Real Betis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Real Betis
Full nameReal Betis Balompié, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Los Verdiblancos (The Green-and-Whites)
Los Verderones (The Greens)
Heliopolitanos (Heliopolitans)
El Glorioso (The Glorious)[1][2]
Short nameBetis
Founded12 September 1907; 116 years ago (1907-09-12)
as España Balompié
GroundEstadio Benito Villamarín
PresidentÁngel Haro García
Head coachManuel Pellegrini
LeagueLa Liga
2022–23La Liga, 6th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Real Betis Balompié, known as Real Betis (pronounced [reˈal ˈβetis]) or just Betis, is a Spanish professional football club based in Seville in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 1907, it plays in La Liga. It holds home games at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in the south of the city with a 60,720-seat capacity.[4]

Real Betis won the league title in 1935 and the Copa del Rey in 1977, 2005 and 2022. Given the club's tumultuous history and many relegations, its motto is ¡Viva el Betis manque (aunque) pierda! ("Long live Betis even though they lose!").[5]


The name "Betis" is derived from Baetis, the Roman name for the Guadalquivir river which passes through Seville and which the Roman province there was named after. Real ('Royal') was added in 1914 after the club received patronage from King Alfonso XIII.


Real Betis, 25 December 1913
The grounds of the Estadio de la Exposición (future Benito Villamarín) in 1929

Betis' city rivals Sevilla FC were the first club in Seville, founded in October 1905, while a second club, España Balompié were established in September 1907. "Balompié" translates literally as "football", as opposed to the most commonly adopted anglicised version, "fútbol". Balompié was founded by students from the local Polytechnic Academy, and were in operation for one year before being officially recognised (in 1909) as Sevilla Balompié; despite this, 1907 remains the official foundation date of the club.

Following an internal split from Sevilla FC, another club was formed, Betis Football Club. In 1914, they merged with Sevilla Balompié. The club received its royal patronage in the same year, and therefore adopted the name Real Betis Balompié. Fans continued to refer to the club as Balompié and were themselves known as Los Balompedistas until the 1930s, when Betis and the adjective Béticos became common terminology when discussing the club and its followers.

Real Betis originally played in all blue jerseys and white shorts, for no other reason than the easy availability of such plain colours.[citation needed] But one of the founders and captain, Manuel Ramos Asensio, was keen to take advantage of his relationships made while studying in Scotland, contacted Celtic (whose green and white colours matched the Andalusian regional flag) and obtained the same fabric to make kits for his own club. Ramos had the lines re-orientated from horizontal 'hoops' into vertical stripes to make the shirts (no other Spanish club used the combination at the time). There is no mention of Celtic or Scotland in the history of Betis on the club's official website,[6] but in 2017 the club officially acknowledged the link by producing a special hooped kit to coincide with Andalusia Day.[7] The blue colour is still often used in away kit designs.[8]

1930s: promotion, championship and relegation[edit]

During the Spanish Second Republic (1931–1939), royal patronage of all organisations was nullified, and thus the club was known as Betis Balompié until after the Spanish Civil War when it would revert to the full name. The club reached the Copa del Presidente de la República final for the first time on 21 June 1931, when it lost 3–1 to Athletic Bilbao in Madrid.[9] Betis marked their 25th anniversary year by winning their first Segunda División title in 1932, finishing two points ahead of Oviedo FC,[10] thus becoming the first club from Andalusia to play in La Liga.

Under the guidance of Irish coach Patrick O'Connell on 28 April 1935 Betis won La Liga, to date their only top division title. They topped the table by a single point over Madrid FC. A year later Betis went down to seventh. This was due to the dismantling of the championship-winning team because of the club's poor economic situation and the arrival of the Civil War, meaning that just 15 months after winning the league title only two players who won in 1935 were left: Peral and Saro. No official league was held during the Civil War between 1936 and 1939, until its resumption for the 1939–40 season and the first year back highlighted Betis' decline as exactly five years after winning the title the club was relegated.

Darkest period[edit]

Despite a brief return to the top division which lasted only one season, the club continued to decline and in 1947 the worst fears were reached when they were relegated to Tercera División. Many fans see the ten years they spent in the category as key to the "identity" and "soul" of the club. During this time, Betis earned a reputation for filling its stadium and having a massive support at away matches, known as the "Green March".

When the side returned to the second level in 1954, it gained the distinction of being the only club in Spain to have won all three major divisions' titles. Much of the credit for guiding Betis through this dark period and back into the Segunda lies with chairman Manuel Ruiz Rodríguez.

