Spotlight: Real Betis’s recent upsurge in Spain

Tifo Football
September 4, 2018

Real Betis emerged victorious from the Seville derby on Sunday night, with Joaquin’s header enough to see them past ten-man Sevilla at Estadio Benito VillamarĂ­n.

Only after the pre-game anthem though, which will be new to most English fans but remains one of the most affecting in the whole of Europe.

Ultimately it was a victory which owed much to Roque Mesa’s questionable red card, but it was symbolic nonetheless. Most obviously because of the scorer of the only goal, Joaquin is a club institution and bona fide local hero, but it was also reward for the recent evolution under Quique Setien – and an extension of their fine 2017-18 season, which Callum Rice-Coates wrote about back in May:

Betis and Quique Setien stride up the mountain

Our YouTube channel has also been busy with Betis, producing this video in January which explained the tactics behind Setien’s success.

Finally – and most recently – Tifo Football also examined the impact on the club of Lorenzo Serra Ferrer’s return to the club as sporting director. It’s led to a fascinating series of developments, characterised by the swift dismantling of last year’s squad, a brutal summer cull, and an unprecented level of transfer-market ambition.

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