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Valencia
Valenciacf.svg
Full name Valencia Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Los Che
Els Taronges (The Oranges)
Valencianistas
Los Murciélagos (The Bats)
Founded 18 March 1919; 95 years ago (1919-03-18)
Ground Mestalla
Ground Capacity 55,000
Owner Peter Lim
President Amadeo Salvo
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo
League La Liga
2013–14 La Liga, 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

Valencia Club de Fútbol (Spanish: [baˈlenθja ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol], Valencian: València Club de Futbol [vaˈlensia ˈklub de fubˈbɔɫ];[1] also known as Valencia CF, Valencia or Los Che) are a Spanish football club based in Valencia. They play in La Liga and are one of the most successful and biggest clubs in Spanish football and European football. Valencia have won six La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey trophies, two Fairs Cups (which was the predecessor to the UEFA Cup), one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and two UEFA Super Cups. They also reached two UEFA Champions League finals in a row, losing to La Liga rivals Real Madrid in 2000 and then to German club Bayern Munich on penalties after a 1–1 draw in 2001. Valencia were also members of the G-14 group of leading European football clubs. In total, Valencia have reached seven major European finals, winning four of them.

In the all-time La Liga table, Valencia is in third position behind Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. In terms of continental titles, Valencia is again the third-most successful behind the two.

Valencia were founded in 1919 and have played their home games at the 55,000-seater Mestalla since 1923. They were due to move into the new 75,000-seater Nou Mestalla in the north-west of the city in 2013, but the final move date has been postponed while the stadium is still being built. Valencia have a long-standing rivalry with Levante UD, also located in the City of Valencia, and with two others club in the Valencian Community region, Hércules CF and CD Castellón.

Valencia are the third most supported football club in Spain, behind heavy weights Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.[2] It is also one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of number of associates (registered paying supporters), with more than 50,000 season ticket holders and another 20,000+ season ticket holders on the waiting list, who can be accommodated in the new 75,000-seater stadium.

History[edit]

The Valencia squad in 1927.

The club was established on 5 March 1919 and officially approved on 18 March 1919, with Octavio Augusto Milego Díaz as its first president; incidentally, the presidency was decided by a coin toss. The club played its first competitive match away from home on 21 May 1919 against Valencia Gimnástico, and lost the match 1–0.

Valencia CF moved into the Mestalla Stadium in 1923, having played its home matches at the Algirós ground since 7 December 1919. The first match at Mestalla pitted the home side against Castellón Castalia and ended a 0–0 draw. In another match the day after, Valencia won against the same opposition 1–0. Valencia won the Regional Championship in 1923, and was eligible to play in the domestic Copa del Rey cup competition for the first time in its history.

Emergence as a giant in Spanish football[edit]

The Spanish Civil War halted the progress of the Valencia team until 1941, when it won the Copa del Rey, beating RCD Espanyol in the final. In the 1941–42 season, the club won its first Spanish La Liga championship title, although winning the Copa del Rey was more reputable than the championship at that time. The club maintained its consistency to capture the league title again in the 1943–44 season, as well as the 1946–47 league edition.

In the 1950s, the club failed to emulate the success of the 1940s, even though it grew as a club. A restructuring of Mestalla resulted in an increase in spectator capacity to 45,000, while the club had a number of Spanish and foreign stars. Players such as Spanish international Antonio Puchades and Dutch forward Faas Wilkes graced the pitch at Mestalla. In the 1952–53 season, the club finished as runners-up in the La Liga, and in the following season, the club won the Copa del Rey, then known as the Copa del Generalísimo.

European successes[edit]

While managing indifferent league form in the early 1960s, the club had its first European success in the form of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (the forerunner to the UEFA Cup). In the 1961–62 season, Valencia beat FC Barcelona in the final. The 1962–63 edition of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final pitted Valencia against Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb, which the Valencians also won. Valencia was again present in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final in the 1963–64 season, but was defeated 2–1 by Real Zaragoza from Spain.

