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Valencia Club de Fútbol B, also named Mestalla, is the reserve team of Valencia CF, a Spanish football club based in Valencia, in the namesake community. Founded in 1944, and currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 3, holding home games at Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna, with a 4,000-seat capacity.

Valencia Mestalla
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Full nameValencia Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Los Che
Els Taronges (The Oranges)
Valencianistes
Los Murciélagos (The Bats)
Mestalleta
Founded1944
Ground Estadio Antonio Puchades, Paterna, Valencia,
Valencian Community, Spain
Capacity2,300
OwnerPeter Lim[1][2]
PresidentAnil Murthy
Head coachJosé María Sanz
League2ªB – Group 3
2017–182ªB – Group 3, 11th
Current season

Unlike in England, reserve teams in Spain play in the same football pyramid as their senior team rather than a separate league. However, reserve teams cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore, the team is ineligible for promotion to La Liga, the division in which the main side plays. Reserve teams are also no longer permitted to enter the Copa del Rey.

The team is officially known as Valencia CF Mestalla on the club's official promotion and website, but Professional Football League rules prohibit B teams from having different names than their parent team.

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1944 as Club Deportivo Mestalla, an independent club, Valencia B managed to play in more than 20 second division seasons from 1947 to 1973. In the 1951–52 campaign, the team finished in a best-ever second position in the league, but was ineligible for La Liga promotion as the first team was also playing in that category.

In the following decades, Valencia B – who merged with the Che organization in 1991 – played mainly in the fourth level, but also appeared 16 times in the third, eight of those consecutive (1992–2000), with three appearances in the promotion playoffs.

Season to seasonEdit

  • As CD Mestalla
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1944/45 Regional
1945/46 Regional
1946/47 3 2nd
1947/48 2 8th
1948/49 2 12th
1949/50 2 6th
1950/51 2 8th
1951/52 2 2nd
1952/53 2 6th
1953/54 2 15th
1954/55 3 2nd
1955/56 2 6th
1956/57 2 17th
1957/58 3 1st
1958/59 3 2nd
1959/60 2 11th
1960/61 2 10th
1961/62 2 12th
1962/63 2 9th
1963/64 2 4th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1964/65 2 8th
1965/66 2 6th
1966/67 2 9th
1967/68 2 8th
1968/69 2 17th
1969/70 3 2nd
1970/71 3 1st
1971/72 2 13th
1972/73 2 20th
1973/74 3 2nd
1974/75 3 5th
1975/76 3 18th
1976/77 4 Reg. Pref. 3rd
1977/78 4 6th
1978/79 4 10th
1979/80 4 5th
1980/81 4 8th
1981/82 4 3rd
1982/83 4 1st
1983/84 4 3rd
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1984/85 4 1st
1985/86 4 5th
1986/87 4 5th
1987/88 3 2ªB 16th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1988/89 4 3rd
1989/90 4 2nd
1990/91 4 4th
Season Tier Division Place
1991/92 4 1st
1992/93 3 2ªB 12th
1993/94 3 2ªB 13th
1994/95 3 2ªB 3rd
1995/96 3 2ªB 4th
1996/97 3 2ªB 14th
1997/98 3 2ªB 14th
1998/99 3 2ªB 10th
1999/00 3 2ªB 17th
2000/01 4 2nd
2001/02 3 2ªB 2nd
2002/03 3 2ªB 6th
2003/04 3 2ªB 17th
2004/05 4 1st
2005/06 4 2nd
2006/07 3 2ªB 16th
2007/08 4 2nd
2008/09 3 2ªB 12th
2009/10 3 2ªB 18th
2010/11 4 1st
Season Tier Division Place
2011/12 3 2ªB 13th
2012/13 3 2ªB 16th
2013/14 3 2ªB 16th
2014/15 3 2ªB 14th
2015/16 3 2ªB 8th
2016/17 3 2ªB 3rd
2017/18 3 2ªB 11th
2018/19 3 2ªB 13th

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 2 September 2019[3]

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 Cristian Rivero
2   DF Javier Jiménez
3   DF Adrià Guerrero
4   DF Guillem Molina
5   DF Hugo Guillamón
6   MF Adri Gómez
7   FW Jordi Escobar
8   MF Carlos Pérez
9   MF Jordi Sánchez (on loan from Numancia)
10   MF Vicente Esquerdo
No. Position Player
11   MF Antonio García
12   DF Marc Ferris (captain)
13   GK Emilio Bernad
15   DF David Castro
17   MF Pascu
18   FW Pablo Jiménez
19   MF Koba Koindredi
20   FW Sergio Moreno (on loan from Rayo Vallecano)
21   FW Carlos González
22   FW Alfred Planas (on loan from Alcorcón)

ReservesEdit

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

No. Position Player
23   MF Yunus Musah
24   FW Noha Ndombasi
No. Position Player
26   DF José Menargues
28   MF Pedro Alemañ

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Álex Centelles (at Famalicão until 30 June 2020)
  FW Fran Navarro (at Lokeren until 30 June 2020)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Goal.com (17 May 2014). "Peter Lim new owner of Valencia".
  2. ^ "Singapore businessman Peter Lim buys Valencia". Today. 17 May 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.valenciacf.com/ver/1148/valencia-club-de-futbol-vcfmestalla-jugadores.html

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