Betis are to wear a specially commissioned green and white hooped shirt for the game against Málaga on 28th February to celebrate Andalucía Day, and also in a nod to their Celtic-based origins.
Los Verdiblancos will travel east to, quite fittingly, take on their Andalucian rivals in a game that will not only be remembered for the 5-0 thumping I’m envisioning we give to los boquerones. The game against Málaga will mark the end of a triple header for Betis against Andalucian opposition after taking on Granada and Sevilla in the two games before.
The Real Betis marketing team have had their thinking caps on after pulling a similar stunt last season against Granada, but for a different cause. On this occasion the team sported pink and green stripes for Women’s Day. It’s expected the special hooped verdiblanco shirt will be available to buy from the official Betis shop.
Homage to Celtic
Not only do the green and white hoops represent Día de Andalucía but also pay respect to the very start of the inseparable association of green and white with Real Betis. As I write about in the history of Real Betis, the club initially played in green and black until Manuel Ramos Asensio brought over a green and white kit in the early 1910s after being generously donated by Glasgow Celtic.
I think this is a great touch from the club who finally seem to be moving into the 21st century and thinking a little outside the box. It remains to be added that we have sought the approval from La Liga who will kindly allow the special kit to be used.
The club’s official Twitter feed released a few images today of the new kit and I must say, it’s looking very smart indeed!
Talking about 21st century, the new Gol Sur stand is actually taking shape and the first connections have been made to attach it to the rest of the stadium. El Benito Villamarín will be a cauldron of noise when this is completed.