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Xavi celebrates a goal agianst Betis / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

HISTORY

Founded in 1907, Betis won the league in 1934-35, the penultimate championship before the
civil war, but their supporters had to wait till after Franco’s death for the next title – the 1977
Spanish Cup. That interval was spent struggling in the lower divisions, with only a few seasons
in the top flight – though this did mean they became the first, and only, Spanish team to win
the third, second and first division titles. Betis had won a reputation as a team capable of the
best and the worst and true to that, they were relegated again in their cup winning season
(which had also seen them reach the UEFA Cup quarter finals). The 80s saw them back in
Primera and they again enjoyed a degree of success, but in 1991 they were relegated again
amidst deep financial trouble and they spent three years in the second division, before coming
back with a bang – ending third in their first season back and losing the Cup Final in extra time
against Barça. After another relegation in 2000, they once more bounced straight back and
finished 4th, a position they repeated in the 2005 season, when they also won the Spanish Cup.
The next year saw them debut in the Champions League, but they again went down in 2009
after a couple of poor campaigns. Last season they won the second division championship to
win promotion to the top flight again.

Form Guide

It’s been a rather strange first year back for Betis, who made a great start to the season,
winning their first three games to momentarily top the table, before a disastrous run of ten
defeats sent them into the relegation struggle. Things have calmed down of late and they
seem to have settled for mid-table comfort, currently sitting 12th on 46 points. Betis have won
just seven games at home so far this season, but have only lost one of their last eight games at
the Benito Villamarin(2-3 against Real Madrid) and although they went down 2-1 at Sporting
last weekend, the players will still be on a high from their 1-2 win against city rivals Sevilla 10
days ago.

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