What a difference a year makes, 365 little days, so many jubilant olés, where there used to be for goodness sakes.
The team, and I think the club as a whole, has made great strides this season. The headline result is a 6th place finish and a spot in the Europa League next year. But it feels like we’ve achieved much more than this.
The Setién revolution
Quique Setién has revolutionised the way we play football, the way the players interact and the confidence each has, which has in turn completely altered the atmosphere at the club. He has made us entertaining again. Entertaining but also effective.
Hemos vuelto. We’ve returned. Eurobetis is official.
A magical second half to the campaign has been capped off the with news that Betis will be playing Europe League football next year. Monday’s 2-1 win over already-relegated Malaga put us in an unassailable position for 7th placed Getafe, confirming the fantastic news for the club.
Today is a special day. Not only do Betis play at home for the first time this season, but they play at a brand-spanking, green-and-white gleaming new stadium. It’s been a year in the making after playing the whole of last season without Gol Sur, the south stand, but tonight against Celta Vigo, the doors will be open for the first time and the place will be rocking.
Cleverly, the club have been filming every moment of the revamp and the results are incredible. The official video below shows a time-lapse from start to finish condensed down into two minutes. It’s definitely worth a watch if you want to psyche yourself up before the game tonight. The Benito Villamarin is now the Bonito Villamarin.
*Article updated January 2018*
As most readers are likely to know, there are two teams that hail from the city of Seville: Real Betis and Sevilla FC – you can read here all about the history of football in Seville from the start of the 20th century.
This means that every week there will more than likely be a football match in the city, with each team playing on alternate weekends, although this depends on the La Liga calendar. Of course, if you are on BlogBetis, you’ll probably be wondering how you can watch the majestic Real Betis live. Below you’ll find a full guide to attending a Betis football match at the Benito Villamarín.
After weeks of rumours and uncertainty, it looks like the Dani Ceballos saga is finally going to be over and completed in the next few hours after the player flew up to Madrid on Sunday evening.
With him always likely to leave, many Betis fans were hopeful the young superstar to-be would sign a new contract and gather more la liga experience before flying the nest, not to mention increase his buy-out clause in the meantime. However, it looks like Dani is seizing the opportunity whilst it’s there and is set to sign on the dotted line for the Primera and Champions League winners.
In every cloud, there is a silver lining. There has certainly been a cloud over Betis this season, but there’s also been a bright sliver of a silver lining, and that sliver is called Dani Ceballos.
I’ve been talking about Dani for a couple of years now and it’s easy to forget that he’s still only 20 years old. After a quiet first season in La Liga, Dani has stepped it up this year and has been the shining light, the player with fight, the man of Betis. It’s not all been smooth sailing for him in what has been a bleak year for the club and at times he has single-handedly tried to drag the team through a game, quite often to his detriment, but his talent and desire is clearly there for all to see.
It’s true, this season hasn’t been a vintage one. Three managers, bottom half finish, dull viewing and the list goes on.
But, hope springs eternal when you wear the green and white of Betis, just ask superfan Swede Linus Lovgren. This is the manquepierda (even when we lose) philosophy that runs through the club. Linus has created a brilliant video that sums things up beautifully – not lost.
With the opening lyrics of, “Just because I’m losing, doesn’t mean I’m lost” – it’s an inspired choice of music to go alongside a paradoxically uplifting video.
Seven years after leaving Betis for Reus, Sergio León finally returns home. The 28 year old, originally from Cordoba, has signed a four year contract at the Benito Villamarin after departing from relegated Osasuna. In doing so he becomes the first signing of new manager Quique Setién and newly instated sporting director Lorenzo Serra Ferrer.
León started his footballing career at Betis back in 2004 at the tender age of 15. After four years in the youth teams, he moved up to Betis C and then Betis B in 2009. He made his one and only league appearance for the first team in 2010 during a 1-0 loss against Girona. Not surprisingly, Betis were relegated that season.
It looks like highly promising Betis youngster Roberto Gonzalez is on the verge of joining Jose Mourinho and co. at Manchester United. In fact, he would be joining up with the Manchester United academy currently under the guidance of former midfielder Nicky Butt. However, the management at Betis have not given up on keeping the young star at Betis.
There was been growing hype around the 16 year old, who hails from Merida in Extremadura, since he was first called up to the Spanish Under-16 set-up in the autumn last year, before playing at the under 16 international tournament at St George’s Park, England, in February this year. He’s an attacking forward and has been playing for the Cadete A youth team, three levels below Betis B, who have just won promotion back up to the Segunda B.
Victor Sanchez del Amo has been sacked as head coach, putting us out of our misery for the time-being, and brings to an end yet another ‘project’ at Real Betis.
Everything came to a head on Monday evening when Betis travelled to that mighty, high-flying club in la liga…Leganés. We were 2-0 down after 15 minutes and I swiftly turned off the game and switched over just in time to watch Grand Designs on More 4. I couldn’t bear to waste another 90 minutes of my evening on this drivel. I think that feeling generally sums up the season for most béticos.