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In the shadow of an unfinished 80,000-seater World Cup stadium is a community torn.

The Nou Mestalla was supposed to bring regeneration and hope to Benicalap, one of the poorer regions of Valencia. The project, which first saw ground broke in 2007, has been left abandoned and in a state of ruin for over a decade now.

It was supposed to be the new home of Valencia, who were riding high following LaLiga titles wins in 2002 and 2004, taking them to new heights and helping them truly break the Real Madrid-Barcelona equilibrium in Spanish football.


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But financial problems soon hit and the project was halted. When exactly work will begin is unclear, but the stadium has been mooted as one of the venues for the 2030 World Cup, of which Spain is one of the host countries.

The news fills residents with belief that their hopes for the local area can finally be realised – and they can stop living underneath the monstrosity of what was supposed to be one of the world’s biggest stadiums.

“Everyone asks about it because it is so big and it is so ugly for the views,” a local hotel receptionist tells Daily Star Sport as we walk around the outskirts of the stadium.

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