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 …

The fallen hero

Paco Alcácer, or Alcàsser as he seemed to have no issue with being named by the Catalan press. I can’t remember exactly when I heard about him for the first time. It couldn’t have been much after he joined the younger teams at Valencia from his childhood club Torrent. I remember writing bout this goal machine prodigy that broke all records when it came to precisely that; scoring goals. He was the Valencian hope for the future. He was the next David Villa. Unlike that eternal #7, who has shown a love towards the club that few match, Paco, for …

Will Lim’s learnings lead Valencia back on the path?

It has been hard to find motivation and contents to write about Valencia this season. Somehow you feel you have said it all before; wrong appointments, lack of this and that, unmotivated players and so on and so forth. Now that the doomsday drums have silenced somewhat after securing our spot in La Liga this season, it is however maybe time to take a step back and put some things in perspective. Recently, the BBC documentary on Sir Alex Ferguson was broadcasted on Norwegian TV, and one bit really stuck with me; He knew that for Manchester United to succeed, it …

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 …