Valencia architects of their own downfall as they self-destruct against Real Madrid

When will these Jekyll-and-Hyde performances from Valencia end? A quality first-half display quickly descended into a nightmare in the second as the team completely capitulated in the last 30 minutes against Real Madrid. Yet again, much of it was our own doing.

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The impending metamorphosis of football and academies

Football academies may cease to function in the same manner in the near future. While many had opined that the Covid-19 crisis would open the door to academies becoming the next pot of gold in the coming seasons, there is an important question that has yet to be answered. Are football clubs equipped to cope with the new normal in football?

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The secret ingredient bonding Valencians to their football club

It was just a week to Christmas in 2019 and at a hospital in Valencia, the likes of Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Piccini and Ferran Torres entered a ward. But football was not on the agenda that day. Instead, their appearances were meant to bring some Christmas cheer to the patients spending the festive season in […]

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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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Los Che support Valencia city’s Covid-19 battle with Peter Lim donation

With protective gear supplies rapidly depleting in Spain, Valencia owner Peter Lim has donated 50,000 face masks and 300 thermometers to local hospitals, as the club vows to do all it can to aid the city’s fight against Covid-19. The FFP2 face masks provide better protection against the infection than surgical masks, and will give […]

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Empty stadium? Two matches a week? Game on – Valencia want to finish season: Anil Murthy

Valencia want to fight to the last match to get back into the Champions League, even if it means playing 2 matches a week and in an empty stadium. “Public health comes first, but if we can, we want to finish the season,” said club president Anil Murthy in an exclusive interview with Batzine. A […]

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Valencia academy boys keep fit and spirits up with #StayHomeChallenge

Valencia’s academy boys might be stuck at home, but in no way are they slacking off. From jump squats to dribbling drills and shot-blocking practices – academy players are sharing their exercise routines or tricks as part of a #StayHomeChallenge. Such “homework”, which also come with a nutrition plan and guides from the club’s psychology […]

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From Paranoid to Paragon – How Valencia tackled Covid-19

When Valencia cancelled all first-team’s non-sporting public activities more than 2 weeks ago, it was criticised for being overly cautious, even paranoid. But members of its management from Singapore, a country that battled another coronavirus in 2003– the deadlier severe acute respiratory syndrome – knew the club had to act quickly. Now, 35 per cent […]

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