Although it enjoys nowhere near the support of Real Madrid or FC Barcelona, Sevilla FC is still one of the best supported teams in Spain. Founded in 1905, it is also the seventh most successful team in Spanish football, having won the league title once and the Copa del Rey five times.
Despite the age of the club, Sevilla failed to qualify for the first division of La Liga when it was formed in 1929 after being eliminated by Real Sociedad. They eventually made it into the first tier of Spanish football in 1934.
About Sevilla FC
Football was introduced to Seville at the end of the nineteenth century by expat owners and managers of British manufacturing companies based in the city. Sevilla FC was founded by expat and local players to play against visiting British sailors.
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Sevilla has won the league title only once, in the 1945-46 season, but has won the Copa del Rey a total of five times. They also won the UEFA Cup back-to-back in 2006 and 2007 and the UEFA Supercup in 2006, in which they beat that year’s Champions League titleholder FC Barcelona.
Sevilla’s great local rivalry is with Betis, against who they play the Seville derby and the team against which they played some of their earliest matches. Since first qualifying for Spain’s top division Sevilla has suffered relegation four times, most recently at the end of the 1990s after which they were promoted to the first division again after winning the second division title at the end of the 200-2001 season.
Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium
Sevilla plays at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, named after the president oversaw the club win the Copa del Rey three times and who died suddenly in 1956. The stadium holds 45,000 spectators and was the venue where Germany played France in the semi-final of the 1982 World Cup.
Planned since the mid-1930s, construction commenced between 1954 and 1958, with the first match being a friendly against Real Jaén, although the first official match was against city rival Betis on the first day of the 1958-1959 season in which Sevilla beat Betis 4-2. However, the club went into serious debt to pay for the stadium and in the early 1960s was forced into selling off its best players.