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About Sevilla FC

Sevilla Fútbol Club S.A.D. is a Spain professional football (soccer) club that plays in the top-flight Spanish La Liga championship. The club was established on October 14 1905, making it the oldest football club from Seville, and the second oldest from Andalusia.

History

The early years (1905–1948)

On 15 October 1905, the Civil Governor of Seville officially announced the creation of Sevilla FC. The first president of the club was D. José Luis Gallegos. In 1890, the team played its first official game, and the first official game in Spain against Recreativo Huelva. In 1914, the team won its first Copa de Sevilla (Seville Cup). In 1935, Seville won the first of its Copa del Rey trophies, beating CE Sabadell FC 3-0. After the Spanish Civil War, Sevilla won the first Copa del Rey (the second Spanish Cup win of the club), beating Racing de Ferrol by a score of 6-2.

The 1939-40 season also brought Sevilla very close to its first La Liga championship. The league had just returned to action after the Spanish Civil War, and Sevilla had some astounding games, beating FC Barcelona 11-1, Valencia CF 10-3 and Hércules CF 8-3. However, in the last game of the season, Sevilla could only manage to tie Hércules 3-3, thus giving the title to Atlético Madrid. In 1942-43, Sevilla took second place in the league again but fell to third the next year. After a transitional year in 1945-46, Sevilla won its first and only La Liga title, due mainly to the mercurial talent (striker) Oliver Ward, who managed to notch up an impressive 29 goal tally. In 1948, Sevilla captured its last Copa del Rey for the next 59 years, defeating Celta de Vigo 4-1 at the Estadio Chamartín. Sevilla are the only club to have beaten Real Madrid more times than any other team in La Liga, a record of 72 times.

The second half of the 20th century

Sevilla opened up its new Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan stadium in 1958 with a draw vs Real Jaen (3-3).

In the 60's, Sevilla started a decline to mid-table and after the 1967-68 season, Sevilla was sent down to the Spanish second division but returned to the top flight a year later.
After another a brief drop and return in the early seventies, Sevilla remained firmly in the middle of the table until the 1996-97, when the club was sent down again.
Another return to La Liga was followed immediately by a last place finish in 1999-00, in which Sevilla managed to scrape together only 28 points on the season.

A new resurgence (2000–present)

Under new coach Joaquín Caparrós, Sevilla won the second division title in 2000-01.
New team president José María del Nido brought fiscal order to Seville, selling its homegrown superstar José Antonio Reyes to Arsenal F.C. in January 2004 for a €25 million (£10.5 million) fee.
In that season (2003-04), not only did Sevilla reach the semifinals of the Copa del Rey after more than 20 years (where it fell 2-1 to Real Madrid), but the team managed to qualify for Europe by placing sixth in the league and earning a ticket for the 2004-05 UEFA Cup.

The 2005–2006 UEFA Cup

Having finished 6th in the La Liga 2004–05 season, Sevilla secured a place in the first round of the UEFA Cup 2005-06. After advancing through the first round and the group stage of competition, Seville beat Russian side FC Lokomotiv Moscow
to advance to the round of 16. On 9 March, Sevilla lost 1-0 to France club Lille OSC in the first leg of their home-and-away match,
but, on 15 March at home in Seville's 50th game in European competition, Sevilla won 2-0 to advance to the quarter-finals.
In these matches, which took place against FC Zenit St. Petersburg on 30 March, and 6 April 2006, Sevilla won 5-2 on aggregate and advanced to the semi-finals.

In the semis, Seville knocked out the strong German side FC Schalke 04 after 180 goalless minutes, with Antonio Puerta scoring the decisive goal in extra time of the return leg. That goal was called by the fans "el gol que nos cambió la vida" - "the goal that changed our lives", because thanks to it, Sevilla played their first European final.
On 10 May 2006, in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final, Sevilla broke a 58 year drought on trophies and became the first Andalusian team to win a European final. Sevilla defeated Middlesbrough F.C. 4-0 in Eindhoven to win the their first UEFA Cup with the largest margin of victory in a UEFA Cup final. One goal came from Luís Fabiano, two from Enzo Maresca, and one by Frédéric Kanouté.
At that time, Sevilla was the only European team which had played in the three major competitions (the European Cup, Cup Winner's Cup and UEFA Cup) and had never lost any game (out of 27) when playing on their home stadium until they lost to AZ (football club) in 14 December 2006.

