Today is a special day. Not only do Betis play at home for the first time this season, but they play at a brand-spanking, green-and-white gleaming new stadium. It’s been a year in the making after playing the whole of last season without Gol Sur, the south stand, but tonight against Celta Vigo, the doors will be open for the first time and the place will be rocking.
Cleverly, the club have been filming every moment of the revamp and the results are incredible. The official video below shows a time-lapse from start to finish condensed down into two minutes. It’s definitely worth a watch if you want to psyche yourself up before the game tonight. The Benito Villamarin is now the Bonito Villamarin.
As most readers are likely to know, there are two teams that hail from the city of Seville: Real Betis and Sevilla FC – you can read here all about the history of football in Seville from the start of the 20th century.
This means that every week there will more than likely be a football match in the city, with each team playing on alternate weekends, although this depends on the La Liga calendar. Of course, if you are on BlogBetis, you’ll probably be wondering how you can watch the majestic Real Betis live. Below you’ll find a full guide to attending a Betis football match at the Benito Villamarín.
After weeks of rumours and uncertainty, it looks like the Dani Ceballos saga is finally going to be over and completed in the next few hours after the player flew up to Madrid on Sunday evening.
With him always likely to leave, many Betis fans were hopeful the young superstar to-be would sign a new contract and gather more la liga experience before flying the nest, not to mention increase his buy-out clause in the meantime. However, it looks like Dani is seizing the opportunity whilst it’s there and is set to sign on the dotted line for the Primera and Champions League winners.
In every cloud, there is a silver lining. This season over Betis there has certainly been a cloud, but there has been a bright sliver of a silver lining, and that has been Dani Ceballos.
I have been talking about Dani for a couple of years now and it’s easy to forget that he is still 20 years old. After a quiet first season in La Liga, Dani has stepped it up this year and has been the shining light, the player with fight, the man of Betis. It’s not all been smooth sailing for him in what has been a bleak year for the club and at times he has single-handedly tried to drag the team through a game, quite often to his detriment, but his talent and desire is clearly there for all to see.
It’s true, this season hasn’t been a vintage one. Three managers, bottom half finish, dull viewing and the list goes on.
But, hope springs eternal when you wear the green and white of Betis, just ask superfan Swede Linus Lovgren. This is the manquepierda (even when we lose) philosophy that runs through the club. Linus has created a brilliant video that sums things up beautifully – not lost.
With the opening lyrics of, “Just because I’m losing, doesn’t mean I’m lost” – it’s an inspired choice of music to go alongside a paradoxically uplifting video.