29 Facts About Valencia CF


Valencia Club de Futbol, commonly referred to as Valencia CF is a professional football club based in Valencia, Spain, that currently plays in La Liga, the top flight of the Spanish league system.

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Valencia CF has won six Spanish League titles, eight Copa del Rey titles, one Supercopa de Espana, and one Copa Eva Duarte.

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Valencia CF were members of the G-14 group of leading European football clubs and since its end has been part of the original members of the European Club Association.

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In total, Valencia CF have reached seven major European finals, winning four of them.

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Valencia CF moved into the Mestalla stadium in 1923, having played its home matches at the Algiros ground since 7 December 1919.

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Valencia CF won the Regional Championship in 1923, and was eligible to play in the domestic Copa del Rey cup competition for the first time in its history.

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Koldo Aguirre replaced Miljanic as coach, and Valencia CF barely avoided relegation that year, relying on favorable results from other teams to ensure their own survival.

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In 1992, Valencia CF officially became a Sporting Limited Company, and retained Hiddink as their coach until 1993.

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Valencia CF finished third in the league, four points behind the champions Deportivo de La Coruna and level on points with second placed Barca.

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Valencia CF started the championship on the right foot and were top of the league after 10 games.

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The final game of the season meant Valencia CF only needed a draw at the Camp Nou against Barcelona to seal Champions League qualification.

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From 1999 up until the end of the 2004 season, Valencia CF had one of their most successful periods in the club's history.

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Valencia CF had now been La Liga champions twice in three seasons.

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Valencia CF was replaced by former Valencia coach Claudio Ranieri, who had recently been sacked by Chelsea.

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Valencia CF was replaced by Juan Antonio Pizzi on 26 December 2013.

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Under Pizzi, Valencia CF reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League, where they lost to eventual winners Sevilla on away goals and finished 8th in La Liga despite a disastrous start to the season.

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Valencia CF was replaced by Pako Ayestaran, who was brought in by Neville as the assistant coach just one month prior.

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Days later, on 7 January 2017, Valencia CF sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch resigned, saying he felt like he was being used as a shield for criticism by the club and that he could not defend something he no longer believed in.

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On 25 May 2019, Valencia CF won the Copa del Rey, upsetting FC Barcelona in the final as they won their first trophy since 2008.

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Valencia CF was replaced by the ultimately unsuccessful Albert Celades, who was sacked due to poor results, while sporting director Cesar Sanchez resigned that same season, making it six different managers and another six sporting directors by 2020.

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Valencia CF was put in charge of a team full of prospects and reserves after the club failed to sign any player during the summer transfer window, but sold key players such as captain Dani Parejo.

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Valencia CF played its first years at the Algiros stadium, but moved to the Mestalla in 1923.

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Originally, Valencia CF's kit was composed of white shirts, black shorts and socks of the same colour.

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Since May 2009, Valencia CF has had a training centre, this is the first multidisciplinary training center for a football club in Spain.

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Valencia CF was an official partner of Panasonic Toyota Racing in 2003 until 2008 to commemorate Toyota as their shirt sponsor.

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Valencia CF sponsored all Toyota-engined Formula Nippon teams and Toyota Super GT teams in GT500 and GT300 cars.

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In 2009, Valencia CF became an official partner of former 250cc team Stop And Go Racing Team and later in 2014 Valencia CF became official partner of Aspar Team in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes, respectively.

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In June 2016, Valencia CF opened an E-Sports division with presences in Hearthstone, Rocket League and League of Legends – in the last case, they joined Besiktas, Santos, Schalke and PSG in acquiring League teams.

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In November 2020, Valencia CF eSports launched a team on Arena of Valor in Thailand.

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