Valencia CF is one of the big names in Spanish and international football. The black and white, who have a bat as their mascot, have been playing in the legendary Estadio Mestalla with 55,000 seats since 1923.
Over the years, the club has achieved a global reputation for their prolific youth academy, or "Acadèmia." Products of their academy include world-class talents such as Raúl Albiol, Andrés Palop, Miguel Ángel Angulo, Javier Farinos, David Albelda, Gaizka Mendieta and David Silva. Current stars of the game to have graduated in recent years include Isco, Jordi Alba, Juan Bernat, José Gayà, Carlos Soler, Ferran Torres and Paco Alcácer.
With the historic old town, the Biopark or the city of arts and science built by the city's great son, the city's star architect Santiago Calatrava, Valencia offers a variety of sights like no other city in Spain. And in the Mediterranean city of Valencia, the most famous dish in Spain was once invented, paella, which is still prepared here in the good old tradition.