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 …

Derbi de la Comunidad Valenciana

#VCFvillarreal Derby day! Here are the numbers and facts before Valencia-Villarreal in Mestalla at 17:00 (CET). Valencia & Villarreal have met 38 times in all official competitions: • 17 wins for VCF • 13 wins for CVF • 8 draws – Valencia & Villarreal have met 29 times in LaLiga: • 12 wins for VCF • 11 wins for CVF • 6 draws – Valencia & Villarreal have met 18 times in Mestalla. • 12 wins for VCF • 3 wins for CVF • 3 draws – Points from the regional games between Valencian clubs in this LaLiga season: • 9 …

There was a dream that was Chescandinavia

During this last week, 10 of our Chescandinavia members have been as fortunate as to have joined me in being part of a true adventure here in Valencia. For me, this week has been energizing and it has shown me a club that is thinking very differently about it’s fans that it has done in the past. For that openness we thank the club, Amadeo Salvo and all the others that have made such a great effort to give us this experience. VCFplay deserves a very special mention. This week has also taken my thoughts back in time. Back in …

A Stop at Vicente Calderón on the Way to Glory?

So the nerves are kicking in on the eve of Valencia’s biggest match to date in this season’s La Liga.  In fact, Real Madrid’s loss away to Athletic has even made some fans stop thinking about simply toppling Atletico Madrid in the battle for 3rd place but going as far as to dreaming of an outside run at the title.  Whether that eventually comes to fruition or not, it’s nice to see pride in supporting Valencia again amongst the locals. My story isn’t quite the same as most Valencia CF fans.  I wasn’t born in Valencia (or even Spain for …

The Two Faces of the Captain

He is just that kind of player. The one that in one moment walks on water and creates gold out of dust, only to in the next run into the same glass window for the nth time. The lord giveth, and the lord taketh. I guess that is also why the captain is so much debated among the fans. What is it about Dani Parejo that makes it so? Here is my theory. Dani Parejo made his way as a footballer through the very strong Real Madrid cantera. Even though Castilla is a reserve team, the competition for places is …

A look at Valencia’s transfer market

The past 12 months have been the busiest ever for Valencia, seeing more than 40 players going in or out of the squad on temporary or permanent deals. With strong improvement both on paper and in real life, the team is now 4th in the table and looked very strong against Real Madrid who famously lost their first in 22. One of the key players was also the first piece of business in the January window. Even though Valencia is no stranger to long running transfer sagas (Van der Vaart, Gameiro…), the club’s and fans’ patience was really tested ever …

Chescandinavia Newsletter

Editorial It is truly a time of change in Valencia these days. After surviving a possibly existence-threatening financial situation and complex and politicized sales process, we can now finally look ahead. The biggest change though, I would argue, happened when former club president Manuel Llorente was replaced by Amadeo Salvo. Immediately after the life-long Valencia fan and experienced business man took office, the work with professionalizing the club started. We have seen the club’s staff advance from skillful amateurs to through and through professionals. We have seen Mestalla’s exterior pass from it’s old rather grim cement look to a true …

Chescandinavia is preparing a Las Fallas adventure!

We have previously announced that almost the entire board will be present in Valencia for the duration of Las Fallas 15. to the 19. March. Now we would like to share our ambitious plans for the week to make it easier to decide to join us! The Matches Valencia will play our arch enemies from La Coruna during the weekend before Las Fallas. It is one of the greatest games to attend at Mestalla and the ambience is often really good. The historic rivalry between the two club’s reached it’s height during the late 90’s and early 00’s when both …

General Assembly

While we are already in Valencia for Las Fallas we will also arrange the General Assembly. This is the yearly meeting where members meet to get the current status of the Penya, it’s finances and where any proposals are treated. It is also where the board is approved for another year. We plan to make the meeting attendable also online but will have to come back with the details. The agenda will be: Attendees: Daniel Cervera, Joakim Stai, Michael Jacobsen, Daniel Jansson, Eirik Strøm Pedersen, Pål Ødegård, Hans Kristian Lange 1 Opening of General Assembly Hans Kristian Lange opened the General …