En paella veritas

“You can fool some people sometimes. But you can’t fool all the people all the time”, sang Bob Marley. And in the end the truth will emerge. Yesterday, after two press conferences which should tell every valencianista where the problems are, it has been laid naked. To discuss whether Cesare Prandelli might be a coward for leaving the club at such a sensitive time is irrelevant. Anil Murthy and García Pitarch did everything to paint him as a selfish coward today, and although some partly believe them, they are really revealing themselves. Several Twitter polls even before the Prandelli presser gave …

Cantera Special – A short history of VCF Mestalla

The first team understandably gets most of the attention. But Valencia’s B team, the ‘cantera’, also generate substantial interest among fans, of whom many attend their home matches at the club’s training ground, despite the latter being outside the city proper, suffering from not having a  metro station nearby and hardly any bus correspondence. Valencia fans love their local youngsters, and the club has a long tradition in producing world class players from its ranks. Most known in the last few years are the seemingly never ending conveyor belt of left backs like Jordi Alba, Juan Bernat and José Luis …

The nuts and bolts

Preparing for the worst The truth was laid bare at Camp Nou. It was cruel. A massacre. But Barcelona was actually merciful with Gary Neville’s men. Or is ‘men’ really the right word? In a match that will be remembered as the blackest in modern Valencian history, to call the eleven white-shirted cones men that night would be an insult to any narration. “Mercenaries”, “You don’t deserve this shirt” and “Vete ya” were the words of welcome as they returned to Valencia where hundreds of fans have had enough. Many outsiders say Valencia’s fans are particulary demanding. That’s not really …

The Polit Bureau Rant

Chescandinavia is delighted to present the experienced reporter Paco Polit as our new columnist. Paco has vast experience covering Valencia CF, and has worked for various media in the capital of Turia, like the online newspaper VlcNews.es. He now works as a radio reporter for Punto Radio, and has appearances on Sillas Gol and Minuto Marcador. And to the delight of our English readers, he’s very fluent in the Anglo-Saxon tongue, and now spend his days as an English teacher. There’s simply no one better to rant about the inner workings of Los Che. And Paco loves to rant. You …

Back to the future

The target is reached. Champions League. The great and crucial goal of the new Valencia CF so important both for economical room and for making top class players wanting to come. And stay. But now what? After many turbulent years many expected, me included, a less nerve-wrecking silly season this summer. The agonic times are gone when it was inevitable that our best players would leave just to keep the ship floating, while what came in were scraps found under the rich clubs’ table. The circus of the sale of the club itself was over, and the road ahead towards glory seemed long, …

Interview with Emran Badran – the self made academy valencianista from Israel

Interview by Juan Assouline (@VCFJuanito)   Some of you might remember the passionate arab Valencia fan Emran in Israel. For those who don’t, here’s an introduction. Emran Badran, a 26 year old from the small village of Ain-Ansala, got known last year for building a Valencia academy on his own. Coaching a bunch of hopeful kids he didn’t just name the club Valencia. He had kits made with the proper Valencia badges, and plan to expand to five youth teams, all built on the mother club’s GloVal principles. He also dream to construct a proper ground with grass turf, and …

The cocky promise of a green bullfighter

It looked like  the end of an era. Instead it was the beginning of an even better one. Much because of an unknown but ambicious man from Madrid. It was the golden era of Rafa. Late in the summer of 2001 the twin towers still stood tall on Manhattan, teenagers listened to “Lady Marmalade” while mourning the end of the “Friends” sitcom, and the news were filled with hysteria about the cow disease. While in Valencia the fans were pessimistic ahead of a new season. And they had many reasons to do so. Preparing for a fall The club had …

Valencia-Atletico – a rivalry between Penev’s fists and Zigic’ tits

Tomorrow Valencia meets Atlético Madrid for the 184th time in official matches through history. So far the colchoneros are on top with 72 victories to Valencia’s 63, while 44 encounters have ended in a draw. Both have been, and still are, among the best teams in Spain. And even if all matches between the two are considered big ones, it’s in the recent years that it has been starting to look like a real ‘clásico’. The matches always mean something to both teams, especially tomorrow as the fight between them for the third spot. And with Real Madrid tripping on …

ANTONIO PUCHADES

In the small rural village of Sueca just outside Valencia the inhabitants had never seen a television before. Until that day the radio was the medium in which they were connected to the world. On days with important football matches the villagers put them in their windows turning to the street where they gathered. Usually to listen to the matches of Valencia CF. But the last few weeks it had been the World Cup in Brazil where the Spanish national team had done well. And on that team their own lad had made them proud. Now the World Cup was …

– Se meg i øya når jeg snakker til deg!

Konfrontasjonen mellom Luis Aragonés og Romario på Valencias treningsfelt er berømt. Men den egentlige grunnen er mindre kjent. Opprinnelig skrevet av Pål Ødegård Lúis Aragones ankom Valencia i 1997 som den knallharde og kompromissløse treneren som skulle få spillergruppa til å bli sammensveiset igjen. Med sin utrolige CV regnet de fleste med at dette var en genial idé. Det var det nok også, ettersom Valencia kun var et sleivspark på åpent mål fra en Las Palmas-spiller på overtid i siste serierunde fra å vinne ligaen. Istedenfor var det hans gamle lag Atlético Madrid som kunne feire. Mye av grunnen til …