Who denies if the Valencia club is one of the best in Europe. The club which is known for its bat symbol is a team from Spain whose strength cannot be underestimated.
Since it was first established in 1919, Valencia has won many titles, including La Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, Cup Winners Cup, and has been twice the consecutive runner-up of the European Champions League.
Besides getting many titles, this club based at Estadio Mestalla is also often crowded by talented world players, such as Santiago Canizares, Miguel Angel, David Albelda, David Villa, to Argentine footballer legend-Mario Kempes.
Seen from its achievements and history, it is only natural if the club which continues to be a serious competitor of La Liga competition has a lot of fans.
Not just ordinary fans, Valencia even has fans who are worth mentioning as one of the best. The story of one of their fans will make you admit why football is a sport that is so much loved.
From Valencia, we can learn that love is valuable. In this case, they might well understand the phrase “what is the meaning of a football club without supporters around it?”.
Vicente Navarro Aparicio is a loyal supporter of Valencia. He is a member of Valencia number 18 and watches every home match at Mestalla Stadium.
Not only diligently watching the match at home, but Vicente also supports Valencia when they had a match at the opponent’s hometown.
One of the historic matches he witnessed was the final of the Copa del Generalisimo which is now known as the Copa del Rey in 1967. At that time Valencia managed to win the match over Athletic Bilbao.
Unfortunately, at the age of 54, he lost his sight due to damage to his retina. The impact, he could no longer watch the favorite team compete. However, his love for Valencia is unwavering.
He continued to visit Estadio Mestalla with his son. Vicente wanted to feel the atmosphere of the match, and he also wanted to get an idea of what was happening on the field directly.
Vicente was also present in the Mestalla Stadium tribune when Valencia won the double title in 2004, which he said was the happiest year of his entire life.
Vicente himself died in 2017. However, Valencia never forgets it. Los Che paid tribute to the late Vicente in a special way.
Valencia made a statue of Vicente and placed it in a chair where Vicente used to sit. The bronze statue sits on seat 164 in the 15th row in the Tribuna Central sector. That way, Vicente will forever be present in every Valencia match.
“The match against Karlsruher (1993) was the last time he watched a match on television. He said if you go to Mestalla, you can feel the match, “said the son of Aparicio (via Dailymail)
“He enjoyed what was happening and I will tell him about what happened on the field,”
Valencia regarded the statue as a form of Vicente’s lifetime.
It is ever imagined that apparently, the old man seemed to not only love the club but also likes to listen to slogans including applause and others.
The atmosphere in the Mestalla stadium makes it does not seem like a victim of blindness. It seemed to show how wonderful the Valencia audiences are.