Sevilla FC

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Sevilla
Sevilla cf 200px.png
Full name Sevilla Fútbol Club SAD
Nickname(s) Sevillistas
Los Rojiblancos (The Red and Whites)
Los Nervionenses (The Ones from Nervión)
El Grande de Andalucía (The Great of Andalusia)
Founded 1890; 125 years ago (1890)[1]
as Sevilla Foot-ball Club
Ground Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán,
Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Ground Capacity 45,500[2]
Chairman José Castro Carmona
Manager Unai Emery
League La Liga
2014–15 5th
Website Club home page
Current season

Sevilla Fútbol Club, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [seˈβiʎa ˈfuðβol ˈkluβ]), or simply Sevilla, is Spain’s oldest football club solely devoted to association football.[3][4][5][6] Sevilla FC is based in Seville, capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia. Sevilla FC is one of the teams that play in Spain’s top flight, La Liga. The club was formed on 25 January 1890,[3][4][5][6] with Scotsman Edward Farquharson Johnston being their first president. A few years later, on October 14, 1905, the club’s articles of association were registered in the Civil Government of Seville under the presidency of the Jerez-born José Luis Gallegos Arnosa.

Sevilla is also the most successful club in Andalusia, winning a national league title in 1945–46, five Spanish Cups (1935, 1939, 1948, 2007 and 2010), one Spanish Super Cup (2007), a record four UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cups (2006, 2007, 2014 and 2015) and the 2006 UEFA Super Cup. They were also designated by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics as the World's best club in 2006 and 2007, thus being the first club to achieve this distinction in two consecutive years. Sevilla's main rivalry is with their cross-city club Real Betis, competing in the Seville derby.

Its reserve team Sevilla Atlético, founded in 1958, play in the Segunda División B, and the club are affiliated to a side in Puerto Rico of the same name. Other clubs related to Sevilla FC include their women's team, futsal team and former Superleague Formula team.

The club’s home ground is the 45,000-seat Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, located in the neighbourhood of Nervión and named after a club President who served for 17 years.

History[edit]

Foundation to Civil War[edit]

Sevilla's first crest, displayed on a former player's shirt in the club museum.
Club ball in the museum.

The practice of football was introduced in Seville at the end of the 19th century by the large British expatriate population in the city, composed by owners or managers of manufacturing companies based in the capital of Andalusia. Sevilla Fútbol Club was founded on January 25, 1890 as Sevilla Foot-ball Club (in English).[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Sevilla FC was duly formed on 25 January 1890 while a group of young British, mainly Scots, along with other young men of Spanish origin celebrated Burns Night in Seville. The club’s founding document, published on the Dundee Courier’s edition of 17 March 1890, describes in full detail the formation of the club and how those young founding members decided first to play under Association Rules, secondly to bear the word “Football” within its name and thirdly, to elect their “office bearers”. The following paragraph is an extract of that article:

‘Some six weeks ago a few enthusiastic young residents of British origin met in one of the cafés for the purpose of considering a proposal that we should start an Athletic Association, the want of exercise being greatly felt by the majority of us, who are chiefly engaged in mercantile pursuits. After a deal of talk and a limited consumption of small beer, the “Club de Football de Sevilla” was duly formed and office-bearers elected. It was decided we should play Association rules (...) We were about half and half Spanish and British’

The club’s first president was the Scot Mr. Edward Farquharson Johnston (Elgin, 14 October 1854), who was the British vice-consul in Seville and co-proprietor of the firm MacAndrews & Co., ship-owners with commercial lines between Spain and UK, one of them being the transport of Seville oranges. Hugh Maccoll, another Scottish young man (Glasgow, 9 June 1861), a marine engineer who at that time had moved to Seville to work as the technical manager of Portilla White foundry, was their first captain. One of Maccoll’s partners in the Portilla White foundry in Seville, Isaias White junior, was the club’s first secretary. He was the son of an English entrepreneur who founded the aforesaid company, one of the major foundries in Spain at the end of the 19th century.

In order to celebrate the foundation of the club, Isaias White sent a letter to a recreation club in Huelva to invite them to play a football match in Seville. That letter was published by the Spanish newspape La Provincia. Although Huelva Recreation had never played together a football match, they accepted the invitation and the match took place on 8 March 1890, being thus the first official match ever played in Spain. Sevilla Football Club won that historical match by 2 to 0, being the first goal in Spanish football history scored by the Sevilla player Ritson.

In 1907 Sevilla Balompíe was founded, followed by Betis Football club in 1909, Recreativo de Sevilla and Español de Sevilla. More clubs were formed as the years passed and more competitive matches were organized between the teams, although Sevilla FC, the oldest club of the city, imposed its supremacy over the other clubs in this early period.

In 1912 the first Copa de Sevilla was played, and was won by Sevilla FC. From 1915 to 1932 the Copa Andalucia was organized by the "Federación Sur" and these championships included Sevilla FC, Real Betis Balompié, Recreativo de Huelva, Español de Cádiz and the sporadic participation of Nacional de Sevilla and Cordoba. The domination of Sevilla was so evident that of the 19 Championships of Andalusia played, 16 were won by Sevilla FC, with the three remaining being won by Español de de Cádiz, Recreativo de Huelva and Real Betis Balompíe, respectively.

In 1918 Sevilla FC participated in the "Copa de España" for the first time and became the first Andalusian team to reach the final round of the competition. In 1928, when the "Campeonato Nacional" (National League Championships) was organized, Sevilla FC was not part of the first division due to their defeat to Racing de Santander in an elimination game that was set-up to decide which of the two teams would compete in the newly formed league.

In 1918 Sevilla FC participated in the "Copa de España" for the first time and became the first Andalusian team to reach the final round of the competition. In 1928, when the "Campeonato Nacional" (National League Championships) was organized, Sevilla FC was not part of the first division due to their defeat to Racing de Santander in an elimination game that was set-up to decide which of the two teams would compete in the newly formed league.

