Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero
The Estadio Martínez Valero is a stadium located in the Spanish city of Elx in the province of Alacant, Valencian Community. It is the home stadium of Elche CF, a team that is currently playing in La Liga Segunda División. Its name pays tribute to the late president of the club, Manuel Martínez Valero. It hosted the largest rout in the finals of a World Cup and hosted the final of the Copa del Rey in 2003. The Spanish football team has played several friendly matches and competitive qualifiers there. The stadium has the largest field dimensions in Europe.
|Former names||Nuevo Estadio del Elche C.F.|
|Field size||108 metres (118 yd) x 70 metres (77 yd)|
|Opened||September 8, 1976|
|Architect||Juan Boix Matarredona|
|Elche CF (1976–present)|
Spain national football team (selected matches)
With a capcity of 33,732 seats, Martínez Valero is the 12th-largest stadium in Spain and the 2nd-largest in the Valencian Community.
The Martínez Valero Stadium was inaugurated on 8 September 1976, replacing the former Campo de Altabix, which was constructed in 1923. It was designed by the architect Juan Boix Matarredona, and is currently the largest sports arena in the province of Alicante. The inaugural match was Elche CF v. the Mexico National Team, which ended in a 3-3 tie. Elche CF's goals were scored by Finarolli, Orellana and Gomez Voglino. It was one of 17 stadiums where matches took place in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. On June 15, 1982, it was the venue as Hungary achieved a record winning margin in World Cup history, beating El Salvador 10-1 before a crowd of 23,000. In addition, the Martinez Valero Stadium hosted the final of the Copa del Rey for the 2002-03 season. It is listed by UEFA as an Elite Stadium - Four Stars.
Spain national team matchesEdit
|19 February 1986||Belgium||3–0||Friendly match|
|15 November 1995||Macedonia||3–0||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|10 September 2003||Ukraine||2–1||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|3 June 2006||Egypt||2–0||Friendly match|
|26 March 2008||Italy||1–0||Friendly match|
|11 September 2018||Croatia||6–0||2018–19 UEFA Nations League|
1982 FIFA World CupEdit
The stadium was one of the venues of the 1982 FIFA World Cup (known as the Nuevo Estadio at the time of the tournament), and held the following matches:
|Date||Team #1||Res.||Team #2||Round||Attendance|
|1982-06-15||Hungary||10–1||El Salvador||Group 3 (First Round)||23,000|
|1982-06-19||Belgium||1–0||El Salvador||Group 3 (First Round)||15,000|
|1982-06-22||Belgium||1–1||Hungary||Group 3 (First Round)||37,000|
- Directo, Elche. "El Martínez Valero, designado el mejor estadio de España". www.elchedirecto.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-10-19.
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