Valencia Club de Futbol was founded on 18 March 1919. The side’s nickname is Los Che although they are sometimes known as the Bats, due to the bat which features on their crest and on the coat of arms of the city of Valencia.
The club’s traditional home kit is white with black trimmings. Valencia have a strong rivalry with their Valencia neighbours Levante UD.
Valencia play their football at the Mestalla, which has been their home since 1923. The stadium has a capacity of 55,000. Plans are currently in place for Valencia’s future stadium, the Nou Mestalla.
The club has won the Primera Division on six occasions, most recently in the 2003-04 season. Domestically, the club has also won seven Copa del Rey titles and the 1999 Supercopa de Espana.
Valencia have twice finished runners up in the UEFA Champions League, losing in both the 2000 and 2001 finals to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively. The club has, however, won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and the 2003-04 UEFA Cup. Valencia beat Marseille 2-0 in the 2004 final in Gothenburg to complete a European double.
Edmundo Suarez is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 238 goals. Fernando Gomez holds the record for the most appearances for the club, with 554. Notable former players include Mario Kempes, Santiago Canizares, Roberto Ayala, Pablo Aimar and David Villa.
The club is renowned for its excellent youth academy which has produced players such as Gaizka Mendieta, David Albelda, Raul Albiol, David Silva, Isco and Jordi Alba.
Rafa Benitez is the club’s most successful manager, having won two league titles and the UEFA Cup. Notable former managers include Guus Hiddink, Luis Aragones, Claudio Ranieri, Ronald Koeman and Unai Emery.