Valencia CF Mestalla

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Valencia Mestalla
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Full name Valencia Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Che
Founded 1944
Ground Antonio Puchades Stadium, Paterna, Valencia,
Valencia, Spain
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Spain Amadeo Salvo
Manager Spain Curro Torres
League 2ªB – Group 3
2013–14 2ªB – Group 3, 16th

Valencia Club de Fútbol B, also named Mestalla, is a Spanish football club based in Valencia, in the namesake community. Founded in 1944, it is the reserve team of Valencia CF and currently plays in Segunda División B, holding home games at Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna, with a 4,000-seat capacity.

Unlike in England, reserve teams in Spain play in the same football pyramid as their senior team rather than a separate league. However, reserve teams cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore, the team is ineligible for promotion to La Liga, the division in which the main side plays. Reserve teams are also no longer permitted to enter the Copa del Rey.

The team is officially known as Valencia CF Mestalla on the club's official promotion and website, but Professional Football League rules prohibit B teams from having different names to their parent.

History[edit]

Founded in 1944 as Club Deportivo Mestalla, an independent club, Valencia B managed to play in more than 20 second division seasons from 1947 to 1973. In the 1951–52 campaign, the team finished in a best-ever second position in the league, but was ineligible for La Liga promotion as the first team was also playing in that category.

In the following decades, Valencia B – who merged with the Che organization in 1991 – played mainly in the fourth level, but also appeared 16 times in the third, eight of those consecutive (1992–2000), with three appearances in the promotion playoffs.

Season to season[edit]

  • As CD Mestalla
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1944/45 Regional
1945/46 Regional
1946/47 2nd
1947/48 8th
1948/49 12th
1949/50 6th
1950/51 8th
1951/52 2nd
1952/53 6th
1953/54 15th
1954/55 2nd
1955/56 6th
1956/57 17th
1957/58 1st
1958/59 2nd
1959/60 11th
1960/61 10th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1961/62 12th
1962/63 9th
1963/64 4th
1964/65 8th
1965/66 6th
1966/67 9th
1967/68 8th
1968/69 17th
1969/70 2nd
1970/71 1st
1971/72 13th
1972/73 20th
1973/74 2nd
1974/75 5th
1975/76 18th
1976/77 Regional
1977/78 6th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1978/79 10th
1979/80 5th
1980/81 8th
1981/82 3rd
1982/83 1st
1983/84 3rd
1984/85 1st
1985/86 5th
1986/87 5th
1987/88 2ªB 16th
1988/89 3rd
1989/90 2nd
1990/91 4th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1991/92 1st
1992/93 2ªB 12th
1993/94 2ªB 13th
1994/95 2ªB 3rd
1995/96 2ªB 4th
1996/97 2ªB 14th
1997/98 2ªB 14th
1998/99 2ªB 10th
1999/00 2ªB 17th
2000/01 2nd
2001/02 2ªB 2nd
2002/03 2ªB 6th
2003/04 2ªB 17th
2004/05 1st
2005/06 2nd
2006/07 2ªB 16th
2007/08 2nd
2008/09 2ªB 12th
2009/10 2ªB 18th
2010/11 1st
2011/12 2ªB 13th
2012/13 2ªB 16th
2013/14 2ªB 16th
2014/15 2ªB

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2014

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

No. Position Player
Spain GK Jaume Doménech
Spain GK Álex Sánchez
Cameroon DF Serge Leuko
Equatorial Guinea DF Carlos Akapo
Spain DF Juan Carlos Lázaro
Spain DF Nacho Vidal
Spain DF Alberto Tendillo
Spain DF Alberto Jiménez (on loan from Tenerife)
Spain DF Salva Ruiz
Spain DF Sergio Ayala
Spain MF Dani Ramírez
No. Position Player
Spain MF Nacho Gil
Spain MF Jorge Muñoz
Spain MF Tropi
Spain MF Sito
Guadeloupe MF Wilfried Zahibo
Spain MF Nando García
Spain MF Fernando Cano
Spain MF Robert Ibáñez
Spain FW Toni Martínez
Spain FW Álex López
Equatorial Guinea FW Iván Salvador

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