Former two-time European Footballer of the Year award winner Alfredo Di Stéfano was hired as coach in 1970, and immediately inspired his new club to their fourth La Liga championship and first since 1947. This secured Valencia its first qualification for the prestigious European Cup, contested by the various European domestic champions. Valencia reached the third round of the 1971–72 competition before losing both legs to Hungarian champions Újpesti Dózsa. In 1972 The club also finished runners up both in La Liga and the domestic cup, losing to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, respectively. The most notable players of the 1970s era include Austrian midfielder Kurt Jara, forward Johnny Rep of the Netherlands, West German midfielder Rainer Bonhof and Argentinian forward Mario Kempes, who became the La Liga topscorer for two consecutive seasons in 1976–77 and 1977–78. Valencia would go on to win the Copa del Rey again in the 1978–79 season, and also capture the European Cup Winners' Cup the next season, after beating English club Arsenal in the final, with Kempes spearheading Valencia's success in Europe.

Stagnation[edit]

In 1982, the club appointed Miljan Miljanić as coach. After a disappointing season, Valencia was in 17th place and faced relegation with seven games left to play. Koldo Aguirre replaced Miljanić as coach, and Valencia barely avoided relegation that year, relying on favorable results from other teams to ensure their own survival. In the 1983–84 and 1984–85 seasons, the club was heavily in debt under the presidency of Vicente Tormo. The club finally hit rock bottom when it was relegated at the end of the 1985–86 season, and riven with internal problems such as unpaid player and staff wages, as well as poor morale. The club was relegated for the first time after 55 years in Spanish top-flight football.

Andoni Zubizarreta finished his career with Valencia.

Arturo Tuzón was named the new club president, and he helped steer Valencia back to La Liga. Alfredo Di Stéfano returned as coach in 1986 and Valencia won promotion again following the 1986–87 season. Di Stéfano stayed on as coach until the 1987–88 season, when the team finished in 14th position in La Liga. Bulgarian forward Luboslav Penev joined the club in 1989, as Valencia aimed to consolidate their place in La Liga. Guus Hiddink was appointed as head coach in the 1991–92 season, and the club finished fourth in the League and reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. In 1992, Valencia CF officially became a Sporting Limited Company, and retained Hiddink as their coach until 1993.

Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, fresh from winning the 1994 FIFA World Cup with the Brazilian national team, became manager at Mestalla in 1994. Parreira immediately signed the Spanish goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta and the Russian forward Oleg Salenko, as well as Predrag Mijatović, but failed to produce results expected of him. He was replaced by new coach José Manuel Rielo. The club's earlier successes continued to elude it, although it was not short of top coaching staff like Luis Aragonés and Jorge Valdano, as well as foreign star forwards like Brazilian Romário, Claudio López, Ariel Ortega from Argentina and Adrian Ilie from Romania.

The 2000s: Valencia returns to the top of Spanish and European football[edit]

Valencia started the 1999–00 season by winning another title, the Spanish Super Cup, beating FC Barcelona. Valencia finished third in the league, four points behind the champions Deportivo de La Coruña and level on points with second placed Barça. But the biggest success was in the UEFA Champions League; for the first time in its history, Valencia reached the European Cup final. However, in the final played in Paris on 24 May 2000, Real Madrid beat Valencia 3–0.

It was also Claudio López's farewell, as he had agreed to sign for the Italian side Lazio, also leaving was Farinós for Internazionale and Gerard for Barcelona. The notable signings of that summer were John Carew, Rubén Baraja, Roberto Ayala, Vicente Rodríguez, and the Brazilian left back Fábio Aurélio. Also bought that season was Pablo Aimar in January. Baraja, Aimar, Vicente, and Ayala would soon become a staple of Valencia's dominance of the early 2000s in La Liga.

