Peter Lim has my full respect: LaLiga chief Tebas

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has defended Peter Lim, the majority shareholder of Valencia FC, stating that without the Singaporean, the 101-year-old club might not even be in existence today.  “When Lim bought Valencia CF, I remember that there were 25,000 people who turned out at the stadium to thank him. It seems as if we […]

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Step up! 5 Valencia players who can make a difference

Let’s face it. It has been a forgettable transfer window. The pandemic has hit Valencia hard financially, forcing the club to be prudent. Big names have left. It sucks. But now is a chance for the rest to step up. Batzine looks at 5 who can play bigger roles. 1.) Goncalo Guedes Valencia’s 40-million euros record signing […]

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Guillamon, Esquerdo, and Racic: Why Valencia are moving quickly to tie down their young stars

While Valencia have not yet moved in this summer’s transfer market, they have been aggressive in securing the futures of their fledging talents. Highly-rated centre-back Hugo Guillamon and midfielder Vicente Esquerdo have already renewed contracts earlier. Towering midfield enforcer Uros Racic is the latest to follow, committing to the club until 2024. They follow in […]

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Mas hombres menos nombres, Valencia ready to go for the new season

Despite the departure of four key players, Valencia president Anil Murthy believes the team remains strong and competitive in the new season. “Right now, we have a squad that is strong enough to compete,” he told Batzine. This season will be one of new beginnings for Los Che. Although Rodrigo Moreno, Ferran Torres, Francis Coquelin […]

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It’s more important than ever for Valencia CF to get the right deals: Anil Murthy

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit Valencia CF hard financially, causing the club to tighten its purse strings and to carefully manage financial risks. It has been a difficult summer for Valencia fan as they’ve seen big names like Dani Parejo, Ferran Torres, Francis Coquelin and Rodrigo Moreno left without any replacements so far. But there […]

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Covid-19 has exposed football’s financial excesses: Anil Murthy

The global pandemic has exposed the football industry’s unsustainability, said Valencia president Anil Murthy, pointing to the vast overspending in European top-flight football and skyrocketing transfer fees and wages. With the crisis unlikely to ease soon, coupled with a second wave of infections in Spain, the way forward for top clubs should be a strategy […]

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Vicente Esquerdo: Following in the footsteps of David Silva and Isco

Vicente Esquerdo certainly felt the nerves hit hard when former manager Albert Celades told him to prepare for his debut last November. It was in the dying minutes of a tightly contested derby between Valencia and Villarreal, with the Bats precariously clinging to a one-goal lead. The stadium was boiling and the decibel levels surged […]

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Only 1 per cent from Valencia’s academy will reach first team every year

Out on Valencia’s sprawling Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna training facility, over 280 youths are aspiring to be the next Carlos Soler or Jose Gaya. Spread out over 14 football pitches, 5- and 6-year-olds dribble around cones, while the U19s and reserve teams spar in friendly matches. An arduous 3-stage training regime spanning about 15 years, […]

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Valencia eye Casablanca after setting up academy in Marrakech

For years, Valencia had established academies across continents like Asia, North America and Europe. So when the time came for it to launch its first academy in 2020, it decided to look across the Strait of Gibraltar to its closest neighbour — Africa. The reception for the Marrakech academy has been encouraging. When it first […]

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Does a player lack speed or strength? Valencia’s academy uses science to find out

If a defender struggles to clear high balls launched into the penalty box week after week, it is clearly a weakness in his game. But is it due to poor anticipation, his jumping abilities or because he is slow? Without proper data, it is hard to pinpoint the exact issue, or to develop a training […]

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