Benito Villamarín[edit]

In 1955, Manuel Ruiz Rodríguez stepped down from running the club believing he could not offer further economic growth, he was replaced by Betis most famous former president, Benito Villamarín. During his reign Betis returned to the top division in 1958–59 and finished in third place in 1964. His purchase of the Estadio Heliópolis in 1961 is seen as a key point in the history of the club – the grounds were called the Estadio Benito Villamarín until 1997. In 1965, Villamarín stepped down from his position after ten years at the helm of the club.

Just one year after Villamarín's departure, the club would again be relegated to division two, then rising and falling almost consecutively until consolidating their place in the top level in 1974–75.

First Copa del Rey Title and European Qualification[edit]

Real Betis 1974/75

On 25 June 1977, Betis played Athletic Bilbao at the Vicente Calderón Stadium in the Copa del Rey final. The match finished 2–2, with Betis winning 8–7 after a staggering 21 penalties taken. This rounded off a solid season in which the club finished fifth in the league.

After that triumph, Betis competed in the European Cup Winners' Cup: after knocking out Milan 3–2 on aggregate in the first round, the side reached the quarter-finals, where they lost to Dynamo Moscow. Despite their strong performance in Europe, the team suffered league relegation.

The following year, Betis returned to the top flight and ushered in a period of "good times" for the club, with the next three seasons seeing three top-six finishes, as well as UEFA Cup qualification in 1982 and 1984.

During the summer of 1982, the Benito Villamarín hosted two matches as part of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, and also witnessed the Spain national team's famous 12–1 hammering of Malta to qualify for UEFA Euro 1984.

Economic crisis and Manuel Ruiz de Lopera[edit]

Chart of Real Betis league performance 1929–2023

In 1992, Betis found itself subject to new league rules and regulations due to its restructuring as an autonomous sporting group (SAD), requiring the club to come up with 1,200 million pesetas, roughly double that of all the first and second division teams, despite being in level two at the time.

In just three months, the fans raised 400 million pesetas with then vice-president Manuel Ruiz de Lopera stepping in to provide an economic guarantee while himself becoming majority shareholder as the team narrowly avoided relegation.

On 11 September 1994, Real Betis played its 1,000th game in La Liga.

Serra Ferrer success[edit]

After another three seasons in the second division, with the club managed by Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, Betis returned to the top flight for the 1994–95 season, subsequently achieving a final third position, thus qualifying to the UEFA Cup.

Betis' shirts in 2007 bore an emblem for their centenary.

In the European campaign, Betis knocked out Fenerbahçe (4–1 on aggregate) and 1. FC Kaiserslautern (4–1) before losing to defeated finalists Bordeaux (3–2). In 1997, 20 years after winning the trophy for the first time, the club returned to the final of the Copa del Rey – again held in Madrid, although this time at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadiumlosing 2–3 against Barcelona after extra time.

Incidentally, Barça was the club Serra Ferrer would leave Betis for that summer, to be replaced by former player Luis Aragonés. Aragonés would only last one season with the club, leading the side to the eighth position and to the quarter-finals in the Cup Winners' Cup, where they would lose 2–5 on aggregate to eventual winners Chelsea.

Aragonés was followed by the controversial reign of Javier Clemente, who spat on a fan and implied Andalusia was "another country!".[citation needed] The team slipped down the table, finishing 11th and being knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Bologna in the third round. For the next couple of seasons, Betis went through numerous managers, a relegation and a promotion, after which the team finished sixth in the league with Juande Ramos at the helm.

Ramos was gone after just one season, however, being replaced by former Cup Winners' Cup-winning manager Víctor Fernández. He led the team to eighth and ninth in the league and the third round of the 2002–03 UEFA Cup, being knocked out by Auxerre (1–2 on aggregate), during his two-year reign.

For 2004, Fernández was replaced by the returning Serra Ferrer, who guided the team to the fourth position in the top flight. They also returned to the Vicente Calderón on 11 June 2005 for the Copa del Rey final, lifting the trophy for only the second time after an extra-time winner by youth graduate Dani in a 2–1 win against Osasuna.

The league finish meant Betis became the first Andalusian team to compete in the UEFA Champions League, and it reached the group stage after disposing of Monaco in the last qualifying round (3–2 on aggregate). Drawn in Group G, and in spite of a 1–0 home win against Chelsea,[11] the club eventually finished third, being "demoted" to the UEFA Cup, where it would be ousted in the round of 16 by Romanian club Steaua București with a 0–3 home loss.[12] Compared to the previous season, the league campaign was disappointing, with the club finishing in 14th place, just three points off the relegation zone.