Valencia started the championship on the right foot and were top of the league after 10 games. After the Christmas break, however, Valencia started to pay for the top demand that such an absorbing competition like the Champions League requires. After passing the two mini-league phases, Héctor Cúper's team eliminated Arsenal in quarter-finals and Leeds United in the semi-finals, and got ready to face Bayern Munich in the big final; Valencia had reached two European Cup finals in a row. This time, the final was to be played in Milan at the San Siro on 23 May. Gaizka Mendieta gave Valencia the lead by scoring from the penalty spot right at the start of the match. Goalkeeper Santiago Cañizares then stopped a penalty from Mehmet Scholl, but Stefan Effenberg drew level after the break thanks to another penalty. After extra time, it went to penalties, where a Mauricio Pellegrino miss gave Bayern Champions League glory and dealt Valencia a second-straight exit in the finals. Valencia went on to slip to fifth place in La Liga and out of Champions League contestation for the 2001–02 season. The final game of the season meant Valencia only needed a draw at the Camp Nou against Barcelona to seal Champions League qualification. Los Che lost to Barcelona 3–2 at the Nou Camp, with a last minute goal from Rivaldo resulting in Barcelona qualifying for the Champions League while Valencia missed out.

The president, D. Pedro Cortés, resigned due to personal reasons and left the club in July, with the satisfaction of having won one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup, and having been runners-up in two successive Champions League finals. D. Jaime Ortí replaced him as president and expressed his intention on maintaining the good form that had made the club so admired on the European circuit. There were also some changes in the team and staff. Rafael Benítez, after helping CD Tenerife to promotion, replaced Héctor Cúper after the latter became the new coach at Internazionale in Italy. Among the playing squad, Gaizka Mendieta, Didier Deschamps, Luis Milla, and Zlatko Zahovič left, while Carlos Marchena, Mista, Curro Torres, Francisco Rufete, Gonzalo de los Santos, and Salva Ballesta all arrived.

From 1999 up until the end of the 2004 season, Valencia had one of the their most successful periods in the club's history. With a total of two La Liga titles, one UEFA Cup, one Copa del Rey, and one UEFA Super Cup in those six years, no less than five first class titles and two Champions League finals had been achieved.

During Valencia's domestic and European dominance of the early 2000s, Argentine Roberto Ayala had been a key component in their defense.

That first game against fellow title rivals Real Madrid produced a significant and important victory. This was followed by a record of 11 games won consecutively, breaking the existing one set in the 1970–71 season, the season they had last won the La Liga title under Alfredo Di Stéfano.

After a defeat in A Coruña against Deportivo on 9 December 2001, the team had to win against RCD Espanyol in the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys to prevent falling further behind the league leaders. Valencia were 2–0 down at half time, but a comeback in the second half saw Valencia win 3–2.

In the second part of the season, Benítez's team suffered a small setback after losing 1–0 in the Santiago Bernabéu to Real Madrid, but they recovered from this setback and achieved four victories and two draws in the following six games against UD Las Palmas, Athletic Bilbao, Deportivo Alavés, Real Zaragoza, and Barça.

In one of those crucial games that they would come up against Espanyol, Valencia were trailing 1–0 half-time and a man down too with the dismissal of Carboni, but after two goals from Rubén Baraja, Valencia achieved a 2–1 victory. Furthermore, Real Madrid's defeat in Anoeta to Real Sociedad left Valencia with a three-point lead at the top of the table.

The final game of the season was at La Rosaleda to face Málaga CF, on 5 May 2002, a date that has gone down in Valencia’s history. The team shut itself away in Benalmádena, close to the scene of the game, in order to gain focus. An early goal from Roberto Ayala and another close to half-time from Fábio Aurélio assured them their fifth La Liga title, 31 years after their last title win.

The 2002–03 season was a disappointing one for Valencia, as they failed in their attempt to retain the La Liga title and ended up outside of the Champions League spots in fifth, behind Celta de Vigo. They were also knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by Internazionale on away goals. The 2003–04 season saw Valencia trailing the longtime leaders Real Madrid. In February, after 26 games played, Real Madrid were eight points clear.[3] However, their form declined in the late season and they lost their last five games of the campaign, allowing Valencia to overtake them and win the title. The club added the UEFA Cup to this success. Valencia had now been La Liga champions twice in three seasons.

In the summer of 2004, coach Rafael Benítez decided to leave the club, stating he had had problems with the club president; he would soon become manager of Liverpool. He was replaced by former Valencia coach Claudio Ranieri, who had recently been sacked by Chelsea. His second reign at the club was a disappointment, however, as Valencia harboured realistic hopes of retaining their La Liga crown but, by February, found themselves in seventh place. Valencia had also been knocked out of the Champions League group phase, with Ranieri being sacked promptly in February. The 2004–05 season ended with Valencia outside of the UEFA Cup spots.

