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Sevilla FC - El Camino a la Gloria Europea

Can Unai Emery lead Sevilla to more than back-to-back Europa League wins?
Started on 27 March 2016 by Starlord
Latest Reply on 5 April 2016 by mgriffin2012

Sevilla FC - El Camino a la Gloria Europea

Sevilla Fútbol Club, S.A.D, or more commonly known as simply Sevilla, is Spain’s oldest football club solely devoted to association football. Based in Seville, the capital of the Andalusia region of Spain, the club was formed on 25 January 1890 with Scotsman Edward Farquharson Johnston being their first president. A few years later, on 14 October 1905, the club’s articles of association were registered in the Civil Government of Seville under the presidency of the Jerez-born José Luis Gallegos Arnosa.

Sevilla is also the most successful club in Andalusia, winning a national league title in 1945–46, five Spanish Cups (1935, 1939, 1948, 2007 and 2010), one Spanish Super Cup (2007), a record four UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cups (2006, 2007, 2014 and 2015) and the 2006 UEFA Super Cup. They were also designated by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics as the world's best club in 2006 and 2007, thus being the first club to achieve this distinction in two consecutive years. Sevilla's main rivalry is with their cross-city club Real Betis, whom they compete with in the Seville derby.

The club’s home ground is the 45,000-seat Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, located in the neighbourhood of Nervión and named after a club president who served for 17 years.

With back-to-back Europa League wins in the past two seasons, Sevilla FC are slowly presenting themselves as European superpowers, thanks to the managerial prowess of their manager Unai Emery. After joining in January 2013, Emery led the club to the fifth position in his first full season and, on 14 May 2014, also won the Europa League after defeating S.L. Benfica on penalties.

After finishing the 2014–15 campaign in fifth place, one point behind former club Valencia, Emery again won the Europa League, thus qualifying for the following Champions League. The victory meant that Sevilla became the most successful club in the history of the UEFA Cup/Europa League, with four trophies, and he signed a one-year contract extension on 5 June 2015 which kept him at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium until 2017, after reported interest from West Ham United and S.S.C. Napoli.

But now Unai Emery has a task that he must take into serious consideration. With the new season looming, the threats of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia seem a lot more stronger and scarier than they ever have before. Fighting at least eight death matches in the La Liga, along with the threat of Barcelona in the Euro Super Cup, Sevilla have also been automatically qualified for the Champions League, adding another hard front for his players to fight on.

With three fronts to attack, Emery is lucky to have the likes of Adil Rami, Jose Antonio Reyes, Gael Kakuta, Ever Banega, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Coke and Fernando Llorente to help him succeed this season.

The stage has been set and the cards are aligned, but will Sevilla succeed on the grandest stage of them all?

Only time will tell for Los Rojiblancos.
Really great start man, looks really promising so far!
Good start! I wish you good luck and hope u succeed, i will defo follow this story :)
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8 yearsEdited

Sevilla chase Borja Valero

A recent report has come out that suggests that Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero is reportedly a large transfer target for Unai Emery and the rest of Sevilla FC. This news is backed up by reports that Los Rojiblancos manager Unai Emery was spotted in the stands of the Artemio Franchi during Fiorentina's 2-2 draw with S.L. Benfica for the testimonial of Manuel Pasqual.

Valero is best known for his technique and passing ability, he began his career with Real Madrid but did not have any impact with its first team, and played for Mallorca and in England for West Bromwich Albion before joining Villarreal in 2010. He also spent several years in Serie A, with Fiorentina. Over the course of five seasons, Valero amassed La Liga totals of 139 games and 16 goals.

Valero was born in Madrid, and began his football career as a youngster in the ranks of Real Madrid. He made his first appearance for the B-side in Segunda División B as a second-half substitute, took part in the playoffs to earn promotion and played two full seasons in Segunda División. Valero played only twice for the first team: given his debut by Fabio Capello against Écija on 25 October 2006, replacing Javi García after 60 minutes of a match for the Copa del Rey, he also featured once in the UEFA Champions League, substituting Miguel Ángel Nieto in a 2–2 away draw with Dynamo Kyiv in the group stage.

In August 2007 Valero signed a five-year contract with Mallorca, following his release from Real Madrid. He scored his first La Liga goals in a 7–1 home win over Recreativo on 9 March 2008, and added another a month later, against his former team in a 1–1 home draw. In mid-August 2008, Mallorca's president stated that the club had rejected bids from English club West Bromwich Albion for Valero and Óscar Trejo, but a week later, Valero signed for the club – newly promoted to the Premier League – for a club record fee of €7 million (£4.7 million). He agreed a four-year contract with the option of a further year in the club's favour.

