Guide to Buying Real Betis Tickets and the Benito Villamarín Stadium

*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

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Backless Betis crumble at home to Eibar – borrowed time for Mel?

I’m afraid this post won’t make for pleasant reading, unless you’re an Eibar or Sevilla fan.One word I came across that I didn’t know before – esperpento – summed it up: a grotesque sight, piece of nonsense, absurdity. Betis are officially a different beast from what they once were, in fact they are not even a beast, more of a tame, defenceless calf ready to be led to the slaughterhouse.

That slaughterhouse is called el estadio Benito Villamarín. I’ve never known Betis to show such inept, disastorous, relegation-beckoning home form. This season it reads: loss, loss, loss, loss, draw, draw, loss. That’s four goals scored and fourteen conceded. The record breaking 40,000+ Béticos who purchased a season ticket after promotion will be thinking they have been on the end of a Lopera-like con. Yes, it has become that bad that we can even joke about that criminal.

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Having a turf out – literally

After the disappointing loss to Deportivo La Coruña last week something at the club needed to change; that’s right the velvety green turf.

‘Velvety green’ is how you should be describing the pitch, but in truth, it is far from that description. The ground staff do have a difficult job in keeping the playing turf in tip-top condition in the sweltering heat of Seville, Spain’s hottest city, which as we know can quite easily reach over 40 degrees throughout the summer.

With the temperature lowering around Europe, Pepe Mel and the club have decided now is the right time for a revamp. The timing is good as Betis don’t play at home again until 17th October against Espanyol. The reason for the 23 day break is two consecutive away trips (Sporting just gone and Rayo Vallecano coming up) followed by an international break.

The club also plan to do the same to the Ciudad Deportivo Luis Del Sol training ground. So on the 17th October, have a gander at the pitch, or to use that wonderful Spanish word – el césped.

Viva Pepe Mel!

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Gracias por todo Pepe Mel

What a sad day the 2nd December 2013 was in the history of Real Betis Balompié. Without day the lowest point I have had as a Bético myself.

The Legend. The Iconic. Don Pepe Mel. Sacked.

Many general football fans had cited the sacking due to Betis’ position in the league, their form and the awful sacking culture that enshrines Spanish football these days. But almost all right-minded Béticos were fully behind Señor Mel.

Real Betis Balompié is not just any football club. It is a club based on faith, passion and obsession. They don’t sack managers willy-nilly after a poor run of form; but yesterday they made a short-sighted, passionless, unfaithful decision.

The facts are there to see. In Mel’s three and a half years at the club he has taken them from Segunda to Europa League. Whilst being in administration with almost no resources. A remarkable transition. Pepe Mel put so much into the club, but the chance for him to enjoy the fruits of his labour has been ripped from him. What a travesty.

So what has brought this on? Terrible form? Yes. No hope of changing this around? NO. There’s no doubt that this season Mel has been dealt a bad hand. Losing one of your most influential players during the off-season (Beñat) doesn’t help. Losing your best striker and best player (Rubén Castro) for the whole of the season so far definitely doesn’t help. The players that have been brought in during the summer (all 14 of them) have not been up to scratch. The guy in charge of bringing them in sacked? No. Vlada Stosic (Sporting Director) made the signings, gave them to Mel and expected him to deal with it, incorporate them all in to the squad smoothly and do just as well this season as in the previous. That’s not really going to happen Señor Stosic.

The club then take the decision to sack their main man on the weekend they conceded a last minute equaliser to Rayo Vallecano and their best player and main/only goalscorer returns from injury. Madness!

It has happened. We can’t change this now. All we can say is thank you for the sterling, almost unbelievable job, that Pepe Mel has done Real Betis Balompié. In an emotionally charged final press conference last night, Mel bid farewell to the club and to the fans. I’ve never seen a manager so emotional before. This man is a true Bético through and through. How could the club not be in good hands with a true fan at the helm? Not just a fan but a bloody good manager. A manager who approaches the game the right way – attacking and exciting. Make sure you watch this short video of Mel’s words from last night. The first man you see if Miguel Guillen, Betis President, who then hands it over to Pepe.

http://videosdelbetis.com/videos/pepe-mel-rueda-de-prensa-cese-destitucion/

There is another video, which I have posted below, from el Benito Villamarín last night which shows how the fans feel about the decision and how they feel towards Pepe Mel. Indignant doesn’t really come close. The man is a legend to so many people.

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Thank you Pepe Mel. Gracias.

Tonight is the night – Betis (2) vs Jablonec (1)

Tonight is the night to get into the draw tomorrow. Betis can secure their place in the Europa League main draw which is taking place tomorrow in Monaco with a victory over their Czech opponents.

Betis won a week ago with a 2-1 away victory in the Czech Republic to give their team a great chance to advance. However, the lead is slender and with Betis’ shaky defence and finishing issues against Celta they need to be very careful, smart and focussed. Betis have an uncanny knack of making things really complicated for themselves from controlled positions. No doubt Pepe Mel has drilled all this into his players: this is the biggest game the club has played for years. As AFDLP put it, Betis have to enjoy, live for the moment and enrich their experience – that goes for the fans as well!

The 19 Pepe Mel has picked to send Betis to Europa League proper are: Andersen, Sara; Nacho, Jordi Figueras, Paulao, Amaya, Chica; Carlos García, Nono, Matilla, Salva Sevilla, Xavi Torres, Verdú, Cedrick, Juanfran; Chuli, Braian, Jorge Molina & Rubén Castro.

No place in the squad for Vadillo, who started last week, or for Markus Steinhofer. Perquis is out after getting injured against Celta.

Expect Pepe Mel to change his system to more of a 4-4-2, although a slightly asymmetrical one. We could see Salva Sevilla and Juanfran form a part of the starting line-up. Jorge Molina will start again upfront, hopefully with his scoring boots, and Rubén Castro will take his place on the bench having just come back from injury. Hopefully Rubén will only need to be used as part of a planned second half change and not in haste or panic.

The game kicks off at 20:30 GMT so there is a little over than an hour till kick off. For sure el Benito Villamarín will be bouncing. Mucha suerta to the players – let’s get in that draw!