Centenary celebrations[edit]

Rafael Gordillo, Betis player and president

Betis celebrated their centenary year in 2007. The festivities included a special match against Milan, the reigning European Champions, on August 9, with the hosts winning 1–0 thanks to a Mark González penalty early in the second half. Seven days later, the club won the Ramón de Carranza Trophy held in neighbouring Cádiz, beating Real Zaragoza on penalties in the final, having defeated Real Madrid in the semi-finals.[13]

Surrounding the celebration, it was a time of great change in terms of the playing and technical teams, with eight new signings replacing 14 departures. In the summer of 2006, Serra Ferrer was replaced by Luis Fernandez for the 2006–07 season. However, the two seasons that encompassed the centenary year (2006–07 and 2007–08) were disappointing, with the club having four different managers and barely avoiding relegation in both seasons.[14]


After many years of staving off relegation, Betis' 2008–09 season culminated with a 1–1 draw against Real Valladolid at home. As a result, the club finished 18th in the table and consequently was relegated to the second division on goal difference.[15]

On 15 June 2009 over 65,000 Beticos, including icons such as Rafael Gordillo, Del Sol, Hipólito Rincón, Julio Cardeñosa and others, joined the protest march in Sevilla with the slogan "15-J Yo Voy Betis" to let the majority owner Ruiz de Lopera know that it was time to put his 54% share of the club on the market for someone, some entity or the Betis supporters to buy those shares and remove Lopera from the day-to-day operations of the club.

Despite the protests, no upper management changes were made during the season, which would ultimately see Betis fail to gain promotion back to the top level.[16]

Lopera court action and sale[edit]

Seville judge Mercedes Alaya was investigating links between Betis and other Ruiz de Lopera-owned businesses, leading to him being formally charged with fraud. On 7 July 2010, one week before the start of preliminary court proceedings, Lopera sold 94% of the shares that he owned (51% of Betis total shares) to Bitton Sport, fronted by Luis Oliver, for the surprisingly low figure of €16 million, leaving Lopera with only minor shares; Oliver had already reportedly taken two football clubs, Cartagena and Xerez, to the brink of bankruptcy.[17]

Before the sale could be officially sanctioned, however, Ayala froze Lopera shareholdings. Left with nothing, despite putting down a €1 million deposit, Oliver hastily bought a nominal number of shares from a third party and was voted onto the board of directors by the existing members (all former cohorts of Lopera), allowing him to carry on running the club. In response to this, the judge appointed well-respected former Betis, Real Madrid and Spain national team legend Rafael Gordillo to administer Lopera's shares to ensure Lopera was not still running the club and that decisions made were for the benefit of the club not individual board members.[18]

La Liga return[edit]

Deportivo de La Coruña vs. Betis
Captain Joaquín before an away Europa League fixture in Saint Petersburg in February 2022

Again under Pepe Mel, Betis started 2011–12 with four wins in as many games, with Rubén Castro retaining his goal scoring form from the previous season, where he scored 27 goals. Betis finished 13th in their first season since returning to La Liga.

In the 2012–13 season, Betis finished seventh in La Liga and qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, the first European qualification for the club since the 2005–06 Champions League. This European campaign ended in the quarter-finals after losing on penalties to local rivals Sevilla.[19] Betis were relegated from La Liga with three games still to play in the 2013–14 season,[20] but returned immediately as champions with two games to spare.[21]

Back into UEFA competitions[edit]

In the 2017–18 season, under Quique Setién, Betis finished sixth in La Liga and earned a spot in the Europa League. The 2018–19 campaign was very positive; the club reached the Copa del Rey semi-finals and topped their group in the Europa League, before eventually being knocked out by Stade Rennais in the round of 32.

On 23 April 2022 Betis won the Copa del Rey final against Valencia after drawing 1–1 after 120 minutes and winning 5–4 on penalties. It was the first trophy after 17 years, since they won their second Copa del Rey on 2005 against Osasuna (2–1).

Seville derby[edit]

Betis and their city rival, Sevilla FC, also compete in an annual rowing race on the Guadalquivir river.

Betis have a long-standing rivalry with city neighbours Sevilla FC.[5] The two have met 114 times in official competition, with Sevilla holding a 45% win ratio over Betis (31%).

