With the exception of the well-known April Fair, there are few locations within the metropolis of Seville succesful of congregating 1000’s of folks to sing in unison with such ardour. One of them is the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.
Before kick-off, the Sevilla followers be a part of collectively in a love music devoted to their workforce to the cry of “Sevilla, Sevilla, Sevilla” – the climax of the age-old membership anthem, rated by France Football as one of the most effective 5 on this planet.
In spite of the large European nights which the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan has hosted this century, there’s one conflict each season which eclipses all others performed at this floor: The native derby which pits the town’s two golf equipment, Sevilla FC and Real Betis, in opposition to one another.
Played for the primary time in La Liga’s 1935/36 season, it’s a match which extends past the realms of sport and defines the character of the Andalusian capital. During the week prior and on the times following, there isn’t any different subject of dialog to be heard in houses, bars and marketplaces.
For the followers of each groups, successful this match provides them bragging rights as champions of the town.
As an fascinating apart, it’s value noting that this rivalry extends to the so-called “Water Derby”, a boat race held yearly since 1970 on the Guadalquivir, the river which carves the town into two, and wherein oarsmen from totally different boat golf equipment combat for the colors of Sevilla and Betis.
Since it was opened in 1958, the Sanchez-Pizjuan has supplied the backdrop to emotionally supercharged moments.
Among them, the loss of life of the participant Antonio Puerta in a match in August 2007, which rocked Spanish soccer and turned the academy participant into a membership image, is remembered by Sevilla followers in each sport with a big ovation within the 16th minute in honour of his shirt quantity.
A talismanic stadium for the Spanish nationwide workforce, the place La Roja have remained unbeaten within the 25 matches they’ve performed right here, the Sanchez-Pizjuan has borne witness to the historical past of Sevilla FC.
It is home to a membership which, as is spelled out on the stands, is characterised by class and braveness.