2006 UEFA Super Cup

Having convincingly won the 2005-06 UEFA Cup, Sevilla booked a place in 2006 European Super Cup, a one-off game which pits the UEFA Cup winners and the Champions League winners of the previous year against one another. At the Stade Louis II in Monaco on 25 August 2006, Sevilla beat the UEFA Champions League title-holders and league champions FC Barcelona 3-0, thanks an early goal by Brazilian Renato Dirnei, a goal just before the half by Kanouté, and a penalty converted by Maresca in the second half stoppage time, to pick up its second European trophy (their second in just three months).

The 2006–07 UEFA Cup

Sevilla finished 5th in La Liga in the La Liga 2005–06 season, and by virtue of this (and also by having won the competition the previous year), Sevilla qualified for the first round of the UEFA Cup 2006-07. Seville won that matchup against the Greek side Atromitos and proceeded into the group stage of the competition, where the Andalusian side finished second in the group of five. In the knockout stage that followed this, Sevilla emerged victorious against FC Steaua Bucureşti, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham Hotspur F.C., and CA Osasuna to qualify for its second consecutive UEFA Cup final. Sevilla almost didn't survive the last 16 clash with Shaktar Donetsk, in which Sevilla's keeper Andrés Palop scored off a header in injury time to force extra-time against the Ukrainian side. Sevilla ended up winning the game, beating Shaktar 5-4 on aggregate.
On 16 May 2007, in the final held in Glasgow, Scotland, Sevilla defeated fellow Spanish side RCD Espanyol on penalties (regular time score 2-2), for its second consecutive UEFA Cup title. Sevilla became only the second team to successfully defend the competition title, following Real Madrid C.F., who achieved this feat in 1985 and 1986.

The 2006–2007 Copa del Rey and 2007 Supercopa de España

After almost sixty years without having raised a Spanish trophy, Sevilla won the Copa del Rey 2006/2007, beating Getafe CF 1-0 in the final. A Kanouté goal in the 12th minute was enough to end Getafe's surprising run in the Copa del Rey.
Victory in the Copa del Rey qualified Sevilla for the 2007 Supercopa de España (Spanish Super Cup), a two-legged (home and away) final in which the winners of La Liga play the winners of the Copa del Rey. In August 2007, Sevilla played La Liga champions Real Madrid. Sevilla took a 1-0 lead from the home leg, played on 12 August 2007, and the teams played the return leg in Madrid the next week. Seville won this match 5-3, giving them a 6-3 aggregate victory -- the team's fifth trophy in 15 months.

Antonio Puerta

On the first day of the La Liga 2007-08, Sevilla were playing Getafe CF when Antonio Puerta began walking towards his goal area, fell to the ground, placed his hands on his knees, and collapsed onto his back. Ivica Dragutinović and Sevilla medical staff came to aid him to make sure of him not swallowing his tongue. He was revived and substituted. In the dressing room afterwards, he collapsed again. He was hospitalized and after three days in hospital (in which he was in a 'critical condition' and his health was 'unfavourable') reports came from the Spanish media that Puerta had died. These reports were later confirmed.

As a mark of respect for his passing, players from Sevilla and A.C. Milan printed "Puerta" on their shirts during the European Super Cup match on 31 August 2007. Furthermore, as Milan went on to win the match 3-1, no jubilation was done as a sign of respect for the grief sustained by Sevilla, as the win was dedicated to Puerta. Sevilla intended to retire the number "16" shirt as a sign of respect of Puerta but RFEF rules require La Liga clubs to use the numbers 1 to 25 for their regular squad. Instead, Puerta's good friend David Prieto was given the number 16 shirt. Sevilla also ordered one minute of silence before each match in their Liga season 2007-08.When Sevilla are playing at home the Sevilla fans shows respect to Puerta by claping throughout the 16th minute(Puerta's nummer 16)

End of the Ramos era

On 26 October 2007, Juande Ramos, Sevilla manager between 2005-07, resigned from his duties in order to join the North London outfit Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. The England press claimed that Ramos has already agreed to a four-year deal with the English club worth €36 million (£25 million). Marcos Álvarez, the club's fitness coach, also resigned, and Manuel Jimenez Jimenez, the head coach of the reserve team Sevilla Atlético, became the caretaker manager.

The Seville derby

In 1909, disagreement among some majority of the board of directors led to a split from which the Betis team was born; later in 1914 Real Betis was founded from the union of Betis FC and Sevilla Balompié.

On 8 October 1915, the first Sevilla-Betis derby took place, ending with a 4-3 Sevilla victory. The cross-town rivalry is considered one of the most violent and the most important Local derby Spain. As of the 2006/2007 season, 77 Sevilla derbies have been played in La Liga, of which Sevilla won 35, Real Betis won 26, and 16 ended in a draw.

