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Real Betis Balompi√© S.A.D. is a Spanish football club in Sevillemarker founded in 1907. The team currently plays in Segunda Division. Its home stadium is the 52,700-seat Manuel Ruiz de Loperamarker and its home colours are green and white. Real Betis celebrated their centenary year during the 2007‚Äď08 La Liga season.

Real Betis currently play the 2009-10 season in the Segunda División after being relegated in the last round of the 2008-09 La Liga season.

Despite very little success in the form of titles, Real Betis were noted as the 37th best followed team in Europe as regard average attendances during the 2007‚Äď08 season.


Real Betis holds the distinction of being the first Andalusianmarker football team to play in the La Liga and to reach the UEFA Champions League. Betis are also the only Spanish club to have won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd division leagues. Supporters of Real Betis are known as béticos. The club came close to folding in the summer of 1992 when they were saved by then vice-chairman Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, who later became chairman and is the current owner of the club.

Early years

Sevillemarker was the venue for the first official football game played in Spain. On 8 March 1890 at the Tablada Hippodrome a team from the Seville Water Works defeated the Huelva Recreation Club 2-0. With the exception of two Spanish players on the Huelva team, the players on both teams were Britishmarker. Despite this historic event, it was not until 1905 that Sevilla FC was formed. The name is derived from Baetis, the Roman name for Guadalquivir river. Betis initially attracted support from the working classes although a large number of aristocracts including the King of Spain also supported the team. The foundation date is disputed. The 1907 foundation date comes from Sevilla Balompie, a club founded by students from the Escuela Politécnica on Calle Cervantes. This club merged with Betis FC in late 1914.

Name and colours

Balompie is the literal Spanish word for football as opposed to the anglicized version, futbol. Betis is one of only a handful of Spanish clubs that use this version in their name. As with other Spanish clubs Real was added after receiving patronage from the King of Spain Don Alfonso XIII in 1914. In 1912, Manuel Ramos Asensio, one of the club's founding members, returned from a business trip to Glasgowmarker with a set of green and black striped shirts, donated by Celtic F.C, and proposed Betis take up the colours. The green and black strip was subsequently replaced by a green and white version - the Andalucian national colours. During the Second Spanish Republic the club was once again called Betis Balompie, reverting to its current name after the Spanish Civil War.

Domestic success

Betis have won the La Liga once - in 1935 under the guidance of Patrick O'Connell - and won their first Copa del Rey in 1977. They made it to the final in 1997 but lost to FC Barcelona. Betis made it to the final again on 11 June 2005 against CA Osasuna at the Vicente Calderón Stadiummarker and won their second Copa del Rey 2-1.

Betis was also once runner-up of the defunct Copa de la Liga (Spanish League Cup) (1985/86)

Centenary celebrations

Betis celebrated their centenary year in 2007, during the 2006‚Äď07 and 2007‚Äď08 league campaigns. In celebration of their centenary year they played A.C. Milan on 9 August 2007. Betis won the game 1-0 when new signing Mark Gonz√°lez scored from the penalty spot early into the second half. On 15 August Betis competed in the Estadio Ram√≥n de Carranzamarker Trophy, playing against Real Madrid in the semi-final, winning the game 1-0 with an injury time free-kick scored by Juan Pablo Caffa. The following day, Betis contested in the final of the Estadio Ram√≥n de Carranza Trophy against Real Zaragoza. The match ended 1-1, with a goal from David Rivas for Betis, before winning the game 4-3 on penalties, with Antonio Doblas decisively saving a Ricardo Oliveira penalty. The summer brought with it a complete change to the Betis squad, with eight arrivals that included Mark Gonz√°lez, Ricardo, and Mariano Pavone, and fourteen sales.

Segunda División

After many years of staving off relegation, Betis' failure in the 2008-2009 season culminated with a 1‚Äď1 draw against Valladolid in front of their supporters. With this draw, Betis finished 18th in the table and consequently, has been relegated to Segunda Divisi√≥n.

On 15 June over 65,000 Beticos including such icons as Rafael Gordillo, Luis del Sol, Hipolito Rincon, Julio Cardenosa and others joined the protest march in Sevilla with the slogan "15-J Yo Voy Betis "to let the majority owner Manuel Ruiz de Lopera know that it was time to put his 54% share of the club on the market for someone, some entity or the Betis supporters to buy those shares and remove Lopera from the day to day operations of the club." As to date he has not announced the price of each share that he owns although there are 3-4 entities that have expressed in interest in purchasing his shares. Despite this interest, it seems highly unlikely that Manuel Ruiz de Lopera will step down anytime soon in the foreseeable future.

Stadium information

Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera is a football stadium in Sevillemarker, Spain. The stadium is the home ground of Real Betis. It was previously called Estadio Benito Villamarín before the new owner of the club, Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, decided to build a new stadium over the old one. Despite much planning, the stadium has yet to be fully renovated, and half of it remains unchanged.

