For the derby game against Villarreal, club owner Peter Lim is planning another gathering for Valencia fans in the East – this time at his restaurant Brewerkz in Indonesian capital Jakarta. Indonesia is already known for one of the biggest and most loyal VCF penyas, having +6000 followers on Twitter, so this should be an authentic experience for newly recruited Valencianistas.
Mestalla has already seen 84.000 more attendance than at the same time last year. GloVal.
VCF are the most improving team (24 points) in European top-divisions ahead of Málaga (15) & Marseille (14). Similarly, Nuno is the best debuting coach in the five top-divisions.
Andrés Guardado has exchanged the loan deal in PSV Eindhoven to a permanent contract running until 2018. The Dutch club have paid €3M for the Mexican international who never fitted Nuno’s direct system.
Valencia B-team Mestalla was written all over this weekend. Saturday, they went on a difficult task away at local rivals Villarreal B, fighting for promotion. Furthermore, the left-back profile Salva Ruiz became injured just before the match and had to be replaced by 17 year old Antonio Latorre, while Iban Salvador and Carlos Akapo were on international duty for Equatorial Guinea. This game was the first one with Mestalla that was TV broadcasted, and they sure paid the viewers back with an impressive 1-3 victory – goals by Álex López, Borja and Fernando Cano. This result means that Mestalleta have surpassed the “magical survival limit” of 40 points, securing them another season in Segunda B3 where they are placed 10th with 9 points down to relegation.
Before-mentioned Iban Salvador scored another goal for Equatorial Guinea in the impressive 1-0 win over Ivory Coast, having just won the African championships in Iban’s home country. He received a long ball in the depth and then placed the finish in the opposite left side of the goal. Right-back Carlos Akapo started on the bench but came on for his comeback after the long injury which prevented him from playing African Cup of Nations on home soil.
Juvenil A-team (U19) have arrived in the wild West, Texas, to play the prestigious Dallas Cup. Last night, literally, Baraja’s boys opened the entire cup with 2-2 against the Mexican club Tigres. Valencia were quite unlucky as they led the game on two occasions, thanks to Martínez and Moises, but Tigres made a late equalizer in the opening game.
Spain national team did not call up any Valencianistas, but our beloved city has still managed to take the headlines thanks to the local police, tweeting that they will “investigate the theft that neither Parejo-Paco-Gayà were called up for La Roja. National coach Del Bosque then replied that the police is to stem violence and not provoke.