At the end of the season 1933–34 Sevilla FC was promoted to the First Division of the "Campeonato Nacional". In 1935 they were proclaimed "Campeón de Copa" (Cup Champions) for the first time by defeating CD Sabadell and repeated in 1939 against Ferrol and again in 1948 when they beat Celta in the final. Finally, Sevilla FC won again the Cup, now King Cup in Spain, in 2007 (Sevilla 1, – Getafe, 0). The club participated in two other finals, but conceded defeat to Athletic de Bilbao in 1955 and to Real Madrid in 1962. Sevilla remained in the First Division from the season 1933–34 until 1967 when they were relegated to the Second Division, a category from which they have never been relegated.

The 1945–46 was the season one of the most important in the history of Sevilla FC, as it marks the first and only time in which the team was "Campeón de Liga" (League Champions). On four other occasions the club was proclaimed "subcampeón de Liga" (League Runner-up: 1939–40, 1942–43, 1950–51 and 1956–57). But now, 2006 and 2007 are the great seasons, Twice UEFA Cup winner (Sevilla FC, 4 – Middlesbrough, 0, in Eindhoven 2006 and Sevilla- 2- Espanyol 2 in Glasgow 2007) and Supercup winner (Sevilla FC, 3 – Barcelona, 0, in Mónaco 2006 and runner-up, against Milan, 3–1 in 2007). By IFFHS, it's the best team in the world in 2006 and 2007. It is the only club that has got this trophy two years consecutive.

The last official competition for the club is the Spanish Supercup, in 2007. Sevilla beat Real Madrid in the two legs, 1–0 at home and 3–5 in Bernabéu.

Including the present season, Sevilla FC has participated in the 65 seasons in the First Division and 13 in the Second Division, and they have never been below the Second Division. Sevilla has also participated in four European tournaments, the "Copa de Europa" (European League Winners Cup) (1957–58); Recopa (Winners Cup) (1962–63) and UEFA Cup on nine occasions (1966–67, 1970–71, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1990–91, 1995–96, 2004–05, 2005–06 and 2006–07). Sevilla plays the Uefa Champions League in 2007–08.

Currently there are more than 400 young men who are players for Sevilla FC, which includes two semi-professional teams (in Second Division A – second national category) and 12 youth teams.

Sevilla FC has always counted on having international players within its ranks to aid in the pursuit of trophies. The first of these players were Spencer and Herminio in the 1920s. Juan Arza, an international player form the 1940s was proclaimed top scorer of the Spanish League in the 1954–55 season, with 29 goals. About 30 Sevilla players have been chosen to play on the selección española (Spanish National Team) over the years.

Foreign players have always played an integral part in the success of Sevilla FC with Diego Maradona representing the most well-known among them during his spell with the club during the 1992–93 season. During the same season Sevilla FC was managed by Carlos Salvador Bilardo, a world champion manager.

Historically, Sevilla FC has fielded teams in a variety of other sports including basketball, rugby, rowing, athletics, and halterofilia or petanca. Presently, Sevilla FC counts twenty-five professional teams on its ledgers (on of these being in the second national category) and a women's football team in the Honor Division.

Sevilla FC´s stadium, Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, was inaugurated in 1958 and is one of the largest stadiums in Spain and has the honour of hosting a World Cup semi-final match during Spain '82. After its final completion the stadium had a maximum capacity of 75,000 spectators, but since its latest remodelling, the stadium has been converted to an all-seat with a covering added to the main seating area, reducing the capacity to its current count of 45,000 spectators.

First successes[edit]

Bond issue to build the new stadium (1957)
Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán's bust placed at the stadium.

Sevilla had their first spell of national success in the decade following the end of the Civil War, winning the 1945–46 La Liga title and two Copa del Rey titles. In the first season of this (1939–40), Sevilla won the cup on 25 June, beating Racing de Ferrol 6–2 in Barcelona.[11] That same season the side lost the Liga title on the last day to Atlético Madrid after drawing 3–3 against Hércules.[12] The Sevilla forward line was known as "los stukas" after a German bomber plane, and scored 216 goals over four seasons. It comprised Lopez, Torrontegui, Campanal, Raimundo, Berrocal and Pepillo.[9] [13]

In 1941 Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán left the Presidency of the club to become Manager of the Spanish Football Federation. After the leaving of Sánchez Pizjuán, Antonio Sánchez Ramos occupied temporarily the presidency up to the appointment of Jerónimo Domínguez y Pérez de Vargas, Marquess of Contadero, who was president of the club for six years until the return of Sánchez Pizjuán.[14] Sevilla was runner-up to Athletic Bilbao in the 1942–43 season and came third a season later. Sevilla won its only Liga title in 1945–46, beating Barcelona by a point.[15] Sevilla won the 1948 Copa del Rey by beating Celta Vigo 4–1 in Madrid on 4 July.[11]

The most significant signing of those years was the Spanish international striker Juan Arza. There was also the debut of the Campanal's nephew, defender Campanal II, with his uncle as trainer. In the 1950–51 season, with Campanal acting as the coach, the team was runner-up in the League, two points behind Atlético Madrid.[16] Before the 1953–54 season, Argentinean coach Helenio Herrera was hired. During his time in charge the club came 5th in the 1953–54 season, 4th in the 1954–55 and 1955–56 seasons and 2nd to Real Madrid in 1956–57.[16] In 1954 the club put the construction of the new stadium out to tender because Nervión Stadium was becoming too small for the club's fanbase. In the 1954–55 season, Arza won the Pichichi trophy with 28 goals,[17] and the team was runner-up in the Copa del Rey. In 1955, for the club's 50th anniversary, a triangular tournament was organised against the French club Stade Reims and the Swedish club IFK Norrköping, and Sevilla won overall.

On 28 October 1956 club President Sánchez-Pizjuán died suddenly. As an appreciation to the deceased leader under whose chairmanship Sevilla had won three Copas del Rey, the fans decided that the new stadium which was being planned would be named after him.[18] In the 1956–57 season the team were Liga runners-up behind Real Madrid, allowing qualification for the first time to the European Cup. Herrera left the club at the end of the season.[19] The club needed a victory on the final day of the next season to avoid relegation, but reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup before being knocked out by holders and eventual champions Real Madrid.

