Season review 2014/2015 – part 2 – Rufete and the players

We continue our review of the season with Michael (@VCF_Nordic) from Denmark, Daniel Cervera (@Cerverone) from Sweden, Eirik (@EirikSPedersen) and Hans (@mulu83) from Norway and Pål (@paalpot75). “One of the keys to the vast improvement from last year seem to be in the player material. How do you rate Rufete’s contribution to the club?” Eirik: I am not sure about Rufete’s impact by identifying players to buy, but I think he have done an important job when it comes to the final signature on the contract. He is good at convincing players that Valencia is the right club to join. I also think he …

Season review 2014/2015 – Part 1- The season, Peter Lim and Nuno

As the season draw to a close in Almería on Saturday, Valencia had secured the long desired 4th place that gives qualification to CL playoffs. The importance of achieving that goal should not be underestimated. It has truly been an eventful season and it has been a successful one measured in points. Only when the team won the league under Rafa Benitez have they accumulated 77 points before. We asked our great board members to give their view on the season. Michael (@VCF_Nordic) from Denmark, Daniel Cervera (@Cerverone) from Sweden, Eirik (@EirikSPedersen) and Hans (@mulu83) from Norway and of course …

Valencia plays for it’s future in Almería

When Valencia enter Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos on Saturday 18:30 local time, it is not just about adding three points at the end of a season better than most in recent years. As the final whistle went at Mestalla on Sunday, they had reduced their room for error to the bare minimum. Everything will now hinge at this last game of the season. Peter Lim’s project has so far been far more successful than anyone would have dared believe possible before the season, despite Lay Hoon stating “Success will not come overnight” when she addressed the press back in …

Opposition Spotlight – Celta Vigo

The opponent As Luis Enrique’s Barca prepares to take on the old lady of Turin in the Champions League final, his old side is battling for relevance in the league. Once perennially in Europe, Celta Vigo have seen just one top eight finish since ’03, when they finished fourth and plummeted the entire way down to the Segunda the following year. 10th in the league, Celta are well out of contention for both relegation and the Europa League, but even though they have nothing major to play for, expect a fight – Their only defeats since mid March have been …

Opposition spotlight – Real Madrid

The opponent In the wake of all the drama surrounding La Liga’s new TV-deal, Valencia are preparing their orange and blue kits for an away game against one of the extremely few teams that would’ve undoubtedly preferred the split of the broadcasting money to stay the same. The Bernabéu awaits for a fixture that has brought us some incredibly entertaining football over the last few years. The last three final scores between the teams read 2-1, 2-2 and 2-3, so as we prepare for a thriller, let’s freshen up on our knowledge of Ancelotti’s Galacticos. For Real Madrid, the mindset …

#Chenews May 8th – Spanish Football Civil War

It has been a lively week in Spanish football despite there being a respite between matches after 3 of them in the space of a week. As Valencia prepare for this weekends “all to win”-match against Real Madrid, we take a look at the current news. Small injury scares  When the news came that Valencia’s golden defensive triangle Alves, Otamendi and Mustafi all struggled with injuries after the Eibar match, one started getting nervous. Now though, all three are back in full training and ready to form part of the squad. Nuno’s only doubt for the game against Madrid is …

Opposition spotlight – Rayo Vallecano

The opponent After a rather mediocre performance garnered a brilliant result when Granada visited the Mestalla Monday night, Nuno’s boys are headed for the Vallecas to add three new points to their tally in the dash for a spot in next year’s Champions League. There they’ll face Paco Jeméz’ crowd favorite Rayo, who are on pace to stay in the BBVA for a club record fifth consecutive year. The 11th placed side are currently in no man’s land as far as league placings are concerned, and barring a complete collapse or an inconceivable rally to end the season, that’s where …

Opposition Spotlight – Granada C.F.

The opponent Granada, who are currently in their second spell with manager Abel Resino, are coming in to this fixture sitting 19th in the league, after having won only one of their last ten games. A mere three points from safety – relatively speaking, anyway – the Andalusian side will surely be looking to build on the performance that earned them a point when Sevilla came to visit Los Cármenes last weekend. Not having won since they hosted Malaga in the beginning of March, however, it’s hard to say they’re coming to the Mestalla on the back of a good …

Familia Valencianista made in USA

#FamiliaValencianista When my friend Armando Espinal told me about a true “familia Valencianista” outside Valencia, but also in the slightly patriotic USA, I had to interview the man behind: Julio Silva. Julio lives in the American “wild west”, Texas, with his wife and three kids who are all Valencianistas: One of the kids is named after an ex-player, and Julio even managed to convert his nephew, a Barça fan, into a Valencia fan! INTERVIEW Questioner: Hello Julio. Thanks for your time. I really want to know about your family but let’s start off with some questions about your Valencianismo sentiment. …