Adios to the ‘Grandmother of Betis’

Sadly this week, we lost the great woman known as la Abuela del Betis – the Grandmother of Betis.

The immaculately named Concepción Andrade passed away at the grand age of 92, news which was met with sadness both locally and nationally. She was perhaps the most famous Betis fan and lived in the Heliópolis barrio, a stones throw away from el Benito Villamarín.

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Poyet Slams Fans As Víctor Responds With A Win

Víctor and Real Betis started 2017 in perfect fashion with a controlled 2-0 victory over Leganés on Sunday. Let’s hope this is a benchmark for the rest of the season.

The win, courtesy of two second half goals from the ever-green Rubén Castro and unlikely scorer Cristiano Piccini, take Betis to 21 points from 17 games. This doesn’t sound like an awful lot but it is actually one of Betis’ brightest start in recent reasons. In fact over the last 14 years only Lorenzo Serra (2005) and Pepe Mel (2013) have accumulated more points by match day 17.

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New Year, New Betis? Plus Round Up of January News

It’s fair to say that 2016 won’t go down as a vintage year in the Real Betis history books.

A fairly fortuitous 10th place finish, despite being in the bottom half of the table for the majority of the season, and no fewer than FOUR different managers in the calendar year – Pepe Mel, Juan Merino, Gus Poyet and the current manager Victor Sanchez.

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Fidel Castro and Real Betis

Yesterday we received the news of the death of the former dictator at the age of 90 announced with ‘profound sadness’ by his brother and current Cuban president Raúl Castro. But what has he got to do with Betis?

In 1997 after an interview with the then President of Andalucia Manuel Chaves, the communist leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro, received the gift of a Real Betis shirt.

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New Manager, New Betis? Update in the Betisphere

It’s not the first time that a new manager arrives and it looks like a miracle has happened in the ranks, but you can add Víctor and Betis to that list.

In his four short days in charge, Víctor Sánchez del Amo did something to produce a vast change on the pitch – exactly what the club had hoped for when they sacked Poyet and hired him. A certified miracle-worker he may not be just yet, but it’s a promising start nonetheless.

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Gus Poyet Sacked, Víctor Sánchez del Amo Hired

After weeks of turbulence, calls from fan groups and general unrest, Gus Poyet has finally been relieved of his duties at Real Betis.

The Uruguayan was brought in to head the start of new era Betis after Pepe Mel was sacked in January and a new administration board was elected. Poyet took over from the very popular caretaker manager Juan Merino and initially optimism was plentiful. However, the initial good vibrations that were flowing through the club fairly quickly turned to slight pessimism and then downright turmoil.

Despite making a few good signings on paper, it just never seemed to fit with Poyet in charge. His style of football was much different from what béticos were used and even the philosophy of the club in truth. Poyet is careful, considered and not really ready to jump into gung-ho mode, unlike say Pepe Mel would. The team always played on the side of caution and just didn’t show excitement or any belief in their abilities; this has to be because of Poyet’s management style.

He only had just over five months in charge at the club, which is no time at all, and no one can realistically expect an immediate change to the style and fortunes at the club; the problem is that there were absolutely no signs of anything positive, which may seem quite harsh, but it is true. The team played exactly the same way last season under an increasingly desperate Mel, but this season they seemed to play with even less spark and with even less ideas. It wasn’t good to watch.

This snapshot of results shows the last seven games. Two wins and five losses, is quite bad but it’s more so the manner of the defeats. Lacklustre screams out to me. Four goals scored and 12 conceded in that time. The best goalscorer with have, Rubén Castro, dropped to the bench and Cejudo captaining the side against Villarreal was the limit for some.

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Fans have been calling for this head with shouts of “Poyet Vete Ya” circulating for a few weeks now. Once you lose the fans there’s no looking back. I’ve held out in hope that we will start to show signs of improvement but none came. For me the scales were tipped last week against Villarreal in another woeful performance. They had tipped long before for many fans.

poyet vete ya real betis

I think Torrecilla and the board wanted didn’t want to act just yet but the fans power was too much. Some sections had said they would boycott the matches until Poyet was fired. I am now glad to see the back of Poyet. I like a few players will be very glad to see the back of him too, namely Dani Ceballos, Charly Musonda and Rubén Castro.

Poyet was a great footballer, full of flair and excitement, but his management style is the polar opposite. He had me bored stiff and resenting watching the team by 10pm on a Friday night, Betis’ ‘favourite’ kick off time.

