Betis Sevilla ( officially: Real Betis Balompié ) - or also called Real Betis short - is a football club from the southern Spanish city of Seville. Betis Sevilla plays in the Primera División. The club colors are green and white.
The green and white club colors of Real Betis Balompié are based on the provincial colors of the Andalusia region. The fans and players of Betis called " beticos ", those of Sevilla FC called " Sevillistas ". The inhabitants of Seville, however, are referred to as " sevillanos ". The Estadio Benito Villamarín ( 55,000 seats, belongs Betis and is located in the Heliopolis district ) can be found in the southern part of the city. The club crest of Betis there are two large "B" letters - these are for Betis Balompié. The term is Balompié with futbol, football So to equate in Spanish. About the two "B" stands a crown in the emblem, the recent addition in the club name (Real = Royal) explains. As arch rivals Real Betis valid city rivals Sevilla FC and their direct encounter is called Derbi sevillano.
The club was founded in 1907 by students of the technical school as Sevilla Balompié. 1914 this club merged with FC Real Betis, who had emerged as a splinter group from the FC Sevilla. The name Betis (Latin: Baetis ) is a remnant from the Roman period. The current flowing through the city of Seville Guadalquivir river was formerly called " Betis ". Besides football club Real Betis Balompié this old name is also honored by a street, Calle Betis in Seville. Calle Betis is located on the Guadalquivir and is one especially in the evenings to the most lively entertainment streets of the 720,000 inhabitant city in Andalusia.
After Betis stuck in the 2005/06 season until the penultimate match in the relegation battle and the president Manuel Ruiz de Lopera constantly the hostility of the home fans had to face, he announced his resignation on 30 June 2006. " Don Manuel " was written by the fans, even though he saved the club from bankruptcy in 1992, not accepted. The fans accused him of a number of criticisms. You disliked his " autocracy " and his despotic Art Especially the fact that he was popular with the fans coach Llorenç Serra Ferrer dismissed after poor 2005/06 season, brought the fans at Ruiz de Lopera against. Serra Ferrer was the most successful Betis coach in history. In addition, they had despite the injuries of several key players in the Champions League (fail in the second round ) (third in the first round ) and played in the UEFA Cup. Another problem was that the President, at the time bought Denílson for about 31.5 million euros in the last few seasons, sat on cheap transfers that were not the requirements of justice to Betis. From this point, a sharp turnaround in the club policy is clear, although about 55 million euros of debt could not be paid off. In 2011 Real Betis was the payment of 22 million euros to Spielgergehältern in default. A year before the club filed for bankruptcy and has since been involved in bankruptcy proceedings. According to newspaper reports Betis had in 2012 still additional tax liabilities in the amount of 34 million euros.
Relegation to the Segunda División in 2009 and re-emergence in 2011
After a 1-1 draw at home from the last game of the 2008/09 season against Real Valladolid on 31 May 2009, the team had after eight years of continuous membership in the Primera División compete for the eleventh time the way into the second division.
As a result, there was a series of demonstrations against the club and the Football Association directors, in connection with manipulation suspicions against Hércules CF.
At the end of the 2010/11 season of revival was celebrated in the Primera División after a restructuring of the club and place one along with Rayo Vallecano (2nd place).
Current squad 2013/14
- Spanish Football Champion: 1935
- Copa del Rey: 1977 and 2005
- 2005/ 06: first participation in the UEFA Champions League
Well-known former players
- Rafael Gordillo (1977-1985, 1992-1995)
- Robert Jarni (1995-1998)
- Iulian Filipescu (1999-2003)
- Finidi George (1996-2000)
- Alfonso Pérez Muñoz (1995-2000, 2002-2005)
- Denilson (1998-2005)
- Joaquín (2001-2006)
- Ricardo Oliveira (2004-2006)
- David Odonkor (2006-2011)
After merger of the two clubs: