Real Betis Balompié is a football club from Seville, Andalusia, and has gone through a topsy-turvy journey since its inception in 1907. Los Verdiblancos won their first league title in the 1934/35 season but failed to replicate that success ever since. The club has also struggled to stay in the top division and has suffered relegations many times throughout its history.
The club’s slogan is ¡Viva el Betis manque (aunque) pierda! (“Long live Betis even when they lose!”), which roots from the club’s irregular performances on the pitch. The club plays its home games at Estadio Benito Villamarín, wearing green and white stripes. They is fierce rivals with Sevilla, with whom it takes part in the Seville derby.
Real Betis: Honors
The 1934/35 La Liga trophy remains the solitary top division league title in Betis’ trophy cabinet. The club went on to win the Copa del Rey in 1976/77 and 2004/05.
Winners (1): 1934–35
Copa del Rey
Winners (2): 1976–77, 2004–05
Runners-up (2): 1931, 1996–97
Supercopa de España
Runners-up (1): 2005
Winners (7): 1931–32, 1941–42, 1957–58, 1970–71, 1973–74, 2010–11, 2014–15
Runners-up (5): 1955–56, 1966–67, 1989–90, 1993–94, 2000–01
Winners (1): 1953–54
Copa de Andalucia (defunct)
Winners (1): 1927–28
Runners-up (13): 1919–20, 1920–21, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1938–39, 1939–40
Joaquín Sánchez Rodríguez, simply known as Joaquín, has played more than 400 games for this team. He remains the only player in the current Real Betis squad who was part of the Real Betis team that had won the Copa del Rey in 2004/05. The midfielder contributed three goals in the club’s triumphant Copa del Rey run and played every single minute of the final match against Osasuna. The 38-year-old had spent six years of his career at Betis before leaving in 2006. After stints with Valencia, Málaga, and Fiorentina Joaquín returned to Betis in 2015. The former Spanish international earned 51 caps for Spain and played in two World Cups.
Real Betis Balompié: Recent Times
Inspired by Rubén Castro’s remarkable 27-goal haul, Real Betis won the Segunda División in 2010/11 and got promoted back to La Liga. Castro followed up with 16 goals the next season to keep the team afloat, as the Andalusian club finished 13th. The club made a European comeback in 2013/14 after the club earned Europa League qualification for their 7th place finish the previous year. The club progressed to the quarter-final of the competition but was agonizingly knocked out by local rivals Sevilla. To add more to the woes, the club got relegated to the second tier that season. However, they made an instant return to La Liga in 2015/16.
Real Betis finished 10th in La Liga in 2018/19. They made it to the semi-final of the Copa del Rey and lost to eventual champions Valencia. The club spent €38.50m on transfers and got €48.25m from player sales.
Before the season was halted because of the Covid-19 situation, the team were 12th on the table. They were eliminated from the Copa del Rey Round of 32. The club spent €100.25m on arrivals and recouped €70m from sales.
Real Betis: Present Team
Style of Play
Real Betis have mostly lined up in a 4-1-4-1 style this season. While defending, the club moves to a 3-1-4-2 format. The defensive midfielder drops down to form a three-man defensive core in front of the keeper, while the fullbacks occupy wider positions to avert opposition threat from the wings. A creative midfielder, which has been mainly Sergio Canales, sits in front of the three center-backs to open up passing lanes upon receiving the ball from the back. As the ball moves out of the Betis half, the team positions itself in a 3-4-3 format. The club has suffered particularly against through balls, while they excelled at putting together swift counter-attacks.
Nabil Fekir: After being linked with Premier League giants Liverpool for a long time, Nabil Fekir joined the club this season from Lyon and he didn’t take long to show why Betis chose to pay €18m to acquire his services. The Frenchman has scored 7 goals and assisted 3 in his 21 La Liga outings.
Joaquín: Age is just a meaningless number for Real Betis skipper Joaquín. Even at 38, the veteran seems no signs of slowing down. The midfielder has bagged 8 goals and 2 assists for his club this season.
Sergio Canales: Sergio Canales has been an instrumental midfield presence for the club this season. He has orchestrated the majority of Real Betis’ transitional plays this season. He also registered 4 goals and 4 assists.
Official club name: Real Betis Balompié S.A.D.
Address: Avenida Heliópolis
41012 Sevilla (Residents: 688.592). Spain
Tel: +34 902 191907
Fax: +34 954 614774
Founded: Sep 12, 1907
Members: 50.373 (Score: Jan 22, 2020)
Name of stadium: Benito Villamarín
Total capacity: 59.378. Built: 1929Construction costs: €120.00m
UEFA stadium category: 5*
Formerly: Heliópolis, Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
Under-soil heating: No
Running track: No
Surface: Natural grass
Pitch size: 107m x 64m