Valencia CF: Why It Was Selected La Liga BBVA Team of the Week

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer ISeptember 16, 2012

Valencia vs Real Madrid
Valencia vs Real MadridGonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Valencia CF is the latest La Liga BBVA Team of the Week.

The reasons?

Recent events placing the club in the spotlight and its rich history.

UEFA Champions League

Valencia CF will face FC Bayern Munich in their Group F UEFA Champions League (UCL) match this week. The teams will be facing each other at the Fussball Arena in Munich, Germany. According to the UEFA webpage, this is the first match between the two teams since 2001. The last encounter resulted in a victory for Bayern Munich on the result of penalties.

FC Bate Borisov, LOSC Lille, Valencia CF, and FC Bayern Munich form part of Group F UCL.

The UCL is not the only reason for Valencia CF being La Liga BBVA Team of the week.

Roberto Soldado

Roberto Soldado is a striker for Valencia CF and the Spanish National Football Team. Soldado was the only scorer in the 2014 World Cup Qualifying match against Georgia.

The match between Georgia and Spain was not easy for the latter, as the Georgian goalkeepers, Giorgi Loria and Roin Kvashvadze, had much success in deflecting scoring attempts by Spain. 

Soldado eventually scored for Spain in the 86th minute of the match, as he received assistance from Cesc Fabregas, who is a midfielder for Spain.

History of Valencia CF

Valencia CF (also known as the Blanquinegros or Black and White) was founded in 1919 in a bar located in Calle Barcelona—one of the main streets in Valencia, Spain.

According to UEFA, the purpose was for a group of football supporters to find a replacement for a previous club. The first match for this club occurred in the same year.

The Valencian Gimnastico club were Los Blanquinegros' first rivals, and the match took place in a town called Castellon. The result was a victory for Valencia CF in its debut.

The club initially played in Algiros before moving to their current location in Mestalla. In 1923, Valencia CF became part of the Copa Del Rey.

Valencia CF enjoyed a meteoric rise and an eventual promotion in La Liga. The Spanish Civil War in the 1930's briefly interrupted the club's activity, however.

The club enjoyed a golden era in the 1940's with Luis Casanova as president, as Valencia CF was the winner of the La Liga tournaments three times during that decade.

Valencia CF savored victory by winning the Spanish Cup two times within the 1940's. After the 1940's, Valencia CF waited until the 1970's to savor triumph with Mario Kempes and Alfredo Di Stefano.

The beginning of the 21st Century heralded another era for Valencia. Los Blanquinegros won the UEFA Intertoto Cup, Europa League, Super Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

In Spanish Football, Valencia won La Liga, the Copa Del Rey and the Spanish Cup.

The club is currently ranked 10th in the 2012-2013 UEFA Ranking.

Valencia is currently in 17th place with two points in the 2012-2013 La Liga Tables.


Valencia deserves more than just being named La Liga BBVA Team of the Week. The club deserves publicity and support in its UCL match against Bayern Munich.

I would like to thank the B/R readers for their time reading about Valencia.

My best wishes for all of you, until next time.


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