The first match between the two clubs took place on 8 February 1915, with Sevilla winning 4–3. The match was not completed, as high tensions led an aggressive crowd to invade the pitch, forcing the referee to abandon the match.

In 1916, the first Copa Andalucía was held, this being the first official derby of the Sevilla area. Of the 17 runnings of the cup, Sevilla were victorious 14 times, to Betis' one sole conquest; this included a 22–0 routing after the latter sent their youth team, in 1918.

The first time the teams met in league, in Segunda, happened in 1928–29, with both teams winning their home matches (3–0 and 2–1). They played for the first time in the Spanish top division during the 1934–35 season, with a 0–3 home defeat for Sevilla and a 2–2 draw at Betis, with the latter winning the national championship.

On 17 January 1943, Betis lost 5–0 at Sevilla, eventually being relegated. In the first game held at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, on 21 September 1958, the Verdiblancos won it 4–2.

In later years, several matches were also marred by violence, including: a security guard attacked by a Sevilla fan with a crutch (that he did not require to walk), Betis goalkeeper Toni Prats being attacked and Sevilla manager Juande Ramos being struck by a bottle of water;[22] the latter incident led to the 2007 Copa del Rey match being suspended, being played out three weeks later in Getafe with no spectators.

On 7 February 2009 Betis won 2–1 at the Pizjuán, but was eventually relegated from the top flight, while Sevilla finished in third position.

On 9 November 2019 more than 10,000 Betis fans visited the team training before the last derby in 2019.[23]


History in European competitions[edit]

Accurate as of 22 February 2024
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Champions League 8 3 2 3 6 9 −3 037.50
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 12 5 3 4 15 13 +2 041.67
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 70 36 14 20 102 71 +31 051.43
UEFA Europa Conference League 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 000.00
Total 92 44 20 28 124 95 +29 047.83

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal Difference.

Team statistics[edit]

Season to season[edit]

Betis historical classification
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 2 6th Round of 32
1929–30 2 9th Round of 16
1930–31 2 6th Runners-up
1931–32 2 1st Round of 16
1932–33 1 5th Quarter-finals
1933–34 1 4th Semi-finals
1934–35 1 1st Quarter-finals
1935–36 1 7th Quarter-finals
1939–40 1 11th Round of 16
1940–41 2 7th Round of 16
1941–42 2 1st First round
1942–43 1 14th Round of 16
1943–44 2 7th Round of 32
1944–45 2 8th First round
1945–46 2 11th First round
1946–47 2 14th Round of 16
1947–48 3 2nd Fifth round
1948–49 3 8th Second round
1949–50 3 3rd DNP
1950–51 3 2nd DNP
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1951–52 3 3rd DNP
1952–53 3 5th DNP
1953–54 3 1st DNP
1954–55 2 5th DNP
1955–56 2 2nd DNP
1956–57 2 6th DNP
1957–58 2 1st DNP
1958–59 1 6th Quarter-finals
1959–60 1 7th Round of 16
1960–61 1 6th Semi-finals
1961–62 1 9th Round of 16
1962–63 1 9th Quarter-finals
1963–64 1 3rd Quarter-finals
1964–65 1 12th Round of 32
1965–66 1 16th Semi-finals
1966–67 2 2nd Round of 16
1967–68 1 15th Round of 16
1968–69 2 7th DNP
1969–70 2 4th Round of 16
1970–71 2 1st Round of 16
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1971–72 1 13th Fourth round
1972–73 1 16th Quarter-finals
1973–74 2 1st Round of 16
1974–75 1 9th Round of 16
1975–76 1 7th Semi-finals
1976–77 1 5th Winners
1977–78 1 16th Quarter-finals
1978–79 2 3rd Third round
1979–80 1 5th Quarter-finals
1980–81 1 6th Second round
1981–82 1 6th Fourth round
1982–83 1 11th Round of 16
1983–84 1 5th Third round
1984–85 1 14th Semi-finals
1985–86 1 8th Third round
1986–87 1 9th Round of 16
1987–88 1 16th Round of 16
1988–89 1 18th Round of 16
1989–90 2 2nd Round of 16
1990–91 1 20th Round of 16
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1991–92 2 4th Round of 16
1992–93 2 5th Fifth round
1993–94 2 2nd Semi-finals
1994–95 1 3rd Round of 16
1995–96 1 8th Round of 16
1996–97 1 4th Runners-up
1997–98 1 8th Quarter-finals
1998–99 1 11th Round of 16
1999–2000 1 18th Second round
2000–01 2 2nd Round of 64
2001–02 1 6th Round of 64
2002–03 1 8th Round of 16
2003–04 1 9th Round of 16
2004–05 1 4th Winners
2005–06 1 14th Quarter-finals
2006–07 1 16th Quarter-finals
2007–08 1 13th Round of 16
2008–09 1 18th Quarter-finals
2009–10 2 4th Second round
2010–11 2 1st Quarter-finals
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2011–12 1 13th Round of 32
2012–13 1 7th Quarter-finals
2013–14 1 20th Round of 16
2014–15 2 1st Round of 32
2015–16 1 10th Round of 16
2016–17 1 15th Round of 32
2017–18 1 6th Round of 32
2018–19 1 10th Semi-finals
2019–20 1 15th Round of 32
2020–21 1 6th Quarter-finals
2021–22 1 5th Winners
2022–23 1 6th Round of 16
2023–24 1 7th Round of 32
2024–25 1 TBD

