Jose Bordalas: the man bringing the fire to Valencia

Two years ago, Jose Bordalas was making headlines across Spain. His unfancied Getafe team, a second division side only 2 seasons before, were within touching distance of the Champions League. At one point, they were even third in LaLiga. Although the club eventually finished 5th, the coach had made his mark. In 5 years, he […]

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Training hiatus and season suspensions? Not a problem for Valencia’s dominating academy teams!

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions in this turbulent stop-start season, it did not stop many of Valencia’s academy teams from excelling on the pitch.  The Juvenil B team, consisting of players between 17 to 18 years old, are this season’s Liga Nacional’s Group VIII champions. They have been on a roll, suffering […]

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What does Voro do when he is not saving Valencia?

A first-team manager is the ultimate football handyman. While club legend Voro is now the coach responsible for the team’s tactics, he is usually in charge of its logistics. He shared with Batzine what the job is all about. Preparing for a LaLiga match fixture doesn’t take place only on the training ground. In the club’s […]

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Valencia’s new No. 10: Can Oliva be like club legends Mata and Angulo?

Threading delicious through balls. Befuddling opponents with dazzling footwork.  Orchestrating the team’s attacking play. These are the skillsets of a classic No. 10 in football. Think Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and Diego Maradona. But not in Valencia. Instead, Los Che’s current No. 10 loves sliding into tackles, harassing opponents off the ball, and offers more protection […]

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NO ROOM FOR RACISM: Ugly incident and defeat wreck Valencia’s visit to Cadiz

Cadiz (2) Valencia (1) Juan Cala 14′Marcos Mauro Lopez Gutierrez 88′ Kevin Gameiro 19′ When will football ever learn that racism has absolutely no place in the game? Forget the 3 points. Forget the targets for the season. Forget the football. Incidents like this transcend the game itself. Tonight’s match will be remembered more for […]

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Staying united! How Valencia are planning to finish the season strong

It was a scene that no Valencia fan wanted to see: Gabriel Paulista crying on live television in the aftermath of a 0-3 defeat to Getafe in February. “We’re going to turn this around, we have many games left and we’re going to improve and return Valencia to where they deserve to be,” said the […]

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