catcher

Héctor E. Sánchez is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. In 2011, after hitting .302 with 11 HRs and 58 RBI in 52 ...more
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Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
New York Mets

Birthplace: Mérida, Venezuela, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela, United States of America

Position: Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Johan Alexander Santana Araque (; born March 13, 1979) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball starting pitcher. Santana pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins from ...more
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Danny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Nationality: Portugal, Venezuela

Position: Forward, Midfielder

Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes (born 7 August 1983), commonly known as Danny, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder. Also a winger, he is known for his ...more
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Werner Hoeger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela

Birthplace: Mérida, Venezuela, Venezuela

Nationality: United States of America, Venezuela

Werner Hoeger (Mérida, Venezuela, 1953–) is a professor emeritus (active) of exercise science at Boise State University and author of nine different "fitness & wellness" ...more
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George Forsyth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Alianza Lima

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Nationality: Germany, Venezuela, Peru

Position: Goalkeeper

George Forsyth may refer to George Forsyth (footballer) (born 1982), Peruvian international footballer George Forsyth (harbourmaster) (1843–1894), Fremantle harbourmaster George Alexander ...more
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Massimo Margiotta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Frosinone Calcio

Birthplace: Maracaibo, Venezuela

Nationality: Italy, Venezuela

Position: Forward

Massimo Margiotta (born 27 July 1977) is a former Italian-Venezuelan footballer who played as a forward.
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Rolf Feltscher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Grasshopper-Club Zürich

Birthplace: Bülach, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland, Venezuela

Position: Defender

Rolf Günther Feltscher Martínez (born 6 October 1990) is a Venezuelan international footballer who plays as defender for the LA Galaxy.
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Víctor Maldonado ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela

Birthplace: Lagunillas Municipality, Zulia

Nationality: Venezuela

Víctor Maldonado Flores (born August 3, 1939 in Lagunillas, Zulia) is a retired track and field athlete from Venezuela. He competed in the hurdling events. Maldonado represented his ...more
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Dan Joye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Dan Joye (born February 19, 1985) is a Venezuelan-born American luger who has competed since 1995. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of sixth in the men's doubles event ...more
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Fernando Amorebieta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Athletic Bilbao

Birthplace: Cantaura

Nationality: Spain, Venezuela

Position: Defender

Fernando Gabriel Amorebieta Mardaras (born 29 March 1985) is a professional footballer who plays for Paraguayan club Cerro Porteño as a central defender. He spent most of his career with ...more
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Rubén Arocha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Debreceni VSC

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Nationality: Spain, Venezuela

Position: Midfielder

Rubén Darío Arocha Hernández (born 21 April 1987 in Caracas) is a Venezuelan football player currently playing for UD Las Zocas.
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Julio Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Julio Álvarez RCD Mallorca

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela, Spain

Position: Midfielder

Julio Álvarez Mosquera (born 1 May 1981) is a Venezuelan retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and is the assistant manager of SD Ponferradina. He appeared in 98 La ...more
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Jorge Valdívia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras

Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela

Nationality: Chile, Venezuela

Position: Forward, Midfielder

Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxoɾxe ˈlwjs βalˈdjβja], born 19 October 1983) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Colo-Colo and Chile national team as a midfielder. Product ...more
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Pedro Jorge Santos Santo... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
F.C. Arouca

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Nationality: Portugal, Venezuela

Position: Midfielder

Pedro Jorge Santos dos Santos (born 28 June 1976 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan retired footballer who played as a central midfielder.
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Carlos González ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Colorado Rockies

Birthplace: Maracaibo, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Position: Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder

Carlos Eduardo González (born October 17, 1985), nicknamed CarGo, is a Venezuelan professional baseball right fielder who is currently a free agent. Over the course of his Major League ...more
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Alex Pereira is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Nationality: Portugal, Venezuela

Position: Defender

Alejandro Américo 'Álex' Pereira Amorín (born 15 January 1977) is a retired footballer who played as a central defender. He spent his entire professional career in Spain, ...more
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Greivis Vásquez ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
New Orleans Hornets

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Position: Point guard, Shooting guard

Greivis Josué Vásquez Rodríguez (born January 16, 1987) is a Venezuelan basketball coach and former player. He is currently an assistant coach for the Erie Bayhawks of the ...more
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José Tábat... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Pittsburgh Pirates

Birthplace: Anzoátegui, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Position: Outfielder, Center fielder

José Nicolas Tábata (born August 12, 1988) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent. He was an international signee (2005) of the New York ...more
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Henry Blanco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Arizona Diamondbacks

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Position: Catcher

Henry Ramón Blanco (born August 29, 1971) is a Venezuelan professional baseball coach and former player. He is currently the bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals. He played as a ...more
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Alfonso Blanco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Alfonso Blanco Parra (born February 2, 1986) is a Venezuelan boxer who competes in the middleweight division. He was the 2008 Olympian for Venezuela and he also won the middleweight silver medal ...more
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Israel Contreras is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Israel Contreras

Birthplace: La Guaira, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Israel Contreras (born December 27, 1960) is a Venezuelan former professional boxer who won the World Boxing Association bantamweight title. He had a supporting role in the Mel Gibson film ...more
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Juan Arango is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Juan Arango Borussia Mönchengladbach

Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Position: Midfielder

Juan Fernando Arango Sáenz (born 16 May 1980) is a Venezuelan former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He spent the better part of his professional career in La Liga with ...more
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José Lobató... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela
Tampa Bay Rays

Birthplace: Acarigua, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Position: Catcher

José Manuel Lobatón (born October 21, 1984) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for ...more
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Armando Galarraga is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Venezuela

Birthplace: Cumaná, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela

Position: Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Armando Antonio Galarraga Barreto (born January 15, 1982) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball pitcher. Galarraga made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Texas Rangers on ...more