Recent La Liga seasons[edit]

Real Betis were relegated from La Liga in both the 1999–2000 and 2013–14 seasons but were promoted back on their first attempt each time.

Season Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1996–97 4th 42 21 14 7 81 46 77
1997–98 8th 38 17 8 13 49 50 59
1998–99 11th 38 14 7 17 47 58 49
1999–2000 18th 38 11 9 18 33 56 42
2001–02 6th 38 15 14 9 42 34 59
2002–03 8th 38 14 12 12 56 53 54
2003–04 9th 38 13 13 12 46 43 52
2004–05 4th 38 16 14 8 62 50 62
2005–06 14th 38 10 12 16 34 51 42
2006–07 16th 38 8 16 14 36 49 40
2007–08 13th 38 12 11 15 45 51 47
2008–09 18th 38 10 12 16 51 58 42
2011–12 13th 38 13 8 17 47 56 47
2012–13 7th 38 16 8 14 57 56 56
2013–14 20th 38 6 7 25 36 78 25
2015–16 10th 38 11 12 15 34 52 45
2016–17 15th 38 10 9 19 41 64 39
2017–18 6th 38 18 6 14 60 61 60
2018–19 10th 38 14 8 16 44 52 50
2019–20 15th 38 10 11 17 48 60 41
2020–21 6th 38 17 10 11 50 50 61
2021–22 5th 38 19 8 11 62 40 65
2022–23 6th 38 17 9 12 46 41 60
2023–24 7th 37 14 14 9 48 45 56



As of 22 May 2024[24]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Chile CHI Claudio Bravo
2 DF Spain ESP Héctor Bellerín
3 DF Spain ESP Juan Miranda
4 MF United States USA Johnny Cardoso
5 MF Argentina ARG Guido Rodríguez
6 DF Argentina ARG Germán Pezzella (vice-captain)
7 FW Morocco MAR Abde Ezzalzouli
8 MF France FRA Nabil Fekir (captain)
9 FW Argentina ARG Chimy Ávila
10 FW Spain ESP Ayoze Pérez
11 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Cédric Bakambu
12 FW Brazil BRA Willian José
13 GK Portugal POR Rui Silva
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF Portugal POR William Carvalho
15 DF Spain ESP Marc Bartra
17 MF Spain ESP Rodri Sánchez
18 MF Spain ESP Pablo Fornals
20 DF Brazil BRA Abner
21 MF Spain ESP Marc Roca (on loan from Leeds United)
22 MF Spain ESP Isco
23 DF Senegal SEN Youssouf Sabaly
24 DF Spain ESP Aitor Ruibal
27 MF Spain ESP Sergi Altimira
28 DF Morocco MAR Chadi Riad
38 MF Spain ESP Assane Diao

Reserve team[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
30 GK Spain ESP Fran Vieites
31 GK Portugal POR Guilherme Fernandes (on loan from Estrela Amadora)
32 DF Senegal SEN Nobel Mendy (on loan from Paris FC)
33 DF Spain ESP Xavi Pleguezuelo
34 DF Spain ESP Ricardo Visus
No. Pos. Nation Player
37 MF Spain ESP Dani Pérez
39 MF Spain ESP Ginés Sorroche
40 MF Spain ESP Quique Fernández
42 DF Spain ESP Pablo Busto
50 GK Spain ESP Germán García

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Spain ESP Félix Garreta (at Amorebieta until 30 June 2024)
DF Spain ESP Ismael Sierra (at Teruel until 30 June 2024)
MF Spain ESP Álex Collado (at Al-Okhdood until 30 June 2024)
FW Spain ESP Borja Iglesias (at Bayer Leverkusen until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Spain ESP Juan Cruz (at Leganés until 30 June 2024)
FW Spain ESP Juanmi (at Cádiz until 30 June 2024)
FW Spain ESP Rober González (at NEC Nijmegen until 30 June 2024)