When asked about the potential transfer, Unai Emery would not disclose if or when he would make a move for Valero or if he was on the radar for the club at all. Valero is currently on the transfer list at Fiorentina but is rumoured to be determined to stay and fight for his place at the Artemio Franchi.

Sevilla FC Complete First Summer Signing

Sevilla Fútbol Club, S.A.D. have completed their first summer transfer, bringing in former French international striker Andre-Pierre Gignac for a fee of 5.5 million from Liga MX club Tigres.

He primarily plays as a striker whose influence can extend out to the wings. Gignac is described as a "powerful and dangerous" striker who is known for his "aerial presence". He is known personally by teammates and friends as simply Dédé.

Gignac began his career in his home region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur playing for local club Fos and Martigues. In 2002, he ventured to the Brittany region to join professional club Lorient. He starred for the club for two seasons, which included a loan stint at amateur club Pau. In 2007, he joined Toulouse, amid controversial circumstances. After early struggles, Gignac reached prominence during the 2008–09 season becoming the league's top scorer netting 24 goals. After a sub-par 2009–10 season with Toulouse, in August 2010, Gignac joined the defending champions Marseille on a five-year contract. He scored 77 goals in 186 games across all competitions for OM, winning two consecutive Coupe de la Ligue titles and the 2011 Trophée des Champions. On the expiration of his contract, he moved to Monterrey to play with Mexican side Tigres.

Gignac is a France international and made his debut with the team in April 2009 against Lithuania as a result of his good form with Toulouse. He scored his first international goal five months later against the Faroe Islands. Gignac made his first major international appearance for his country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, featuring in all three matches the team contested.

Gignac was born in the city of Martigues in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in the south of France. In an interview with French football magazine So Foot, Gignac revealed he is of Romani descent, but considers himself to be an adopted Manouche stating, "I grew up with them, my wife is Manouche, so my son is automatically Manouche. My family live in caravans and work in the markets. When I am given clothes, I pass them on to my mother-in-law so she can sell them. Sometimes I go with her and stand behind the stall." He is the cousin of Grenoble defender Jacques Abardonado and Saint-Étienne winger Yohan Mollo.

Gignac began his career with local club ES Fos-sur-Mer. He spent five years at the club before joining hometown club FC Martigues. After almost seven years at the club, Gignac was rejected after being informed he needed to bulked up. He, subsequently, moved over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) to the Brittany region to join the youth academy of professional club FC Lorient. After developing in the club's academy for two seasons, Gignac was promoted to the club's senior team for the 2004–05 Ligue 2 season by manager Christian Gourcuff.

Sevilla manager Unai Emery said that he is "pleased to welcome a striker with the experience and ability that a player like Gignac has." Gignac himself has said that he is "delighted to join a club like Sevilla" and is "looking forward to playing in the Champions League with them".
Nice signing mate, wish he'd stuck around at Marseille in real life so id have had a really in form striker and hopefully he can do a good job for you!
2016-03-27 21:36#227946 mgriffin2012 : Nice signing mate, wish he'd stuck around at Marseille in real life so id have had a really in form striker and hopefully he can do a good job for you!
I certainly hope he can, mate! Got a decent price for him as well. 5.5 million!
Thats not too bad, considering he only just joined the side you signed him from didnt he?
2016-03-27 21:41#227948 mgriffin2012 : Thats not too bad, considering he only just joined the side you signed him from didnt he?
I'm using the winter update, so he's basically been there half a season.

Sevilla Complete Rumoured Valero Signing

Sevilla have completed their second summer transfer, bringing in 30 year-old Spanish midfielder Borja Valero for a fee of 10.5 million from Serie A side Fiorentina.

The club were rumoured to be interested in the player but no official statement had been released, but if has now been confirmed that talks had been held throughout July to bring the player from Italy back to his home country of Spain.

Valero was born in Madrid, and began his football career as a youngster in the ranks of Real Madrid. He made his first appearance for the B-side in Segunda División B as a second-half substitute, took part in the playoffs to earn promotion and played two full seasons in Segunda División. Valero played only twice for the first team: given his debut by Fabio Capello against Écija on 25 October 2006, replacing Javi García after 60 minutes of a match for the Copa del Rey, he also featured once in the UEFA Champions League, substituting Miguel Ángel Nieto in a 2–2 away draw with Dynamo Kyiv in the group stage.

