Manager – Pepe Mel
Chairman – Juan Carlos Ollero
Nickname – Betis/Los Verdiblancos
Ground – Benito Villamarin, Seville, Andalusia
Rivals – Sevilla FC (El derbi Sevillano)
Founded in the year 1907 Real Betis is one of the 20 teams that is going to be part of the upcoming 2015/16 La Liga season. Betis have spend majority of their time in the La Liga itself and the 2015/16 campaign will be their 5oth in Spain’s Primera Division.
Real Betis have won the La Liga on one occasion and the Copa del Rey twice. Betis share an intense rivalry with Sevilla FC and the matches between these two are called El derbi Sevillano. Los Verdiblancos play their home games at the Benito Villamarin Stadium in Andalusia which has a capacity of 52,500.
Real Betis Beginnings
Sevilla FC were the first football club to be formed in the city of Seville in 1905. The second club to formed in the city were Sevilla Balompie which were formed by students of the local Polytechnic academy in 1907. In 1914 an internal split within Sevilla FC led to the formation of Betis FC and they merged Sevilla Balompie to form Real Betis Balompie as they received a royal patronage.
Betis joined the Segunda division in 1929 and finished 6th in their first season. They would spend another few seasons in the 2nd division before finally gaining promotion for the 1932/33 La Liga by winning the 1931/32 Segunda division.
Real Betis Trophy Cabient
Copa del Rey
Real Betis took part in the Copa del Rey competitions for the first time in 1926 when multiple teams where allowed to compete in the main tournament. Real Betis were grouped together with Atletico Madrid and Cartagena FC. Betis topped the grouped along with Atletico Madrid and in a tie-breaker Atleti beat Betis to progress on in the tournament.
Betis made it to the finals of the competition for the first time in the 1931 edition of the tournament. Betis beat a number of teams including Real Madrid to reach the final but in the end the lost the game to Athletic Bilbao 2-0.
Betis’ first ever Copa del Rey win came in 1976/77 went they beat Athletic Bilbao 8-7 on penalties to lift the trophy. There second and last Copa del Rey title date came in 2004/05 when they Osasuna 2-1 in the final.
Final penalty kicks “Betis vs Osasuna Copa del Rey 2005”
Real Betis Copa del Rey wins: – 1976–77 and 2004–05.
When La Liga was formed in 1929, Real Betis became a part of the Segunda division and finished 6th out of 12 teams in the inaugural season. Betis remained in the Segunda division for the next few years before they finally gained promotion for the 1932/33 La Liga by winning the 1931/32 Segunda division.
In the La Liga they had a couple of strong season finishing 5th and 4th respectively before winning the La Liga for the first and last time till date in 1934/35 by finishing a point ahead of Madrid FC.
Since then Real Betis has had a mixed time in the Primera Division with a few good seasons and number of relegation’s to the Segunda division. Their best performance since the title win was a 3rd place finished which they managed to achieve twice (1963/64 and 1994/95).
Real Betis La Liga wins: – 1934/35
Europe International Leagues
Betis haven’t had the greatest of times when it comes to European competitions. They have participated in the UEFA Champions League Once, The UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup twice and in the UEFA Cup a total of 7 times.
Men who have made a difference
- Patrick O’Connell
O’Connell managed Real Betis for a total of four seasons between 1931 and 1935. In his first season with them he led the club to the Segunda division title and thereby gaining promotion to the La Liga for the first time. After a couple of strong seasons in the La Liga O’Connell led them to their first and last La Liga title till date in the 1934/35 season. His success with Betis saw him being lured away by Barcelona FC where he would spend another 5 seasons with the Spanish giants.
- Lorenzo Serra Ferrer
Serra Ferrer was appointed as Real Betis manager when they were a division two team in the 1993/94 season. In his first season itself he managed to Real Betis promoted to the La Liga by finishing 2nd in the Segunda division. In their first season back in the La Liga, Ferrer led them to a 3rd place which to this date remains their highest ever finish in the La Liga since their title win in the 1930’s. Ferrer would remain with them till 1997 before moving away to Barcelona.
Ferrer would come back to coach Betis once again in 2004 and this would remain with them for seasons till 2006. Like the last time in his first season itself he took them to a 4th place finish in the League and also won the Copa del Rey title.
- Rafael Iriondo
Rafael Iriondo managed Real Betis for a total of three seasons in two separate stints. His first stint with them was between 1976 and 1978 and in his first season itself he led them to their first ever Copa del Rey title by beating Athletic Bilbao 8-7 on penalties. The following season however saw them slipping to 16th in table and as a result of which he were relegated back to the Segunda division. His second stint with them was between 1981 and 1982 when he took them to a 6th place finish.
- Luis del Sol
A product of Real Betis youth academy Luis del Sol made his first team debut for the club in 1953 and would spend a total of 6 seasons with the Verdiblancos before being lured away by Real Madrid FC. He would make a come back to the team for the 1972/73 season and ended up retiring at the end. In this two stints with the club he went onto make 118 appearances for the team and scoring 27 goals. He would also manage Betis in two stints but both his managerial stints were highly unsuccessful.
- Hipolito Rincon
A product of Real Madrid youth academy who spend majority of his professional career with Real Madrid and then Real Betis. Rincon to this date remains the only Real Betis player to have won the Pichichi trophy whilst playing for the Verdiblancos (1982/83 – 20 goals). Joining Betis from Real Madrid in 1981 he would go onto play for Betis for a total of 8 seasons till 1989 scoring 78 goals in 223 appearances. Rincon holds the club record for scoring the most number of goals for the club in La Liga(78).
- Ruben Castro
Ruben Castro joined Real Betis in 2010 from Deportivo La Coruna. In the five season he has been with the Verdiblancos he has gone on to make over 170 appearances for the club and scoring over a 100 goals in all competitions. Castro to this date remains Betis’ highest goalscorer in all competitions. He has also won the Segunda division Pichichi trophy while for Betis in 2014/15 and helping them back in the La Liga for the upcoming 2015/16 season.
- Alfonso Perez
Perez is another one of the Real Madrid youth academy products that went onto have a highly successful career with Real Betis. He played for Betis for a total of 8 seasons in two separate stints. His first stint with Betis was from 1995 and 2000 where he went to make over 150 appearances for the club and scoring 57 goals. Alfonso’s second stint with them was from 2002 to 2005 making 45 appearances and scoring 10 goals all of which came in the 2004/05 season when his goals helped the team to a Copa del Rey title. Perez remains one of the two player to have won the Don Balon award while being a Real Betis player (1997/98).
- Rafael Gordilla Vazquez
Rafael Gordilla Vazquez played for the Verdiblancos for a total of 12 seasons in two separate stints making over 340 appearances and scoring 31 goals. Gordillo holds the club record for being the most capped Spanish player whilst playing for Real Betis. Gordilla has also won the Don Balon award (award for best Spanish player) and the first player from Real Betis to win the award ( 1979/80).
- Jose Ramon Esnaola
Jose Ramon Esnaola was a Spanish goalkeeper that went onto make over 450 appearances for Real Betis and holds the record for making the most appearances for the club in all competitions. His only piece of silverware with the club came in the 1976/77 season when he helped the team to the Copa del Rey playing a crucial role in the final against Athletic Bilbao which Betis 8-7 on penalties ( made three saves and scored the winner). He also managed the club in two separate stints but will always be remembered for his efforts as a player.