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 …

Mr. Lim, you took my club away, please give it back

“Game after game after game, I realize now what’s most important in my life: Football. Show me something more thrilling than a perfect volley; tell me you’ve never dreamed of the immaculate strike and that passionate moment when an entire nation holds it breath. Tell me that football is not our one common language when the world stops for ninety minutes to be witness to that one special moment. You could tell me I’m wrong; some may say it’s just a game, but this is about heroes and tribes, loyalties and devotion; it’s our battle and our belief, our commitment …

Parejo – escape from the abyss

Parejo performs, but he does not triumph. He pleases, but he is not liked. His four and a half seasons at Valencia, for him, have been years of transformation both as a player and as a person. From that timid immature boy who arrived from Getafe, now rises a captain who decided to put criticism to one side and make his way helped by newly won self confidence. This has guided him to become one of the best midfielders in the Spanish league. Compare a mitochondria and a chloroplast and indicate in total five similarities and differences. It is one of those …

Football & outsourcing; Jorge Mendes at Valencia

Much has been said and written about Jorge Mendes. And much is being said and written about his involvement at Valencia. Most of them portray Mendes as «the Devil» and Valencia as his playground to run as he sees fit. The same can be said about his business with Monaco, Porto, PSG, Benfica, Braga, Sporting Lisbon, Atletico Madrid, Zenit, Fenerbahce, Besiktas, Deportivo Coruña and his strong relations with British clubs Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. From a footballing view, it breaks every rule we know (or think we know). But how does it look from a pure business perspective? …

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, …

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 …

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 …