In August 2007 Valero signed a five-year contract with Mallorca, following his release from Real Madrid. He scored his first La Liga goals in a 7–1 home win over Recreativo on 9 March 2008, and added another a month later, against his former team in a 1–1 home draw. On 11 May, Valero scored the first goal for Mallorca as they came back from 2–0 down to beat Barcelona in Frank Rijkaard's last home game as the latter's manager. He made 17 starts and played a total of 1,892 minutes during the season to help the club finish in seventh position.

In mid-August 2008, Mallorca's president stated that the club had rejected bids from English club West Bromwich Albion for Valero and Óscar Trejo, but a week later, Valero signed for the club – newly promoted to the Premier League – for a club record fee of €7 million (£4.7 million). He agreed a four-year contract with the option of a further year in the club's favour.

Valero made his debut four days later in Albion's 1–3 League Cup defeat away to Hartlepool United. Manager Tony Mowbray said that he would have benefited from his first game in English football, only hours after receiving international clearance, despite the defeat.

Following Albion's relegation to the Championship after just one season, Valero said that he intended to remain at the club: "I still have a three-year contract here and would like to be true to that. For sure playing in the second division is not ideal. But if I have to put up with it then I am going to put up with it." By the beginning of the next campaign, however, he had changed his mind: "I prefer to play in Mallorca and not to be in the second division in England. This is clear. I am disposed for a loan return but it is necessary for an accord between the clubs".

Just hours before the close of the transfer window, Valero returned to Mallorca on loan for the 2009–10 season. On 13 September, in the first match in his second spell, he scored the club's 1000th top level goal in a 1–1 draw at Villarreal. In another away fixture, he netted in the last minute for nine-man Mallorca to clinch a 1–1 draw against Atlético Madrid in October, and was ever-present as Mallorca finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Europa League; he also won the prestigious Don Balón Award for the best Spanish player in La Liga.

At the end of the season, Valero returned to his parent club after Mallorca confirmed they could not afford to take up the agreed fee of £2.5 million to make the move permanent.

For 2010–11, it was reported that Valero was joining Villarreal on a five-year contract, but the clubs eventually agreed on a season-long loan, with the move to be made permanent at the end of the season. He scored on his home debut for the team, a 4–0 win against Espanyol on 12 September 2010, and featured heavily throughout the season as the club finished in fourth position and qualified for the Champions League. On 1 July 2011, Villarreal signed Valero on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee. Villarreal were relegated at the end of the season, and it was reported that he was among a number of players expected to leave.

On 1 August 2012, Fiorentina agreed with Villarreal for the transfer of Valero. The move was confirmed three days later, and he joined the Serie A team alongside teammate Gonzalo Rodríguez; after joining he said leaving his previous club was not easy, and that he still had not come to terms with its relegation. Valero made an immediate impact at the Viola, scoring five league goals in 37 games in his first season and providing 11 assists as the team qualified to the Europa League. He scored his first goal in 2013–14 on 15 September in a 1–1 home draw against Cagliari, and, on 2 November, contributed to a 2–0 success at Milan; subsequently, he was named in's Serie A Team of the Season.

Valero said that he is "happy to play for Sevilla" and "can't wait to move back to his roots in Spain."
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8 yearsEdited

Sevilla FC - 2015/16 Season Preview

Coming off the back of a 3-2 Europa League win against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, gaining a record fourth title to add to their cabinet, Unai Emery's Sevilla FC have a big season in front of them. With the fans most likely hoping for a decent showing in both the La Liga and the Champions League, along with the hope of winning the Euro Super Cup and snatching it from the hands of La Liga rivals Barcelona and taking it home with them to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

Season Preview

Sevilla's first game in La Liga will be against Malaga away at La Rosaleda, before they return home to face possible title rivals Atletico Madrid at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. After that, they will face Levante U.D. at the Ciutat de Valencia. Following that will be games against Celta and Las Palmas, before finishing off the month with a game against Rayo Vallecano at home at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

Key Players

To help them survive what could be a historic season filled with ups and downs will be the players that manager Unai Emery will have at his disposal. One of these players is the captain himself, the warrior winger that is known to the world as Jose Antonio Reyes. Reyes, 32, was born in the Province of Seville and came through the youth ranks of the club. He left to join Arsenal aged 20, but came back to his childhood club in June 2015 after stints at clubs like S.L Benfica, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Reyes has spent his career establishing himself and his reputation as a versatile offensive unit in the following years, being able to play not only on the wings but also a striker if he is called upon to do so in his club's time of need.

