A hard nut to crack in search of the seventh final and the fifth title in the history of the Verdiblancos

A hard nut to crack in search of the seventh final and the fifth title in the history of the Verdiblancos

Real Betis was not exactly lucky in the draw held in the early afternoon at the headquarters of the Royal Spanish Football Federation to finish drawing the ‘Final Four’ of the Copa del Rey in the youth category, which has inherited this season the best of the format of two older sisters such as the KO tournament for the elders and the absolute Spanish Super Cup. Thus, prioritizing the factor of geographical proximity only at the beginning, the competition has been developed from the round of 16 to the quarterfinals under the formula of single-match qualifiers, while, as the Champions League also did during the worst of the pandemic, the semifinalists They will meet in a single venue to concentrate with a view to the final.

This week it was learned that the big event will take place at the Anxo Carro Stadium in Lugo from Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 April, read next week, but the pairings remained to be defined. Although you never know, taking into account the toughness of the previous matches, Aitor Martínez’s team will have to face Real Madrid, while Celta and Español will determine the other finalist in the competition. In the absence of programming the specific hours of all the meetings, it is clear that those who pass will have two full days and a few more hours of rest before embarking on the fight for the wound. The president of the Royal Galician Football Federation, Rafael Louzán, was in charge of welcoming the attendees, in an act that was attended by the U21 national coach, Luis de la Fuente, who underlined the importance and the level of a competition of these characteristics. The person in charge of Youth and Sports of the Concello de Lugo, Mauricio Repetto, and the provincial deputy Efrén Castro acted as innocent hands.

It will be the fourth round (of five possible) without stepping on the Ciudad Deportiva Luis del Sol or the Benito Villamarín Stadium, since the hype has always wanted Betis’ youth A to play their luck away from home. First, they had to get rid of the eternal rival, Sevilla FC (0-2), later beating Racing (1-1 and 3-4 on penalties) and Atlético de Madrid (1-2). The Heliopolitan team is the only undefeated team to date in all of Spain (of the 7 groups of the Division of Honor) and the second least scored, after the colchoneros, whom they kicked out of the competition. In fact, now he faces the second of that Group V of the highest category, so there is no need to distrust the potential from Seville.

As well documented by the profile specialized in statistics @BetisStats, it will be the tenth Heliopolitan presence in a semifinal of the competition (1964, 1969, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1998, 1999 and 2022), with six finals (1969, 1983, 1990, 1992, 1998 and 1999) and four titles. He only missed out on two occasions, once ‘D-Day’ was reached: once with the previous name of the entity’s affiliates, Triana Balompié, against Real Madrid (1-0 in 1969) and on penalties against Athletic Club (1-1 in 1992). They beat the meringues in 1983 (3-1 in Ciudad Real), Barcelona in 1990 (4-2 in Albacete) and two in a row: 1998 (0-0 and victory on penalties against Alavés in Toledo) and 1999 (2- 1 to Madrid in Olivenza, Badajoz). Therefore, Betis aspires to its first final and perhaps its first wound of the 21st century.