2011–12 Sevilla FC season

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2011–12 season
Chairman Spain José María del Nido
Manager Spain Marcelino (until 6 February)
Spain Míchel (from 7 February)
La Liga 9th
Copa del Rey Round of 16
UEFA Europa League Play-off round
Top goalscorer League:
Álvaro Negredo (14)

Álvaro Negredo (14)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2011–12 Spanish football season is Sevilla Fútbol Club's 11th consecutive season in La Liga and eighth consecutive playing European competitions since its participation in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, despite the earlier fall in the Fourth Qualifying Round in August. The team manager in the previous season, Gregorio Manzano, did not continue in the club. During the summer of 2011, Sevilla signed Marcelino as new manager after he unilaterally severed his contract with Racing de Santander. On 6 February, after losing 1–2 at home against Villarreal and after Sevilla earned just two points in its previous seven matches, he was sacked and replaced with Míchel. Finishing in ninth, the team did not qualify for European competition for the first time since 2004.

Trophies balance[edit]

Category Trophy Started round First match Result Last match
Friendly Trophy 4th Antonio Puerta Trophy Final 4 August 2011 Winners 4 August 2011
66th Teresa Herrera Trophy Final 14 August 2011 Winners 14 August 2011
Competitive Liga BBVA 28 August 2011[1] 9th 13 May 2012
Copa del Rey Round of 32 13 December 2011 Round of 16 11 January 2012
UEFA Europa League Fourth Qualifying Round 18 August 2011 Fourth Qualifying Round 25 August 2011

Competitive balance[edit]

Biggest win
Home Away
Liga BBVA 5 December 2011 Matchday 15 v. Getafe 3 – 0 22 March 2012 Matchday 29 v. Racing Santander 0 – 3
12 April 2012 Matchday 33 v. Real Zaragoza
5 May 2012 Matchday 37 v. Rayo Vallecano 5 – 2 26 March 2012 Matchday 30 v. Granada
Copa del Rey 20 December 2011 Round of 32, 2nd leg v. San Roque Lepe 2 – 1 14 December 2011 Round of 32, 1st leg v. San Roque Lepe 0 – 1
11 January 2012 Round of 16, 2nd leg v. Valencia
UEFA Europa League None due to the elimination in the Fourth Qualifying Round
Biggest loss
Home Away
Liga BBVA 17 December 2011 Matchday 17 v. Real Madrid 2 – 6 16 April 2012 Matchday 34 v. Getafe 5 – 1
Copa del Rey None registered 5 January 2012 Round of 16, 1st leg v. Valencia 1 – 0
UEFA Europa League None due to the elimination in the Fourth Qualifying Round 18 August 2011 Fourth Qualifying Round v. Germany Hannover 96 2 – 1

Summer transfers[edit]



Loan out[edit]

Loan return[edit]

Loan end[edit]

Winter transfers[edit]


Loan out[edit]

Loan return[edit]

Current squad[edit]


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Andrés Palop (captain)
2 Argentina DF Federico Fazio
3 Spain DF Fernando Navarro
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Emir Spahić
7 Spain MF Jesús Navas
8 Chile MF Gary Medel
9 Spain FW Álvaro Negredo
10 Argentina MF Diego Perotti
11 Croatia MF Ivan Rakitić
12 Mali FW Frédéric Kanouté
13 Spain GK Javi Varas
14 France DF Julien Escudé
No. Position Player
15 Germany MF Piotr Trochowski
16 Spain MF José Campaña
17 Italy MF Tiberio Guarente
19 Spain DF Antonio Luna
20 Spain FW Manu
21 Spain MF José Antonio Reyes
23 Spain DF Coke
24 Belgium MF Tom De Mul
25 Senegal FW Baba Diawara
26 Spain FW Luis Alberto
31 Spain DF Cala

Youth system[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
27 Spain MF Salva Rivas
28 Japan FW Hiroshi Ibusuki
29 Spain GK Dani Jiménez
30 Spain GK Sergio Rico
32 Spain MF Jozabed Sánchez
No. Position Player
33 Spain DF Samu de los Reyes
34 Spain MF Deivid Rodríguez
Spain GK Julián Cuesta
Spain MF Manuel Asencio 'Tano'

Long-term injuries[edit]

Tiberio Guarente's injured leg[edit]

Out between: November 2010 – November 2011

On 6 November 2010, Sevilla's medical services discovered a strange injury in Tiberio Guarente's leg that required treatment. This injury caused that the Italian player was more than 6 months out of the stadiums.[4] He officially played for first time after his injury in San Mamés, against Athletic Bilbao on 8 April 2012, 531 days after his last match.

