Manuel Mestre Full name Manuel Mestre Torres Date of birth 07/01/1935 Place of birth Oliva (Valencia) Nationality Spanish Height/Weight Debut 11/04/1982 Manuel Mestre excelled for his polyvalence and for the physical and technical ease of his play. He became the player who beat Asensi's record number of appearances for the club in the league Mestre was one of the few crucial Valencia CF players who didn’t hang up the boots before reaching his retirement time. He made up to 322 appearances through all his career, a club record that wouldn’t be beaten until two decades later by Ricardo Arias. After completing 14 years at the club he was paid a mass tribute during a game against Standard Liege. He was a very polyvalent left-wing fullback who also played as a central defender. He had an extraordinary ability to retain the ball and to play it away, being capable of reading the trajectory of the ball. He combined both physical strength and a spark of genius which came out in a timely manner, while thanks to his exceptional stamina he hardly ever missed any games in three seasons. Mestre earned two international caps for Spain and was appointed Valencia CF youth team manager before retiring. His relationship with the club lasted 30 years, a time which saw him take charge of the first team in critical situations: 1976, 1977 and 1982. TEAMS: Magallanes, Peña Chico, Huracán, UD Oliva, Gandía CF, CD Mestalla TITLES: 2 Cup of Ferias, 1 Cup.