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    Football in Seville

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    Seville, like all of Spain, he loves football. There are two main teams in the city: Real Betis Balompié SAD, better known as Betis, and the Sevilla Futbol Club SAD, known simply as Sevilla FC, Or simply Seville in Italian. Both teams compete in the La Liga championship, corresponding to our Seria A.

    Betis Sevilla

    Founded in the 1907, the Betis he returned to take part in the La Liga in the 2015/2016 season, after winning the Second Division the previous year. The history of Betis is long and troubled; the team has experienced moments of ups and downs that have finally seen it go down to the second division, and then return triumphantly to the major division.



    Champion of Spain in 1935, he won the Copa del Rey twice. He played in the European Cup, and memorable for Betis fans was there victory in the first round against Milan for 3 to 2.

    The 90s saw Betis appear on the European scene, first with the qualification for the Uefa Cup, then with the return to Champions Cup and finally in the most recent Champions League: Betis were the first team from Andalusia to be able to qualify for the tournament.

    On his way he met international teams such as the Chelsea; 2007 was the year of the centenary, and saw the dispute of a special match with Milan, European champion of the year.

    A few days later Betis won the prestigious Ramon de Carranza trophy, beating Real Zaragoza, after eliminating Real Madrid in the semifinals.

    Benito Villamarìn Stadium

    Opened in 1929, the Betis home has a capacity of 51000 spectators. It was initially named after Benito Villamerin, former patron of the team for more than 40 years, but was recently renamed in honor of Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, owner of the club during the 2000s, who decided to promote a renovation project of the old plant.



    In reality, this project has been postponed several times and in part still unfinished. In 2010 the management decided to keep the first title for the stadium, respecting Benito Villamerin.

    In 1982 the stadium hosted two games of the World Cup which were held in Spain. Both matches saw Brazil play, first against Scotland and then against New Zealand.

    Sevilla FC

    Founded in the 1905, the Sevilla FC is the most successful club in Andalusia, having won the La Liga title in 1946, 5 Spanish Cups, a Spanish Super Cup and 5 times the Europa League, formerly the Uefa Cup.

    With the victories of the two-year period 2006/2007, which also saw him triumph in the European Super Cup, he obtained from International Federation of Football History & Statistics the title of best club for two years in a row.

    In their domestic victories, Sevilla FC have often triumphed against major Spanish clubs such as Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. The 2006st century sees the years of triumph for the team: in XNUMX, in Eindhoven, they played in the final of Uefa Cup, beating the English club of Middlesbrough. The same year he won the European Super Cup, prevailing over Barcelona.

    2007 saw him triumph again in the Uefa Cup and beat Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final. 2014, 2015 and 2016 saw him triumph in Europa League, beating first Benfica, then the Ukrainian team of Dnipro after a semi-final won against Fiorentina, and finally Liverpool. With this latest victory, Sevilla became the club to have won this competition several times.



    Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

    Located in the neighborhood Nervion and named after an old president of the company, lo Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium it is the home of Sevilla FC and hosts 45000 spectators; the capacity was however reduced to comply with FIFA rules.

    The construction of the stadium took a long time, so much so that the team at its inception did not have a fixed field where to play their matches at home. The current structure dates back to the late 70s of the last century, when it was modernized in view of the World Cup which were held in Spain in 1982.

    The match between the Soviet Union and Brazil was played here, as well as the semi-final between France and West Germany. Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan also hosted the 1986 European Cup final between Barcelona and Steaua Bucuresti, which the Romanian club won on penalties after a 0-0 draw in regulation time.



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