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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Piccini looks good, but Kang In needs fashion rescue: Jose Gaya tells all 

We’re all familiar with Valencia players on the pitch, but what are they like off it? Batzine sat down with Jose Gaya and asked him to dish the dirt on his fellow teammates.   Who has the best taste in music? Rodrigo Moreno. He usually plays the music in the dressing room and on the bus. […]

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Why the LaLiga referees are always blowing the whistle on Eliaquim Mangala

When Eliaquim Mangala’s contract ended with Manchester City last year, it was not difficult for the French centre-back to decide where he wanted to play next. He returned south to the Mediterranean coast of Spain – back to Valencia, where he once spent a year on loan. “I was here 3 years ago, and I […]

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Gaya: One day you are champion, next day you are nothing

Before the Covid-19 pandemic swept across Spain and hit Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya, he sat down with Batzine to tackle 5 quick questions. The secret of his success: Never be complacent. Good advice in these extraordinary times. We wish him a speedy recovery. What’s the best advice you’ve received? Be humble – my parents […]

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The Bull emerging from the shadow of Luis Suarez

On the southern outskirts of Uruguay’s capital Montevideo lies the Estadio Luis Franzini, a spit of green located amidst a congestion of low-rise buildings, a sprawling park and a beach. Home to Defensor Sporting Club, the 18,000-seater football stadium is modest by most standards. No behemoth LED screens, glamorous domes or cushy box office seats.  […]

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