No more divas in Valencia: Players need to be proud of the badge

As a Valencia fan for over 20 years, I’ve had my share of unforgettable moments. Yet, nothing quite comes close to Daniel Wass’s 82nd-minute equaliser against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge back in November last year. It gave us a 2-2 draw — an unbelievable scoreline given the number of injuries in our squad.  We had […]

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VAR and Valencia: A contentious relationship

The introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system at the 2018 World Cup in Russia was a signal that the footballing world was being ushered into a new era. One where we wouldn’t need to debate the status of Diego Maradona as a god or a cheat for the (in)famous “Hand of God” incident, or have to listen to TV pundits talk about how the Premier League is the best league with the worst referees.

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The impending metamorphosis of football and academies

Football academies may cease to function in the same manner in the near future. While many had opined that the Covid-19 crisis would open the door to academies becoming the next pot of gold in the coming seasons, there is an important question that has yet to be answered. Are football clubs equipped to cope with the new normal in football?

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Liverpool, Real Madrid or Juventus? Nope, I chose Valencia — here’s why.

I’d never been a football fan until of late. My only exposure, like most non-followers, had been to the FIFA World Cup. The event was generally worth watching because of the high-stakes play and the gathering of nations. I remembered staying up as late as 4am in Singapore to catch a match, to see if […]

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Brexit: A chance for Valencia and LaLiga to benefit?

David Silva, Juan Mata, Roberto Soldado and Shkodran Mustafi. It has become a bit of a trend for English clubs to poach prized assets from Valencia over the years. In the last decade, English clubs have been only second to Barcelona when it comes to the outflow of key talent from the Mestalla – Mustafi, Silva, Soldado and Mata only bettered by Neto, Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer, Jeremy Mathieu, Jordi Alba and David Villa.

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Celades vs Benitez: How similar are their teams?

For Valencianistas, recalling success beyond last season’s Copa Del Rey might require them to hark back to more than a decade ago to their team’s golden era. Led by Rafael Benitez, his uncompromising Valencia side inserted an aberration in Spain’s La Liga annals, with their two league wins in 2002 and 2004 interrupting the Barcelona and Real Madrid duopoly.

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Will faith in youth pay off for Valencia and Chelsea?

When Valencia last faced Chelsea, Marcelino had just been dismissed. The forecast for the club: showers and thunderstorms. But it has been sunnier than expected on the east coast, an optimism driven by the team’s faith in youth. Los Che are now playing better football and showing greater spirit, most recently characterised by a series of important […]

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