After the death of the president, Ramón de Carranza assumed the presidency for four years. It is said that he spoke these words at Sánchez Pizjuán's tomb:

"Dear Ramón, now your friends, among who I am honoured to be one, are going to give you Christian burial, and on the following day, giving your body to the ground, we will start working and your dream that the Sevilla FC has a grand stadium will become a reality. Ramón, go in peace to heaven because your wishes will be fulfilled."

Being true to his words, he made obligation bonds amounting to 50 million pesetas and a month and a half after Sánchez Pizjuán's death, the first stone was placed. The architect was Manuel Muñoz Monasterio, coauthor a few years before of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The stadium was opened on 7 September 1958 as Sevilla played a friendly against fellow Andalusians Real Jaén. Its first official match was on the opening day of the 1958–59 season as Sevilla beat their cross-city rivals Real Betis 4–2.[20]

Crisis and stability[edit]

Marcelo Campanal, clearing a ball in the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on 15 November 1961.

In the 1970s, Sevilla was forced into selling its best players in order to pay off debts from its new stadium: the first one was Ruiz Sosa, to Atletico de Madrid; then Francisco Gallego to Barcelona, with great anger among the fans; and the Paraguayan Agüero, to Real Madrid. Part of the adjacent land to the stadium was also sold to a bank. In the 1967–68 season Sevilla returned to the Second Division for the first time in 31 years, but were promoted back after one season. Next season, the Austrian coach Max Merkel, nicknamed "Mr. Whip" for using very severe and harsh discipline techniques and training, was hired.[21] That season the club finished third in the league. However, the club were relegated again at the end of the 1972–73 season. In 1973 Sevilla signed their first-ever black player, Gambian winger Biri Biri, from Danish club B 1901. He remained at the club until 1978 and became a cult figure, with an ultra group named after him surviving today. In the 1974–75 season, with the Argentine Roque Olsen in charge, the club returned to the First Division. In the late 1970s Sevilla signed Argentinians such as Héctor Scotta and Daniel Bertoni.[22][23]

Directed first by Miguel Muñoz and later by Manolo Cardo, the team participated in two consecutive seasons of the UEFA Cup from 1981–83. The 75th anniversary of the club was celebrated with a variety of social events and a match against the Santos of Brazil. In 1982, the FIFA World Cup was held in Spain and Sevilla's Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán was a venue for a semi-final.[24] In 1984 Eugenio Montes Cabeza finished his 11-year Presidency and was replaced by the cattle businessman Gabriel Rojas, who as vice president had made advancements on the club's stadium. In the 1985–86 season Manolo Cardo left his management position after five years in charge, while Francisco played in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Vicente Cantatore led the club to UEFA Cup qualification at the end of the 1989–90 season, with Austrian forward Toni Polster scoring a club record 33 Liga goals.[9][25] In the 1992–93 season, after several months of negotiations, world-renowned Argentinean Diego Maradona signed from Napoli for a fee of $7.5 million. His time at the club was unsuccessful and he was released, due to his injuries and problems with coach Bilardo.[26] In the following seasons Luis Aragonés became manager and finished the 1994–95 season with qualification for the UEFA Cup.

At the end of the 1994–95 season, despite the pleas of the club's directors, Sevilla were one of two clubs relegated from the top flight on reasons of administration, provoking action from fans. The action resulted in both Sevilla and Celta Vigo being returned to La Liga.[27]

These events led to an institutional instability, with the season seeing four Presidents and three managers take charge. Sevilla were relegated at the end of the 1996–97 season and returned in 1999.[28] At the beginning of the 21st century, the Presidency of the club was assumed by the popular Roberto Alés.[29] The situation of the club was at that time very delicate because the team had dropped back to the Second Division in 2000 and was weakened by retirements and sales of key players. The club then opted for a relatively unknown trainer: Joaquín Caparrós, who won the Second Division with three matches remaining in his first season at the club.[30]

Successes in the 21st century[edit]

Players and staff of Sevilla celebrating the UEFA Cup victory in 2006

In May 2002 Roberto Alés resigned as President and the Sevillian lawyer Jose Maria del Nido assumed the presidency. One of his first decisions was to confirm Caparrós as coach and Monchi as Sports Director.

On 6 October 2002 before a Seville derby against Betis in the Sánchez Pizjuán, four Sevilla fans, including a minor, assaulted a security guard. The attack was punished by Sevilla being forced to play their next four home matches behind closed doors, the longest term ever given to a La Liga side. The club finished in UEFA Cup positions in both the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons before marking their centennial in late 2005. This set up Sevilla's first-ever European triumph, the 2006 UEFA Cup Final in the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven on 10 May 2006. The club defeated English club Middlesbrough 4–0, managed by new manager Juande Ramos with the scoring opened by Brazilian forward Luís Fabiano. In the second half Italian substitute Enzo Maresca scored twice to be named Man of the Match, and Malian striker Frédéric Kanouté finished the scoring.[31]

Sevilla opened their 2006–07 season by winning the 2006 UEFA Super Cup on 25 August 2006 with a 3–0 victory over Champions League winners and compatriots Barcelona in the Stade Louis II in Monaco. The goals were scored by Renato, Kanouté and a late penalty by Maresca.[32] The season ended with a second consecutive UEFA Cup win, against fellow Spaniards Espanyol in Hampden Park, Glasgow.[33] The match went to penalties after finishing 2–2 after extra-time, and Sevilla's goalkeeper Andrés Palop saved three of Espanyol's penalties. In addition, Sevilla defeated Getafe in the 2007 Copa del Rey Final, as Kanouté scored the only goal after 11 minutes and was given a straight red card near the end. Sevilla finished third in that season's La Liga to qualify for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League. As a result of these successes, Sevilla was voted as the IFFHS Team of the Year for the second consecutive season, becoming the first club to achieve this.[34]

Sevilla won the 2008 Supercopa de España versus La Liga champions Real Madrid.[35] The season started to derail after defender Antonio Puerta suffered a heart attack on the first game of the season and died three days later on 28 August. Three days after his death Sevilla lost 3–1 to AC Milan in the 2007 UEFA Super Cup in Monaco.[36] Juande Ramos, responsible for Sevilla's recent successes, resigned as manager on 27 October to take the post at England's Tottenham Hotspur and was replaced by Sevilla Atlético manager Manolo Jiménez.[37] In spite of the issues, Sevilla advanced in first place in its Champions League group ahead of Arsenal before being knocked out in the last 16 on penalties to Fenerbahce of Turkey.

