Derby matches in Andalucia (part 1): Missionaries from the land of fog

There’re few people who still believe that Sevilla is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe because of the unique sound that it brings.

It is not a city that is truly magnificent or so rich, but the capital of Andalusia brings in a very special and passionate beauty, from the streets, the ancient church was built Moorish architecture has appeared thousands of years ago, until the pace of life filled with the endless fascination of the people of Sevilla next to the river Guadalquivir gentle, with the afternoon wildly and the battle. Bullfighting, with the flamenco dance under the bright Mediterranean sun. And more than that, it’s the specialty that turns Sevilla into another world, a strange land and nothing like anything in life, it’s a Sevilla derby, between the two teams despite the coexistence. in a city but has, and will never be able to stand a trench together, Sevilla and Real Betis.

It would be unfair to think of Spanish football through the likes of El Clasico, the Madrid derby, the Basque derby (Bilbao vs Sociedad) or the Valencia derby (Villarreal vs Valencia). In fact, the “derby” nature of the encounter between Sevilla and Real Betis is not inferior, even more explosive and far more intense than the other fights in the Iberian Peninsula.


By the end of the 19th century, the number of Britons living in Sevilla was relatively high. Over time, the football-themed football game, which has its roots in the Anglesey, has gradually gained prominence in the life of the Sevilla. In 1905, a team of engineers and businessmen, including English and Spaniards, decided to form the Sevilla club, the first official team representing the capital of Andalucia.

In the early stages, Sevilla FC was quite active. Even so, most of the time the team was just doing a single task, playing matches against the British sailors each time they reached Sevilla. One of the most popular venues of most of these “semi-international, half-amateur” matches is the Tablada Racecourse. It was not until 1909 that Sevilla won the first official match in the encounter with another Andalusian club, Recreativo de Huelva.

This period also saw the birth of two teams, the first being the Sevilla Balompi, founded by a group of students at the Polytechnic Academy in 1907. Less than two years later, an internal debate The match took place in Sevilla and two staff members decided to go to set up a new club, which is Betis. In August 1914, Betis merged with Sevilla Balompie and created Real Betis Balompie. This is also an important milestone for the “El derbi de Sevilla” which became the irreplaceable specialty of the Andalucia capital.

The difference is also apparent when Sevilla represents upper class people, well-off in Spanish society, and Betis is the team carrying the flag of the working class, boats and salaried workers in general.


Until now, both clubs have not agreed on the first match between the two teams. The sevillists believe they have overtaken their first-ever rival in October 1914 after a triumphant 3-0 win. Meanwhile, Betis fans, the beticos, claimed they were the winners of the first derby in 1915, thanks to a single goal.

On February 8, 1915, the first official derby took place with a 4-3 win over Sevilla, but the most impressive was the violent crackdown between the two players The latter became the identity of the matches between Sevilla and Betis.

In terms of titles, including domestic and international, Betis certainly can not match with Sevilla. However, fans of Estadio Benito Villamarin are extremely proud of being the first club in Andalucia to win the La Liga title, the 1934/35 season. It was not until 11 years later that Sevilla did the same. And until now, this is also the only two La Liga championships that these teams have won.

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