Víctor Sánchez del Amo – Víctor the Saviour?

And now with have the start of another new era. No doubt this will be the biggest challenge of Víctor’s career – the poison chalice of Betis. We hope he can provide the antidote. The club have made a very considered appointment, after backing Poyet for a number of weeks, many directors were sick of him without announcing it publicly.

Torrecilla has held talks with Míchel, Luis García  and Juan Ignacio Martínez but has opted for Víctor, which has gone down pretty well with fans and journalists.

This is the same legendary Víctor who revelled at Deportivo between 1999 and 2006. Since he retired he’s been building up his coaching and management experience. He’s had spells as assistant at Getafe, Sevilla and Olympiacos before taking over as manager of Deportivo in 2015, his first managerial appointment. His record wasn’t brilliant and he coaxed Depor to a 15th place finish before being sacked. He went to then manage Olympiacos but only last two months there and failed to get the team through Champions League qualification. He now becomes the youngest manager in La Liga at the age of 40.

So far not so good, so what have we to look forward to with Víctor in charge?

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He’s started off by saying the right things, “The union between the team and the fans is essential.” Correct. He also wants “to make all béticos feel proud of what they see on the pitch”. Get the players to get there all and the fans will love you. Also manage to do this and the team will probably do quite well. Easier said than done I’m guessing.

In terms of tactics he is fairly flexible opting for 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 generally with the occasional 4-5-1. The difference will be the motivation he gives the players, this is undoubtedly the key. Betis are desperately short of leaders, I hope he can provide the impetus, be the example and get the players believing again.

He has a week to work with the players before the next game against Las Palmas on Friday.

Buena suerte caballero y mucho Betis!

Marketing Director, Gol Sur & Osasuna

Since Angel Haro and Jose Catalan were voted in they’ve had an agenda of change and model of restructuring they want to implement to bring this grand club up to date and into the 21st century. We’ve recently had the deal to create Real Betis’ first basketball team after the club decided to rescue the suffering CB Sevilla team. We’ve also had the installation of Betis TV and even the demolition of Gol Sur in anticipation  of a bigger and better stand.

Change is also afoot within the management system. In the next few weeks, the club will make a series of changes within their professional management structure with the idea to modernise the club and take us to the next level.

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Worst Defeat In La Liga Era

In front of 41,655 people on Saturday night, Real Betis were thoroughly embarrassed as they suffered their worst defeat in La Liga. Ever. In 849 home games Betis have never been beaten more comprehensively.

It was supposed to be a difficult night for under-pressure Madrid; no win since September 18th and an injury crisis to deal with, whereas Betis were pretty much full-strength. It was a case of Zinedine Zidane exacting revenge after Betis halted his winning streak last season when he first took over as manager of Real Madrid.

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The Battle Real | Preview of Real Betis vs Real Madrid

Real Betis vs Real Madrid

El Benito Villamarín

Saturday 15th October, 19:45 (UK)


The international break seems to have done the Betis squad a bit of good. On Thursday Gus Poyet had every single player training including those who had been on their national duties, such as Musonda (Belgium), Zozulya (Ukraine), Gutiérrez (Chile) and Durmisi (Denmark).

The injuries that were persisting pre-break, such as those to Jonas Martin and Tonny Sanabria have cleared up, so it is all systems go for Poyet & co. It seems that Martin could even make the starting line-up although the same can’t be said for Sanabria who won’t be match sharp.

It will be great to see Sanabria at some point in the match. He was perhaps the stand out signing this summer; young, vibrant and full of goals, but he hasn’t had the luck so far to showcase any of this for Betis. Hopefully with him recovering from injury, we will begin to see him play an important role for the club.

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Updates, New Stuff & Forums

It’s been a while since my last update but it doesn’t mean that all has been quiet, in fact it has been anything but.

The eagle-eyed viewers amongst you may have noticed a few ‘issues’ with Blogbetis in the last couple of weeks, with a few of these said issues still persisting.

Without boring you too much, the reason for this is because I have decided to self-host the site for the first time. Basically this means that I will be able to (eventually) do many more things on the site that I haven’t been able to so far due to the WordPress hosting shackles, which should be reap long term benefits.

In the short term however, it means there are quite a few teething problems because a lot of the things you take for granted when a site is hosted on WordPress, you have to now sort out yourself.

Don’t despair, such issues are being ironed out as we speak with many in the palms of the Google gods, who will hopefully sort out accordingly.

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