Valencia CF is the third major club in Spain after Real Madrid and FC Barcelona both in terms of support and competitions won.
To date (2014) Valencia has won six La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey seven times, as well as collecting a bundle of European silverware.
About Valencia CF
Valencia Club de Fútbol was founded in 1919, first winning the Spanish League title in the 1941-1942 season, having won the Copa del Rey the previous year.
Although the club went on to take the league title again in 1944 and 1947. However, it was not to win the league again until 1971 and following that in 2002 and 2004.
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Despite one of the club’s most successful periods from the late 1990s until 2004, during which time they added two La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Cup to their collection, by the end of the decade Valencia was suffering financial problems.
Like many other clubs they had simply been spending too much and when the financial crisis hit they found funding cut off. Work on a new stadium, started in 2007 and due to be inaugurated in 2010, was stopped in 2009 after workers went unpaid and the club was forced to sell players.
At the end of 2013 the club unveiled an updated design that reduced the originally planned capacity of 75,000 to 61,000 as well as reducing costs on the planned full roof and facade. However, no date has yet been announced for construction to resume and the inauguration date remains at some unspecified time in future, if indeed the project is ever completed.
While Valencia is hoping to find a new owner to inject much needed cash, the club is also hoping to benefit from a new deal with television rights for La Liga when it comes up for renewal. Currently teams negotiate fees individually, but the Spanish football association is pushing for collective bargaining that would see money distributed more evenly. Currently Real Madrid and FC Barcelona receive more than half of all money from TV rights in Spain.
Valencia plays at the Estadio de Mestalla, the fifth largest stadium in Spain. The Mestalla dates from 1923, with Levante invited from across town for the inauguration. Originally the capacity was just 17,000 but today it has been much enlarged to 55,000 and hosts some of the most important matches in Spain, including the 2014 Copa del Rey final between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Although enlarged prior to the Spanish Civil War, the stadium was badly damaged and it was not until the 1950s that renovations saw capacity increase to 45,000. However, floods in 1957 undid much of this work and the club was forced to make further renovations that were unveiled in 1959.
In 1969 the stadium name was changed to Luis Casanova Stadium, president during Valencia’s golden era, although Casanova himself requested a change to the original name in 1994.