Jesús Navas' left ankle[edit]

Out between: April 2011 – July 2011

In some training season before the match against Mallorca, Jesús Navas had discomfort in his left ankle, which had been twisted in the beginning of the last session in a Europa League match against PSG. He wasn't called to that match and medical tests were made. It was discovered that he suffered from a relapse of that injury, a stress fracture in his ankle. During the summer holidays Jesus Navas could successfully finish their recovery. He was seen at the usual level in the first pre-season game against UD Roteña.

Arouna Koné's problem of spasms and cold[edit]

Out between: July 2011 – August 2011

After finishing the first pre-season friendly match against UD Roteña the Ivorian player Arouna Koné had to be moved from the emergency to the hospital in Rota Naval Base and then to the Hospital de Jerez de la Frontera for suffering an abrupt spasms box with feeling intense cold and general malaise. According to the club through its website,[5] the player will remain at Jerez de la Frontera to be diagnosed with the disease, evaluating whether or not it is transient and temporary, and replace it. He was discharged two days later but remained under observation at the Hospital in Seville for 48 hours. The player recovered earlier than expected, making it clear that it was a mild condition that could be easily retrieved. Still, the club's medical services recommended a lighter rhythm of training during the preseason to avoid repetition, returning to be one hundred percent in early August.

Frédéric Kanouté's injury in his biceps femoris[edit]

Out between: April 2012 – May 2012

During the second half of the match in San Mamés against Athletic Bilbao on 8 April 2012, Frédéric Kanouté felt some discomfort in the hamstring of his right leg that prevented him from playing. He was replaced by Baba Diawara, and medical tests confirmed days later that he suffered a grade II tear in the biceps femoris of the leg, an injury that kept him away from the fields from that matchday until the end of the season. He returned against Rayo Vallecano on Matchday 37, his last match at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán as a Sevilla player, scoring a goal.

Called up by their national football team[edit]

Match stats[edit]

No. Pos. Player Goal YC Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card
Liga Cup UEL Liga Cup UEL Liga Cup UEL Liga Cup UEL
1 GK Spain Andrés Palop 1
2 DF Argentina Federico Fazio 2 8 1 1
3 DF Spain Fernando Navarro 12 1 1 1
4 DF Uruguay Martín Cáceres (Out) 1 3 2
5 DF Spain Alexis 1 1 1
6 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina Emir Spahić 12 1
7 MF Spain Jesús Navas 5 5 1
8 MF Chile Gary Medel 2 16 2 1 1 1
9 FW Spain Álvaro Negredo 14 5
10 MF Argentina Diego Perotti 2 1
11 MF Croatia Ivan Rakitić 1 4 1
12 FW Mali Frédéric Kanouté 4 3 1 7 2 1 1
13 GK Spain Javi Varas 1
14 DF France Julien Escudé 1 9 1
15 MF Germany Piotr Trochowski 1 7 1 1
16 MF Spain José Campaña 1
17 MF Italy Tiberio Guarente 1
18 MF Argentina Emiliano Armenteros (Out) 1
19 DF Spain Antonio Luna 1 2 1
20 FW Spain Manu 10 5 1 1
21 MF Spain José Antonio Reyes 1 1
23 DF Spain Coke 7 1 1
25 FW Senegal Baba Diawara 3
26 FW Spain Luis Alberto 1
31 DF Spain Cala 1 2
34 MF Spain Deivid Rodríguez 2


Pre-season and friendly tournaments[edit]

Friendly matches[edit]

4th Antonio Puerta Trophy[edit]

66th Teresa Herrera Trophy[edit]

La Liga[edit]

Matchday 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 1[1] 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 20[1] 37 38
Venue H A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A
Position 5 6 4 5 4 6 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 5 5 6 7 7 9 11 11 13 11 10 10 11 12 11 9 8 8 7 9 9 9 12 10 9
Goal Average (useful in case of tie)[8] Drawn Lost Lost Won Won Drawn Drawn Lost Won Won Won Lost Won Lost Lost Lost Lost Won Drawn

     Win       Draw       Lost

All Home Away
Pts W D L F A Dif. Pts W D L F A Dif. Pts W D L F A Dif.
9 Sevilla 50 13 11 14 48 47 +1 31 9 4 6 32 25 +7 19 4 7 8 16 22 –6

     Liga BBVA Winner (also qualified for 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group Stage)
     2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group Stage
     2012–13 UEFA Champions League 4th Qualifying Round
     2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group Stage
     2012–13 UEFA Europa League 4th Qualifying Round
     2012–13 UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round
     Relegation to Liga Adelante

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Fourth Qualifying Round[edit]

Hannover 96 won 3–2 on aggregate.

