Chenews 21.08.2015

Team News ahead of Rayo clash It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t convincing, but Valencia did come away with a 3-1 victory over Monaco in this season’s first official match. Ruben Vezo stepped into the defense and except on one occasion, he really proved he will be no pushover. As Valencia prepare for their league debut, it is without three important players, all suspended as a result of the hard fought victory at Almeria which secured fourth place last season. Gayá, Feghouli and Parejo will all sit this one out, giving room for forced rotations from Nuno, who should have …

#Chenews 30th of July

Valencia are approaching the final stages of preseason as the team is gathered in full in the German location of Kamen. With the return of Otamendi to the squad, Nuno for the first time has the entirety of the team at his disposal, bar the injured Alves and Andre Gomes. Otamendi The Argentine returned as scheduled to Valencia on Sunday and have been the center of focus for many this week. Hope and speculation in British media that the player would refuse to train seem to have been largely based on guesswork. Nuno interestingly went back to his standard 4-3-3 …

#Chenews 26.07.2015

The summer is all but over and we are only a little less than a month away from Valencia’s debut in the 2015/2016 edition of La Liga. We take a look at the latest news in the city of Turia. First matches of the season decided Valencia will make it’s official debut this season against a still unknown opponent the 18th or 19th of August in the Champions League playoff. As for the initial matches in La Liga, they will be played as follows:   Victory over PSV Valencia reportedly gave a solid performance in the non-televised match against the …

Valencia’s plan for the future; team, stadium & marketing

Layhoon Chan, Valencia’s current and first female president, let the travelling journalists from Las Provincias and Levante-emv in on some of the plans for the future Valencia. The plan of course follows the master lines from the contract regulating the sale of Fundación’s shares in the club, but some more details were shed light on. Building a Team Evil tongues would say Valencia’s only transfer strategy is listening to Jorge Mendes, however, what we see is the careful roll out of a plan and strategy the club’s management have set up and follows. Layhoon explained that after the initial investment, …

Phil Neville replace Cathro at Valencia

When Scot Ian Cathro left the club after only a year due to personal issues, Nuno’s coaching staff was left one short. Nuno brought with him Cathro, assistant manager Rui Silva and fitness coach Antonio Dias, while legendary goalkeeper coach Ochoterrena was already at the club. Cathro’s role was more of the tactical kind, advising Nuno on Valencia and it’s opponents. While Cathro and Nuno goes back some years, one might question; then why Phil Neville now? The story is one that started with Peter Lim’s keen interest in the game of football. One team that always stood out to …

#Chenews 24.06.2015

The summer is progressing and some people start to go on holiday. That is not true for Valencia or the many journalists that follow them – and of course not for us at Chescandinavia either. Today’s #Chenews gives you the latest updates. The selected goalkeeper is closing in on a move The story of Gerónimo Rulli does not seem to stop producing surprises. From the very beginning the transfer looked difficult, as the player had stated his intention to stay with Real Sociedad where he was on loan last season. Then it emerged that Valencia, not Real Sociedad had come …

The Brazilian kid who could have changed the history of Valencia

Prologue The year is 1956 and Europe is still recovering after the war that ravaged a continent. Football is still in it’s younger years, far from the modern game of money, information and power. Spain suffered it’s own war in the 1930’s and had been left under the rule of Franco and his Nationalist army. For the people it is nothing but a struggle to survive. In these times transfers were few and far between and players were mostly locals. The Spanish league had been started as late as February 1929, however Valencia were not able to join until 3 …

#Chenews 12.06.2015

Summer is upon us, and while most of the talk is on transfers, there are also other interesting topics to keep tabs on! We give you the latest all summed up, right here: Who decides? There has been a lot of debate between fans about who really signs players for Valencia. The basis are reports in newspapers as well as the Cadena SER radio station. Some have even gone as far as to say Nuno and Rufete couldn’t stand each other and couldn’t even bring themselves to meet each other. Judging by what we have seen this week, that seems …

Season review 2014/2015 – part 3

The third and final part of the season review will focus on the future. What do our guys think about that? “What are the main weaknesses you have seen this season in Nuno’s Valencia? How would you strengthen the team?” Hans: I have spotted three main weaknesses. The first is lack of creativity and attacking alternatives when the back/wing play doesn’t work. At times the team have looked clueless when entering the final third, especially when Gayá has been absent. Also, there is an over dependency on the left side for most games (Levante a notable exception), although Feghouli have …

Valencia’s hunt for Alves’ replacement

When Diego Alves shouted out in pain after kicking out the ball in the last game of the season, one had the feeling this was all but good. I have to admit I did not think it would be as bad as it turned out though.  The diagnosis turned out to be a knee injury meaning at least 6 of the next months will be spent outside the football field. It seems unjust, because Alves was in the form of his life. Much Like our neighbor Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo. Immediately after the seriousness of the injury was known, names of …