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Valencia CF Legends vs Spanish Selection Legends

Mar, 24 / 18:00 Matchday

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
October, 14 2015

Did you know that in 1957, after two days of intense rain, Mestalla went unused for several weeks?

"La Riua" still instilled in the collective memory of Valencia.

In the stands the water reached the fifth row of the Tribuna section at the time, and the pitch was totally unplayable

In October 1957, the Turia River overflowed, flooding the whole city of Valencia and causing extensive material and human damage. This phenomenon was known in the city of Valencia as "La Riua" which even today is still instilled in the collective memory of Valencia. They were sent in aid from Spain, such as money, clothes and food.

The Mestalla stadium that was renovated a few years before was also affected being submerged by the height of goals and also the dressing room being totally flooded with water and mud. In the stands the water reached the fifth row of the Tribuna section at the time, and the pitch was totally unplayable. Up to five games for VCF had to be moved due to the bad state of the stadium, and the team did not win any of these matches. Even today, outside the Mestalla dressing rooms, there is a mark that serves as a reminder of how far the water came up that day.

However, when VCF were able to play at home again, the team rallied and rose to fourth in La Liga. The December 8, in 1957, Mestalla reopened to host the match corresponding to the eleventh dat League against Real Zaragoza. A year and a half later, they incorporated more improvements to the ground that would eventually see them inaugurating floodlights at Mestalla in a match against Stade de Reims.

Learn more about the history of the Mestalla Stadium.

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