Copa del Rey[edit]

Round of 32[edit]

Sevilla FC won 3–1 on aggregate.

Round of 16[edit]

Valencia 2–2 Sevilla on aggregate. Valencia won on away goals.


AFE strike for the first two matchdays[edit]

On 11 August, the Spanish Players' Union, called AFE (Asociación de Futbolistas Españoles, in English, Association of Spanish Footballers) published by a press conference the official announcement of a strike for the first two matchdays of Liga BBVA and Liga Adelante (valid between 11 and 29 August) due to the existence of more than 50 professional footballers who do not charge, a greater amount of footballers to whom there's still owed the share of wages in previous months and years and also the existence of discrepancies in the collective agreement. LFP (Liga de Fútbol Profesional), the patronal, grouping the 42 clubs in both categories of Spanish professional football did not understand at first this strike. LFP tried to resolve but it could not help that the opening matchday (to be played the weekend of 20 August) was not played. Seeing that the positions of both parties walked away, LFP began to convene several meetings to negotiate. After 7 meetings, on the morning of 25 August was announced that the strike had been called off thanks to an agreement in principle different AFE requests, among which the extension of a wage guarantee fund that would prevent, or try to avoid a strongest non-payment to the players.
AFE also ceded its claims about the controversial schedules of footballers' holiday, and also said to LFP that they would be able to re-play matchday 1 matches, suspended in the beginning. AFE president, Luis Rubiales, first told to press that these matches wouldn't be played, or in August or ever, talking about a "37-matchdays-Liga BBVA" and a "41-matchdays-Liga Adelante". José Luis Astiazarán, LFP president, announced at the end the calendar reform of both competitions, placing:

  • Liga BBVA matchday 1 on the dates assigned for the matchday 20; and matchday 20 between days 1, 2 and 3 May 2012.
  • Liga Adelante matchday 1 on 25, 26 and 27 October 2011.

4th Champions for Africa[edit]

Another year, and for the fourth consecutive time, Frédéric Kanouté and his foundation, along with support from UNICEF and other agencies and corporations, have organized this solidary Christmas friendly match in order to help children in Africa, especially Somalia and surrounding nations, in areas such as health and education. This time, Valencia have loaned its stadium, Mestalla, so as to help in this cause. The game was played by two teams composed by players from Liga BBVA, Liga Adelante and some famous people such as the motorcycle road racer Héctor Faubel. One of them, "Africa United", composed mostly by African players, was led by Juan Ignacio Martínez (Levante coach) and Juan Carlos Garrido (former Villarreal coach), and the other one, called "Selección Champions" (in English, Champions Team) and not "Liga BBVA XI" as on previous editions because of the absence of players from Real Madrid and Barcelona and the inclusion of players from the Liga Adelante, which was led by Unai Emery, Valencia coach.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Schedule modification due to AFE strike.
  2. ^ a b c When Martín Cáceres loan's expired, Sevilla exercised his buyout clause of €3M to purchase outright.
  3. ^ a b c d He was signed in January 2012, but he was loaned to his last team, Córdoba, so as to play in Sevilla from June 2012.
  4. ^ El jefe de los servicios médicos del Sevilla admite que Guarente llegó con "una rodilla con ciertas deficiencias", MARCA.com (in Spanish), on 6 November 2010.
  5. ^ Koné, ingresado desde anoche en el Hospital de Jerez Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., SevillaFC.es (in Spanish), on 15 July 2011.
  6. ^ a b El Sevilla suspende la pretemporada en Costa Rica, AS.com (in Spanish), on 8 July 2011.
  7. ^ Two halves of 25 minutes each.
  8. ^ The team that wins this variable will be qualified ahead of another with the same points but lost on goal average. If the goal average is drawn between two or more teams and, at the end of the season these teams have the same points, the overall Liga BBVA's goal average prevails over this goal average.
  9. ^ The referee mistook the shirt numbers in the drafting of the report and awarded the goal to Diego Perotti. The goal counts as if Negredo had scored it.