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Real Betis, also known as merely Betis, is a football club that is based in Andalusia, a community in Seville. The club was founded in 1907 and played in La Liga. Home games for the team are played in the southern part of the city at Estadio Benito Villamrin.
This Spanish football club won its first league title in the mid-1930s, and it won the Copa del Ray in the mid-1970s. The team won another Copa del Ray title in 2005. Even though the team has a history that has been tumultuous at times, the players live by the team’s motto,” Viva el Betis marque pierda”. Loosely translated, it means Long live Real Betis, even when the team loses.
‘Betis’ is a word that originates from the Roman name for Guadalquivir River, Baetis. It is a river that flows through the city of Seville.
The word ‘Real’ was included in 1914 once the club was able to receive its royal support from King Alfonso XIII.
The team has a local rival, Seville FC, and it was this football club that was the first one in the region. Seville FC was founded in 1905, and there was a secondary club by the name of Seville Balompie that was established two years later in 1907.
After splitting from Seville FC, there was another club that formed soon after. It was called Betis Football Club, and in 1914, it merged with Seville Balompie. After the club received the royal patronage, its name was changed to Real Betis Balompie.
While the Spanish Second Republic was occurring, all organizations had their royal patronages nulled and voided. After this happened, the football club was known only Betis Balompie. Once the Spanish Civil War was over, the club reverted to its original name.
The team has had several dark periods throughout history with the most recognizable one being the season it was relegated down to the Tercera Division.
However, the football club achieved even greater heights when it was under the management of Lorenzo Serra Ferrer. The team regained its top-flight position during the 1994-95 season.
As of August 2019, the current squad consist of players such as:
- Joel Robles
- Marc Bartra
- Zouhair Feddal
- Nabil Fekir
- Borja Iglesias
It is important to note that even though players may hold several non-FIFA nationalities, the reserve team also has several prominent players such as:
- Daniel Rebollo
- Carlos Marin
- Edgar Gonzalez
Several players are out on loan including:
- Victor Camarasa
- Julio Garcia
- Giovani Lo Celso
- Juanjo Narvaez
Real Betis has also snagged several honours over the decades. From being the winner of the La Liga in 1934-35 to winning the Copa del Rey twice. The team has proven time and again that despite any challenges it may face, the players as a group will remain strong. The football club also has the support of its loyal fans, many of who refer to themselves as Beticos.