2001–02 Valencia CF season

Valencia CF 2001–02 football season
Valencia CF 22
2001–02 season
PresidentJaime Ortí
ManagerRafael Benítez
StadiumMestalla
La Liga1st
UEFA CupQuarter-final
Copa del ReyFirst round
Top goalscorerRubén Baraja (7)
Home colours

Valencia CF won their first La Liga title since 1970-71 season, in the first campaign of new trainer Rafael Benítez. The Tenerife recruit had a tough start to his job, with several dropped points and a midfield slot in the beginning of the season, culminating in a disqualification from Copa del Rey for fielding too many non-EU players. Benítez was reported to be near the sack before an away game against Espanyol. With Valencia trailing 2-0 at halftime, the resurgence of the team in the second half allowed the inexperienced coach to keep the job, and it got to be a starting point for a winning streak that eventually saw Valencia claiming the entire league, despite taking only 75 points and scoring a mere 51 goals.

With the attacking play not flowing as previously, the all-conquering defence improved further, conceding only 29 goals, much thanks to keeper Santiago Cañizares and centre halves Mauricio Pellegrino and Roberto Ayala. Defensively minded midfielder Rubén Baraja happened to be the club top scorer with a mere seven goals, forming an effective protecting block with David Albelda.

Squad

Goalkeepers

Defenders

Midfielders

Attackers

Transfers

In
Pos. Name from Type
FW Salva Atletico Madrid €10.80 million
DF Curro Torres CD Tenerife loan ended
DF Carlos Marchena Benfica Free
DF David Navarro Valencia CF Mestalla
MF Francisco Rufete Malaga CF €7.75 million
MF Gonzalo de los Santos Malaga CF €15.00 million
MF Dennis Șerban Elche CF
FW Mista CD Tenerife loan ended
Out
Pos. Name To Type
MF Gaizka Mendieta SS Lazio €48.0 million
MF Didier Deschamps retired
DF Joachim Björklund Venezia F.C. €4.0 million
MF Luis Milla retired
MF Zlatko Zahovic Benfica Free
FW Diego Alonso Atletico Madrid loan

Competitions

La Liga

League table

Pos Team
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Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Valencia (C) 38 21 12 5 51 27 +24 75 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Deportivo La Coruña 38 20 8 10 65 41 +24 68
3 Real Madrid[a] 38 19 9 10 69 44 +25 66
4 Barcelona 38 18 10 10 65 37 +28 64 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
5 Celta Vigo 38 16 12 10 64 46 +18 60 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
Source: LFP
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th number of goals scored; 7th Fair-play points
(C) Champion
Notes:
  1. ^ Real Madrid qualified directly for the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League as holders.

Results by round

Matches

Valencia v Real Madrid
25 August 2001 1 Valencia 1–0 Real Madrid
Angulo 8'
Valladolid v Valencia
9 September 2001 2 Valladolid 1–1 Valencia
Caminero 30' Salva 90'
Valencia v Las Palmas
16 September 2001 3 Valencia 1–0 Las Palmas
David Albelda 62'
Athletic v Valencia
23 September 2001 4 Athletic 2–2 Valencia
Joseba Etxeberría 64' Roberto Ayala 44'
Valencia v Alavés
30 September 2001 5 Valencia 0–0 Alavés
Celta v Valencia
4 October 2001 6 Celta 1–1 Valencia
Florian Maurice 48' Juan Sánchez 6'
Valencia v Villarreal
7 October 2001 7 Valencia 1–0 Villarreal
Salva 45'
Valencia v Zaragoza
21 October 2001 9 Valencia 2–0 Zaragoza
Kily González 32'
Sevilla v Valencia
28 October 2001 10 Sevilla 1–1 Valencia
Moisés 46' David Albelda 20'
Valencia v Rayo
4 November 2001 11 Valencia 2–1 Rayo
Salva 22'Juan Sánchez 88' Roberto Peragón 40' (pen.)
Osasuna v Valencia
11 November 2001 12 Osasuna 0–0 Valencia
Valencia v Tenerife
18 November 2001 13 Valencia 0–0 Tenerife
Real Sociedad v Valencia
25 November 2001 14 Real Sociedad 2–0 Valencia
Edgaras Jankauskas 38'
Valencia v Mallorca
1 December 2001 15 Valencia 1–1 Mallorca
Mista 80' Albert Luque 13'
Deportivo v Valencia
9 December 2001 16 Deportivo 1–0 Valencia
Diego Tristán 59'
Espanyol v Valencia
15 December 2001 17 Espanyol 2–3 Valencia
Francisco Palencia 24'
  • 2-0 Alex Fernández 44'
Francisco Rufete 59'
Valencia v Málaga
22 December 2001 18 Valencia 2–1 Málaga
Vicente 25'
  • 2-1 Mista 30'
Darío Silva 14'
Betis v Valencia
6 January 2002 19 Betis 1–3 Valencia
Capi 43' Salva 8'
Las Palmas v Valencia
26 January 2002 22 Las Palmas 0–1 Valencia
Mista 7'
Valencia v Athletic
3 February 2002 23 Valencia 2–1 Athletic
Mista 14'
Francisco Rufete 66'
Joseba Etxeberría 73'
Valencia v Celta
9 February 2002 25 Valencia 0–0 Celta
Valencia v Barcelona
23 February 2002 27 Valencia 2–0 Barcelona
Francisco Rufete 16'
Pablo Aimar 63'
Zaragoza v Valencia
3 March 2002 28 Zaragoza 0–1 Valencia
Francisco Rufete 24'
Valencia v Sevilla
10 March 2002 29 Valencia 2–0 Sevilla
Juan Sánchez 66'
Rayo v Valencia
17 March 2002 30 Rayo 2–1 Valencia
Mauricio Pellegrino 45' (o.g.)
Sergio Corino 58'
Angulo 29'
Tenerife v Valencia
30 March 2002 32 Tenerife 0–1 Valencia
Pablo Aimar 77'
Valencia v Real Sociedad
7 April 2002 33 Valencia 4–0 Real Sociedad
Rubén Baraja 12'
Kily González 28'
Angulo 55'
Mista 89'
Mallorca v Valencia
13 April 2002 34 Mallorca 1–1 Valencia
Albert Luque 45' Rubén Baraja 63'
Valencia v Deportivo
21 April 2002 35 Valencia 1–0 Deportivo
Aldo Duscher 69' (o.g.)
Valencia v Espanyol
27 April 2002 36 Valencia 2–1 Espanyol
Rubén Baraja 68' Raúl Tamudo 30' (pen.)
Málaga v Valencia
5 May 2002 37 Málaga 0–2 Valencia
Roberto Ayala 35'
Valencia v Betis
11 May 2002 38 Valencia 2–0 Betis
Rubén Baraja 44'