The vice-captain of Sevilla, Coke, will also be a mainstay factor for the club and it's players during the 2015/16 season. He began his career at Rayo Vallecano, who he helped rise from Segunda División B into La Liga, totalling 204 official appearances. In 2011 he joined Sevilla and has been a mainstay player as their right-back since. Coke was a product of Rayo Vallecano's youth system, being promoted to the main squad for the 2005–06 season at only 18, with the capital club in the third division. He helped it gain promotion in his third year, and played 33 matches in the following campaign as the team overachieved for a final fifth place (scoring three goals in as many wins, including the game's only at home against Hércules CF on 7 February 2009).

Every good team needs a dangerous striker to score them goals, but Sevilla have none other than the El Rey León to do exactly that for them in the upcoming season. Fernando Llorente started his career with Athletic Bilbao, working his way through the various youth ranks, and becoming one of the most important offensive players for the club in the following decade, since making his first team debut in 2005. He scored 29 goals for the club in all competitions in the 2011–12 season, and was described as a "Bilbao legend". A physical player, Llorente's main trait is his heading ability. In addition, he is also gifted with good skills, which allows him to play with his back to goal and hold up the ball for his team mates to create space and scoring opportunities. All of this will have to be utilized by Llorente if he has any chance of leading Sevilla to glory in the upcoming season. However, he will have to contend for his place as the main lone striker in the team thanks to the addition of Andre-Pierre Gignac and the underlying threat to the spot in Kevin Gameiro.

The final player that needs to be watched during Sevilla's campaign this season is none other than the midfield maestro known as Michael Krohn-Dehli. Born in Copenhagen, he began playing football at Rosenhøj BK in Denmark, after that he played for Danish clubs Hvidovre IF and Brøndby IF. The midfielder made his debut for Ajax on 17 September 2006 in the league match Roda JC – Ajax (2–0). Krohn-Dehli played for a number of Danish clubs before joining Ajax from Brøndby IF. Krohn-Dehli excelled as a youth team player for Ajax under Danny Blind. In 2004 however, he was allowed to leave Ajax by manager Ronald Koeman and he joined RKC Waalwijk on a free transfer.

There he made his professional debut on 15 August 2004 in a goalless draw against FC Groningen. Two years later, he was re-signed by Ajax on a free transfer until 2009. He made his debut for the Denmark national football team in an Euro 2008 qualification match against Liechtenstein on 11 October 2006. After the winter break with only three appearances for Ajax he was sent on loan to Sparta Rotterdam on 31 January 2007 for the remainder of the season. Five days later he made his first out of 12 appearances for Sparta against Roda JC. After his spell at Sparta and the summer break he returned to Ajax for the 2007–08 season.

He is a very deadly midfielder with an eye for accuracy, something that the opposition defence will be punished with if they are not careful and not intent on closing him down.

Arsenal Sign French Striker

Arsenal F.C. have completed the signing of Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro for £30 million pounds, a record sale for Sevilla since the sale of Daniel Alves to Barcelona.

Gameiro was born in Senlis, a commune in Oise, 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Paris. He began his football career playing for ES Marly-la-Ville not far from his hometown at the age of six. Prior to turning 13, he opted to remain in the region of Picardie and joined US Chantilly. While excelling at Chantilly, Gameiro was spotted by former RC Strasbourg player and scout Jacky Duguépéroux who recommended the player join his former club. In 2004, Gameiro completed his move to the Alsatian club joining as a youth player.

Upon arrival, Gameiro was inserted onto the club's reserve team in the Championnat de France amateur, the fourth level of French football. He spent the entire 2004–05 season playing with the team. Gameiro featured in 20 matches and scored four goals. In 2005, with Duguépéroux now managing the team, Gameiro made his professional debut on 10 September 2005 in a match against Paris Saint-Germain appearing as a substitute in the 59th minute of a 1–0, Ligue 1 defeat. On 14 December, Gameiro made his European debut in a UEFA Cup match against Serbian club Red Star Belgrade. With Strasbourg trailing 2–0 late in the match, Gameiro scored his first professional goal for the club in the 79th minute. In the final minutes of play, he scored the equalizing goal to draw the match at 2–2. The stalemate ensured Strasbourg won the group and the team later advanced to the Round of 16 where they suffered elimination losing 4–2 on aggregate to Swiss club FC Basel. A month later, Gameiro converted his third goal of the season in the team's 4–0 victory over Nancy in the Coupe de France.

