Champions, together: A golden friendship in VCF Femenino B

Usually a picture of intense focus during matches, Irune Cervera broke into a smile for a short moment. Barring a catastrophe, the elegant centre-back knew the job was done: VCF Femenino B, Valencia’s female reserve team, would win the Primera Nacional Champions Group 7 league. Up 4-2 in the 83rd minute of their penultimate game […]

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From Mariupol to the Valencia Academy: The Ukrainian youngsters with everything to play for

In mid-February, the FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih youth team from central Ukraine made the long 500km trip east to the coastal city of Mariupol for a football tournament. On the long bus ride there, the squad pulsed with anticipation. It was another opportunity to showcase the progress they had made as a team. On a […]

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Mamardashvili: “In this team, age or name do not matter as long as you perform”

As Giorgi Mamardashvili witnessed the heroics of fellow goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the Champions League final over the weekend, he probably was thinking of what might have been in the Copa del Rey final a month ago. Like Courtois, Mamardashvili had stood tall during the match, making several stand-out saves against Real Betis to stretch […]

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2021/22 review: Better under Bordalas, but best is still some way off

And so the first full season under Jose Bordalas concludes. It was a campaign that burned bright at the start with Los Che topping the table and nearly ended in fireworks with a Copa del Rey win. In between, however, were periods of dullness. Here are Batzine’s ratings for our defence, midfield and attack. Caution: […]

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