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2009 La Liga Season Review: Valencia

Team Overview: Valencia Club de Futbol is historically considered the third strongest club in Spanish League football behind Barcelona and Real Madrid.  Valencia has won seven Primera Division titles including two in recent years (2001-2002, 2003-2004).  The club has also won the Copa del Ray seven times as well including winning the tournament last season.  The club has also impressed in international tournaments winning the UEFA Cup three times and finishing runners-up in the UEFA Champions League two straight seasons (1999-2000, 2000-2001).  

Best Performers:

F David Villa 28 Goals, 6 Assists                                                                                       F Mata 11 Goals 13 Assists                                                                                                  G Renan 1.32 Goals/Game

Highest High: Forward David Villa was flat out unstoppable this season providing Los Che with a ridiculous amount of goals.  The star player scored a La Liga Primera Division third-best total of 28 goals this year.  The result would also be the third most goals of all three major football leagues (Premier, La Liga , Serie A) and Villa helped his club secure a spot in next years UEFA Cup.    

Lowest Low: Valencia was consistent most of the season, but the last month of the year Los Che dropped the ball.  Valencia lost three out of five of their last matches and it would be the only month in which Valencia would lose up to three matches.  If the club could have finished stronger then they would have had a shot to play in the Champions League Qualifier next season.

Future: With the modern trend in football being sell, sell, sell, it looks as if David Villa is now one of the top of the list for big money buyers.  Villa was originally linked with a move to (surprise) Real Madrid, but the club instead opted for the more affordable Benzima.  Now Barca, Chelsea, and Man U seem to be the only real contenders to land the star.  Whoever wins, Valencia loses with this deal.