Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Valencia Greatest All-Time Team

Valencia won both La Liga and UEFA Cup in 2003-2004
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Real MadridBarcelonaValencia,
Atletico MadridSevillaAtletic Bilbao, 
Deportivo La Coruna  Real Sociedad,
Real BetisReal ZaragozaEspanyol

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.


Valencia is among the most successful clubs in Spain.  In 1980, they won a Cup Winners' Cup.  Then, in the 2000's, the team reached its Golden period.  They won two La Liga titles.  In 2003-2004 season, they won the Double: La Liga and the UEFA Cup.  They also reached the Champions' league two years in a row. They won back-to-back Fairs Cup in 1962 and 1963. 

GK: Santiago Canizares (Spain) 
Santiago Canizares was a youth product of Real Madrid. He went to Valencia in 1998, where he led them to two Champions' league Final.  He won Ricardo Zamora Trophy: 1992–93 (shared), 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04. He received 46 caps. He went to six major international tournaments, but was mainly used as a backup, except at Euro 2000.
Santiago Canizares

GK: Ignacio Eizaguirre   (Spain)
Started his career after the Spanish Civil War with Real Sociedad.  He played one season and moved to Valencia in 1940.  he won three La Liga and two Ricardo Zamora trophies for being the best goalkeeper of the season. He was the starting keeper at the WC finals in 1950.

GK: Andoni Zubizarreta (Spain)
Zubizarreta represented La Roja in 4 World Cup Finals. He was at one point Spain's cap record holder.  He started with Athletic Bilboa.  He also played for Barcelona and Valencia.  He won Barcelona's first ever Champions' League in 1992.  After the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, where Barça lost 0–4 to A.C. Milan in the final, Zubizarreta was deemed surplus to requirements

RB: Jocelyn Angloma (France
Angloma was a member of the great Marseille team of the early 1990's.  He won the European Cup in 1993.  He later played for Valencia and reached the Champions' League Final twice. He was a member of the French team at Euro 1992 and 1996.  In 2006, Angloma came out of retirement to play for his native région, Guadeloupe, and help them qualify for the 2007 Caribbean Nations Cup.
Jocelyn Angloma
SW: Ricardo Penella Arias (Spain)
He spent 15 seasons with Valencia and payed 377 matches, winning  the 1980 Cup Winners' Cup.  He followed the club to the lower division as it relegated after the 1985-1986 season.  For the national team, he only played a single game for Spain.

CB:  Jacinto Quincoces (Spain)
One of the greatest defenders of the pre-war era. He won the first ever title for Real Madrid in 1930.  Widely considered one of the first soccer idols in Spain. 

CB: Roberto Ayala (Argentina)
Roberto Ayala captained Argentina for 63 times, a record.  He is also the second cap record holder for Argentina with 115 caps.  He went to three WC Finals: 1998, 2002 and 2006. He was best remembered for winning the UEFA Cup with Valencia. He also played for Real Zaragoza in Spain, Milan and Napoli in Italy and River Plate in his native Argentina.

CB: Carlos Marchena (Spain)
He played for Benfica, Sevilla, Valencia, Villareal and Deportivo La Coruna. His peak came with Valencia.  He won the Double in 2002-2003 season.  For the national team, he was the starter at Euro 2008 where Spain won its first major trophy since 1964.

LB: Amedeo Carboni (Italy)
Carboni played for a number of Italian clubs before joining Roma in 1990. He stayed there for 7 seasons mainly as a starter before he went to Valencia in 1997.  With Valencia, his team made it to the Champions' League Finals twice and won the UEFA Cup/League Double in 2003/2004.  He played 9 seasons with them.  He represented Italy at Euro 1996, where he earned two of his 18 caps for Italy. 
Amedeo Carboni

LB: Fábio Aurélio (Brazil)
He started with Sao Paulo in Brazil before heading to Europe.  He started with Valencia in 2000. He was a part of the great side that won two La Liga and the 2003 UEFA Cup.  He moved to Liverppol in 2006. 

DM/RB: Rainer Bonhof (Germany)
He was the youngest member of the World Cup winning team in 1974.  He assisted in Gerd Muller's winning goal at the Final.  He also played at Argentina 1978 and a part of Euro 1980 winning team.  He played with Borussia Mönchengladbach.  He joined Valencia in 1978, which prompted the DFB to remove their ban on selecting foreign based players for the national team. 

DM: Antonio Puchades (Spain)
From 1949 to 1958, he played for Valencia, his only club. Hreceived 23 caps and went to the 1950 WC Finals, starting every game.

DM/CM: David Albelda (Spain)
Except for two loan spells, he played his entire career with Valencia.  He was the heart and soul of the team that won two legaue title, an UEFA Cup and two runnerup  medals at the Champions' league.  He was capped 51 times. He narrowly missed the Euro 2008.
David Albelda

CM: Ruben Baraja (Spain)
Baraja started his career with Real Valladolid and moved to Atletico Madrid.  Atletico Madrid relegated after the 1999-2000 season which allowed him to join Valencia and his career took off.  Forming a midfield with David Albelda, Valencia won two La Liga titles and the 2004 UEFA Cup.  He was also a part of the losing side at the Champions' league Final in 2001.  He earned 43 caps.  he played in WC 2002 and Euro 2004.