Retired numbers[edit]

26 Spain Miki Roqué (deceased) (2009–12)

Player records[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Player Matches
1 Spain Joaquín 528
2 Spain José Ramón Esnaola 378
3 Spain Rafael Gordillo 343
4 Spain Julio Cardeñosa 337
5 Spain Francisco López 328
6 Spain Juan Merino 315
7 Spain Antonio Benítez 305
8 Spain Juanjo Cañas 303
9 Spain Rogelio Sosa 300
10 Spain Francisco Bizcocho 285

Most goals[edit]

Rank Player Goals
1 Spain Rubén Castro 148
2 Spain Francisco González 109
3 Spain Manuel Domínguez 98
4 Spain Poli Rincón 93
5 Spain Rogelio Sosa 92
6 Spain Alfonso Pérez 80
7 Spain Jorge Molina 77
8 Spain Joaquín 68
9 Spain Joaquín Sierra 59
10 Spain Fernando Ansola 54


Board of directors[edit]

  • President: Ángel Haro García[25]
  • Vice-president: José Miguel López Catalán[25]
  • Board members: José Montoro Pizarro, Tomás Solano Franco, Ernesto Sanguino Gómez, José Maria Pagola Serra, Adrián Fernández Romero, María Victoria López Sánchez, Rafael Salas Garcia, Ramón Alarcón Rubiales, Cayetano García de la Borbolla Carrero[25]
  • Ambassadors: Rafael Gordillo, Andrés Saavedra

Technical staff[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

As of July 9, 2020

Medical staff[edit]

  • Head of Medical Services: Tomás Calero
  • Physiotherapists: Fran Molano, José Manuel Pizarro, Manuel López, Manuel Alcantarilla
  • Nurse: José María Montiel



Betis' 1934–35 La Liga title is commemorated by this sculpture in Seville.





Pichichi Trophy[edit]

Zamora Trophy[edit]