See main article: Manuel Ruiz de Loperamarker

Club honours

Minor Tournaments

Competition participation



Current squad

As of November 25, 2009 -

Out on loan

Non-EU players

Notable former players

Club management

Current technical body

Position Name Nationality
Manager: Antonio Tapia Spanish
Assistant Manager: Juan Merino Spanish
B Team Manager: Oli Spanish
Goalkeeping Coach: José Ramón Esnaola Spanish
Physical Coach: Paulino Granero Spanish
Recuperation Coach: David Gómez Spanish
Coach: Victor Antequera Spanish
Doctor: Tom√°s Calero Spanish
Surgeon Santiago Pérez Hidalgo Spanish
Physiotherapist: Ildefonso Blanco Spanish
Masseuse: José Mª Montiel Salas Spanish
Masseuse: Juan Candau Spanish
Endocrine: Pedro P. García Luna Spanish
Podiatrist: Angel Olivia Spanish
Helper: Jose Manuel Acu√Īa Spanish
Helper: Manuel Barrera Castro Spanish

Management positions

Name Nationality Role
Manuel Ruiz de Lopera Owner
José León Gómez Acting President
Rufino Gonz√°lez Navarro Vice-President
Jaime Rodriguez Sacrist√°n-Cascajo Counsel Secretary
Luís Salcedo Gómez Counselor
Luis Navarro Quijano Counselor
Antonio √Ālvarez Segura Counselor
Gregorio Conejo Mu√Īoz Counselor
José María Blanco Counselor
Manuel Casta√Īo Mart√≠n Counselor
José Antonio González Flores General Manager
Manuel Ortega Momparlet Sporting Director
Ignacio Lasa Puech Marketing Director
Iv√°n Larriba Communications Director
Manuel Reyes Chief Press Officer

Notable former managers

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Notable former players


    • 1907-1909: Juan del Castillo Ochoa
    • 1909-1910: Alfonso del Castillo Ochoa
    • 1910-1911: Jos√© Guti√©rrez Fern√°ndez
    • 1912: Juan del Castillo Ochoa
    • 1914: Herbert Richard Jones

    • 1909: Eladio Garc√≠a de la Borbolla
    • 1910-1911: Manuel Guti√©rrez Fern√°ndez
    • 1913-1914: Miguel Folgado
    • 1914: Pedro Rodr√≠guez de la Borbolla

    • 1914-1915: Herbert Richard Jones
    • 1915-1917: Pedro Rodr√≠guez de la Borbolla
    • 1917-1918: Roberto Vicente de Mata
    • 1918-1919: Eduardo Hern√°ndez Nalda
    • 1919-1920: Carlos Alarc√≥n de la Lastra
    • 1920-1921: Jer√≥nimo P√©rez de Vargas
    • 1921-1922: Carlos Alarc√≥n de la Lastra
    • 1922-1923: Gil G√≥mez Bajuelo
    • 1923-1925: Ram√≥n Navarro C√°ceres
    • 1925-1926: Antonio Polo Roma
    • 1926-1927: Ram√≥n Cortecero
    • 1927-1928: Antonio de la Guardia
    • 1928-1929: Ignacio S√°nchez Mej√≠as

    • 1929-1930: Daniel Mezquita Moreno
    • 1930: Camilo Romero S√°nchez
    • 1930-1931: Adolfo Cuellar Rodr√≠guez
    • 1931-1933: Jose Ignacio Mantec√≥n Novasal
    • 1933-1939: Antonio Moreno Sevillano
    • 1940-1942: Ram√≥n Poll Carbonell
    • 1942-1943: Alfonso Alarc√≥n de Lastra
    • 1943-1944: Francisco Cantalapiedra Fern√°ndez
    • 1944-1945: Eduardo Benjumena V√°zquez
    • 1945-1946: Manuel Romero Puerto
    • 1946-1947: Filomeno de Aspe Mart√≠n
    • 1947-1950: Pascual Aparicio Garc√≠a
    • 1950-1952: Francisco de la Cerda Carmona
    • 1952-1955: Manuel Ruiz Rodr√≠guez
    • 1955-1965: Benito Villamar√≠n Prieto
    • 1965-1966: Avelino Villamar√≠n Prieto
    • 1966-1967: Andr√©s Gavi√Īo
    • 1967-1969: Julio de la Puerta
    • 1969: Jos√© Le√≥n G√≥mez
    • 1969-1979: Jos√© N√ļ√Īez Naranjo
    • 1979-1983: Juan Manuel Mauduit Caller
    • 1983-1989: Gerardo Mart√≠nez Retamero
    • 1989-1992: Hugo Galera Davidson
    • 1992-1996: Jos√© Le√≥n G√≥mez
    • 1996-2006: Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
    • 2006: Jos√© Le√≥n G√≥mez

Domestic position

Recent La Liga history

Real Betis were relegated during the 1999‚Äď2000 La Liga season and so competed in the Segunda Divisi√≥n during the 2000‚Äď01 season. They were promoted on their first attempt.

Season Pos P W D L F A Pts
1996‚Äď97 4 42 21 14 7 81 46 77
1997‚Äď98 8 38 17 8 13 49 50 59
1998‚Äď99 11 38 14 7 17 47 58 49
1999‚Äď00 18 38 11 9 18 33 56 42
2001‚Äď02 6 38 15 14 9 42 34 59
2002‚Äď03 8 38 14 12 12 56 53 54
2003‚Äď04 9 38 13 13 12 46 43 52
2004‚Äď05 4 38 16 14 8 62 50 62
2005‚Äď06 14 38 10 12 16 34 51 42
2006‚Äď07 16 38 8 16 14 36 49 40
2007‚Äď08 13 38 12 11 15 45 51 47
2008‚Äď09 18 38 10 12 16 51 58 42


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