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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Enough is enough: Football’s racism has to stop

On June 22, the sky above Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium bore a familiar hue of greyish blue. Those same English skies also served as the backdrop for another increasingly familiar phenomenon that day – the words “White Lives Matter Burnley”, etched in maroon on a banner, were flown across the Etihad Stadium at the start […]

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Of brawls and brotherhood: An Inter Milan fan’s journey with Valencia

As an Inter Milan fan for over 28 years, I have had some bittersweet memories of Valencia. The Los Che first captured my attention in the early 2000s. This was around the same time it began its rise from relative obscurity to become a European powerhouse. The Cuper – Kily connection The most important connection […]

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How I Fell In Love with Lee Kang In through Football Manager

Vivir Sin Dormir – Live Without Sleep. The city of Valencia’s motto rings true, especially when you are addicted to football e-sports. To fill the gap of not being able to play and watch football during this pandemic, many fans turn online. Football Manager 2020 saw 1.8 million players globally play the game in the […]

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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 the Mestalla 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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