2005: Fans at Estadio Mestalla.

In the summer of 2005, Getafe CF coach Quique Flores was appointed as the new manager of Valencia and ended the season in third place, which in turn gained Valencia a place in the Champions League after a season away from the competition. The 2006–07 season was a season with many difficulties, a season which started with realistic hopes of challenging for La Liga was disrupted with a huge list of injuries to key players and internal arguments between Flores and new Sporting Director Amedeo Carboni. Valencia ended the season in fourth place and were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-finals stage by Chelsea 3–2 on aggregate, after knocking out Italian champions Inter in the second round. In the summer of 2007, the internal fight between Flores and Carboni was settled with Carboni being replaced by Ángel Ruiz as the new Sporting Director of Valencia.

On 29 October 2007, the Valencia board of directors fired Flores after a string of disappointing performances and caretaker manager Óscar Rubén Fernández took over on a temporary basis until a full-time manager was found, rumoured to be either Marcello Lippi or José Mourinho. A day later, Dutch manager Ronald Koeman announced he would be leaving PSV to sign for Valencia. But there was still no improvement; in fact, Valencia even went on to drop to the 15th position in the league, just two points above the relegation zone. Although on 16 April 2008, Valencia lifted the Copa del Rey with a 3–1 victory over Getafe at the Vicente Calderón Stadium. This was the club's seventh Copa title. Five days later, one day after a devastating 5–1 league defeat in Bilbao, Valencia fired Ronald Koeman and replaced him with Voro, who would guide Valencia as Caretaker Manager for the rest of the season. He went on to win the first game since the sacking of Koeman, beating CA Osasuna 3–0 in his first game in charge. Voro would eventually drag Valencia from the relegation battle to a safe mid-table finish of 10th place, finally ending a disastrous league campaign for Los Che.

35th and former president of Valencia Manuel Llorente.

Highly rated Unai Emery was announced as the new manager of Valencia on 22 May 2008. The start of the young manager's career looked to be promising, with the club winning four out of its first five games, a surge that saw the team rise to the top position of the La Liga table. Despite looking impressive in Europe, Los Che then hit a poor run of form in the league that saw them dip as low as seventh in the standings. Amid the slump emerged reports of a massive internal debt at the club exceeding 400 million Euros, as well as that the players had been unpaid in weeks. The team's problems were compounded when they were knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Dynamo Kyiv on away goals. After a run where Valencia took only five points from ten games in La Liga, an announcement was made that the club had secured a loan that would cover the players' expenses until the end of the year. This announcement coincided with an upturn in form, and the club won six of its next eight games to surge back into the critical fourth place Champions' League spot. However, Los Che were then defeated by 4th place rivals Atlético Madrid and Villarreal in two of the last three games of the campaign, and finished sixth in the table, which meant they failed to qualify for a second successive year for the Champions League.

The 2010s: Debt issues and stability[edit]

No solution had yet been found to address the massive debt Valencia were faced with, and rumours persisted that top talents such as David Villa, Juan Mata, and David Silva could leave the club to help resolve the huge debt. In the 2009–10 season, Valencia returned to the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2007–08 season, as they finished comfortably in third in the 2009–10 La Liga. However, in the summer of 2010, due to financial reasons, David Villa and David Silva were sold to Barcelona and Manchester City, respectively, to reduce the club's massive debt. But, despite the loss of two of the club's most important players, the team was able to finish comfortably in third again 2010–11 La Liga for the second season running, although they were eliminated from the Champions League by Bundesliga side Schalke 04 in the Round of 16. In the summer of 2011, then captain Juan Mata was sold to Chelsea to further help Valencia's precarious financial situation. It was announced by President Manuel Llorente that the club's debt had been decreased and that the work on the new stadium would restart as soon as possible, sometime in 2012. During the 2012–13 season Ernesto Valverde was announced as the new manager but after failing to qualify for the Champions League he stepped down as was replaced by Miroslav Đukić. On 5 July 2013, Amadeo Salvo was named new President of the club. Almost a month after Salvo was named president, on 1 August 2013, Valencia sold striker Roberto Soldado to English club Tottenham Hotspur for a reported fee of €30 million.

