Valencia CF vs Villarreal

Jan, 26 / 20:45 Matchday 21

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
May, 17 2018

Jaume Doménech, wearing the VCF captain’s armband with pride

The keeper from Almenara joins a list of legends like Cubells, Amadeo, Monzó, Sendra, Mestre, Roberto Gil, Claramunt, Saura, Fernando, Camarasa and Albelda

It was the second-to-last LaLiga game in Girona. Jaume Doménech walked out onto the Montilivi pitch as Valencia CF captain. He couldn’t have been prouder, and his aim was simple: to keep a clean sheet. The keeper from Almenara showed what he can do from the very first minute, organising his teammates in defence and maintaining his concentration. In the end, everything went well, the team from Mestalla won, Jaume performed and there were no goals conceded. It couldn’t have gone any better.

A few months earlier, the man in the spotlight was José Luis Gayà, who wore the armband, fulfilling a dream at just 22 years old. Dani Parejo was substituted against Alavés and the number 10 handed over the armband. “It’s a proud moment for me after so many years at Valencia CF, having arrived at 11 years old. I arrived as a kid and this is an emotional moment for me, I’m really proud to be able to experience moments like this” said the international full-back after the game.

In the Mestalla club’s history, players from Valencia have always had a special role in the captaincy, as in the case of the defender José Llovet in the 1919/20 season when he became the first local lad to captain the side in a competitive game - although the history books also record that Julio Gascó captained the side in games played during the July celebrations of 1919.

At that time, the forward Eduardo Cubells also stood out, the first international in Valencia CF’s history, and the midfielder Cirilo Amorós, who played alongside Salvador and Molina, and who was involved, together with Luis Pasarín, in a legendary moment when he ordered the team off the field in a 1930 cup game because of the refereeing of Fausto Martín, who had ruled out Valencia CF’s third goal, which would have put them through to the final.

In the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s players such as Amadeo Ibáñez captained the side, playing almost 400 games in 14 seasons as part of the “electric forward line”, as well as Salvador Monzó, a centre-back for 13 seasons and winner of three league titles and a cup, the midfielder Francisco Sendra, a cup winner, and the converted full-back Sócrates Belenguer, who played 225 competitive games in a Valencia shirt.

From the mid-50s until the end of the 60s, captains such as the defender Manolo Mestre – a VCF institution for 14 years – and the midfielder Roberto Gil, who lifted the cup in 1967 after beating Athletic Club in the final, stand out.

In the 70s, an exceptional player born in Puzol, Pep Claramunt, was the leader as Valencia CF won the cup in 1967 and the league in 1970/71, as well as being a regular in the national team. Another local boy, José Cerveró, also wore the armband in a team featuring players of the calibre of Mario Kempes, Rainer Bonhof, Ricardo Arias, Darío Felman and Lobo Diarte.

For ten years, from 1975-1985, Enrique Saura could be seen at Mestalla, playing 353 games and scoring 47 goals. He was a forward who won yet more trophies. In addition, he played for the national team 23 times, featuring in a European Championships and the World Cup in Spain in 1982.

In the early 80s, a player emerged who would go down in the club’s history. Fernando Gómez spent fifteen seasons at Valencia CF, with record-breaking figures for competitive games (554) and goals (144). At the same time, the centre-back Miguel Tendillo had a short spell as captain in one of his eight seasons in the VCF squad, sharing that honour with Paquito.

From the mid-70s until the early 90s, two more historic figures were involved in almost 900 competitive games – Ricardo Arias and Javier Subirats. Both wore the shirt with pride and gave a lesson in what it meant to be a captain every time they played. An addition to this group was the goalkeeper from Torrellano, José Manuel Sempere, who spent fifteen seasons at Mestalla, playing 356 competitive games.

In the 90s, Paco Camarasa, from Rafelbunyol, had the honour of wearing the armband, sharing the captaincy with Fernando Gómez. He was an international, one of the best in the world, featuring in the World Cup in the USA in 1994 and lifting the Copa del Rey in Sevilla in 1999, after a two-decade trophy drought, together with Claudio López and Gaizka Mendieta.

More recently, another name must be mentioned, the central midfielder from La Pobla Llarga, David Albelda, the legendary captain of the best-ever Valencia CF side, who wore the shirt for fifteen seasons and won two league titles, a Copa del Rey, a UEFA Cup, a European Super Cup and a Spanish Super Cup in 485 competitive games.

Jaume Doménech, who was captain earlier this season in the cup tie against UD Las Palmas, and, more recently, José Luis Gayà, join a long list of players from the Valencia region to wear the captain’s armband in recent seasons, such as José Manuel SempereVicente RodríguezJuan SánchezDavid NavarroRaúl AlbiolPablo HernándezRoberto SoldadoPaco Alcácer,Fernando Giner and Voro González.