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Sunday afternoon. The sun was shining bright, and it felt like Spring had finally arrived. What better way to ring in the long-awaited new season, than a trip to the Mestalla?

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The good guys were in fine form and, despite a listless first half, managed to put three goals into the net. The first was a ridiculous heel kick by Joaquin, that caught everyone off guard. Villa sealed the deal in the final moments of the game with two scores, the second a penalty.

With the victory, Valencia goes 8 points clear of Sevilla & Mallorca, and has all but sealed up 3rd place and a berth in next year’s Champions League. What a turn-around after the terrible season last year!

Thursday, los Che are traveling to Madrid to battle Atlético in the Europa League. It’ll be a tough match; the first game in Valencia was a 2-2 tie, meaning Atlético now has the advantage.

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April 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm Comments (0)

Sunday Flea Market at the Mestalla

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Looking to pick up some junk fished out of garbage containers? Then head on down to the Mestalla this Sunday and marvel at the wonders of the Flea Market!!

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The Sunday morning flea market in Plaza Lluis Casanovas, adjacent to the Mestalla, is probably the best known & biggest in the city. We went a few weeks ago, and were amazed at how crowded and popular it was.

I was skeptical before arriving, but this actually wasn’t so bad. Yes, there were some blankets spread out where the trash for sale was literally trash. But there were also a lot of acceptably decent items as well. If you’re in the market for things like picture frames, used books, ornamental figures or second-hand toys and trinkets of all sorts, you’ll be in heaven here.

We loved the flea markets of Berlin during our time there, particularly in Friedrichshain, and while the Sunday Mestalla market doesn’t quite rise to the same level of quality, it comes decently close.

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Valencia vs. Sevilla – A Great Night at the Mestalla

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A beautiful Sunday afternoon, bright sun and a dramatic sunset on the horizon over the city, a packed and raucous stadium, an important match and thrilling come-from-behind victory for the home team… last Sunday’s match between Valencia and Sevilla at the Mestalla offered everything a soccer fan could want.

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We had been late in deciding on going to the match. And Sevilla being such a popular team, all the tickets sold out early. On Saturday, I had been frustrated in my attempts to purchase tickets at the official outlets, and had pretty much given up on the thought of attending.

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However, about an hour before the game, we happened to be walking close to the Mestalla (location), and I figured I might try my luck at the stadium ticket windows. TIP TIP TIP! Apparently, a large number of seats are held until just before game time, because after waiting in a short line, I scored 4 excellent tickets on the stadium’s north side. Obviously, I can’t guarantee it always works this way, but for anyone who’s desperate for tickets to a sold out game, this is a last-minute opportunity definitely worth a shot. I would ignore the numerous scalpers offering tickets at a slightly inflated price… who can tell if the tickets they have are even legit?

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Sevilla went up early in the match, but had a player sent off just before half-time. With the extra-man advantage, the second half belonged entirely to Valencia. It took awhile for the equalizer to come (on a penalty kick), and even longer for them to go up (another penalty). Just before the game ended, Valencia sealed the win with a third goal — the packed stadium was going nuts about the hard-fought and decisive 3-1 victory over an excellent Sevillian side.

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I’m not sure how much longer the old Mestalla stadium is going to be in use — construction on the new Mestalla is constantly being delayed. But if you’re a fan of classic city soccer stadiums, don’t wait too long to visit. It’s almost always a great experience… especially if the good guys win.

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