Hong Kong student Leo Tang is counting the days down ahead of his holiday to Europe in July and the chance to see in the flesh the Mestalla stadium for the first time.
Leo may not be able to catch a Valencia CF match but still just the opportunity to go on the club tour means a lot to a fan who is used to watching the team from the other side of the world.
“I am really looking forward to coming in July, it will be the second time that I have been to Europe but they first time I will go to Spain,” he explained.
“I will be in Valencia for only three days but it will be a great chance to do the tour, see the club and also the city. I have everything prepared."
He has been a fan of Valencia since watching a golden spell in the club’s history as a teenager.
“It was in 2004 that I started to really follow Valencia when they won the UEFA Cup against Marseille,” says Leo.
“I was 15 at the time and watched the game on the television at home with my family.
“What I really liked was their style of play, their quality on the counter-attack and they had some great players back then, my favourite was Vicente for the way he could run with the ball."
It is not easy to watch the European leagues in Hong Kong due to the time difference but Leo makes every effort.
“I watch game with three or four friends normally, although often matches are on too late. I am a big fan of football and also I like playing with friends,” he said.
“Football is the most popular sport now in Hong Kong but the problem is that I can probably see about ten to 15 Valencia matches during the season on the television.
“The Premiership is more popular and they show all the games and only some from La Liga with Real Madrid and Barcelona mainly put on.”
Leo is one of the organisers of a flourishing Hong Kong fans’ group partly due to the visit by Valencia CF in 2014.
“I was already in contact with other Valencia fans in Hong Kong but we got ourselves properly organised into a fans’ group when Valencia came over,” he said.
“Now we meet up every now and again to arrange events and watch matches.”
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