Valencia CF Mestalla

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Valencia Mestalla
Valenciacf.svg
Full nameValencia Club de Fútbol Mestalla
Nickname(s)Los Che
Els Taronges (The Oranges)
Valencianistes
Los Murciélagos (The Bats)
Mestalleta
Founded1944
Ground Estadio Antonio Puchades, Paterna, Valencia,
Valencian Community, Spain
Capacity2,300
OwnerPeter Lim[1][2]
PresidentAnil Murthy
Head coachÓscar Fernández
League2ªB – Group 3
2018–192ªB – Group 3, 13th
Current season

Valencia Club de Fútbol Mestalla, shortened to Valencia Mestalla, is the reserve team of Valencia CF, a Spanish football club based in Valencia, in the namesake community. Founded in 1944, and currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 3, 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.

History[edit]

Founded in 1944 as Club Deportivo Mestalla, the club spent 21 seasons in the Segunda División in the period between 1947 and 1973, including a best ever finish of second place in the southern section in 1951–52; they went on to finish top of the promotion play-off group, but were ineligible for promotion to La Liga as the reserve team of Valencia CF, who were already playing in that division.

In 1972–73, the club finished bottom of the Segunda División and was relegated to the Tercera División; three years later, they were relegated again to the Valencian Regional Preferente, the top division of regional football in Spain. However, their stay was shortlived as a reorganisation of the Spanish league saw them reinstated to the Tercera División, now the fourth tier of the national football pyramid. They were briefly promoted back to the Segunda División B for the 1987–88 season, but were relegated again after finishing just one point from safety. In 1991, after three more seasons in the Tercera División, they merged fully with Valencia CF, officially becoming the club's B team.

In their first season as Valencia B, they finished top of their Tercera División and were promoted back to the Segunda División B. Since then, they have played all but five seasons in the Segunda División B, reaching a peak of second place in their group in 2001–02.

Season-by-season[edit]

  • As CD Mestalla
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1944–45 Regional
1945–46 Regional
1946–47 3 2nd
1947–48 2 8th
1948–49 2 12th
1949–50 2 6th
1950–51 2 8th
1951–52 2 2nd
1952–53 2 6th
1953–54 2 15th
1954–55 3 2nd
1955–56 2 6th
1956–57 2 17th
1957–58 3 1st
1958–59 3 2nd
1959–60 2 11th
1960–61 2 10th
1961–62 2 12th
1962–63 2 9th
1963–64 2 4th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1964–65 2 8th
1965–66 2 6th
1966–67 2 9th
1967–68 2 8th
1968–69 2 17th
1969–70 3 2nd
1970–71 3 1st
1971–72 2 13th
1972–73 2 20th
1973–74 3 2nd
1974–75 3 5th
1975–76 3 18th
1976–77 4 Reg. Pref. 3rd
1977–78 4 6th
1978–79 4 10th
1979–80 4 5th
1980–81 4 8th
1981–82 4 3rd
1982–83 4 1st
1983–84 4 3rd
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1984–85 4 1st
1985–86 4 5th
1986–87 4 5th
1987–88 3 2ªB 16th
1988–89 4 3rd
1989–90 4 2nd
1990–91 4 4th
Season Tier Division Place
1991–92 4 1st
1992–93 3 2ªB 12th
1993–94 3 2ªB 13th
1994–95 3 2ªB 3rd
1995–96 3 2ªB 4th
1996–97 3 2ªB 14th
1997–98 3 2ªB 14th
1998–99 3 2ªB 10th
1999–00 3 2ªB 17th
2000–01 4 2nd
2001–02 3 2ªB 2nd
2002–03 3 2ªB 6th
2003–04 3 2ªB 17th
2004–05 4 1st
2005–06 4 2nd
2006–07 3 2ªB 16th
2007–08 4 2nd
2008–09 3 2ªB 12th
2009–10 3 2ªB 18th
2010–11 4 1st
Season Tier Division Place
2011–12 3 2ªB 13th
2012–13 3 2ªB 16th
2013–14 3 2ªB 16th
2014–15 3 2ªB 14th
2015–16 3 2ªB 8th
2016–17 3 2ªB 3rd
2017–18 3 2ªB 11th
2018–19 3 2ªB 13th
2019–20 3 2ªB 16th
2020–21 3 2ªB

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 October 2020[3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Spain ESP Unai Etxebarria
2 DF Spain ESP Xavi Estacio
3 DF Spain ESP Jesús Vázquez
4 DF Spain ESP Eduardo Mingotes (on loan from Zaragoza)
5 DF Spain ESP Guillem Molina
6 MF Spain ESP Adri Gómez
7 MF Spain ESP Carlos González
8 MF Spain ESP Carlos Pérez
9 FW Spain ESP Fran Navarro
10 MF Spain ESP Vicente Esquerdo
11 FW Spain ESP Álex Blanco
12 DF Spain ESP Marc Ferris (Captain)
13 GK Spain ESP Emilio Bernad
14 FW Cameroon CMR Stephane Emaná
15 DF Spain ESP José David Menargues
16 DF Argentina ARG Kevin Sibille
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW France FRA Noha Ndombasi
18 MF Argentina ARG Facundo García (on loan from Leganés)
19 MF France FRA Koba Leïn
20 FW Spain ESP Pablo Gozalbez
21 MF Spain ESP Nacho Muñoz
22 DF Spain ESP David Ruiz
26 DF Spain ESP Iván Muñoz
27 FW Spain ESP Fran Pérez
28 MF Spain ESP Pedro Alemañ
29 MF Spain ESP Hugo González
30 MF United States USA Yunus Musah
31 GK Spain ESP Charly
32 MF Spain ESP Carles Aliberch
33 DF Uruguay URU Facu González
40 DF Spain ESP César Tárrega

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goal.com (17 May 2014). "Peter Lim new owner of Valencia".
  2. ^ "Singapore businessman Peter Lim buys Valencia". Today. 17 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Valencia Club de Fútbol". www.valenciacf.com.

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