Peter Lim ownership[edit]

In May 2014, Singapore businessman Peter Lim took over ownership of Valencia CF after buying 70.4% of the shares owned by the club's foundation.[4][5]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Mestalla Stadium
Mestalla

Valencia played its first years at the Algirós stadium but moved to the Mestalla in 1923. In the 1950s, Mestalla was restructured, which resulted in a capacity increase to 45,000 spectators. Today it holds 55,000 seats, making it the fifth largest stadium in Spain. It is also renowned for its steep terracing and for being one of the most intimidating atmospheres in all of Europe to play.[6]

On 20 May 1923, the Mestalla pitch was inaugurated with a friendly match that brought Valencia CF and Levante UD face to face. It was the beginning of a new era that meant farewell to the old place, Algirós, which will always remain in the memories of the Valencians as first home of the club. A long history has taken place on the Mestalla field since its very beginning, when the Valencia team was not yet in the Primera División. Back then, this stadium could hold 17,000 spectators, and in that time the club started to show its potential in regional championships, which led the managers of that time to carry out the first alterations of Mestalla in 1927. The stadium's total capacity increased to 25,000 before it became severely damaged during the Civil War. Mestalla was used as a concentration camp and junk warehouse. It would only keep its structure, since the rest was a lonely plot of land with no terraces and a stand broken during the war. Once the Valencian pitch was renovated, Mestalla saw how the team managed to bring home their first title, the 1941 Cup. An overwhelming team was playing on the grass of the redesigned Valencian stadium in that decade, team that conquered three League titles and two Cups with the legendary ‘electric forwards’ of Epi, Amadeo, Mundo, Asensi and Guillermo Gorostiza. Those years of sporting success also served as support to recover little by little the Mestalla ground.

During the 1950s, the Valencia ground experienced the deepest change in its whole history. That project resulted in a stadium with a capacity of 45,500 spectators. It was a dream that was destroyed by the flood that flooded Valencia in October 1957 after the overflowing of the Turia River. Nevertheless, Mestalla not only returned to normality, but also some more improvements were added, like artificial light, which was inaugurated during the 1959 Fallas festivities. This was the beginning of a new change for the Mestalla.

Mestalla panoramic

During the 1960s, the stadium kept the same appearance, whilst the urban view around it was quickly being transformed. Moreover, Mestalla held its first European matches. Nottingham Forest were the first foreign team to play against Valencia at Mestalla. They played on 15 September 1961 and it was the first clash of a golden age full of continental successes, during which Valencia won the Fairs Cup in 1962 and 1963.

From 1969, the expression "Anem a Mestalla" (Let’s go to Mestalla), so common among the supporters, started to fall into oblivion. The reason was the change of name that meant a big tribute that the club paid to his most symbolic president that lasted for a quarter of a century. Luis Casanova Giner admitted that he was completely overwhelmed by such honour, and the president himself requested in 1994 that his name was again replaced by the name of Mestalla, as it happened.

In 1972, the head office of the club, located in the back of the numbered terraces, was inaugurated. It consisted of an office of avant-garde style with a worth mentioning trophy hall, which held the foundation flag of the club. In the summer of 1973 there was another new thing, the goal seats, which meant the elimination of fourteen rows of standing terraces providing more comfort and an adjustment to the new times. Valencia's management started to consider the possibility of moving Mestalla from its present location to some land in the outskirts of the town, but finally the project was turned down and some years later.

Mestalla held the Spain national football team for the first time in 1925. It was chosen the national team's group venue when Spain staged the 1982 World Cup,[7] and at the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona, all of Spain's matches up to the final were held at Mestalla, as they won Gold.[8] Mestalla has been the setting for important international matches, has held several Cup finals, has been the home of Levante UD, a venue for the Spanish national team and exile for Castellón and Real Madrid in Europe.

New stadium[edit]

Main article: Nou Mestalla
Model of Nou Mestalla

The 2008–09 season was to have been the last season at the Mestalla, with the club moving to their new 75,000-seater stadium Nou Mestalla in time for the 2009–10 season. However, due to the club being in financial crisis,[9] work on the new stadium has stopped.