UEFA Cup

Quarter-finals

Internazionale Italy v Spain Valencia
14 March 2002 (2002-03-14) Internazionale Italy 1–1 Spain Valencia San Siro, Milan
21:00 Materazzi 50' Report Rufete 66' Attendance: 24,184
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)
Valencia Spain v Italy Internazionale
21 March 2002 (2002-03-21) Valencia Spain 0–1 Italy Internazionale Estadio Mestalla, Valencia
21:45 Report Ventola 4' Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Claude Colombo (France)

Statistics

Players statistics

No. Pos Nat Player Total La Liga Copa del Rey UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Spain ESP Cañizares 40 -26 32 -23 1 0 7 -3
23 DF Spain ESP Curro Torres 45 0 34 0 1 0 10 0
2 DF Argentina ARG Pellegrino 38 1 30 1 1 0 7 0
4 DF Argentina ARG Ayala 37 2 29 2 0+1 0 7 0
15 DF Italy ITA Carboni 43 0 32+1 0 1 0 9 0
21 MF Argentina ARG Aimar 40 6 23+10 4 0+1 0 6 2
19 MF Spain ESP Rufete 41 8 27+6 5 1 1 6+1 2
6 MF Spain ESP Albelda 39 3 32 2 0 0 6+1 1
14 MF Spain ESP Vicente 40 3 22+9 2 1 0 5+3 1
10 FW Spain ESP Angulo 31 6 21+5 4 0 0 3+2 2
9 FW Spain ESP Salva 26 7 19+3 5 1 0 1+2 2
13 GK Spain ESP Palop 10 -8 6+1 -4 0 0 3 -4
5 DF Serbia and Montenegro SCG Djukic 26 1 14+2 0 1 0 7+2 1
12 DF Spain ESP Marchena 22 1 12+4 1 1 0 3+2 0
18 MF Argentina ARG Kily González 32 3 15+11 3 0 0 5+1 0
8 MF Spain ESP Baraja 18 7 15+2 7 0 0 0+1 0
17 FW Spain ESP Sánchez 33 8 12+13 4 0 0 5+3 4
24 FW Spain ESP Mista 34 6 10+16 5 0 0 3+5 1
22 MF Uruguay URU De los Santos 21 1 12+1 1 1 0 6+1 0
3 DF Brazil BRA Fábio Aurélio 19 1 6+9 1 0 0 2+2 0
7 FW Spain ESP Carew 24 1 6+9 1 1 0 6+2 0
11 FW Romania ROU Ilie 13 5 6+4 2 0 0 3 3
20 DF France FRA Angloma 4 0 2+1 0 0 0 0+1 0
16 MF Romania ROU Serban 4 0 0+3 0 0+1 0
31 DF Spain ESP Navarro 3 0 1+1 0 0 0 0+1 0
26 MF Spain ESP Jandro 1 0 0+1 0
GK Spain ESP David Rángel 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Paraguay PAR Amarilla
  • Source: https://www.bdfutbol.com/en/t/t2001-0236.html

Topscorers

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