Tag: valencia

Predrag Mijatović: the LaLiga diaries

One of Real Madrid’s most iconic imports, Predrag Mijatović remains a shining star in a spectacular era of gifted Yugoslav footballers

Spanish stadia: the icons and the white elephants

From the Camp Nou to the Santiago Bernabéu, Spain boasts some of the most iconic stadiums in history, but the country hasn’t hosted a major tournament since 1982 and some grounds are…

Rubén Baraja: the lynchpin in Valencia’s greatest era

Throughout history there are thousands of individuals who, in a literal sense, have given their life to become professional athletes, all with a dream of one day becoming elite-level performers. Some had…

The coming of Isco: a star finally on the way to greatness

Illustration by Federico Manasse The headlines the morning after seemed hyperbolic, but those that witnessed it knew there was no exaggeration. “What a bully!” read Marca’s front page. “Sensational”, effused Mundo Deportivo.…

The endless evolution of David Villa

Confined to his hospital bed, all he could do was stare helplessly at the television. The faint sound of music was still audible, but the match encompassing his eyes had him transfixed.…

Héctor Cúper: football’s most persistent nearly man

IMAGINE ONE OF THOSE BLOCKBUSTER SPY MOVIES. The opening scene features some cityscape and a superimposed date and place. After a bit of action, another cityscape appears, alongside another date and place,…

The reinvention of Aritz Aduriz

STEPPING OFF THE PLATFORM at the Abando train station and into its main corridor, you are immediately reminded of where you are. As your footsteps take you through clouds of tobacco smoke…