Monday, 25 June 2012
In all circumstances Valencia are the third best team in Spanish football.
They have won six La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey trophies, three UEFA Cups and one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. They have also reached two Champions League finals in a row, losing to La Liga rivals Real Madrid in 2000 and then to Bayern Munich on penalties after a 1–1 draw in 2001.
There are several possible explanations for the bat that is the symbol of Valencia; one is that bats are simply quite common in the area. The second theory is that in 1238, when James I was about to enter the city, re-conquering it from the Moors, one bat landed on the top of his flag, which he interpreted as a good omen and the bat was added to the coat of arms.
That both Valencians and Valencia CF fans are known as 'Los Che' - which means something like 'The Blokes' in the Valencian dialect - shows how closely the people of Valencia identify with the club.
Valencia have a long-standing rivalry with Levante, also located in the city and with two other clubs in the region, Hércules and Villarreal.
Founded in 1919, Valencia have played their home games at the Mestalla stadium since 1923.
It is renowned for its steep terracing and for being one of the most intimidating atmospheres in all of Europe to play.
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