View from Opposition: Rest assured, Real Madrid will be out for revenge against Valencia

This Sunday, Real Madrid will head to Mestalla for a showdown with Valencia. We’ll have revenge on our minds – the 4-1 away loss to Valencia last season still stings deeply. But it’ll not be easy. Valencia’s home ground is always a tricky place to visit.  Moreover, we’re a much-changed side this season. It will […]

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Yay for youth: Valencia’s model is the future of football

While Valencia’s 6 summer signings have garnered the most talk, the club’s foundation is its academy – promoting youth players and tying them down to long-term contracts. Guillamon and midfielder Vicente Esquerdo have both recently signed extensions until 2023 and 2024 respectively, while Musah has committed to Valencia for the next 5 years till 2026.

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You Bet It Hurts: Spain’s Ban on Betting Sponsorships

Out of sight, out of mind, right? The less visible betting companies are, the less likely people will gamble. Therefore, gambling problems will diminish, especially among impressionable youths. Or so Spain’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs believe, according to their research and having observed Italy’s precedent in 2019. Thus, Spain’s Royal Decree was passed in November […]

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Asian owners and anxious fans: will they ever get along?

The public sale of the Suning’s shares in Inter Milan looks to signal the end of China’s brief love affair with football. The fact that one of the largest retailers in the world’s most populous country is seeking to divest its interests in Serie A’s champion in waiting highlights the economic impact that COVID has had, and suggests that even for the rich, owning a football club is a luxury that few can afford.

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13th place is not good enough: A club like Valencia deserve more

We cannot talk about the 2020/2021 season without talking about the COVID-19 pandemic. It has drastically affected the way we play, manage and consume football. But trying to pin Valencia’s poor performance this season solely on the virus would just be a convenient excuse. For starters, we never really found suitable replacements for the 7 […]

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LaLiga must punish Cadiz’s Juan Cala if it is serious about fighting racism

We’ve been here before, haven’t we? We were here last year when 26-year-old Inaki Williams was subjected to monkey chants by Espanyol fans at the RCDE Stadium and here throughout Samuel Eto’o’s decorated career in La Liga when the Cameroonian legend suffered years of vile, racist abuse. And who can forget when racism in Spanish […]

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M-USA-H: Why did Yunus leave England – again?

It felt like a coup for US football, enough for the team to roll out the announcement video treatment for Yunus Musah. The USMNT used most of their star power to outline the project awaiting their new member. The speakers were the US’ leading lights including Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic.  They wanted the world […]

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Pablo Aimar: Messi’s Idol, Mestalla Magician and Missed Opportunities

As a football fan, there have been many Valencia players that I have admired and respected during their glorious heydays from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. But the one player that really caught my eye was magical playmaker, Pablo Aimar. Players like him are hard to come by nowadays.  Great first touch, vision, […]

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