In the Summer of 2008 before Jiménez's first season as first-team manager, Dani Alves and Seydou Keita were sold to Barcelona and Christian Poulsen to Juventus. Sevilla finished third in La Liga with a club record-equalling 21 victories and a club record number of away victories.

The 2009–10 season saw a third-consecutive qualification for the Champions League. On 19 May 2010 Sevilla defeated Atlético Madrid 2–0 in the 2010 Copa del Rey Final in the Camp Nou, with goals from Diego Capel and Jesus Navas.[38][39] Navas was later a World Cup winner with the Spanish national team in July of that year. Before the 2010–11 season started, Sevilla lost to Barcelona 5–3 on aggregate in the Supercopa and were eliminated in the Champions League play-offs by Braga of Portugal.

In 2013, due to financial crisis the club were forced to sell players. The sale of Álvaro Negredo and Jesús Navas gave the club a combined €40 million, with the duo being replaced by younger players including Carlos Bacca and Kévin Gameiro. On 14 May 2014, the club defeated Benfica on penalties in the 2014 UEFA Europa League Final to claim their third triumph in the competition.[40] The following year Ivan Rakitić was sold to FC Barcelona. The club then brought players like Grzegorz Krychowiak and Éver Banega to strengthen the squad. On 27 May 2015, Sevilla went on to win the UEFA Europa League yet again by defeating Dnipro 3–2 in the final.[41] By defeating Dnipro, they became the only club to have won the Europa League four times.[42]

Board and finances[edit]

Presidency[edit]

José María del Nido, incumbent President of the club since 2003

Sevilla is governed by a presidential management system, but with a Board of Directors that discusses and approves those important decisions that must be carried out. The President is supported by a General Director and a Sport Director.[7]

Throughout its history, Sevilla have had 29 Presidents, the first being the Scot Edward Farquharson Johnston. Those who have occupied the Presidency for the longest periods have been Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Eugenio Montes Cabezas, Luis Cuervas Vilches, and José María del Nido Benavente.

In 1992, the entity became a Sporting Limited Association, following the entry into force of the law that regulated them and therefore the system of election of the President was amended from being elected by the members to be elected by the shareholders of the club.

Shareholders' meeting report[edit]

Sevilla FC held on 10 December 2009 its General Meeting of Shareholders in which a budget of revenue and expenditure for the season 2009/10 was announced amounting to 95.5 million EUR. President José María del Nido reported that the current debt of the club is 34 million Euros and that the exercise 2008–09 closed with a positive balance for almost 16 million Euros thanks to the income obtained by transfer of players. The club's own funds amounted to 44.5 million Euros.[43]

Main shareholders[edit]

  • Sevillistas de Nervion S.A. (Jose Maria del Nido, Roberto Alés, José Castro, José Martín Baena, Francisco Guijarro, and José Gómez Miñán)
  • Rafael Carrión Moreno
  • José María del Nido Benavente (main individual shareholder)
  • Sevilla FC Fan Clubs Federation "San Fernando"

Symbols[edit]

Anthems[edit]

El Arrebato, author and interpreter of the Centennial Anthem.
Sevilla FC shield mosaic located on the main façade of the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

Sevilla has two official anthems:

  • Official Anthem of Sevilla FC: This anthem dates back to the year 1983. The lyrics were written by Ángel Luis Osquiguilea de Roncales and the music was composed by Manuel Osquiguilea de Roncales.
  • Centennial Anthem of Sevilla FC: Composed in 2005 by singer Javier Labandón El Arrebato for the club's centennial, it became Spain's number one single and the second-highest selling anthem of a Spanish football club. It was also Spain's second-highest single of 2006.[44] On 9 October 2005, in the Estadio Pizjuan, El Arrebato was awarded the golden record for sales for the centennial anthem.

Crest[edit]

From its foundation, the team used a double circled crest. On the exterior circle the name of the club and the date of its foundation were written. In the interior circle, on a white background, the letters SFC were interlaced as they are on the current crest. This first crest was designed by Juan Lafita, who was a close associate of the club and was the son of the Sevillian painter José Lafita y Blanco.

The second crest was designed in 1922 by Pablo Rodríguez Blanco, who was a draftsman of the Water Company. He divided the shield in three parts and together they formed the silhouette of a heart. The three figures that appear are the Christian saints portrayed on the coat of arms of the city; Isidore of Seville, Ferdinand III of Castile and Leander of Seville. On the right side appear the initials SFC which were on the official shield from 1905 to 1922.[45] Where the three parts meet, a football of the era appears. Regarding the red and white stripes there are various theories, but it seems that the most coherent is that from the first time, the club wished that the official kit would be red and white. Another version indicates that the lower part is inspired on the flag which King Ferdinand III of Castile carried in the reconquest of Seville in 1248.[7]

Flag[edit]

The definition of Sevilla's flag is in the articles of association of 1982, which is a modification of the old ones which were formed and deposited in the Record of Associations and Sports Federations of the Higher Council of Sports. Its title 1, article 6 states that this is a distinctive emblem of the club:

The flag, which will be rectangular, divided by a diagonal line that goes from the lower left angle to the upper right angle, which divides it in two triangles, the superior is white and the inferior red.

