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1999–2000 Valencia CF season

Season summaryEdit

Valencia CF emerged as a world football heavyweight after reaching the Champions League final. New coach Héctor Cúper focused heavily on making the defence invincible, although, despite the general perception of a much more defensive Valencia, they actually conceded the same amount of league goals as they had under previous coach Claudio Ranieri. Among the key players were playmaker Gaizka Mendieta (voted as the best midfielder in the Champions League), fellow midfielder Gerard, goalkeeper Santiago Cañizares, winger Javier Farinós and striker Claudio López, who was sold to Lazio at the end of the season. Lazio had been Valencia's opponents in the quarter-final of the Champions League, which resulted in a 5-2 victory for Valencia against the eventual Italian champions. Gerard was also sold, to the team that had nurtured him, Barcelona, for £15 million. Barcelona had been Valencia's opponents in the semi-finals, and had been crushed 4-1 away. A 2-1 defeat at the Camp Nou still saw Valencia progress to the final at Stade de France, where they came up against Real Madrid in the first ever all-Spanish final of the competition. Valencia's dreams were shattered by a clear 3-0 defeat.

SquadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Santiago Cañizares
2   DF Mauricio Pellegrino
3   DF Joachim Björklund
5   DF Miroslav Đukić
6   MF Gaizka Mendieta
7   FW Claudio López
8   MF Javier Farinós
9   MF Óscar
10   MF Angulo
11   FW Adrian Ilie
13   GK Jorge Bartual
14   DF Gerard
15   DF Amedeo Carboni
16   DF Alain Roche
17   FW Juan Sánchez
No. Position Player
18   FW Kily González
19   FW Goran Vlaović
20   DF Jocelyn Angloma
21   MF Luis Milla
22   MF Gerardo
23   MF David Albelda
24   DF Daniel Fagiani
25   GK Andrés Palop
27   MF Curro Montoya
29   GK Jonathan
30   DF Manuel Cabezas
37   MF Alex Pascual
38   MF José Braulio
  DF Javier Navarro
  MF Jandro

Left club during seasonEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4   DF Francisco Camarasa (to Valencia B)
12   DF Miguel Ángel Soria López (on loan to Numancia)
No. Position Player
22   MF Dennis Serban (on loan to Villareal)

CompetitionsEdit

La LigaEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Deportivo La Coruña (C) 38 21 6 11 66 44 +22 69 Qualification to FIFA Club World Championship and Champions League group stage
2 Barcelona 38 19 7 12 70 46 +24 64[a] Qualification to Champions League group stage
3 Valencia 38 18 10 10 59 39 +20 64[a] Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
4 Zaragoza 38 16 15 7 60 40 +20 63 Qualification to UEFA Cup first round[b]
5 Real Madrid 38 16 14 8 58 48 +10 62 Qualification to Champions League group stage[b]
Source: LFP
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b VAL 3–1 BAR; BAR 3–0 VAL
  2. ^ a b Real Madrid qualified directly for the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League as holders. As a result, Zaragoza lost their spot to UEFA Champions League and had to resign with a spot of UEFA Cup.

MatchesEdit

Copa del ReyEdit

Eightfinals

UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

Third qualifying round

First group stageEdit

Second group stageEdit

Quarter-finalEdit

Semi-finalEdit

FinalEdit

StatisticsEdit