During a quarterfinal match of the Copa del Rey on 28 February 2007, at Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, the game had to be suspended due to improper fan conduct on behalf of Real Betis. In the 60th minute a Real Betis supporter threw a projectile at then Sevilla manager Juande Ramos' head, subsequently knocking him out. Ramos' unconscious body had to be removed from the pitch on a stretcher to which the Sevilla FC footballers responded by abandoning the pitch in protest of this outburst of fan violence. As a result of the disgraceful behavior of their fans, Real Betis were condemned to their next 3 home matches being played in another venue by the Spanish Football Federation.
Sevilla win the eliminatory and later won the Copa del Rey in Madrid. (Sevilla 1-0 Getafe), a bitter pill for Real Betis supporters to swallow during their centenary year as a club.

After 13 years of futility, on the 7 February, 2009, Real Betis finally was able to beat Sevilla in their home stadium, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, by the narrowest of margins in a 1-2 victory for the visitors. However, despite this match, Sevilla FC would go on to finish 3rd in the table, qualifying for its second UEFA Champions League berth, while Real Betis would go on to finish 18th in the table, being relegated to Spain's second division.

Club information

Organisation

Sevilla is owned by its fan (aficionado)s, with the stocks distributed across a few major holders and a large base of fans. The club supports one of the most renowned training academies in the country, which has produced many famous players.

Sevilla has also promoted innovations, such as a school of Sport psychology, who provide support for the younger as well as the professional players, and also more recently sports nutrition and medicine. Another recent success for Sevilla FC has been the establishment of its own radio station, "Sevilla FC Radio" (the first of its kind in Spain), their own local tv channel, "SFC TV", as well as other official media.

Stadium

Sevilla FC's stadium is named after its former president Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán and has a spectator capacity of 45,500. The stadium is located in the neighborhood of Nervión Seville. Sevilla's performance in La Liga in the last few seasons has led to an increase in the number of season ticket holders, making it necessary to create a waiting list for tickets.

Kit

The team wears white, with red-striped sleeves and black socks, for home games and red, with white-striped sleeves,for away games. Their kit is provided by the sports clothing and equipment manufacturer Joma.

Biris

Some fans of the team (those who stand in of the north end of the stadium) call themselves Biris. They got their name from Alhaji Momodo Nije, who was nicknamed Biri-Biri. Alhaji, a Gambian player known for his intensity and mercurial nature, was so popular with the Sevilla fans that the most loyal fans named their cheering section (and thus, themselves) after him. They are also the oldest football fan group in Spain.

Affiliations

The clubs reserves Sevilla Atlético play in the Segunda Division B. The club is also affiliated to Sevilla FC (Puerto Rico), a team playing in the Puerto Rico Soccer League.

Honours

Before the Spanish national competitions started, Sevilla also won 17 Andalusian Championships, and were crowned twice as Champions of Sevilla.

- La Liga (1): La Liga 1945-46

- Copa del Rey (4): 1934/35, 1938/39, 1947/48, Copa del Rey 2006-07

- Supercopa de España (1): 2007 Supercopa de España

- UEFA Cup (2): UEFA Cup 2005-06, UEFA Cup 2006-07

- UEFA Super Cup (1): 2006 UEFA Super Cup

- Segunda División (4): Segunda División 1929, Segunda División 1933-34, Segunda División 1968-69, Segunda División 2000-01

- For recent squad changes, see List of Spanish football transfers summer 2009.



Out on loan



Foreign players



- Ivica Dragutinović
- Federico Fazio
- Adriano Correia Claro
- Luís Fabiano
- Renato Dirnei Florêncio
- Frédéric Kanouté
- Arouna Koné
- Javier Chevantón
- Lautaro Acosta

Notable players

see

Coaches



- Carlos Bilardo
- Helenio Herrera
- Max Merkel
- Arsalane Youssef
- Vicente Cantatore
- Fernando Daucik
- Patrick O'Connell (1887-1959)
- Jenő Kálmár
- Jock Wallace

- Joaquín Caparrós
- Luis Aragonés
- Miguel Muñoz
- José Antonio Camacho
- Juan de la Cruz Ramos Cano
- Manuel Jiménez Jiménez

see also

Sevilla FC reserves

- Sevilla Atlético, will play the 2009/10 season in Segunda División B.
- Sevilla FC C, will play the 2009/10 in Tercera División.




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