The cocky promise of a green bullfighter

It looked like  the end of an era. Instead it was the beginning of an even better one. Much because of an unknown but ambicious man from Madrid. It was the golden era of Rafa. Late in the summer of 2001 the twin towers still stood tall on Manhattan, teenagers listened to “Lady Marmalade” while mourning the end of the “Friends” sitcom, and the news were filled with hysteria about the cow disease. While in Valencia the fans were pessimistic ahead of a new season. And they had many reasons to do so. Preparing for a fall The club had …

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 …