Valencia host Barcelona in the Liga on Saturday as firm underdogs, but it was not always so – we look back 15 years to a famous UEFA Champions League win.
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Héctor Cúper's Valencia secured a 5-3 aggregate success against Barcelona in the last four to reach their first UEFA Champions League final in 2000, with Louis van Gaal's men trounced 4-1 at Mestalla in the first leg. UEFA.com captures the celebrations in full flow and asks what happened next.
1. Miguel Ángel Angulo
The versatile Spaniard remains Valencia's fourth longest-serving player, racking up 430 outings over 14 years and winning six major trophies. Injuries forced him to retire at 32 shortly after signing for Sporting CP, and he swiftly returned to his beloved Valencia, where he is a youth team coach.
2. Javier Farinós
The triumph over Barcelona was one of the midfielder's last stands for Valencia; he moved to Internazionale that summer, Valencia coach Cúper joining him a year later. Soon enough, though, Farinós was back in Spain, playing for Mallorca, Hércules, Levante and Villarreal before retiring last year aged 36. A lover of Spain's east coast, Farinós now coaches Under-16s for the Valencia region.
3. Kily González
The driving force behind Valencia's 2000 and 2001 UEFA Champions League final appearances, the Argentinian never picked up the trophy but did collect the 2001/02 Liga title. An Italian sojourn with Internazionale followed before a transfer home to Argentina, where he retired in 2011. The former winger currently works for Rosario Central, where he is often spotted cheering on his boyhood team from his box.
4. Mauricio Pellegrino
Two Liga championships were some consolation for the Argentine's two UEFA Champions League final defeats with Valencia, and Pellegrino then played briefly for Liverpool and Alavés. He also assisted Rafael Benítez at Liverpool and Inter before an ill-fated return to Valencia as coach in 2012. Now back in Argentina, where he leads Buenos Aires giants Independiente.
5. Gaizka Mendieta
Fate was unkind to the Basque midfielder. He left Valencia 12 months before their 2002 Liga title, having won only the Copa del Rey in his nine-year Mestalla stay. He then represented Lazio and Barcelona before helping Middlesbrough lift the 2004 English League Cup – their first and only trophy. Since retiring in 2008, he has been a pundit, acquired his coaching badges and done a spot of DJing.
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