1999–2000 Valencia CF season

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Valencia CF
1999–00 season
Manager Héctor Cúper
La Liga 3rd
Champions League Runners-up
Copa del Rey Second round
Top goalscorer Gaizka Mendieta (13)

During the 1999–2000 Spanish football season, Valencia competed in La Liga.

Season summary[edit]

Valencia CF emerged as a world football heavyweight after reaching the Champions League final. New coach Héctor Cúper focused heavily on making the defence invincible, although, despite the general perception of a much more defensive Valencia, they actually conceded the same amount of league goals as they had under previous coach Claudio Ranieri. Among the key players were playmaker Gaizka Mendieta (voted as the best midfielder in the Champions League), fellow midfielder Gerard, goalkeeper Santiago Cañizares, winger Javier Farinós and striker Claudio López, who was sold to Lazio at the end of the season. Lazio had been Valencia's opponents in the quarter-final of the Champions League, which resulted in a 5-2 victory for Valencia against the eventual Italian champions. Gerard was also sold, to the team that had nurtured him, Barcelona, for £15 million. Barcelona had been Valencia's opponents in the semi-finals, and had been crushed 4-1 away. A 2-1 defeat at the Camp Nou still saw Valencia progress to the final at Stade de France, where they came up against Real Madrid in the first ever all-Spanish final of the competition. Valencia's dreams were shattered by a clear 3-0 defeat.

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Santiago Cañizares
2 Argentina DF Mauricio Pellegrino
3 Sweden DF Joachim Björklund
5 Serbia and Montenegro DF Miroslav Đukić
6 Spain MF Gaizka Mendieta
7 Argentina FW Claudio López
8 Spain MF Javier Farinós
9 Spain MF Óscar
10 Spain MF Angulo
11 Romania FW Adrian Ilie
13 Spain GK Jorge Bartual
14 Spain DF Gerard
15 Italy DF Amedeo Carboni
16 France DF Alain Roche
17 Spain FW Juan Sánchez
No. Position Player
18 Argentina FW Kily González
19 Croatia FW Goran Vlaović
20 France DF Jocelyn Angloma
21 Spain MF Luis Milla
22 Spain MF Gerardo
23 Spain MF David Albelda
24 Argentina DF Daniel Fagiani
25 Spain GK Andrés Palop
27 Spain MF Curro Montoya
29 Spain GK Jonathan
30 Spain DF Manuel Cabezas
37 Spain MF Alex Pascual
38 Spain MF José Braulio
Spain DF Javier Navarro
Spain MF Jandro

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
4 Spain DF Francisco Camarasa (to Valencia B)
12 Spain DF Miguel Ángel Soria López (on loan to Numancia)
No. Position Player
22 Romania MF Dennis Serban (on loan to Villareal)

Results[edit]

La Liga[edit]

Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

  • Valencia 2-0 Hapoel Haifa
  • Hapoel Haifa 0-2 Valencia

First group stage[edit]

Second group stage[edit]

Quarter-final[edit]

Semi-final[edit]

Final[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

La Liga[edit]

Champions League[edit]