Enjoy photo gallery and report to remember
June 26, 1999 was a very special day for Valencia CF. A day in which the club won the Copa del Rey following a superb tournament and a final at an already magical scene for fans: The Cartuja de Sevilla. A day in which VCF, led by Mendieta and Claudio Lopez, swept Atletico Madrid aside 3-0. The triumph saw the team give a footballing lesson to Claudio Ranieri’s Atletico. To add to the occasion, Mendieta’s superb strike made it an unforgettable moment in club history. His chest control, chipped turn over the defence and left footed shot was a work of art that will live forever in Valencia CF folklore. It was the day that began the golden period for the club, and now you can celebrate the 15th anniversary of the goal with our photo gallery.
The legendary celebration at La Cartuja
Mendieta, Claudio Lopez and Camarasa reflected the atmosphere of the dressing room when they lifted the cup –adorned with white and black ribbons. La Cartuja will always remain in our hearts, as will the team which played in the final: Cañizares, Angloma, Djukic, Roche, Carboni, Mendieta, Farinós, Milla, Vlaovic, Ilie and Claudio Lopez. Angulo, Juanfran and Björklund also featured as substitutes. The squad, who finished fourth in La Liga and qualified for the Champions League, was the key to this vital turning point for the club in Seville.
Valencia players and friends, Farinós and Juanfran, did not know how to thank the fans for their support. In the end, they decided to hail them on their knees, bowing before them. Before that, they had climbed onto the crossbar. Not even the running track around the pitch could separate the indescribable link that had begun with the dramatic elimination of Barcelona and Real Madrid (6-0 at Mestalla) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.
Madness in Valencia
After a long night of celebrations at the hotel, the day after saw the victory sink in. Valencianistas, many of whom had watched the triumph on giant screens that were put up at Mestalla, packed the city square to watch the official parading of the trophy from the City Hall balcony. Some had remained there since the amazing night. The team and mayoress Rita Barbera had wanted everyone to feel part of the success.
The climax at Mestalla
The last stop for the celebrations took the fans to Mestalla. After the official events, the heroes repeated the joy of La Cartuja for those who could not be there in the moment. Speeches, players wearing flags, others shirtless, group dances, shouts of encouragement for the protagonists, dives onto the pitch and, finally, the playing of Queen’s "We are the Champions" over the stadium PA. There are no words to define the occasion. Perhaps the player to enjoy the occasion most was ‘El Piojo’, who received homages from his teammates and from the fans present.
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