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The team was brought on stage at the party
In the magnificent Veltins-Arena

Special Envoys to Germany: Alex Navarro and Marcelo A. Ullúa

The team has practiced this afternoon of Tuesday, eight in the previous matches that will face Valencia CF against FC Schalke 04 in the magnificent Veltins-Arena, who will present a spectacular entrance to see which of the two teams reached the quarterfinalsEnd of the best club competition in the world. The Coliseum, whose lawn has been recently remodeled and shows a dramatic look, served as first contact before the key confrontation between our team and all Germans, who worked at the stadium in Gelsenkirchen Parkstadion''. Indeed, rival coach, Felix Magath, said in the official press conference he found it "very dangerous to bet on the 0-0. One slip and you're out. Makes more sense to look dial. So we will not lock back, but we will seek opportunities. For its part, the Spanish jury commented at the hearing before the German and Spanish means that in a game of this magnitude "no favorites. The situation is quite balanced after the first leg. Of course, Valencia is a good step in the league but that does not play any role in a game of the Champions League. We know that each party write their own history and maybe this is the most important game of the year. "


• Valencia CF, after 1-1 in the Camp de Mestalla against Schalke, has been able to cancel the home advantage of his rival in all the Champions League qualifiers he has played. Our team completed the first phase of the tournament in second place in Group C behind Manchester United and was paired in the draw held last December with a group leader as Schalke 04, who has, in theory, the advantage that gives priority to decide the tie in their own stadium. However, this situation has not been a problem as dictated by history, it has surpassed the three battles he has had to explain away the ten qualifiers Mestalla disputed since its debut in the 1999-2000 season in the continental showpiece. The last time I had to overcome this situation was in the preliminary stage of the competition in the 2007-2008 season. On that occasion, the ensemble won the Swedish Elfsborg with authority by winning 3-0 in Mestalla and win again in around 1-2. The other two occasions when he had to overcome the field factor was in his debut against the top European competition. In the 1999-2000 season Valencia reached the final of the tournament after beating their rivals on the field - won 5-2 to Lazio in the quarter and 4-1 to Barcelona in the semifinals - and keep the income.

• The last time the FC Schalke 04 played at home in an elimination round of the UEFA Champions League, the result was a 0-1 to a Spanish club, FC Barcelona.

• The two times both teams faced off in Gelsenkirchen, ended in victory for each. Valencia FC won 0-1 in the group stage of UEFA Champions League thanks to a goal from David Villa. Ten years earlier, around the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup, the Schalke's 2-0 victory gave him the pass.

• The lineups for that September 18, 2007 at the Arena AufSchalke were:

- FC Schalke 0: Neuer, Westermann, Bordon, Rafinha (Grossmüller 73 '), Pander, Ernst, Rakitić, Jones, Asamoah (Özil 61'), Halil Altintop (Lovenkrands 73 '), Kuranyi.

- Valencia CF 1: Cañizares, Albiol, Marchena, Helguera, Miguel, Moretti, Albelda, Silva, Villa (Sunny 90 '), Morientes (Arizmendi 80), Angulo (Joaquin 75').

• The FC Schalke 04 won all three home matches of Group B: a 2-0 to SL Benfica a 3-1 win over Hapoel Tel-Aviv and a 3-0 win at Olympique Lyonnais.

• The only time the FC Schalke 04 have played an elimination round in the UEFA Champions League was in 2007/08 when he won at FC Porto 4-1 on penalties after both games ended 1-0. In the quarterfinals lost both matches against FC Barcelona 1-0.

• The FC Schalke 04 have won six of the eight qualifiers of the UEFA in which tying home began the first leg. While the most recent example, in knockout phase of the 2004/05 UEFA Cup, a 1-1 draw against FC Shakhtar Donetsk was followed by a 0-1 defeat at home.

• Valencia CF did not fall into any of the three games in Group C as a visitor. It started with a 0-4 win against Bursaspor, and then drew 1-1 against Manchester United FC and Rangers FC.

• The last time our team participated in the second round in the 2006/07 season, FC Internazionale Milano won thanks to the double value of goals scored away from home with a 2-2 draw in Italy and after the tie scratch at home.

• Valencia CF has won four of the eight qualifiers for UEFA (Europe now League) where he started tying at home. In the last edition of the UEFA Europa League, drew 1-1 at home to Werder Bremen in the first leg of the round, and got through thanks to a 4-4 draw in Germany.

• Schalke have won six of the eight qualifiers of the UEFA in which tying home began the first leg. While the most recent example, in knockout phase of the 2004/05 UEFA Cup, a 1-1 draw against FC Shakhtar Donetsk was followed by a 0-1 defeat at home.


• Ricardo Costa played for VfL Wolfsburg between 2007 and 2010 and was under the orders of the current Schalke coach, Felix Magath, until 2009. Costa fought twice for FC Schalke won 1-2 in Gelsenkirchen in 2007/08, when Manuel Neuer was in the rival group.

• The following season, in which Costa held the league title, the match finished 2-2, held in Gelsenkirchen.

• In the semifinals of the UEFA EURO 2008, Germany's Christoph Metzelder was won by Mehmet Topal Turkey 3-2 in Basel.

• José Manuel Jurado was part of Club Atletico Madrid beat Valencia in the last quarter-final of the UEFA Europa League. Jury has also played at RCD Mallorca (2008/09) and the Real Madrid CF (2002 to 2006).

• Valencia Metzelder faced three times when he was part of Real Madrid between 2007 and 2010.

• Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Hedwiges Maduro have played together for the Netherlands.

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