As many inter-city rivalries, these two teams also had a class divide. Betis were the working class whilst Sevilla supporters often had a much higher income. The population of Seville is divided into two categories: Sevillistas (Sevilla) and Béticos (Real Betis Balompié supporters).
Seville, based in Andalucía, the southern autonomous region of Spain, is without question one of Europe’s most enchanting cities. It is a quintessential Spanish city, full of colour, flamenco dancers and draped in ancient Moorish architecture. Throw in the seemingly never-ending sunshine, Seville doesn’t struggle when it comes to attracting tourists. Visiting the city’s stunning gothic cathedral is usually the number one attraction on the tourist’s itinerary. But if you’re in town at the right time of the year, you may be lucky enough to indulge, along with the locals, in their number one event – when the city’s football teams come face to face.
Not only is this one of Spain’s most passionate rivalries, but it is also one of the oldest. First on the scene was Sevilla FC in January 1890, who were followed by Sevilla Balompie (Balompie used to be the Spanish word for football) in September 1907. With internal disputes rife at Sevilla, over the alleged refusal to sign a player from a low socio-economic background, breakaway club Betis Futbol club was formed. In 1914 Betis Futbol Club and Sevilla Balompie aligned, thus creating the club we now know today as Real Betis. It is here where we have a key component in the narrative of the Seville derby; the class divide. Sevilla representing the social elite and Betis, the working class.
DATES & PRICES
13 – 15 April 2019 (12 spots left)
€339 per person (two nights)
€259 per person (one night)
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