Valencia

Full name: Valencia Club de Futbol
 
From: Valencia, Spain
 
Nickname: Los Che (the bats)

Kit - Valencia

Club colours: White shirt, black shorts

Home ground: Mestalla (55,000)

Last season: 6th in La Liga

Unai Emery

Manager: Unai Emery

Squad:
Goalkeepers
Timo Hildebrand, Renan Brito Soares, Vicente Guaita Panadero

Defenders
Curro Torres, Carlos Marchena Lopez, Ivan Helguera, Alexis Delgado, Emiliano Moretti, Asier del Horno, Miguel Monteiro, Hedwiges Maduro

Midfielders
David Silva, Joaquin, David Albelda, Hugo Viana, Manuel Fernandes, Ruben Baraja, Vicente, Pablo Dominguez

Strikers
Miguel Angulo, Fernando Morientes, David Villa, Juan Manuel Mata, Nikola Zigic

Website: www.valenciacf.com

EUROPEAN HONOURS
 Uefa/Fairs Cup winners
1962, 1963, 2004
 Cup Winners' Cup
1980
 Super Cup
1980, 2004

10 FACTS ON VALENCIA CF

  • In the all-time La Liga table, Valencia are third behind Barcelona and Real Madrid
  • They are the only Spanish club outside the El Classico pair to have won more than five international trophies
  • They have been playing in the famous Mestalla since 1923 but are due to move to the 75,000-seater Nou Mestalla in 2010
  • The bat on Valencia’s crest is taken from the city’s Coat of Arms. Legend had it that just before James I, King of Aragaon, conquered the city from the Moors, a bat landed on top of his flag, which he interpreted as a good sign.
  • Legend Alfredo di Stefano managed Valencia for a total of seven years split over three periods.
  • They have a long-standing rivalry with city-neighbours Levante and also Villarreal.
  • One of their most notable former players is Argentinean goal machine Mario Kempes – when he was at the club, the whole of the Mestalla would shout “Don’t say Kempes, say goal!” every Sunday.
  • In 1980, Valencia beat Nottingham Forest to become the first Spanish team to win the Super Cup
  • They have won six Spanish League titles, most recently in 2003/04.
  • Valencia is the third largest city in Spain.

Mestalla - Valencia

Mestalla, Valencia

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