Kit[edit]

Sevilla wore sponsored shirts for the first time in the 1986–87 season, to promote the Seville Expo '92. Previously, before the 1980–81 season, the club signed its first kit manufacturing deal with the German firm adidas. The kit is being produced by Umbro for the 2012–13 season, with Warrior Football announced as the manufacturers of the club's shirts in a five-year deal, in December 2012, starting with the 2013–14 season.[46]

Media[edit]

SFC Radio studio in the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Sevilla have several media outlets. Its radio station SFC Radio, launched in September 2004, broadcasts all day on FM and online, while its television channel SFC TV aired for the first time in the 2005–06 season with a UEFA Cup match against Zenit St Petersburg. Since 8 June 2009 the television coverage has been shown on the club website. Sevilla issue a physical and digital newspaper the day after every match and on the same day as an important one, as well as a magazine before home games The official magazine of the club is released every two months, the first issue being a free gift at a friendly against the Brazil national football team to mark the club's centennial in September 2005.

Players[edit]

For a list of all former and current Sevilla FC players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Sevilla FC footballers.

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 August 2015[47]

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 Sergio Rico
2 France DF Benoît Trémoulinas
3 France DF Adil Rami
4 Poland MF Grzegorz Krychowiak
5 France DF Timothée Kolodziejczak
6 Portugal DF Daniel Carriço
7 Denmark MF Michael Krohn-Dehli
8 Spain MF Vicente Iborra
9 France FW Kévin Gameiro
10 Spain MF José Antonio Reyes (captain)
11 Italy FW Ciro Immobile (on loan from Borussia Dortmund)
12 France MF Gaël Kakuta
13 Portugal GK Beto
No. Position Player
14 Uruguay MF Sebastián Cristóforo
15 France MF Steven N'Zonzi
16 Spain MF Luismi
17 Spain MF Denis Suárez (on loan from Barcelona)
18 Spain DF Sergio Escudero
19 Argentina MF Éver Banega
20 Spain MF Vitolo
21 Argentina DF Nicolás Pareja
22 Ukraine MF Yevhen Konoplyanka
23 Spain DF Coke (Vice-Captain)
24 Spain FW Fernando Llorente
25 Brazil DF Mariano

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. Position Player
Portugal DF Diogo Figueiras (at Genoa until 30 June 2016)
 

Coaches[edit]

Juande Ramos won two UEFA Cups as Sevilla manager from 2005 to 2007.

Sevilla's first trophy-winning manager was Ramón Encinas, who won its first Copa del Rey in 1935 and league title in 1945–46, in two separate institutions. Juande Ramos, manager from 2005 to 2007, won the club's two UEFA Cups in 2005 and 2006. The club's first foreign manager was Irishman Charles O'Hagan from 1923 to 1924. The club have only had Spanish managers since 1997, when the Argentine Carlos Bilardo left the club.

Managers[edit]

Coaching staff (2012–15)[edit]

  • Coach: Unai Emery
  • Assistant Coach:
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Javi García
  • Physical Trainers: Ignacio "Nacho" Oria

Former coaches[edit]

see also Category:Sevilla FC managers

Dates Name
1908–10 Spain Joaquín Valenzuela
1910–17 Spain Eugenio Eizaguirre
1917–21 Spain Pepe Brand
1921–23 Spain Arturo Ostos
1923–24 Republic of Ireland Charles O'Hagan
1924–27 Spain Ángel Villagrán
1927–30 Hungary Lippo Hertzka
1930–33 Spain José Quirante
1933–36 Spain Ramón Encinas
1939–41 Spain Pepe Brand
1941–42 Spain Victoriano Santos
1942 Spain Pepe Brand
1942–45 Republic of Ireland Patrick O'Connell
1945–47 Spain Ramón Encinas
1947–49 Spain Patricio Caicedo
1949–53 Spain Guillermo Campanal
1953–56 Argentina Helenio Herrera
1956–57 Spain Satur Grech
1957 Spain Guillermo Campanal
1957–58 Spain Diego Villalonga
1958 Hungary Jenő Kalmár
1958–59 Spain José Antonio Ipiña Iza
1959 Spain Guillermo Campanal
1959 Spain Ramón Encinas
1959–61 Spain Luis Miró
Dates Name
1961 Spain Diego Villalonga
1961–63 Spain Antonio Barrios
1963–64 Brazil Otto Bumbel
1964–65 Czechoslovakia Ferdinand Daučík
1965–66 Spain Ignacio Eizaguirre
1966 Spain Juan Arza
1966 Spain Sabino Barinaga
1967 Spain Juan Arza
1967–68 Spain Antonio Barrios
1968–69 Spain Juan Arza
1969–71 Austria Max Merkel
1971 Spain Diego Villalonga
1971–72 Greece Dan Georgiadis
1972 England Vic Buckingham
1972 Spain Diego Villalonga
1972–73 Spain Juan Arza
1973 Spain Salvador Artigas
1973 Austria Ernst Happel
1974–76 Argentina Roque Olsen
1976–79 Spain Luis Cid "Carriega"
1979–81 Spain Miguel Muñoz
1981–86 Spain Manolo Cardo
1986–87 Scotland Jock Wallace
1987–88 Spain Xabier Azkargorta
1989 Argentina Roque Olsen
Dates Name
1989–91 Argentina Chile Vicente Cantatore
1991–92 Uruguay Víctor Espárrago
July 1992 – June 93 Argentina Carlos Bilardo
July 1993 – June 95 Spain Luis Aragonés
July 1995 – Dec 95 Portugal Toni Oliveira
Oct 1995 – Jan 96 Spain Juan Carlos Álvarez
Jan 1996 – June 96 Uruguay Víctor Espárrago
July 1, 1996 – Feb 11, 1997 Spain José Antonio Camacho
Feb 1997 Argentina Carlos Bilardo
Feb 1997 – Oct 97 Spain Julián Rubio
Oct 1997 – Dec 97 Spain Vicente Miera
Jan 1998 Spain Juan Carlos Álvarez
Jan 1998 – Jan 99 Spain Fernando Castro Santos
Jan 1999 – March 00 Spain Marcos Alonso
March 2000 – May 00 Spain Juan Carlos Álvarez
July 1, 2000 – June 30, 2005 Spain Joaquín Caparrós
July 1, 2005 – Oct 26, 2007 Spain Juande Ramos
Oct 27, 2007 – March 23, 2010 Spain Manolo Jiménez
March 25, 2010 – Sept 26, 2010 Spain Antonio Álvarez
Sept 27, 2010 – June 30, 2011 Spain Gregorio Manzano
July 1, 2011 – Feb 6, 2012 Spain Marcelino
Feb 7, 2012 – Jan 14, 2013 Spain Míchel
Jan 14, 2013– Spain Unai Emery

Facilities[edit]

Stadium[edit]

The Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

In their first fifty years Sevilla played their home matches in various locations around Seville:[48] la Trinidad Field, the Mercantile Field, 'La Victoria' Stadium and the Estadio de Nervión.

The Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán was first planned in 1937 when land was bought near to the then-home of Sevilla in Nervión, and construction began in 1954. A contest was held for its design, won by the architect Manuel Muñoz Monasterio, who had also designed the home of Real Madrid, the Santiago Bernabeu.

The construction of the stadium was completed in the summer of 1958 and was inaugurated on 7 September of the same year, with a friendly match against Real Jaén. The East and West grandstands to the stadium were finished in 1974, under the presidency of Eugenio Montes Cabezas, and increased the stadium's capacity to 70,000. The visor, the mosaic on the main facade (by Santiago Del Campo) and the new lighting were added for the 1982 World Cup, in which it held a group game between the Soviet Union and Brazil, and a semi-final between France and West Germany.[49] The 1986 European Cup Final was held in the stadium, and won by Steaua Bucharest against Barcelona.[50] In addition, the capacity of the stadium was reduced to approximately 60,000. The last modification was made during the mid-1990s, when according to FIFA rules, all standing areas were redeveloped into seating, reducing the capacity to the present 45,500.

The Spain national football team have played 26 matches in the stadium since 1961, unbeaten with 21 wins and 5 draws.[51] To mark the club's centenary in 2005, an allegorical mosaic designed by Ben Yessef was built above the Southern gate, depicting the history of Seville. Above it, the club's badge floated in the wind.[7][52] The stadium currently houses the headquarters of the club's media, as well as an official store, club museum and trophy cabinet.

Training facilities[edit]

The sporting facilities known as "La Ciudad Deportiva" (The Sporting City) are used by the first team for training and by the reserve teams and women for matches. These facilities were inaugurated in 1974 and are located in the outskirts of the city on the road to Utrera. It has four natural grass pitches and three artificial pitches, as well as an artificial pitch for the Antonio Puerta Football School, changing rooms, gymnasium, press room, cafeteria, medical centre and a recovering room.[53]

Classification in the League Competition[edit]

Clasificacion SFC.JPG

Since the club was promoted to La Liga for the 1934–35 season, Sevilla has played all but seven seasons at this level. Sevilla won La Liga in the 1945–46 season and were runner-up four times (1939–40, 1942–43, 1950–51 and 1956–57). While the club has also made four short-lived descents to the Segunda Liga, it has twice been champion at that level.[54]

Honours[edit]

2006 IFFHS trophy as best football team in the world.

Throughout its history, Sevilla has won trophies at regional, national and European levels, and is the most successful club in Andalusia.[55] Sevilla was given permanent possession of the Copa del Rey after its 2010 victory, to celebrate Spain winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[56]

National tournaments[edit]

Winners (1): 1945–46
Runners-up (4): 1939–40, 1942–43, 1950–51, 1956–57
Winners (5): 1935, 1939, 1947–48, 2006–07, 2009–10
Runners-up (2): 1955, 1961–62
Winners (1): 2007
Runners-up (1): 2010
Winners (4): 1929, 1933–34, 1968–69, 2000–01
  • Copa Andalucía
Winners (18): 1916–17, 1918–19, 1919–20, 1920–21, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1935–36, 1938–39, 1939–40
Runners-up (3): 1915–16, 1917–18, 1927–28

International tournaments[edit]

Winners (4) – record: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2013–14, 2014–15
Winners (1): 2006
Runners-up (3): 2007, 2014, 2015

Friendly tournaments[edit]

Winners (4): 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Runners-up (1): 2010
Winners (6): 1955, 1956, 1957, 2004, 2008, 2009
Runners-up (3): 1958, 1981, 1994
Winners (2): 1964, 2004
Runners-up (2): 1961, 1979
  • Achille & Cesare Bortolotti Trophy
Winners (1): 2010
  • Ciudad de la Línea Trophy
Winners (3): 2001, 2002, 2003
Winners (4): 1946, 1954, 1960, 2011
Winners (4): 1975, 1985, 1996, 2005
Runners-up (3): 1967, 1991, 1997
  • City of Seville Trophy
Winners (7): 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1994
Winners (1): 2008
  • Trofeo de la Sal
Winners (1): 2010
  • Antonio Camacho Memorial
Winners (1): 2012
  • Costa Brava Trophy
Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (1): 2015

Other awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Medal of Andalusia (2005),[57] issued by the Junta de Andalucía.
  • Best team of the world in 2006 and 2007 according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics(IFFHS).
  • Best team as voted by the Federation of Sports Journalists of Andalucía (2006).
  • Prize for the best team of 2006 according to the Spanish Sports Press Association.[58]
  • In January 2007 Sevilla were awarded with the 15th Communication Award granted by the Seville Press Association.[59]
  • Royal Order of Sports Merit, granted by the Superior Council of Sports.[60]
  • Gold medal of the Royal Chamber of Commerce for economic-administrative management.

Gallery

Individual trophies[edit]

Spain Juan Arza (1955)
Spain Álvaro Negredo (2011), (2013)

Sports statistics[edit]

  • Updated to July 2010.

