Valencia is one of the most recognisable football teams in Spain, outside of the so-called ‘Big Three’ of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Producing world-class players and reaching the Champions League final in 2000 and 2001 have only helped extend their global reach, yet their famous bat logo has also become highly noticeable to fans all over the world.
Since the club’s inception, they have featured the animal symbol, as a nod to the city’s heritage and despite pressure to remove it by DC Comics, it continues to be used and one currently holds a distinguished place on the side of their Mestalla Stadium.
The Valencian history of the bat dates back to the 13th Century, with the winged animal flew in front of King James of Aragon, who was on the verge of liberating its people after 500 years of ruling by the Moors.
It was seen as a blessing and becoming the protector symbol of Valencia, as the Muslim rulers surrendered by waving a red and yellow banner, colours that have also a part of the club’s crest.
The bat can now be spotted on several emblems around the city, including its town hall and its biggest football team.
Valencia’s bat plans in trouble
The bat first took place of importance on Los Che’s crest upon its foundation in 1919 and has remained there ever since.
For almost 95 years, no one had thought to challenge it, until the club decided to alter it slightly, in line with a new range of clothing.
The traditional symbol on Valencia’s badge features the wings of the bat curved downwards, but drew up plans to change it so they were raised, with DC Comics, creators of Batman, unhappy with its similarities to their own trademark.
The American publisher, who first created the character in 1939, filed an objection to the Office of Harmonisation of the Internal Market.
However, Valencia clarified that the trademark registration with OAMI had been put forward two years previous, and would not be continuing with their plans to change the logo. A day later, they unveiled a new symbol on their stadium, Mestalla, which featured their classical bat emblem.