On 12 December 2011, club president Manuel Llorente reached an agreement with Spanish banking conglomerate, Bankia, which insured the financial security to resume work on the new stadium. It was estimated that the stadium would be completed in 2 years and in time for the 2014–15 season, however continued debt problems and the eventual stepping down of Llorente in 2012 meant the fate of the new stadium was once again left up in the air as the club continued to look for ways to finance it's completion.[citation needed]

On 13 November 2013, Valencia announced an updated redesign by Fenwick Iribarren Architects. The new design reduced the capacity to 61,500. It also reduced the underground car park and downsized the original design's full roof and elaborate façade. There were also redesigns of the interior decoration. No date was given for when construction would restart.

Kit and colours[edit]

Originally the kit was composed of white shirts, black shorts and socks of the same colour. Through the years, however, these colours have alternated between white and black.

Sponsorship[edit]

Season Manufacturer Sponsor
1980–1982 Adidas None
1982–1985 Ressy
1985–1990 Rasan Caja Ahorros Valencia
1990–1992 Puma
1992–1993 Mediterrania
1993–1994 Luanvi
1994–1995 Cip
1995–1998 Ford
1998–2000 Terra Mítica
2000–2001 Nike
2001–2002 Metrored
2002–2003 Terra Mítica
2003–2008 Toyota
2008–2009 Valencia Experience
2009–2011 Kappa Unibet
2011–2014 Joma Jinko Solar
2014– Adidas Jinko Solar

The team have also attracted smaller, local sponsors over the years. One example is Lamiplast, a Valencia-based furniture company.

Club anthem[edit]

The club assigned D. Pablo Sanchez Torella who composed the music of Valencia's anthem, named the "Pasodoble". The hymn was written by Ramon Gimeno Gil, in the Valencian variety of the Catalan. The anthem was premiered and had its official presentation at the 75th anniversary of the club on 21 September 1993.


The story of the bat[edit]

Coat of arms of the city of Valencia.

Valencia and the Balearic Islands were conquered by King James I of Aragon during the first half of the 13th century. After the conquest the king gave them the status of independent kingdoms of whom he was also the king (but they were independent of Aragonese laws and institutions). The arms of Valencia show those of James I.

The unique crowned letters L besides the shield were granted by King James. The reason for the letters was that the city had been loyal twice to the King, hence twice a letter L and a crown for the king.

There are several possible explanations for the bat; one is that bats are simply quite common in the area. The second theory is that on 9 October 1238, when James I was about to enter the city, re-conquering it from the Moors, one bat landed on the top of his flag, and he interpreted it as a good sign. As he conquered the city, the bat was added to the arms.

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 July 2014[10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Diego Alves
2 Argentina MF Pablo Piatti
3 Portugal DF Rúben Vezo
5 Spain DF Víctor Ruiz
7 Brazil FW Jonas
8 Algeria MF Sofiane Feghouli
9 Portugal FW Hélder Postiga
10 Argentina MF Éver Banega
12 Portugal DF João Pereira
13 Spain GK Vicente Guaita (captain)
15 Spain MF Javi Fuego
16 Spain FW Paco Alcácer
No. Position Player
17 Spain MF Jonathan Viera
18 Mexico MF Andrés Guardado
19 Spain DF Antonio Barragán
21 Spain MF Dani Parejo
23 France DF Aly Cissokho
25 Brazil FW Vinícius Araújo
Argentina DF Nicolás Otamendi
Spain MF Carles Gil
Argentina MF Rodrigo De Paul
Portugal MF André Gomes (on loan from Benfica)
Spain FW Rodrigo (on loan from Benfica)

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Argentina MF Federico Cartabia (at Córdoba until 30 June 2015)
Spain MF Míchel (at Getafe until 30 June 2016)

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo
Second coach Manuel Suárez
Physical trainer Alejandro Richino
Goalkeeping trainer José Manuel Ochotorena
Delegate Salvador González 'Voro'
Kit manager Bernardo España Edo 'Españeta'
Kit manager José Manuel López
Kit manager Vicente Navarro Navarro 'Serreta'
Kit manager Iván Montero Rodríguez
Kit manager Vicente Ventura Deval