CM: Jose Claramunt (Spain)
From 1966 to 1978, he played for his only club, Valencia.  He won the league in 1970-71, but also lost three Copa del Rey Finals.  He earned 23 caps, six of which as the captain.

LW: Vicente Rodriguez (Spain)
Vicente moved to Valencia from Levante in 2000.  He was a part of the great team that won two League titles and the 2004 UEFA Cup.  At his peak, he was among the best wingers in the world, but his injuries limited his career.  He only managed 38 caps. He only made it to Euro 2004.
 
AM/RM: Gaizka Mendieta (Spain)
Mendieta was a big star while playing for Valencia between 1993 and 2001.  He led them to back-to-back Champions' League Final in 2000 and 2001.  He moved to Lazio in 2001, but he failed to find his form.  Then, he played one season with Barcelona, where the club only ranked 6th.  He would also play with Middesbrough FC. He earned 40 caps.
Gaizka Mendieta
AM: Fernando Gomez Colomer (Spain)
Better known as Fernando, he has the appearance record and 4th highest scorer for Valencia. He was voted the best player in La Liga for 1988 and 1989.  He also played for English First Division side Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of his career. He went to Italian 1990 for Spain.
Fernando

AM/LM: David Silva (Spain)
Silva became a starter at Valencia in 2006 which forced Palbo Aimar to leave the club.  In 2010, he joined Manchester City helping the club to win their first Preimership in 2011. For Spain, he was a key player throughout the period Spain won the "triple crown".
David Silva
FW: Faas Wilkes (Holland)
He was one of the first Dutch player to play aboard.  In 1949, he joined Inter Milan, where he had the best of his career.  He also had a great career with Valencia..  He was considered to Holland's best player until the emerge of the Golden Generation of the 1970's. He was capped 38 times scoring 35 goals.  He was banned from the national team between 1949 and 1955 because KNVB did not select professional players. He was Holland's all-time leading scorer until 1998.
Faas Wilkes
FW: Mario Kempes (Argentina)
Kempes was the hero of Argentina's 1978 World Cup victory.  He was the Golden boot winner. He also went to the World Cup Finals in 1974 and 1982. He played for many clubs in his career.  Before his European career began, he played with Rosario Centrel.  In 1976, he moved to Valencia.  With Valencia, he was the league's top scorer twice, winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1980.
Mario Kempes

ST: Mundo (Spain)
Edmundo Suárez Trabanco was known as Mundo.  He is the highest scorer in Valencia's history and remained one of the top scorers in La Liga's history.  He started his career with Athletic Bilbao, playing a single game before the Spanish Civil War cut short his stay.  He played for Valencia after the War between 1939 and 1950.  Capped 3 times.

ST: Waldo Machado (Brazil)
The all-time leading scorer at Fluminence.  In 1957, he was the top player as Flu won the Torneio Rio-Sao Paulo. In 1961, he joined Valencia, winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1962 and 1963.

ST: Claudio Lopez (Argentina)
Lopez started with Racing Club and started his European career with Valencia. He helped the club to reach the Final of the Champions' league in 2000. In 2004, Lazio paid 35 million for him, but injuries limited his career there.  He also played for America in Mexico, Kansas City Wizards and Colorado Rapids.  He earned 55 caps for Argentina.

ST: David Villa (Spain)
David Villa is the all-time leading scorer for Spain.  He was known for a part of Golden Generation for Spain, where Spain won three international titles.  He was the Golden Boot winner at Euro 2008 and the Silver boot in WC 2010.  He was best remembered for his club career with Valencia.
David Silva

Honorable Mention
Adrian Llie, John Carew, Juan Mata, Gerald Lopez, Daniel Parejo, Raul Albiol, Miguel Angel Angulo, Pablo Aimar, Joaquin, Vicente Asensi, Kurt Jara, Johnny Rep, Lyuboslav Penev, Vicente Guillot, Paquito, Manuel Mestre, Predrag Mijatović, Epi.

Squad Explanation
-- Predrag Mijatović won the Spanish Player of the Year while playing for Valencia, but he did not stay enough. So he only earned Honorable Mention.
-- Santiago Canizares got the number one spot because he helped the club to reach two Champions' League Final.  
-- Claudio Lopez played in one of the most important eras for Valencia. I rated him higher than Llie and Carew.
-- Wilkes was the first foreign star player for the club. 
-- Pablo Aimar was left off because I already had David Silva, Gaizka Mendieta and Fernando.
-- Injuries kept both Vicente and Gerald Lopez from reaching the potential.  Baraja, Bonhof and Albelda kept Lopez out of this team.
-- Bonhof's international reputation got him onto the team.
-- Baraja and Albelda formed one of the greatest midfield in club's history.
-- Andoni Zubizarreta spent 4 years here even through his career was associated with Barcelona.

Formation 
David Villa is forced to play on the wing because of Mundo and Kempes.  I reunited Baraja and Albelda. I started the biggest namses at the center defense.




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