Throughout its history Betis has spent most seasons in the top division, although regularly dropping into the second division and for one stretch the third.
While the club won the league title in 1934-1935, the highlight of the club in recent history was when they beat Osasuna to take the Copa del Rey in 2005.
Based in Sevilla, Real Betis Balonpié was formed in 1914 from the merger of Sevilla Balompié and Betis Football Club. The former was formed in 1907 as Sevilla’s second football club (Balompié means football in Spanish, although futbol is more usually used), while Betis FC was formed after a split within Sevilla FC in 1909.
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Originally named Betis Balonpié, the club received royal patronage in 1914 when it appended Real (Royal) to the name. Like all Spanish clubs the royal prefix was dropped during the Second Republic (1931-1939) only to be reinstated at the end of the Spanish Civil War.
Betis first achieved promotion to the first division in 1932 and under Irish coach Patrick O’Connell won la liga for the one and only time in 1935, beating Madrid by just one point. However, financial problem meant that most of the league winning squad left and the club went into decline.
The Civil War interrupted the Spanish league between 1936 and 1939 but in the first season after resuming Betis was relegated. For six of the following seven seasons Betis remained in the second division until, in 1947, the club was further relegated into the third division, where they stayed until 1954.
After four seasons in the second division, Betis once again finished head of the table and were promoted once again to the first division. The club since has gone through periods of relegation of up to three successive seasons, but has spent most seasons in the first division. The most recent demotions were for two seasons in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 and then at the end of the 2013-2014 season when they finished last in the table, winning just six matches during the season.
Benito Villamarín stadium
Betis play at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville, which dates back to 1929, although it has been twice renovated in 1982 and 2000. The stadium was constructed for the 1929 Ibero-American trade fair, although the club used their original stadium, Campo del Patronato Obrero, until moving to the new stadium after the Spanish Civil War.