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Valencia Club de Futbol, commonly referred to as Valencia CF, is a Spanish professional football club based in the city of Valencia, in the autonomous community of Valencia. The club was founded on March 18, 1919, and has since become one of the most successful football clubs in Spain and Europe. 

Valencia CF is commonly known as Los Che, which is short for ‘Los Chevereos’ (The Brave Ones). Valencia plays their home matches at the Mestalla Stadium, which has a seating capacity of approximately 55,000 spectators. The stadium has been their home since it was built in 1923 and is known for its lively atmosphere during matches.

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Valencia History

Valencia CF has a long history in Spanish football, dating back to their foundation in 1919. Valencia’s first major trophy came in 1941, when they won the Copa del Rey. The team continued to build on this success throughout the 1940s and 1950s, winning several more domestic titles, including the La Liga title in 1942, 1944, and 1947. The 1960s and 1970s were a period of relative decline for Valencia, as the team struggled to compete with the dominant Real Madrid and Barcelona sides of the era. However, they did manage to win the UEFA Cup in 1962 and reach the final of the European Cup Winners Cup in 1979. The 1980s saw a revival in Valencia’s fortunes, with the arrival of several talented players and the appointment of successful coach Alfredo Di Stefano. The team won the Copa del Rey in 1979, 1980, and 1983, and also reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 1982. The 1990s were perhaps the most successful decade in Valencia’s history, as the team won two La Liga titles, one UEFA Cup, and reached two UEFA Champions League finals. In 2000, Valencia reached their first Champions League final, but were beaten 3-0 by Real Madrid. The following year, they reached the final again, but lost to Bayern Munich on penalties. In the early 2000s, Valencia were one of the strongest teams in Europe, with a star-studded squad that included players such as Gaizka Mendieta, Pablo Aimar, and Roberto Ayala. However, financial problems and a series of changes in ownership led to a period of decline for the club, and they struggled to compete with the top teams in Spain and Europe. In recent years, Valencia has continued to face challenges on and off the pitch, but the team remains one of the most popular and respected in Spanish football. With the support of their loyal fans and a new generation of talented players, Valencia will undoubtedly continue to play an important role in the history of La Liga.

Who Owns Valencia 

Valencia CF is currently owned by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim, who acquired the club in 2014. Lim has invested heavily in the club and has brought in new players and coaches to help improve the team’s performances.

Valencia Manager

In 2011 Valencia manager Ruben Baraja joined Atletico Madrid as an assistant manager before leaving to coach the youths at Valencia. He then went on to manage Elche, Rayo Vallecano, Sporting Gijon, Tenerife and Zaragoza. He then took over Valencia in the midst of ast season with the club in 18th place. He was able to keep them up and as a result signed a long term deal. 

Biggest Valencia Transfers

Valencia have been quite a big club in Spain and have made some impressive signings. There top signings have been:

  • Goncalo Guedes from PSG for £40.00m
  • Jasper Cillessen from Barcelona for £35.00m
  • Rodrigo from Benfica for £30.00m
  • Alvaro Negredo from Manchester City for £28.00m
  • Enzo Perez from Benfica for £25.00m

The biggest sales have been:

  • Gaizka Mendieta to Lazio for £48.00m
  • Nicolas Otamendi to Manchester City for £44.50m
  • Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal for £41.00m
  • Joao Cancelo to Juventus for £40.40m
  • David Villa to Barcelona for £40.00m

Valencia Drama

Back in March of 2023 Real Madrid were beaten by Valencia due to some controversial circumstances. The match had been suspended for 9 minutes due to racist insults being targeted towards Vinicius Junior who was subsequently sent off after a VAR intervention. In an incident where he was grabbed round the neck by a Valencia player. As you can tell there were lots of talking points after the game with many La Liga fans being outraged at the decisions and the racism. 

Who Plays For Valencia Now

Valencia have a very solid squad with defenders such as Giorgi Mamardashvili, Jaume Domenech, Mouctar Diakhaby, Cenk Ozkacar, Eray Comert, Gabriel Paulista, Christian Mosquera, Jose Gaya, Jesus Vazquez, Thierry Correia and Dimitri Foulquier. Their midfield lacks depth with players such as Hugo Guillamon, Pepelu, Andre Almedia and Javi Guerra. Their attack is quite young and has players like Sergi Canos, Samu Castijello, Diego Lopez, Fran Perez, Hugo Duro, Marcos Andre and Alberto Mari.

What Have Valencia Won

Valencia are a very successful club in Spain having won 6 La Ligas, 2 UEFA Supercups, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 Cup Winners Cup, 8 Copa Del Reys, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 2 Inter-cities fairs cup, 2 Spanish 2nd tier championships and 1 Copa Eva Duarte.

Valencia 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season we predict Valencia will finish bottom mid-table. We believe they have a decent squad that is more than good enough to stay up and with European football they are on track for that, however, they have a very poor manager. Their manager has a record of being sacked after a poor string of results and we would not be surprised if this happens again. Even if this does happen and they get a good new manager we imagine that they won’t be in a very good position to push for the top end of the table. 

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