NICKNAME – Los Heliopolitanos (The Heliopolitans), Los Lobos (The Wolves), Los Verderones (The Big Greens), Los Verdiblancos (The Green and Whites)
FOUNDED – 1907
LOCATED IN – Seville, Andalusia
STADIUM – Estadio Benito Villamarin
CAPACITY – 60,720
PROMOTED – 2015
BEST LA LIGA FINISH – Winners (1934/1935)
BEST COPA DEL REY RUN – Winners (Twice)
BEST EC/CL FINISH – Group Stage (2005/2006)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – R16 (Twice)
BEST CWC FINISH – QF (Twice)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Ruben Castro (147)
2019/2020 FINISH – 15th
FIVE FACTS ABOUT REAL BETIS
1. Betis was the Roman name for the Guadalquivir, the river that flows through Seville.
2. One of the founders of the club studied English in Scotland and became a Celtic fan, thus choosing green and white for the club colours; they are also the colours of Andalusia.
3. They were known as the “balompedistas” in the early years after they added “balompie” (football) to their club name.
4. Betis have suffered many relegations and once spent ten years in the third tier. Fans are proud of this time, however, as they demonstrated their loyalty by packing out the stadium.
5. They dispute the Seville derby with bitter rivals FC Sevilla. Curiously, the footballers also race each other down the river in rowing eights.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT SEVILLE’S HISTORY
1. Seville is over 2,000 years old and was founded by Heracles/Hercules (according to local mythology).
2. Its original name was Hisbaal, which became Hispalis when it fell to Rome. Locals are still known as “Hispalenses”.
3. The Spanish Inquisition began here in 1478 with the aim of converting local Jews to Christianity.
4. The city flourished as it was decreed the only trading centre for goods from the New World after 1492 due to the excellent line of defences built along the Guadalquivir.
5. Seville became the setting for operas by Beethoven, Mozart (2), Rossini and, perhaps most famously, Bizet’s “Carmen”.
OTHER SPANISH CLUBS
Alaves, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Cadiz, Celta Vigo, Eibar, Elche, Espanyol, Getafe, Granada, Huesca, Leganes, Levante, Mallorca, Osasuna, Real Betis, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Real Valladolid, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal