Valencia C.F. news
November, 20 2015

David Albelda

He earned 51 international caps and participated in World Cups in South Korea/Japan in 2002 and Germany in 2006, and in the European Championships in Portugal in 2004

David Albelda was born on September 1st, 1977. He began playing in his hometown, until in 1992 he joined UD Alzira’s youth team. Then, in 1995, he was brought into the Valencia CF Academy. Albela was loaned out at Villarreal CF for two seasons when the Yellow Submarine were in the second division, returning to Valencia in the 1997/98 campaign. Unfortunately, a serious injury kept him out of action for most of the season. He was again loaned to Villarreal for the 1998/99 season.

Having recovered from his injury and back with VCF, Albelda formed a solid midfield together with Ruben Baraja and Pablo Aimar. It was a midfield that helped VCF to the 2003-2004 La Liga title and UEFA Cup, and also the Spanish Supercup in August of 2004. He was captain of one of the best teams in the history of Valencia CF, the leader of an unstoppable side and a true club legend. After the 2012/13 season, Albelda hung up his boots after 15 seasons at the club.

He was a member of the Under-18s side who were defeated in the final of the UEFA European Championships, and selected by Inaki Saez for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, winning a silver medal. The following year he debuted with the senior team in a qualifier for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Albelda earned 51 international caps and participated in World Cups in South Korea/Japan in 2002 and Germany in 2006, and in the European Championships in Portugal in 2004.

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