Coach Year Notes
Spain Manuel Ramos Asensio 1911–14, 1914–15
England Herbert Richard Jones 1914, 1916 Also first president
England J.P. Bryce 1917
Spain Carmelo Navarro 1918
Spain Basilio Clemente 1918
Spain Salvador Llinat 1920
Spain Andrés Aranda 1922, 1939–40, 1943–46, 1949–52, 1965
Spain Ramón Porlan y Merlo 1923
Spain Alberto Álvarez 1924
Spain Carlos Castañeda 1925
Spain Juan Armet "Kinké" 1927–30 First year of league competition (1929)
Spain Emilio Sampere 1930–32 Copa del Rey runner-up 1931
Segunda champion 1932
Republic of Ireland Patrick O'Connell 1932–36, 1940–42, 1946–47 La Liga champion 1935
Spain Cesáreo Baragaño 1942–43
Spain Francisco Gómez 1942–43, 1953–55 Tercera champion, 1954
Spain Pedro Solé 1944–45
Spain José Suárez "Peral" 1946–47, 1948–49
Spain José Quirante 1947–48
Spain Manuel Olivares 1952–53
Spain Sabino Barinaga 1955, 1960, 1968–69
Spain Pepe Valera 1955–57, 1967–68
Spain Carlos Iturraspe 1957
Spain Antonio Barrios 1957–59, 1967, 1969–72 Segunda champion 1958 and 1971
Spain Josep Seguer 1959
Uruguay Enrique Fernández 1959–60
Czechoslovakia Ferdinand Daučík 1960–63, 1968–69
Spain Ernesto Pons 1963, 1965, 1966
Spain Domènec Balmanya 1963–64
France Louis Hon 1964–65
Brazil Martim Francisco 1965–66
Spain Luis Belló 1966–67
Spain César 1967–68
Spain Miguel González 1969–70
Spain Esteban Areta 1971–72
Hungary Ferenc Szusza 1972–76 Segunda champion 1974
Spain Rafael Iriondo 1976–78, 1981–82 Copa del Rey winner, 1977
Spain José Luis Garcia Traid 1978–79
Spain León Lasa 1979–80
Spain Luis Cid 1979–81, 1984–86
Spain Luis Aragonés 1981, 28 July 1997 – 30 June 1998
Spain Pedro Buenaventura 1982, 1988–89
Hungary Antal Dunai 1982
France Marcel Domingo 1982–83
Spain Pepe Alzate 1983–85
Spain Luis del Sol 1985–87, 2001
England John Mortimore 1987–88
Spain Eusebio Ríos 1988
Paraguay Cayetano Ré 1988–89
Spain Juan Corbacho 1989
Spain Julio Cardeñosa 1990
Spain José Luis Romero 1990–91
Spain José Ramón Esnaola 1991, 1993
Slovakia Jozef Jarabinsky 1991–92
Argentina Felipe Mesones 1992
Argentina Jorge D'Alessandro 1992–93
Croatia Sergije Krešić 1993–94
Spain Lorenzo Serra Ferrer 1994–97, 1 July 2004 – 8 June 2006 Copa del Rey winner 2005
Qualified for 2005–2006 Champions League
Portugal António Oliveira 1998
Argentina Vicente Cantatore 26 August 1998 – 26 October 1998
Spain Javier Clemente 27 October 1998 – 30 June 1999
Argentina Carlos Griguol 1999–00
Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk Hadžibegić 2 January 2000 – 30 June 2001
Netherlands Guus Hiddink 1 February 2000 – 31 May 2000
Spain Fernando Vázquez 1 July 2000 – 19 March 2001
Spain Juande Ramos 1 July 2001 – 16 May 2002
Spain Víctor Fernández 1 July 2002 – 30 June 2004, 26 January 2010 – 12 July 2010
Spain Javier Irureta 1 July 2006 – 22 December 2006
France Luis Fernández 27 December 2006 – 10 June 2007
Argentina Héctor Cúper 14 July 2007 – 2 December 2007
Spain Paco Chaparro 3 December 2007 – 7 April 2009
Spain José María Nogués 7 April 2009 – 30 June 2009
Spain Antonio Tapia 1 July 2009 – 25 January 2010
Spain Pepe Mel 12 July 2010 – 2 December 2013, 19 December 2014 – 11 January 2016 Segunda champion, 2011 and 2015
Spain Juan Carlos Garrido 2 December 2013 – 19 January 2014
Argentina Gabriel Calderón 19 January 2014 – 19 May 2014
Spain Julio Velázquez 16 June 2014 – 25 November 2014
Spain Juan Merino 25 November 2014 – 19 December 2014, 11 January 2016 – 9 May 2016
Uruguay Gus Poyet 9 May 2016 – 12 November 2016
Spain Víctor Sánchez 12 November 2016 – 9 May 2017
Spain Alexis Trujillo 9 May 2017 – 26 May 2017
Spain Quique Setién 26 May 2017 – 19 May 2019
Spain Rubi 6 June 2019 – 21 June 2020
Chile Manuel Pellegrini 9 July 2020 – Copa del Rey winner 2022



Club records[edit]

Player records[edit]


Estadio Benito Villamarín

Upon Real Betis' formation, the club played at the Campo del Huerto de Mariana. In 1909, Betis moved to the Campo del Prado de Santa Justa, moving to the Campo del Prado de San Sebastián, sharing the site with rivals Sevilla two years later. In 1918, Real Betis moved to the Campo del Patronato Obrero, with the first game at the ground coming against rivals Sevilla on 1 November 1918, resulting in a 5–1 loss for Real Betis. During the 1920s, the ground was redeveloped numerous times by club president Ignacio Sánchez Mejías. After the construction of the Estadio de la Exposición, the former name of Betis' current home, in 1929, Real Betis moved into the site officially in 1936, after playing a number of games at the stadium since its construction.[28]

With a 60,720-seat capacity, the Estadio Benito Villamarín is the home ground of Real Betis. It was named Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera during the 2000s after the club's owner, who decided to build a new stadium over the old one.

Despite much planning, the stadium's renovation plans were constantly postponed, and half of it remained unchanged. On 27 October 2010, it returned to its first denomination after a decision by the club's associates.[29]



Betis' green-and-white vertically striped shirts are based on those worn by Celtic when an early player was studying in Scotland.

In its initial years, Sevilla Balompié dressed in blue shirts with white shorts, which represented the infantry at the time. From late 1911, the team had adopted the shirts of Celtic,[30] at that time vertical stripes of green and white, that were brought over from Glasgow by Manuel Asensio Ramos, who had studied in Scotland as a child. On 28 February 2017, on the 37th Andalusia Day, Real Betis wore Celtic-inspired hoops against Málaga CF.[31]

When the team became Real Betis Balompié in 1914, various kits were used, including: yellow and black stripes; green T-shirts and a reversion to the blue top and white shorts uniform. By the end of the 1920s, Betis was once again sporting green and white stripes, around this time the Assembly of Ronda (1918) saw the Andalusian region formally adopt these colours, not being known how much the two are linked.

