When Real Betis had to play locally at the Sanchez Pizjuan (twice in a row)

When Real Betis had to play locally at the Sanchez Pizjuan (twice in a row)
The Betic fans moved to Sánchez Pizjuán and thanked their great rival for the gesture (Photo: Andalusia Mail)

The rivalry between the Real Betis and the Sevilla FC It is something that goes beyond mere sport. The interests of both clubs outlined in red schedule when they face the Seville derby and even some families are forbidden to talk about football when they meet by having members of either team.

But nevertheless, no matter how bad that one takes with neighboring, sometimes you have to resort to it out of necessity. This happened in the summer of 1980 when the Real Betis I had to borrow the stadium Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Sevilla to play a league match at home. The reason was none other than the delay of the construction of the new stadium bético, the Benito Villamarin, it must be official headquarters of Spain '82 World.

Although they came to perform work shifts 24 uninterrupted hours, the Real Betis I had to play the first three days away, changing the order of the matches with rivals. But nevertheless, this could not be extended further in time and the Spanish Football Federation announced that the 28 September 1980 verdiblancos They were playing at home against UD Las Palmas. Like is logic, the simplest thing was to ask the Sevilla FC play in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, something the whole Nervión, after a meeting of the board, willingly accepted.

Real Betis 1980-1981
Real Betis players, with the head Cardenosa, onto the lawn Sanchez Pizjuan to face Las Palmas (Photo: Real Betis)

Thus, that 28 September passed into history as the Betis while acting locally in the house of rival (although it was not the first since in 1939 already did because of the reconstruction of the stadium because of the Civil War). This time, The result could not be better: 4-1 for diabetics who formed with: Esnaola, Gerardo, Biosca, Peruena (Water well, m.65), Gordillo, López, Ortega, Cardeñosa, Morán, Diarte and Second (Biscuit, m.84).

The most curious thing is that this fact had to be repeated two weeks later. The 12 October 1980 the Real Betis received the Atletico Madrid but the stadium was still not ready. Sevilla and Betis again had to negotiate and hispalense club returned to give their field (this time reluctantly). The luck changed and mattress set, leader at that time, He won by 0-1 with goal Rubén Cano.

Since then, this has not been repeated and Real Betis He has returned to no longer be local at the stadium of rival city.

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