Asturian discipline to change fortunes

Villaviciosa, a name that means something like “the fertile home”, is a small place in the very North of Spain, in the autonomy of Asturias. The people have adapted to their surroundings; it might be fertile, but only hard work would allow one to reap the benefits of the land and sea. It has also been a disputed territory and suffered invasions by the French and it always got the attention from Spain’s dictators. The Maliayos (from an earlier name of the place), as any Asturians are tough people, people that appreciate order and loyalty. It is maybe not a …

President’s corner

An eventful summer has just reached its end at Valencia. We have seen a record number of players leaving the club,righting wrongs from years past to rebuild a team in the mold of Marcelino style football, strengthening weak areas like professionalism, team work, leadership and decisions. Although one could reprieve the team with Mateu Alemany at it’s head for selling on the low in some cases, the truth is these players were especially difficult to sell with their high salaries, low performance levels and labelled “toxic”. Looking at the overall transfer activity there is no doubt that it is, on …

Valencia Academy – a look at the current and future stars

Gayá After a fantastic start back in 14/15, Gayá have had some more trouble after that, despite being first choice throughout. Injuries and lack of consistent playing time will have been main reasons behind that. Now it is a make or break year for the lad who is not short of internal competition. Carlos Soler Established himself in the team after Voro put faith in him when the team and midfield was failing. He brings dynamism, movement, arrives well in the box, while at the same time he is an assured passer. Marcelino looks to use him to the left …

Revolución femenina – the girls’ challenge for greater things

In a season were the clubs flagship team in La Liga have performed well below what was expected, there is one team at the club that have performed their best ever season – the Valencia CF Femenino. The girls went through the entire league season only losing twice. The first loss was of the undeserved kind against Levante (who they punished at Mestalla thrashing them 6-0) and a close match that ended 0-1 against Barcelona. Due to many draws at the beginning of the season, it was still (only) worth a third place, behind Barcelona and the winners Atlético. Still, …

Transfer overview

OUT Pablo Piatti will stay at Espanyol as they triggered the option to buy him. The fee is €1.5m. Matthew Ryan signs a 5 year deal with Brighton after he return from his loan at Genk. We got a €6m fee for him. After he turned down two offers from Premier League Enzo Pérez signs with River Plate. He wanted to go home and we got a deal for him at €5m. Aderlan Santos will go for loan at Sao Paulo until 31 December 2018. There are also a buy-out clause in the deal. Zakaria Bakkali will go to Deportivo …

Confessions of a Valencianista

I have a confession to make. The last couple of seasons my valencianismo has declined dramatically Sure, during this time my third child was born (on the height of Las Fallas, 19th of March, the day after the birthday of the club). I’ve changed jobs and my workload has increased. I’ve pursued personal goals in my life. There are many rational reasons why my valencianismo isn’t burning as it once did. But these are not the main reasons. I used to spend hours, almost daily, to read about and discuss Valencia CF. That wasn’t healthy, it was a borderline addiction …

Voro, I salute you, but…

In Voro I have always seen a Maximus. You know, “Decimus Meridius, commander of the North Legion, loyal servant to the TRUE emperor”, and so on. He was the one that always ended up ruling, even though he wasn’t supposed to. He was the one who embodied the words of Maximus upon the Emperors request that he rule after his death; “With all my heart, no”.  “That is why it has to be you”, Marcus Aurelius replies. So have Valencia insisted every time they have needed the man since he became a delegate for the club in 2005. Equally he …

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 …

Where is Lim’s valor?

In the end there is nothing to fight for, no club to play for This sentence came in a discussion on Valencia over at #Eurotalk tonight, while they were drawing parallels to the situation of Newcastle United the years after Mike Ashley took over. As a Newcastle follower since the early 90s I certainly know the situation that club has gone through. Still it was only when I heard this sentence that the comparison started making perfect sense. The two clubs are incredibly different but still so much alike. Ever since Peter Lim took over I have taken it upon …