Phil Neville replace Cathro at Valencia

When Scot Ian Cathro left the club after only a year due to personal issues, Nuno’s coaching staff was left one short. Nuno brought with him Cathro, assistant manager Rui Silva and fitness coach Antonio Dias, while legendary goalkeeper coach Ochoterrena was already at the club. Cathro’s role was more of the tactical kind, advising Nuno on Valencia and it’s opponents. While Cathro and Nuno goes back some years, one might question; then why Phil Neville now? The story is one that started with Peter Lim’s keen interest in the game of football. One team that always stood out to …

#Chenews 24.06.2015

The summer is progressing and some people start to go on holiday. That is not true for Valencia or the many journalists that follow them – and of course not for us at Chescandinavia either. Today’s #Chenews gives you the latest updates. The selected goalkeeper is closing in on a move The story of Gerónimo Rulli does not seem to stop producing surprises. From the very beginning the transfer looked difficult, as the player had stated his intention to stay with Real Sociedad where he was on loan last season. Then it emerged that Valencia, not Real Sociedad had come …

CheNews 18.6.2015

Season has ended, but Valencia fans rarely can relax throughout the summer. #CheNews First, the recently opened season-ticket sales. After the first 2 weeks of the campaign “SÍ”, Valencianistas have indeed said “YES” with more than 17.000 renewals & 3.000 sign-ups. Rufete has been threatened as the sports-director, since coach Nuno wants control over the academy and transfers – Rulli-Vietto-Vidal-Kouyate-Song have all been subject to Rufete’s interest but them denied by Nuno. Last night, it was reported in the radio program Sillas Gol that Rufo had told his closest friends about his desires to leave Valencia. Even the more reliable …

The Brazilian kid who could have changed the history of Valencia

Prologue The year is 1956 and Europe is still recovering after the war that ravaged a continent. Football is still in it’s younger years, far from the modern game of money, information and power. Spain suffered it’s own war in the 1930’s and had been left under the rule of Franco and his Nationalist army. For the people it is nothing but a struggle to survive. In these times transfers were few and far between and players were mostly locals. The Spanish league had been started as late as February 1929, however Valencia were not able to join until 3 …

#Chenews 12.06.2015

Summer is upon us, and while most of the talk is on transfers, there are also other interesting topics to keep tabs on! We give you the latest all summed up, right here: Who decides? There has been a lot of debate between fans about who really signs players for Valencia. The basis are reports in newspapers as well as the Cadena SER radio station. Some have even gone as far as to say Nuno and Rufete couldn’t stand each other and couldn’t even bring themselves to meet each other. Judging by what we have seen this week, that seems …

CHENEWS 4.6.2015

#CheNews Rafa Benítez, arguably the biggest coach in modern VCF, has made the headlines lately. Wednesday, Rafa was presented as Ancelotti’s replacement in Real Madrid. With Morientes rumored as his assistant, the royal club will almost seem bearable. Almost. A few days earlier, Rafa’s Napoli had failed to defeat Lazio at home, which also can impact VCF because of a possible opponent from Italy in the Champions League playoffs: Brügge, Monaco, Panathinaikos, Fenerbahçe, CSKA, Young Boys, Rapid, Sporting, Sparta, Ajax, Lazio. Who to hope for? Feghouli will be offered a 4 year extension on his contract that expires next year. …

Season review 2014/2015 – part 3

The third and final part of the season review will focus on the future. What do our guys think about that? “What are the main weaknesses you have seen this season in Nuno’s Valencia? How would you strengthen the team?” Hans: I have spotted three main weaknesses. The first is lack of creativity and attacking alternatives when the back/wing play doesn’t work. At times the team have looked clueless when entering the final third, especially when Gayá has been absent. Also, there is an over dependency on the left side for most games (Levante a notable exception), although Feghouli have …

Valencia’s hunt for Alves’ replacement

When Diego Alves shouted out in pain after kicking out the ball in the last game of the season, one had the feeling this was all but good. I have to admit I did not think it would be as bad as it turned out though.  The diagnosis turned out to be a knee injury meaning at least 6 of the next months will be spent outside the football field. It seems unjust, because Alves was in the form of his life. Much Like our neighbor Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo. Immediately after the seriousness of the injury was known, names of …