The 2013/14 Europa League round of 16 draw made history. For the first time, Seville’s two top sides, Sevilla and Real Betis, would face each other in continental competition. They had both made it through the tournament’s group stages and first knockout round without much fuss, but their domestic circumstances were vastly divergent. While Sevilla were chasing a place in La Liga’s top six, Betis were fighting to avoid relegation to the second tier.
As a result, the stakes were particularly high for the first all-Sevillian European contest. Historically, however, there has always been a lot at stake when the two teams have clashed. The derby dates back to 1915, when the first game took place (Sevilla won 4-3), but the roots of the rivalry go back even further.
Sevilla Derby History
In his book on Spanish football, ‘Morbo’, Phil Ball writes that: “Four years after the founding of Sevilla FC in 1905…three of Sevilla’s newly elected directors refused to sanction the
Posted: September 08, 2017Categories: Real Betis
8th September 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
Ending last season in an unsatisfactory 15th place, having sacked both Gus Poyet and Victor Sanchez, while losing 19 and only winning 10 of their 38 La Liga matches, Real Betis knew drastic change was needed ahead of the 2017/2018 campaign. And plenty of change has been accordingly made, as the club's new direction is taking on a very exciting form.
Bringing in former Las Palmas manager, Quique Setien, was indeed a fine place to start, for he sets his team up to play a hugely exciting and entertaining brand of football using his positional play methodology. Then came the arrivals and departures with the club shipping out 20 players and signing 10, in order to rejuvenate the squad and refresh it for Setien's demands.
Highlighted by the captures of Victor Camarasa, Ryad Boudebouz, Cristian Tello, Javi Garcia, Sergio LeÃ³n, Andres Guardado, Joel Campbell and Antonio Barragan, expectations a
5th July 2017. By Ryan Baldi.
Spain's impressive European Under-21 Championship campaign ultimately ended in disappointment, with La Roja outplayed and outthought by Germany in the final. But there are plenty of positives to be drawn from Albert Celades' side's run in the competition, not least the emergence of Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos as a truly elite-level talent.
The 20-year-old playmaker demonstrated the full gamut attributes desired of a player in his position: technique, vision, awareness discipline and creativity. Although AtlÃ©tico Madrid star SaÃºl Ã‘Ãguez stole the headlines in the semi-final victory over Italy by bagging a spectacular hat-trick, it was Ceballos who stood out most, pulling the strings in midfield and putting in a men-against-boys kind of performance.
The 20-year-old's displays in Poland along with his form over the last 18 months with Betis have marked him out as one o
Posted: February 03, 2017Categories: Real Betis
3rd February 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
Having started just one game under Real Betis' previous manager, Gus Poyet, Dani Ceballos' fortunes have improved drastically since Victor Sanchez took over the managerial reigns in November.
Thereafter, the former Deportivo La Coruna boss has quickly gone about making the sublimely talented creative midfielder a key component within his side. And the 20-year-old's repaying his manager's faith wholeheartedly, especially of late, by putting in a string of excitement laden, yet hugely effective performances.
His man of the match display vs Barcelona at the weekend was encouragingly his best yet too, as the Spanish youth international put in a sterling shift from his tailored midfield post. Ceballos' undertook his fascinating role brilliantly, for on the attacking end he was granted plentiful freedom to get involved, but on the defensive end he was instructed to press high and man mark
ByÂ Ameen Rabbani.
As we enter the final week of the January transfer window, clubs around Europe will undoubtedly be looking to La Liga in the hope of finding a winter bargain to bolster their squads for the six months that lie ahead. Here's five out-of-favour players who could do with a change of scenery from Spain's top flight and make a difference elsewhere.
- Denis Cheryshev
It was somewhat surprising that Denis Cheryshev was given the nod to continue at Real Madrid this season despite enjoying a largely successful loan spell at Villarreal in 2014-15. As suspected with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale