We all have that team, you know, the one we’d support if our favourite team didn’t exist. For me, that team is Valencia. Just the thought of their rich history, the passionate and proud valencianistas and the classic Mestalla stadium makes me feel all warm and happy inside. In the past few years, though, the club has been terribly mismanaged by owners, managers and others involved with the club.
Ah, Valencia.. One of the most Spanish cities around. Home of the paella, Las Fallas and one of the most succesful teams is world football. With 6 La Liga titles and several conquests in the European tournaments, Valencia Club de Fútbol have a rich history. Today, however, the big titles and tournaments feel so far away.
In May 2014, the current owner Peter Lim, bought 70,4% of the club. He promised titles, a new stadium and payed debts. It looked promising to say the least. The debts were payed, signings were made, and we all thought things had turned as Valencia finished 4th in the 2014/2015 La Liga campaign, and qualified for the Champions League.
The following season, the side was awful at times as they were embarrassed at more than one occasion, and it all ended in a massive failure. The talented side failed to reach the Champions League round of 16, and finished 12th in La Liga. The fans saw three different managers on the Mestalla sideline during the season with, among others, Gary Neville coming and going.
As the club lost two crucial players before the 2016/2017 season, with the talented youngster and former captain Paco Alcácer and incredibly versatile midfielder Andre Gomes leaving for Barcelona, and the squad’s woeful start to the season, there are many doubts if Valencia Club de Fútbol will ever return to its’ glory days. I, for one, think, and hope so. As the massive club that it is, it deserves to be in the top of Spanish and European football.
Amunt València! Visca el València! Es el millor!
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