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Monday, May 21, 2012

Mata exvalencianistas extended idyll with the Champions

The footballer Juan Mata, who on Saturday became champion of the Champions League with Chelsea, has continued the trend set in recent times in which several former players of Valencia began a curious love affair with Europe's top competition after leaving the club Mestalla.

Chelsea won on Saturday the Champions League this season to overcome in the final on penalties to Bayern Munich in the Bavarian capital after drawing a goal in the match which featured extension.

In this list are in addition to exvalencianistas Spanish international, other players like the Montenegrin Predrag Mijatovic, David Villa and manager Rafael Benitez.

Juan Mata was traded last season to Chelsea in exchange for 30 million euros in its first season in English club has become one of the key pieces of a project that has culminated in the title of European champion in Munich.

This road began to climb it but the Montenegrin Pedja Mijatovic over fifteen years.
The striker joined Valencia in 1993 from Partizan Belgrade and signed by Real Madrid in 1996 after paying his buyout clause in a controversial departure that the fans never forgave him for Valencia.

Two seasons Mijatovic you were enough to become a Real Madrid fan favorite by scoring the winning goal in the final of the Champions League against Juventus in Amsterdam, with which the club ended a long drought in
Europe's top competition and claimed his seventh title.

Also traumatic was the departure of coach Rafael Benitez's club in 2004, having won two league titles and a UEFA Cup.

Their destination was the English Liverpool bench where he was six years between 2004 and 2010 and with whom he won a Champions League and lost another final.

In his hands, the English also budded old laurels since his first year in charge of Liverpool in the 2004-2005 season, won the European title 25 years after their last European Cup and in an epic.

The group led by Benitez made history in Istanbul to equalize in the second part the adverse outcome of which ended 3-0 with the first part of that final against AC Milan to finish by winning the penalty shootout 3-2.

His relationship with the Champions League remained the 2006-2007 season and reissued in the final in Athens Turkey but this time the Italian team won 2-1.

David Villa was until yesterday the last of these former Valencian to register your name on the list of winners of Europe's top competition and do well just leave the Mestalla club discipline.

International striker was transferred to Barcelona in 2010 by a figure close to 40 million euros and in his first season at the Catalan club won the title of the Champions League.

Villa also was among the scorers in the victory of the Catalan side 3-1 at Manchester United played at Wembley Stadium.

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