Last updated: 1 January 2014
Source: [1]

Valencia CF Official Website

Recent seasons[edit]

Season[11] League Europe[12] Other Comp. Top Scorer Top scorer[13]
Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts Cup Goals
2005–06 La Liga 3rd 38 19 12 7 58 33 69 QF UEFA Intertoto Cup RU David Villa 28
2006–07 La Liga 4th 38 20 6 12 57 42 66 R16 Champions League QF David Villa 21
2007–08 La Liga 10th 38 15 6 17 48 62 51 W Champions League GS David Villa 22
2008–09 La Liga 6th 38 18 8 12 68 54 62 QF UEFA Cup R32 Supercopa de España RU David Villa 30
2009–10 La Liga 3rd 38 21 8 9 59 40 71 R16 Europa League QF David Villa 28
2010–11 La Liga 3rd 38 21 8 9 64 44 71 R16 Champions League R16 Roberto Soldado 25
2011–12 La Liga 3rd 38 17 10 11 59 44 61 SF Champions League
Europa League
GS
SF
Roberto Soldado 27
2012–13 La Liga 5th 38 19 8 11 67 54 65 QF Champions League R16 Roberto Soldado 30
2013–14 La Liga 8th 38 13 10 15 51 53 49 R16 Europa League SF Paco Alcácer 14

Last updated: 1 Jun 2013
Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; Pts = Points

The 20 most expensive signings in the club's history[edit]

In 2008, Valencia paid Boca €20 million for the highly rated youngster Éver Banega
Pos. Player Club Euro (€) Year
1
Spain Joaquín Spain Real Betis 25M 2006
2
Argentina Pablo Aimar Argentina River Plate 24M 2001
3
Argentina Éver Banega Argentina Boca Juniors 20M 2008
4
Portugal Manuel Fernandes Portugal Benfica 18M 2007
5
Italy Stefano Fiore Italy Lazio 17M 2004
6
Uruguay Gonzalo de los Santos Spain Málaga 15M 2001
7
Serbia Nikola Žigić Spain Racing de Santander 14M 2007
8
Spain David Villa Spain Zaragoza 12M 2005
9
Spain Rubén Baraja Spain Atlético Madrid 10.8M 2000
Spain Salva Ballesta Spain Atlético Madrid 10.8M 2001
11
Italy Marco Di Vaio Italy Juventus 10.5M 2004
12
Italy Francesco Tavano Italy Empoli 10M 2006
Spain Roberto Soldado Spain Getafe 10M 2010
14
Norway John Carew Norway Rosenborg 8.5M 2000
15
Slovenia Zlatko Zahovič Greece Olympiacos 8M 2000
Portugal Miguel Portugal Benfica 8M 2005
Spain Víctor Ruiz Italy Napoli 8M 2011
18
Spain Asier del Horno England Chelsea 7.5M 2006
Spain Sergio Canales Spain Real Madrid 7.5M 2011
Argentina Pablo Piatti Spain Almería 7.5M 2011

Statistics and records[edit]

  • Average Attendance: 46,894
  • Socios: 45,116
  • Seasons in First Division: 76
  • Seasons in Second Division: 4
  • Historical classification in La Liga: 3rd place.
  • Highest position in League: 1st place
  • Lowest position in League: 16th place
  • Games played: 2,284
  • Games won: 1,017
  • Games drawn: 529
  • Games lost: 738
  • Goals for: 3,810
  • Goals against: 2,973
  • Goal difference: 837
  • Overall points: 2,789
  • Biggest home win: Valencia 8–0 Sporting de Gijón (29 November 1953)
  • Biggest away win: Lleida 1–6 Valencia (04/02/1951) and Málaga 1–6 Valencia (31 January 2004)
  • Biggest home defeat: Valencia 0–5 Real Madrid (21 January 2013)
  • Biggest defeat: Sevilla 10–3 Valencia (13 October 1940)
  • Pichichi's won: Spain Mundo (2): 1941–42, 27 goals; 1943–44, 28 goals; Spain Ricardo: 1957–58, 19 goals; Brazil Valdo: 1966–67, 24 goals; Argentina Mario Kempes (2): 1976–77, 24 goals; 1977–78, 28 goals.
  • Zamora's won: Spain Ignacio Eizaguirre (2): 1943–44, 32 goals conceded; 1944–45, 28 goals conceded; Spain Goyo: 1957–58, 28 goals conceded; Spain Abelardo: 1970–71, 19 goals conceded; Spain Manzanedo: 1978–79, 26 goals conceded; Spain José Manuel Ochotorena: 1988–89, 25 goals conceded; Spain Santiago Cañizares (3): 2000–01, 34 goals conceded; 2001–02, 23 goals conceded; 2003–04, 25 goals conceded.
  • Most games played: Spain Fernando (542), Spain Arias (500), Spain Miguel Ángel Angulo (430), Spain Santiago Cañizares (418)
  • Most goals scored: Spain Mundo (260), Brazil Waldo (147), Argentina Mario Kempes (145), Spain Fernando (140), Spain David Villa (129)

