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 Matthew Hirtes

Spanish football: Real Betis Balompíe

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Spain Buddy’s summer of the beautiful game continues with our Spanish football series as Matthew Hirtes journeys around the country’s leading clubs. This week, it’s the turn of Real Betis Balompíe.

Real Betis Balompíe…in 90 seconds

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Q: What do Glasgow, Liverpool, and Seville have in common? A: They’re two-club cities. And just as Celtic play in Glasgow’s East End and Rangers in the south west of the city and the grounds of Everton and Liverpool lie on different sides of Stanley Park, the stadia of Real Betis and Seville are on opposite banks of the Guadalquivir river (Baetis the Roman name for this río) which flows through the Andalucian capital with the former based in newly-gentrified Triana.

Legends

The great entertainers of Spanish football, the club’s motto is “Vive el Betis manquepierda” which translates as “Long live Betis even when they lose.” Fan favourites down the years have tended to be attacking players. Like Spain international striker Alfonso Pérez (born 1972) who enjoyed two spells with the club, more left winger than left back Robert Jarni (not dissimilar to one of his predecessors at the club Rafael Gordillo) whose mythical 90s number  17 shirt subsequent legends like current club captain Joaquin have chosen as a mark of respect to the classy Croatian, and all-time top scorer Rubén Castro who notched 147 goals in 280 games (2011-2017).

Real Betis Balompíe Form Guide

Real Betis’ history is a long and complicated one. Essentially they formed as Seville’s second club in September 1907 calling themselves Sevilla Balompíe, later merging with Betis Football Club who were created following a spilt within Seville’s first club Sevilla in 1914. They’ve won La Liga once in 1934-1935 and the Copa del Rey twice (1976-77 and 2004-2005).

Club Shop Essential Purchase

Recreate the Estadio Benito Villamarín in your living room by purchasing a 3D puzzle of the stadium for 24,95€.

Eat/Drink At

The Real Betis Sports Bar, a three-minute walk to the stadium, is the club’s official watering hole. Even Joaquin has been known to pop in. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and serves both breakfast and lunch.

Support 

52,500 posteriors can sit at the Estadio Benito Villamarín. The fourth most popular club in the whole of Spain, Betis have supporter associations all around the world, from Australia to Scotland. They’re popular on the Canary Islands too, with Gran Canaria home to the Museo Bético Villa de Moya.

Terrace Anthem 

Damage to Your Wallet

On the ticketing front, Los Verdiblancos (Green and Whites) are quite old school. In the week leading up to a home game, the club’s box office is open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm and then from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. However, if an away game is up next, the box office opens between those hours Monday to Thurday and from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Friday.

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