Seville is the birthplace of Flamenco music, a city with a beautiful historic center, many tapas restaurants and two football clubs: Sevilla CF and Real Betis. Sevilla is the more successful of the two. The red and white team celebrated many successes at Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, this week our Stadium of the Week.
The Sevilla stadium opened in 1958 with the intense derby against Real Betis. In the ‘Derbi Sevillano’ the honor of the province of Andalusia is at stake. Both supporter groups are known for their fanaticism and in the derby all passion and rivalry comes out. The players are met outside the stadium by fans with torches, fireworks and singing. The atmosphere in the stadium is tense for the most important game of the season. The two supporter groups compete vocally in the stands and the teams fight for victory on the field. The winner cheers, the loser cries. This is how it went during the first derby in Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán in 1958 and that is how it still goes in 2020.
The candy jar
Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán was named after the former chairman who led the stadium’s construction project, but he never saw the stadium finished due to his sudden death. Just like the legendary stadium of Boca Juniors, Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán is also called “La Bombonera”, “the candy jar”, because of its square shape. The stadium only has a small roof above the main stand. Furthermore, it is not covered, which is fine in the sunny south of Spain.
Initially, the stadium had a capacity of more than 60,000 spectators, but new UEFA rules in the 1990s meant that only seats were allowed. Today it fits 43,000 people. In 2015, the stadium was renovated inside and out, including new LED lighting and new dressing rooms.
Europa League successes
Sevilla is a sub-topper in Spain, who once in its history became national champion. In recent years, the club has mainly achieved success in the Europa League. In 2006 and 2007, Sevilla won the UEFA Cup twice in a row with players such as Luis Fabiano, Dani Alves, Jesús Navas and Frederic Kanouté. In 2014, the club from the main city of southern Spain repeated this piece of art in the Europa League. Under coach Unai Emery, the European league was even won three times in a row: in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Sevilla is the only club that has achieved this.
Talisman of the Spanish squad
For the Spanish national team, the Seville stadium has always brought good luck. The Spaniards have never lost an international match in Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán. Between 1961 and 2015, 25 international matches were played here, of which twenty were won and five were drawn. The atmosphere in stadium of Seville in the matches of the national team is as electric as in the home games of the club.
In addition to the international matches of Spain, more important matches have been played in Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán. In 1982, two World Cup matches took place here, including the semifinal between Germany and France. Four years later, the European Cup 1 final between Steaua Bucharest and FC Barcelona was played in this stadium.
Dreaming of new European success
In 2021, the Europa League final will be played in Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán. Seville fans dream of winning the European Cup once more time, this time in their own stadium. In La Liga Sevilla is currently in third place, after football has been shut down due to the corona crisis.
Seville is a beautiful destination with two beautiful football clubs. An ideal destination for your football trip, when football starts again in Spain.