General information[edit]

Details[7]
Concept Times
Seasons in La Liga 66
Seasons in Segunda División 13
Promotions to La Liga 5
Participations in the Copa del Rey 76
Participations in European competitions 18
All-time position in La Liga 6 th
Number of international players contributed to the Spanish national football team 33

Most goals scored in League competition[edit]

Most goals scored in League competition
Match Score Season
Sevilla – Barcelona 11–1 1940–41
Sevilla – Valencia 10–3 1940–41
Sevilla – Real Oviedo 10–0 1941–42
Celta Vigo – Sevilla 1–5 1943–44
Real Madrid – Sevilla 3–5 Spanish Super Cup 2007
Racing Santander – Sevilla 1–5 2009–10
Real Betis – Sevilla 1–5 2012–13

Most goals against in the League competition[edit]

Most goals against in the League Competition
Match Score Season
Sevilla – Real Oviedo 0–5 1942–43
Sevilla – Real Madrid 0–5 1962–63.
Valencia – Sevilla 8–0 1943–44
Real Madrid – Sevilla 8–0 1958–59
Real Zaragoza – Sevilla 8–1 1987–88

Statistics in European competitions[edit]

The debut of Sevilla in European competitions took place in the 1957–58 season as a participant in that season's European Cup. Despite finishing runner-up in the league to Real Madrid, Sevilla represented Spain in the competition as Real had already qualified by winning the European Cup the season before.[61]

Statistics in European competitions
Competition M W D L GS GA Av
European Cup/UEFA Champions League 26 14 4 8 50 38 +12
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup/Europa League 98 51 23 24 101 54 +47
UEFA Super Cup 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1
Total 129 67 27 35 157 99 +58

M = Matches; W = Won; D = Drawn; L = Lost; GS = Goals scored; GA = Goals sgainst; GD = Goal difference

Most goals scored in European competitions
Match Result Season
Sevilla – Aarhus 4–0 1957–58
Sevilla – PAOK 4–0 1982–-83
Sevilla – Atromitos 4–0 2006–07
Grasshopper – Sevilla 0–4 2006–07
Middlesbrough – Sevilla 0–4 2005–06

Players[edit]

Manuel Jiménez played the most La Liga matches for Sevilla, with 354 between 1984 and 1997.

Top scorers in the history of the Club

Top scorers in the history of the Club up to season 2010/11

Player La Liga Segunda Copa del Rey Europe Other Goals
1 Spain Campanal I 101 75 42 0 0 218
2 Spain Juan Arza 182 0 25 0 0 207
3 Spain Juan Araujo 139 0 19 0 0 158
4 Mali Frédéric Kanouté 89 0 14 28 5 136
5 Brazil Luís Fabiano 72 0 14 19 2 107

Most official appearances

Player La Liga Segunda Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
1 Spain Juan Arza 349 0 60 5 0 414
Spain Pablo José Blanco 260 82 64 7 0 413
3 Spain Manuel Jiménez 354 0 45 9 0 408
4 Spain Campanal II 349 0 49 5 0 403
5 Spain José María Busto 339 0 57 3 1 400
7 Spain Jesús Navas 286 0 47 58 4 395
6 Spain Rafael Paz 340 0 36 8 0 384
8 Spain Francisco Sanjosé 238 65 56 3 0 362
9 Spain Antonio Álvarez Giráldez 296 1 53 8 0 358

Affiliated teams[edit]

The 2009 rowing regatta between Sevilla and Real Betis in the Guadalquivir.

Sevilla's B team, Sevilla Atlético, was founded in 1958 and currently plays in the Segunda B, the third tier of Spanish football. Graduates from it to Sevilla's first team include Sergio Ramos and Jesus Navas, members of the Spain squad which won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012. Sevilla FC C, founded in 2003, compete in the fourth tier of Spanish football, the Tercera División, having risen with four consecutive promotions from provincial and regional leagues.

Sevilla's women's team play in the top-flight of Spanish women's football, the Super Liga, and currently play their home games at the main club's training pitch, the José Ramón Cisneros Palacios. Sevilla acquired the women's club from CD Hispalis in 2004, and the club had its greatest success in the 2005–06 season as it came runner-up in the Super Liga and the national cup.

Since its foundation for the 2007–08 season, the Spanish indoor football league has included a Sevilla veterans' team. Sevilla FC Puerto Rico, of Juncos, is a Puerto Rican football club of the Puerto Rico Soccer League. The side affiliated to Sevilla in 2008, and share a similar badge and kit. Since 2008, Sevilla has been one of two Spanish clubs (the other being Atletico Madrid, to compete in Superleague Formula, in which cars endorsed by professional football clubs compete in races across the world.

The Sevilla-Betis regatta is an annual rowing competition in Seville's Guadalquivir river, held since 1960. Different categories of boats represent Sevilla and its cross-city rival Real Betis. Sevilla have won on 30 of the 47 regattas.

Support[edit]

Fans[edit]

According to research from the Centre of Sociological Investigations (CIS) in May 2007, Sevilla is the eighth-most supported club in Spain with 2.3% of the nation's football fans (compared to 32.8% for the most popular, Real Madrid). Their city rivals Real Betis possess 3.3% of the nation's support.

Since Sevilla became Sporting Limited Association, the concept of membership disappeared. Only the shareholders can take part in the decisions of the club according to the percentage of the capital that they hold. The minority shareholders of the club are organised in a federation that represents them in the General Meeting of Shareholders that the club celebrates every year.

People who are traditionally referred to as members are currently fans who purchase a yearly season ticket which allows them to attend all home matches that season. Sometimes these members enjoy some specific advantages over the rest of the fans.

Fan clubs[edit]

Sevilla's fan clubs are mainly concentrated in the city of Seville, its province and the rest of Andalusia. The presence of fan clubs in other autonomous communities is greatest in Catalonia and Extremadura. Most of them are integrated into the "San Fernando Fan Clubs Federation" (Federation de Peñas Sevillistas "San Fernando"), which, according to its statutes, is totally independent from the directive board of the club, having its own board and not being intervened.

Ultras[edit]

Biris Norte's banner at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

The Biris Norte is an organised group of ultra supporters located in the North grandstand of the Stadium Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. The group's name comes from the Gambian player Alhaji Momodo Njle, nicknamed Biri Biri, who became very popular amongst the Sevilla FC fans in the 1970s. The "Biris Norte" was created in the 1974–75, and is one of the oldest groups of Ultra fans in Spain.

