“Like big bros”: Two senior players helped Correia in his darkest moments

Thierry Correia was struggling. Home was more than 850km away in Amadora, a 15-minute drive from central Lisbon, Portugal. The 21-year-old had arrived from Portuguese giants Sporting CP in the summer of 2019 for a hefty 12 million euros. But instead of starting every match, he was glued to the bench.

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Why is Guillamon unsatisfied with his first Valencia goal?

Hugo Guillamon is still unsatisfied. Despite scoring his first goal against Alaves last month with a towering header that secured a draw for Valencia, the young centre-back rues that it was only worth a point. “I would have liked to score in a game that would have helped the team to win, but it was […]

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La Cantera’s Perfect 10: Valencia’s conveyor belt of world-class talent

Talent sprouts from the grounds of Valencia’s famed academy. In 2020, 28 first-division professionals across Europe’s top five leagues were cultivated from Valencia – the fifth-most productive club according to a study by the International Centre for Sports Studies.

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Why did one of football’s rising stars leave Arsenal for Valencia?

Yunus Dimoara Musah was midway through a training session with the England Under-18 squad in late 2019 when he realised he had improved significantly. He found that he was half a second quicker on the ball, read the game better, and all-round tactical nous and positional discipline that little bit sharper.   “I’ve noticed the difference […]

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