Soccer is one of the most enjoyed and supported sport in the world today. Big teams that enjoy a wide pool of supporters yearly battle it out for the soccer success which is based on the number of trophies that a club wins. Valencia FC is one of the greatest clubs in the world today. It was founded in 1919 and three years later they built Mestalla a 55, 000-seater stadium. All their home fixtures were played but a new 75, 000-seater stadium is under construction and is due completion. The city of Valencia has three other teams but Levante UD is their worst rival of a very long time.
Valencia lies third in terms of the most supported club in Spain and they trail Real Madrid and Barcelona. It has over 50, 000 registered fans who pay for tickets of the teams games any time they are playing at home. Its first president Octavio Augusto Milego got his job after a toss of a coin. Though he led the club to a loss in their first competitive game against Valencia Gimnastico, he was influential to them winning the Regional Championship in 1923 and earned a ticket to ply in the first edition of Copa del Rey.
The success of big foot ball clubs is measured in the success they have had in the European Champions league. This is considered as the most prestigious International clubs soccer competition. Valencia has not been crowned European champions but has had their chances when they played in two season finals in a row. They lost to their arch rivals and Spanish counterparts Barcelona in 2000 before losing again the following season to Bayern Munich. They have however been successful in the La Liga and have had six titles. They have won Copa de Rey seven times and this shows you that Valencia is a big football club.
The major setback that faces many football clubs is debts and it greatly affects their stability. Valencia is not an exception and this was the main reason they lost their key players in the 2009 transfer window. They had to sell David Villa Barcelona and David Silva to Manchester city in an effort to offset their already too large debt. In 2010 they yet again lost Juan Mata to Chelsea. Despite all these hard times, Valencia had a good season and finished third in the La Liga. They could not go past the round of 16 in the Champions League after they were knocked out by Schalke 04.