Rivalries[edit]

See also: Seville derby

Sevilla compete in the Seville derby against their cross-city rivals Real Betis. The two played each other for the first time on 8 October 1915 in a match won 4–3 by Sevilla. The game is considered as one of the most important derbies in Spanish football.

European record[edit]

European Cup / UEFA Champions League[edit]

European Cup / UEFA Champions League
Season Round Rival Home Away Agg.
1957–58 Qualifying Round Portugal Benfica 3–1 0–0 3–1
Round of 16 Denmark AGF Aarhus 4–0 2–0 4–2
Quarterfinals Spain Real Madrid 2–2 8–0 10–2
2007–08 Third Qualifying Round Greece AEK Athens 2–0 1–4 6–1
Group Stage
(Group H)
England Arsenal 3–1 3–0 1st
Czech Republic Slavia Prague 4–2 0–3
Romania Steaua București 2–1 0–2
Round of 16 Turkey Fenerbahçe 3–2 (a.e.t.) 3–2 5–5 (2–3 p.)
2009–10 Group Stage
(Group G)
Romania Unirea Urziceni 2–0 1–0 1st
Scotland Rangers 1–0 1–4
Germany Stuttgart 1–1 1–3
Round of 16 Russia CSKA Moscow 1–2 1–1 3–2
2010–11 Fourth Qualifying Round Portugal Braga 3–4 1–0 5–3

UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League[edit]

UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
Season Round Rival Home Away Agg.
1982–83 Round of 64 Bulgaria Levski Sofia 3–1 0–3 6–1
Round of 32 Greece PAOK 4–0 2–0 2–4
Round of 16 West Germany Kaiserslautern 1–0 0–4 1–4
1983–84 Round of 64 Portugal Sporting CP 1–1 3–2 3–4
1990–91 Round of 64 Greece PAOK Thessaloniki 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.) 0–0 (3–4 p.)
Round of 32 Soviet Union Torpedo Moscow 2–1 3–1 4–3
1995–96 Round of 64 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv 2–0 1–1 3–1
Round of 32 Greece Olympiacos 1–0 2–1 (a.e.t.) 2–2 (a)
Round of 16 Spain Barcelona 1–1 3–1 2–4
2004–05 Third Qualifying Round Portugal Nacional 2–0 1–2 4–1
Group Stage
(Group H)
Germany Alemannia Aachen 2–0 2nd
Russia Zenit 1–1
Greece AEK Athens 3–2
France Lille 1–0
Round of 32 Greece Panathinaikos 2–0 1–0 1–2
Round of 16 Italy Parma 0–0 1–0 0–1
2005–06 Third Qualifying Round Germany Mainz 0–0 0–2 2–0
Group Stage
(Group H)
Turkey Beşiktaş 3–0 1st
Russia Zenit 2–1
Portugal Vitória Guimarães 3–1
England Bolton 1–1
Round of 32 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 2–0 0–1 0–3
Round of 16 France Lille 2–0 1–0 1–2
Quarterfinals Russia Zenit 4–1 1–1 5–2
Semifinals Germany Schalke 04 1–0 (a.e.t.) 0–0 0–1
Final England Middlesbrough 0–4
2006–07 Third Qualifying Round Greece Atromitos 4–0 1–2 1–6
Group Stage
(Group C)
Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 0–0 2nd
Portugal Braga 2–0
Switzerland Grasshoppers 0–4
Netherlands AZ 1–1
Round of 32 Romania Steaua București 1–0 0–2 0–3
Round of 16 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2–2 2–3 (a.e.t.) 5–4
Quarterfinals England Tottenham 2–1 2–2 4–3
Semifinals Spain Osasuna 2–0 1–0 1–2
Final Spain Espanyol 2–2 (a.e.t.) (1–3 p.)
2008–09 Third Qualifying Round Austria Salzburg 2–0 0–2 4–0
Group Stage
(Group C)
Germany Stuttgart 2–0 4th
Belgium Standard Liège 1–0
Serbia Partizan Beograd 3–0
Italy Sampdoria 1–0
2010–11 Group Stage
(Group J)
France Paris Saint-Germain 0–1 4–2 2nd
Germany Borussia Dortmund 2–2 0–1
Ukraine Karpaty Lviv 4–0 0–1
Round of 32 Portugal Porto 1–2 0–1 2–2 (a)
2011–12 Fourth Qualifying Round Germany Hannover 1–1 2–1 3–2
2013–14 Third Qualifying Round Montenegro Mladost Podgorica 3–0 1–6 9–1
Fourth Qualifying Round Poland Śląsk Wrocław 4–1 0–5 9–1
Group Stage
(Group H)
Portugal Estoril 1–1 1–2 1st
Germany Freiburg 2–0 0–2
Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 1–1 1–1
Round of 32 Slovenia Maribor 2–1 2–2 3–4
Round of 16 Spain Real Betis 0–2 0–2 2–2 (3–4 p.)
Quarterfinals Portugal Porto 4–1 1–0 2–4
Semifinals Spain Valencia 2–0 3–1 3–3 (a)
Final Portugal Benfica 0–0 (a.e.t.) (4–2 p.)
2014–15 Group Stage
(Group G)
Netherlands Feyenoord 2–0 2–0 2nd
Croatia Rijeka 1–0 2–2
Belgium Standard Liège 3–1 0–0
Round of 32 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–0 2–3 4–2
Round of 16 Spain Villarreal 2–1 1–3 2–5
Quarterfinals Russia Zenit 2–1 2–2 4–3
Semifinals Italy Fiorentina 3–0 0–2 5–0
Final Ukraine Dnipro 2–3

UEFA Super Cup[edit]

UEFA Super Cup
Edition Rival Score
Monaco 2006 Spain Barcelona 0–3
Monaco 2007 Italy Milan 3–1
Wales 2014 Spain Real Madrid 0–2
Georgia (country) 2015 Spain Barcelona 4-5 (a.e.t.)

European Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official websites