Since Angel Haro and Jose Catalan were voted in they’ve had an agenda of change and model of restructuring they want to implement to bring this grand club up to date and into the 21st century. We’ve recently had the deal to create Real Betis’ first basketball team after the club decided to rescue the suffering CB Sevilla team. We’ve also had the installation of Betis TV and even the demolition of Gol Sur in anticipation of a bigger and better stand.
Change is also afoot within the management system. In the next few weeks, the club will make a series of changes within their professional management structure with the idea to modernise the club and take us to the next level.
In front of 41,655 people on Saturday night, Real Betis were thoroughly embarrassed as they suffered their worst defeat in La Liga. Ever. In 849 home games Betis have never been beaten more comprehensively.
It was supposed to be a difficult night for under-pressure Madrid; no win since September 18th and an injury crisis to deal with, whereas Betis were pretty much full-strength. It was a case of Zinedine Zidane exacting revenge after Betis halted his winning streak last season when he first took over as manager of Real Madrid.
Real Betis vs Real Madrid
El Benito Villamarín
Saturday 15th October, 19:45 (UK)
The international break seems to have done the Betis squad a bit of good. On Thursday Gus Poyet had every single player training including those who had been on their national duties, such as Musonda (Belgium), Zozulya (Ukraine), Gutiérrez (Chile) and Durmisi (Denmark).
The injuries that were persisting pre-break, such as those to Jonas Martin and Tonny Sanabria have cleared up, so it is all systems go for Poyet & co. It seems that Martin could even make the starting line-up although the same can’t be said for Sanabria who won’t be match sharp.
It will be great to see Sanabria at some point in the match. He was perhaps the stand out signing this summer; young, vibrant and full of goals, but he hasn’t had the luck so far to showcase any of this for Betis. Hopefully with him recovering from injury, we will begin to see him play an important role for the club.
It’s been a while since my last update but it doesn’t mean that all has been quiet, in fact it has been anything but.
The eagle-eyed viewers amongst you may have noticed a few ‘issues’ with Blogbetis in the last couple of weeks, with a few of these said issues still persisting.
Without boring you too much, the reason for this is because I have decided to self-host the site for the first time. Basically this means that I will be able to (eventually) do many more things on the site that I haven’t been able to so far due to the WordPress hosting shackles, which should be reap long term benefits.
In the short term however, it means there are quite a few teething problems because a lot of the things you take for granted when a site is hosted on WordPress, you have to now sort out yourself.
Don’t despair, such issues are being ironed out as we speak with many in the palms of the Google gods, who will hopefully sort out accordingly.
He’s taken almost everyone by surprise this season, béticos and la liga watchers alike, but who is Álex Alegría and where has he come from? He will be 24 next month so he isn’t exactly young in footballing terms so why has he just appeared on the scene at Betis and made such an impact?
Alegría was brought to Betis by club legend Jose Antonio Gordillo, who was coordinator of the youth team at the time. Gordillo watched the player live eight or nine times before signing him in the summer of 2012 from Club Polideportivo Cacereño, a Segunda B team playing out of Extremadura, the autonomous community where Alegría was born.