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Valencia was present at the first great festival of popular European football. The Fenix ​​Trophy, the UEFA-backed regional club


Valencia was present at the first great festival of popular football. The Fenix ​​Trophy, the UEFA-backed regional club Champions League, played its first final this weekend in the Italian town of Rimini, bringing together the eight clubs from seven different countries participating in this pioneering championship, including the CD Cuenca Mestallistes. The Valencian team, the third oldest in Cap i Casal only behind Levante UD and Valencia CF, was defeated 2-4 in the match for seventh position, against DWS Amsterdam, the club where legends like Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard. The first edition of the tournament, self-financed from non-professionalism, was awarded, in the grand final, by FC United of Manchester, the entity born from the revolt of Manchester United fans opposed to the sale of the club to the Glazer family . The “Red Rebels” defeated the Prague Raptors by XX. The Romeo Menti stadium registered a great entrance and the streaming broadcast reached six thousand punctures with connections from all continents.

Beyond the sporting result, the great objective of the Fenix ​​Trophy was to articulate for the first time the joint action of the popular clubs at a European level, a phenomenon on the rise in a particular sociological context, with many hobbies in revolt against the excessive relocation of the historical traditional clubs and with the great powers planning a future Super League. Given this scenario, the Fenix ​​Trophy brought together eight clubs in order to safeguard the values ​​of football as a community phenomenon, cultural exchange and friendship. Summoned by FC Brera, Milan’s third team, a total of eight teams with unique characteristics were grouped together. CD Cuenca Mestallistes, originally from Calle Cuenca de València and the seed of the Valencia subsidiary in the 1940s, had become a popular shareholder club with Mario Alberto Kempes as honorary president. In addition to FC United of Manchester, the German Falke was also born from another split, this time due to the commercial drift of Hamburg, dragging behind him a thousand partners. The Raptors from Prague or the Zly from Warsaw are exponents of another model, newly created clubs, characterized by their socio-cultural miscegenation and their community action, like the Brera, involved in projects such as the reintegration of inmates. Finally, historical clubs reborn from bankruptcies have also participated. This is the case of the DWS of Amsterdam, which came to conquer the Eredivisie in the 1960s and participated in the European Cup, and also of the Lodigiani, considered the third club in Rome and in which footballers like Francesco Totti, Alessandro Florenzi, Luca Toni or Emiliano Moretti.

With an almost traditional enthusiasm, the eight clubs have managed to organize a tournament with two group stages, in which each local team paid for the accommodation, food and transportation costs of the visiting team and between cities with good air connections to try to reduce costs. . Fans, managers, technicians and footballers have traveled throughout Europe during the week asking for permits in their respective jobs. In the case of the Mestallistes, the investment of almost 15,000 euros has been covered by the contributions of the members, the subsidy of the Municipal Sports Foundation and the sponsorship of the Valencian Football Federation. After the success of the first edition, which has even overcome inconveniences such as cancellations due to the pandemic, the eight founding clubs are already working on next year’s edition, in which they want to increase the number of teams and countries, in the great of .