Real Betis Balompié was founded on 12th September 1907 and the honorary royal distinction (Real) was received from Alfonso XIII in 1914. The club’s name is characterised by the fact that it is one of the few teams in the country with a completely Spanish denomination, and the oldest of them all.
The clubs honours include one Spanish League and two King’s Cups. Betis was the first team from Andalusia: to play in the First Division, to win the current format of the King’s Cup and to win the Spanish League. Furthermore, it was the first Andalusian club to play the UEFA Champions League in its current format. In addition to these trophies, Betis has twice been a King’s Cup Final runner-up; was the fourth team to win the Spanish National League, during the 1934-35 season, and the seventh team to win both of the top Spanish trophies (the League and the King’s Cup in 1935 and 1977 respectively).
The Benito Villamarín Stadium is Betis’ home ground and is owned by the club (the same applies to the Luis Del Sol Training Centre, which is just 200 metres away from the stadium, and is the venue where all the teams of the Academy play their matches). Following redevelopment works in 2000 this Green-and-White coliseum increased its capacity to 52,000, further seating was installed and the facilities were improved. The Betis stadium is located in the Heliópolis neighbourhood in the Paseo de la Palmera.
Real Betis has a number of season ticket holders that oscillates between 32,000 and 40,000. Also, the 404 fan clubs spread all over the world place it in fourth place amongst the Spanish clubs. Fan clubs can be found in Florida, Scotland, Denmark, Australia and Belgium. There are also fan groups spread around Spain including Melilla, Valencia, Vigo and Palma de Mallorca. The region of Catalonia has 29 Real Betis fan clubs and more than 60 are found in Seville.
Betis’ prolific football academy has produced footballers for the first team throughout its history. The 17 teams in the Academy make up the Green-and-White players production line. These teams include an U-8 team, four U-9 and U-10 teams, two teams covering the categories from U-11 to U-16, a U-17 team, U-18 team and the second team Betis B. The Academy has 3 Ladies teams covering the categories from U-13 to U-23. Recently, the Club has developed a new futsal squad, Real Betis Fútbol Sala Nazareno.