Since then, this remained Betis' shirt, despite several versions (including wider stripes).

Together with the basic green-and-white shirt, Betis has wore both black and green shorts in addition to white shorts.[32]


  1. ^ "Why are the Betis players called 'Heliopolitans'?". La Liga. 16 July 2015. Archived from the original on 14 November 2022. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "New features for Benito Villamarín Stadium". Archived from the original on 4 August 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  4. ^ Jones, Rich (9 February 2019). "We ranked the top 10 stadium in La Liga – with a surprise No.1". mirror. Archived from the original on 24 January 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Real Betis, 100 years of passion". 18 January 2007. Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  6. ^ "La historia – Real Betis Balompié". Archived from the original on 30 March 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  7. ^ Celtic tribute kit unveiled by Real Betis for Andalusia Day fixture Archived 31 August 2021 at the Wayback Machine, Daily Record, February 16, 2017
  8. ^ Real Betis 21–22 Away & Third Kits Released Archived 31 August 2021 at the Wayback Machine, Footy Headlines, July 28, 2021
  9. ^ "Spain – Cup 1931". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 23 December 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Spain, Final Tables 1928–1939". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 1 April 2023. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Real Betis 1-0 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 1 November 2005. Archived from the original on 24 April 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Steaua thrill in Seville again". 16 March 2006. Archived from the original on 24 April 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Todos los partidos de la pretemporada 2007–08" [All the matches in the 2007–08 preseason] (in Spanish). Real Betis. 17 August 2007. Archived from the original on 30 December 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  14. ^ "Irureta says goodbye to Betis". 21 December 2006. Archived from the original on 24 April 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  15. ^ "La Liga's final-day madness ends with riots by Betis fans". the Guardian. 1 June 2009. Archived from the original on 24 April 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  16. ^ "Lopera sigue mudo y ultras lo amenazan: 'Vende o muere'" [Lopera still says nothing and is threatened by ultras: 'Sell or die'] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 3 June 2009. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  17. ^ "Oliver: "Ni los nazis hacían lo que hace esta loca"" [Oliver: "Not even nazis did what this crazy woman does"] (in Spanish). Marca. 27 October 2010. Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  18. ^ La venta se cierra en 16 millones a pagar en 5 años (Sold for 16 millions to be paid in 5 years) Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine; El Desmarque, July 7, 2010 (in Spanish)
  19. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla get the better of Betis". UEFA. 20 March 2014. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  20. ^ "Ronaldo brace sends Real second, Betis relegated". FIFA. 26 April 2014. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  21. ^ "Real Betis win promotion to Primera Division after Alcorcon victory". Sky Sports. 25 May 2015. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  22. ^ "This was no isolated incident". The Guardian. 1 March 2007. Archived from the original on 19 November 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  23. ^ "Más de 10.000 béticos arropan a su equipo en el último entrenamiento antes del derbi". (in Spanish). 9 November 2019. Archived from the original on 9 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  24. ^ "Plantilla" (in Spanish). Real Betis. Archived from the original on 29 June 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  25. ^ a b c "Real Betis Balompié – Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 19 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  26. ^ Siesta azulgrana (Azulgrana nap) Archived 3 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine; Marca, 29 March 2008 (in Spanish)
  27. ^ a b c d José Ramón Esnaola Archived 18 August 2019 at the Wayback Machine; Manquepierda, 25 July 2018 (in Spanish)
  28. ^ "Sevilla – Campo del Patronato Obrero". Estadios de España. 1 August 2018. Archived from the original on 27 April 2021. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  29. ^ "De Ruiz de Lopera a Benito Villamarín: el estadio sin nombre" [From Ruiz de Lopera to Benito Villamarín: the nameless ground] (in Spanish). Marca. 27 October 2010. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  30. ^ "LOS COLORES DEL REAL BETIS BALOMPIÉ". Archived from the original on 11 February 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  31. ^ Online, Record Sport (16 February 2017). "Celtic tribute kit unveiled by Real Betis for Andalusia Day fixture". Archived from the original on 17 February 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  32. ^ "La afición elegirá el color del pantalón para el sábado". 18 April 2013. Archived from the original on 3 August 2021. Retrieved 3 August 2021.

External links[edit]