NICKNAME – Los Che, Els Taronges (The Oranges)
FOUNDED – 1919
LOCATED IN – Valencia, Community of Valencia
STADIUM – Mestalla
CAPACITY – 55,000
PROMOTED – 1987
BEST LA LIGA FINISH – Winners (6 times)
BEST COPA DEL REY RUN – Winners (8 times)
BEST EC/CL FINISH – Runners Up (Twice)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – Winners (2003/2004)
BEST CWC FINISH – Winners (1979/1980)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Edmundo Suarez (238)
2019/2020 FINISH – 9th
FIVE FACTS ABOUT VALENCIA CF
1. The team is nicknamed “Los Che” as “che” is a casual form of greeting in the area.
2. The bat is the historic emblem of the city and Valencia CF, but DC Comics have sued the club claiming recent logos are too close to those associated with the “Batman” franchise.
3. They reached two Champions League finals in a row at the turn of the century, but lost first to Real Madrid and then to Bayern Munich.
4. Their most successful manager is Rafa Benitez, who won back to back league titles and the UEFA cup at the helm.
5. Singaporean businessman Peter Lim bought the club in 2014 and has since sold off most of their playing assets to the fury of fans. His daughter did not help matters by posting that “they (the Lims) could do what they wanted” with the club on social media.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT VALENCIAN CULTURE
1. Valencia is world-famous for its “Falles”, a huge festival that culminates with the burning of massive “ninots” (dolls or puppets) after they have been paraded around town.
2. Paella (“frying pan” in Valencian) originated in the city. Although the seafood version is perhaps the best known, the original version contains rabbit and chicken.
3. The cathedral contains what many believe to be the mythical “Holy Grail”. Popes drink from it when they visit.
4. Internationally renowned architect Santiago Calatrava was born in Valencia and created his most ambitious project, the “City of Arts and Sciences” here.
5. The largest aquarium in Europe is located here, as well as one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean.
OTHER SPANISH CLUBS
Alaves, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Cadiz, Celta Vigo, Eibar, Elche, Espanyol, Getafe, Granada, Huesca, Leganes, Levante, Mallorca, Osasuna, Real Betis, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Real Valladolid, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal