Bordalas’ intense training? Hugo Duro says it’s “normal”

Hugo Duro can feel Jose Bordalas’ gaze on him as he is put through the paces by the boss. Each touch, each dribble and each shot is analysed with a fine-tooth comb. The forward is made to sweat from the moment training begins. But it’s all good. He is used to it, having endured many […]

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Call him Hu-goal: Duro wants to become Valencia’s goal machine

Hugo Duro cannot stop talking about scoring goals. He dreams of it. He lives it. Beneath his boyish grin, the on-loan Valencia striker is dead serious about finding the net at every opportunity. He has already bagged 1 apiece against LaLiga frontrunners Real Madrid and Sevilla this season – both goals came in his first […]

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Bat-men forever: 6 Academy players who have pledged their futures to Valencia

Homegrown players have long been the backbone of successful Valencia teams, from former defensive lynchpin Voro to current captain Jose Gaya. Today, there is a sharper focus on tying down young talent early after the promising Ferran Torres left for around 25 million euros last summer following failed contract negotiations.

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Carlos Soler is Batzine’s Player of the Year

A dreary, draggy and mostly disappointing season has finally come to a close. But stars shine brighter in the darkest nights, and Los Che had a few who provided the sparkle. Time and again, these players hauled the team out of the quagmire with their individual brilliance or top-class leadership. So who are these standout players? Batzine brings you our choice picks this season.

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Valencia’s new No. 10: Can Oliva be like club legends Mata and Angulo?

Threading delicious through balls. Befuddling opponents with dazzling footwork.  Orchestrating the team’s attacking play. These are the skillsets of a classic No. 10 in football. Think Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and Diego Maradona. But not in Valencia. Instead, Los Che’s current No. 10 loves sliding into tackles, harassing opponents off the ball, and offers more protection […]

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Valencia’s Got Talent! Why Is Cutrone Singing For Batzine?

It takes a special player to have a chant of his own, especially one who has recently joined. A handful of games into his career at Premier League club Wolves, Patrick Cutrone already had a song dedicated to him. His passionate yet intelligent play on the field won English fans over when he joined in July 2019.

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