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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fantasy football

Hey guys, its that time of the year again. Everyone please join my custom premier league fantasy league.

The more people we get the better, compete against me and other Valencia CF fans for the ultimate premier league expert knowledge bragging rights.

Last year my team failed miserably, on the back end of the table, even though I had almost all of the big names, like Silva, Suarez, etc... my failure was picking the right captain.

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Valencia CF lose out on Vietto

Valencia CF have chosen not to activate the first refusal option on Luciano Vietto. This means that the talented Argentine youngster will be heading to rivals Villareal instead. The Valencia CF management does not see the striker role as an immediate concern and prefers to focus on other areas particularly the defense and midfield. This is the second one we lost to Villareal in recent times, the other being Giovanni dos Santos.

Preseason Coverage: Unversidad Catolica 1-0 Valencia CF

Valencia CF cap off their South American journey with a loss against the local Chilean team. So far in this competition, the score is European Teams 4-2 South American Teams, with Valencia CF providing both losses for Europe.

The game featured Rodrigo and Alcacer paired up again in attack but neither getting close to goal. They were generally isolated and there was no connection between the two. Nuno Santo chose to start Andre Gomes as a right midfielder again despite it being very ineffective in the previous game against Alianza Lima. Yet again, Piatti was easily the best player on the field when he was on, creating some chances and terrorizing the opposing defense. He had a really high work rate, just like the previous game, he really wants to impress Nuno this preseason. Jaume also put in some great saves but was helpless for the goal which won the game.

Let me get to the point everyone is probably thinking. What is wrong with the right-back position? For both games, it was by far the weakest link on the team. I don't know what Barragan was doing that first half. In attack, his crosses would travel all the way to the opposite touchline. In defense, he makes really stupid challenges. He got yellow carded early in the game and instead of being cautious, was showing no restraint with his challenges, and after two more silly challenges was shown a second yellow and told to leave the field of play. Alcacer was sacraficed at half time to bring on Joao Pereira and secure the defense. Again, his crosses were misplaced and his defense left a lot to be desired. The goal happened right in front of his eyes and he didn't even move.

As for the other defenders, Otamendi improved from last game showing confidence at times and Vezo despite some good challenges is still not ready to start. Most of the defending was panicky, rushed and mistimed. Hopefully with Balanta now on his way the defense will be more secure. Cissokho secured the left side well but did not provide anything going forward.

A few posts ago, one comment suggested that Guardado should be tried in midfield. Surprisingly, that wish was granted and Guardado came on for Parejo, who was missed two good chances at goal and was generally lackluster, in the second half. He did a good job pressuring the opposing players but didn't give much beyond that. Javi Fuego gave his usual solid performance in midfield, held possession well while the rest of his team mates gave it away quite easily at times.

As for wingers, de Paul had some bright moments when he first came on for Piatti but soon faded out out of the game. Roberto Ibanez was explosive on the right wing causing all kinds of problems and didn't seem to stop running. Feghouli did not feature, neither did Viera nor Gil.

Playing a game with ten-men did serve a good purpose in that it made the team play under pressure and kept them on alert. Too bad they couldn't remain on alert all the way to the very end.

The next game is against AS Monaco who is a big step-up from the teams Valencia CF is playing against now. Nuno has to work on the right-back position and on the defense as a whole. As for offense, I think it just needs time till the players get used to the new additions and the new formation. Until then, we have to trust that Nuno knows what he's doing and that the team will improve. Better make the mistakes now that during the season.


1-0 Munoz, 89'

Any thoughts on the game? Best and Worst players? What was good? What needs improvement?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Valencia CF agree deal for Eder Balanta!

Valencia CF have agreed a deal with Argentine club River Plate for 21 year old Colombia defender Eder Balanta. The deal is reportedly in the range of 6.5 million euros. However, an issue must be addressed before the signing is complete. Valencia CF have four players with non EU passports: Otamendi, Jonas, Araujo, and Rodrigo de Paul. A slot must be cleared to make room for Balanta. Rodrigo de Paul will get an Italian passport before the start of the new season but a slot needs to be free now. Therefore, expect either Jonas or Araujo to be on their way out in the coming days.

What do you think of Eder Balanta? Good signing or not? Is he capable of starting or do we need someone else?

Second Valencia CF shirt unveiled

Orange is the new black. Valencia CF get their second shirt and it looks stunning. This is one of the best shirts I've seen. It looks really colorful, but in a good way, strong orange with reddish elements mixed in, cool stripes across the shirt and the official Adidas trademark on the side of the shirt with blue color.

The new shirt looks absolutely amazing and is one I will definitely be getting once they are available in my country.

What do you guys think about the new secondary shirt? I think just wearing it makes you a winner, period.

Rodrigo Moreno

Name: Rodrigo Moreno Machado
Playing position: Striker
Playing style: Runs Channels
Character: Down to earth, Positive
Factoids: Cousin of Thiago Alcantara and Rafinha from Barcelona
Previous club: Benfica
Birthday: 6 March 1991 (age 23)
Nationality: Brazilian, Spanish
Height: 1,82 m
Weight: 70kg
Contract ends: 30.06.2015 (Loan)

Previous clubs:
Real Madrid C, 2009
Real Madrid B, 2009-2010
Benfica, 2010-
>Bolton Vanders, 2010-2011 (Loan)
>Valencia CF, 2014 (Loan)

+ Strengths
- Weaknesses
Creativity Great
Headers Terrible
Dribbling Good
Speed Poor

Awards best play
Awards poorest play
Man of the match
Worst man of the match
Best offense
Worst offense
Best defense
Worst defense
Best possession
Worst possession

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Transfer Market update: Goalkeeper (Updated)

While this wasn't a focus at the beginning of the transfer window, it has now become one of the areas to explore. When Alves renewed his contract, it was seen as a statement of intent from the club declaring the first choice goalkeeper. It ended the debate on who is better to cover this position. We knew one of them has to go and it appears Guaita is now on the exit door.

There was interest at the beginning of the window from Spanish clubs Real Sociedad (to replace Bravo), Sevilla (to compete with Beto) and Getafe (to replace Moya). Both Sociedad and Sevilla have already signed new keepers so the interest has faded. Getafe is the only one that remains. As such, Guaita thought about staying and settling for the fact that he has to compete with Diego Alves. The friendly game against Alianza Lima, made him think otherwise. With Diego Alves injured in the first half, Jaume was chosen as a replacement over Guaita which made it seem as if Guaita has fallen down further to third place in the pecking order.

Guaita's only option now is Getafe which is involved in the same number of competitions as Valencia CF next season, only La Liga and Copa del Rey but it would guarantee his playing time. The problem is that Getafe aren't willing to pay the demand of Valencia CF for Guaita and the player has reportedly urged the club to lower the asking price. The deal in negotiation now sees Valencia CF terminate his contract, as it did with Costa, but Guaita has to forgive his the amount Valencia CF has to pay to break the contract.

Valencia CF have already lined-up a replacement (pretty quick) in 26 year old Celta de Vigo goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez. In fact, Valencia CF has already submitted an offer, which further indicates Guaita is on his way out. With this Valencia CF would have a third goalkeeper to compete with Alves and Jaume. While Yoel is praised to be quite good, he is another keeper who is in his prime, the same as with Guaita which could cause problems later.

Valencia CF have reached an agreement with the player for the next four seasons. The price will be about 2 million euros but Valencia CF is still negotiating with Celta Vigo. The club hopes to announce the signing before the team returns to Valencia from Chile (for the friendly game tomorrow).

Any thought on Yoel Rodriguez? Good enough replacement or not? Any thoughts on the goalkeeping situation in general?