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Sevilla Football Club is the oldest football team in Seville. It was officially founded on the 25th of January, 1890 but was formally registered as a football club on the 14th of October 1905, fifteen years after its founding date.
It is among the top two oldest clubs in Spain. Sevilla shares that accolade with Recreativo de Huelva, which was the first football club to be formed in Spain.
Both clubs made history by being the first clubs that played against each other in the first football match in Spain. Sevilla emerged victors after beating their opponents by two goals to nil. The match was played on a horse-racing track as rain poured down slowly with about 150 fans watching on.
Today, the club plays at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium that commands a capacity exceeding 42,000 fans. The stadium is named after Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, the president who ran the club for 17 years and led them to their most successful period as a footballing club, which included winning their only La Liga win.
Sanchez Pizjuan died in 1956 aged 56, while the club was involved in constructing a new stadium. It was decided that the new stadium would be named after the former club’s president.
In its nearly 130 years of existence, the club has proceeded to win the La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Europa League on numerous occasions.
The club won the La Liga once in 1946, pipping giants Barcelona to the title by one point.
Sevilla has won an additional five Spanish cups, five Europa League titles, one European Super Cup, and a Spanish Super Cup. Sevilla ranks fifth in terms of international titles won, coming behind Valencia, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona.
37 Spanish players from Sevilla have received call ups to the Spanish national team. Sevilla players were included in the Spanish squads that won the 2010 World Cup and Euros 2012 respectively. However, the player many people involved with the club considered to be their most celebrated player is Gambian former striker, Alhaji Momodo Nijie. Also known as Biri Biri, Alhaji was the first African player to play for Sevilla back in 1973 and stayed at the club for five years.
Things were not always rosy for the club as a financial crisis during the 1970s saw the club get relegated and promoted multiple times until the 2000s when they regained some stability.
The new millennium came with some positive changes for the club such as the appointment of Juande Ramos who took over at the club as head coach.
Under the leadership of Ramos, the club returned to the international football stage by winning two UEFA Cups back to back in 2006 and 2007. The phenomenal achievement saw the club voted the best team in those two years by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.
In 2008 and 2010, the club won the Copa Del Rey and later shocked the football community even further by winning three Europa League titles consecutively in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Those achievements saw the club recognised as the most successful club in the history of the Europa League.