Managerial information[edit]

The following managers have all won at least one major trophy when in charge.

Name Period Trophies Total
Domestic International
LL CdR SC UCL UCWC UEL UIC USC
Spain Ramón Encinas Dios 1939–42
1
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
Spain Eduardo Cubells 1943–46
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
Spain Luis Casas Pasarín 1946–48
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
Spain Jacinto Quincoces 1948–54
-
2
1
-
-
-
-
-
3
Argentina Alejandro Scopelli 1962–63
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
2
Spain Edmundo Suárez 1966–68
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
Argentina Alfredo di Stéfano 1970–74, 1979–80
1
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
2
Spain Bernardino Pérez 1979, 1980–82
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
1
2
Italy Claudio Ranieri 1997–99, 2004–05
-
1
-
-
-
-
1
1
3
Argentina Héctor Cúper 1999–01
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
1
Spain Rafael Benítez 2001–04
2
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
3
Netherlands Ronald Koeman 2007–08
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
Total 1919–2012 6 7 2 0 1 3 1 2 22

Gallery[edit]

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (6): 1941–42, 1943–44, 1946–47, 1970–71, 2001–02, 2003–04
Runners-up (6): 1947–48, 1948–49, 1952–53, 1971–72, 1989–90, 1995–96
Winners (7): 1941, 1949, 1954, 1967, 1979, 1999, 2008
Runners-up (10): 1934, 1937, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1952, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1995
Winners (1): 1999
Runners-up (3): 2002, 2004, 2008
Winners (1): 1949
Runners-up (1): 1947

Major European competitions[edit]

Runners-up (2): 1999–00, 2000–01
Winners (1): 1979–80
Winners (1): 2003–04
Winners (2): 1961–62, 1962–63
Runners-up (1): 1963–64
Winners (2): 1980, 2004
Winners (1): 1998
Runners-up (1): 2005

The Academy: Training Centre Foundation Valencia CF[edit]

Since May 2009, Valencia CF has had a training centre, this is the first multidisciplinary training center for a football club in Spain.[14]

The Training Centre Foundation Valencia CF "The Academy" offers classroom training, university education[15] and online training related to the sport.[16]

Valencia CF is one of the few clubs in Spain that organises a MBA, the Master in International Management in Sport Organizations, currently performs with his Training Centre -The Academy- and the Valencia Catholic University Saint Vincent Martyr.[17]

On the 90th anniversary of Valencia CF, The Academy opened with the University of Valencia the first university course that studied the history of a football club, Valencia CF is the first football club in Spain, object of study on college.[18]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Valencia Club de Fútbol (1919–1969), Bodas de Oro, de José Manuel Hernández Perpiñá. 1969, Talleres Tipográficos Vila, S.L.
  • Historia del Valencia F.C., de Jaime Hernández Perpiñá. 1974, Ediciones Danae, S.A. ISBN 84-85.184
  • La Gran Historia del Valencia C.F., de Jaime Hernández Perpiñá. 1994, Levante-EMV. ISBN 84-87502-36-9
  • DVD Valencia C.F. (Historia Temática). Un histórico en la Liga. 2003, Superdeporte. V-4342-2003

References[edit]

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