In league play, Gameiro scored his first career league goal on 4 February 2006 in a 2–1 loss to Lens. Three weeks later, his season was cut short after rupturing ligaments in one of his knees following a tackle from Troyes midfielder Blaise Kouassi. The injury required six months of rehabilitation, which resulted in Gameiro missing the Coupe Gambardella competition, which the Strasbourg under-19 team won defeating Lyon 3–1 in the final at the Stade de France. Overall, Gameiro's season was a success, however, due to the club focusing more on Europe, the team suffered relegation to Ligue 2 for the 2006–07 season.

Despite strong interest from Marseille, on 17 June 2008, Gameiro agreed to a four-year deal with Brittany-based outfit Lorient. The club paid Strasbourg a transfer fee of €3 million for his services. Gameiro was given the number 9 shirt and installed as the club's head striker. He made his club debut on 9 August 2008 playing the entire match in a 1–0 victory over Le Mans. Two weeks later, he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 defeat to Valenciennes. On 25 October, he contributed to Lorient's 3–0 rout of Brittany rivals Nantes. The following month, Gameiro scored goals in back-to-back matches on two occasions.

Lorient went undefeated in the four matches. In the Coupe de France, Lorient reached the Round of 16. Gameiro scored goals against Alençon and Tours in the Round of 64 and Round of 32, respectively. Gameiro continued his consistency during the spring portion of the season scoring goals against Sochaux, Grenoble, Marseille, and Nancy. Gameiro scored a double against the latter club. He finished the season with 39 total appearances and 13 goals. Lorient finished the season in 10th, tied for the club's highest finish ever in the first division.

On 10 June 2011, media reports confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain had reached an agreement with Lorient for the transfer of Gameiro. The striker had previously favored a move to either Paris Saint-Germain or Valencia. Two days later, following a successful medical, the transfer was confirmed by Paris Saint-Germain. Gameiro agreed to a four-year contract and the transfer fee was priced at €11 million with future bonuses to be added later. Gameiro made his competitive debut for Paris Saint-Germain on 6 August 2011 in the team's opening 1–0 league defeat to Lorient. The following week, he scored his first goal for the club in its 1–1 draw with Rennes.

On 18 August 2011, in Paris Saint-Germain's first leg UEFA Europa League playoff round tie against Luxembourger club Differdange, Gameiro scored the opening goal for the team in a 4–0 away win. Three days later, he again scored a goal in a 2–1 win over Valenciennes helping Paris Saint-Germain earn its first league win of the season. In the team's next league match against Toulouse, Gameiro netted his third league goal in four matches. Paris Saint-Germain won the match 3–1. After going nearly a month without scoring a league goal, in late September 2011, Gameiro converted goals in back-to-back league matches against Nice and Montpellier.

On 25 July 2013, Gameiro signed a contract with Sevilla for a fee of €10 million, agreeing to a five-year deal for the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán club. In his first training session with the club on 30 July, Gameiro limped off the field with a groin injury, forcing the French striker out of the club's third-round Europa League clash with Mladost Podgorica.
Love the signing of the Toulouse icon in Gignac, good luck with this story!
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8 yearsEdited

Euro Super Cup - Live Match Report

On what will undoubtedly be a historic night at the Boris Paichadzis Erovnuli Stadium, Europa League winners Sevilla have a large challenge on their hands as they take on Champions League winners and La Liga rivals FC Barcelona for the chance to take home a prestigious trophy that will no doubt kickstart their season and get the winning team up and running.

Sevilla have looked to become a deadly force in recent years, winning their third Europa League in 2014 after beating S.L. Benfica on penalties in Turin before following it up with their record fourth Europa League after beating Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-2 in a dramatic night in Warsaw. Unai Emery has not stopped his campaign for Sevilla, bringing in experienced players like Borja Valero and Andre-Pierre Gignac to make sure that his team will be a thunderous force and possible title contenders in the season to come, but it will all come down to tonight, where we will see if Sevilla have what it takes to be the global superpower that many claim they can be.

Barcelona are the current global superpower that stands in the way of Sevilla's success. Last season, under the managerial prowess and watchful eye of Luis Enrique, the team achieved one of their most successful seasons to date as they clinched the Copa del Rey, beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 at the Camp Nou, La Liga and the Champions League, beating Juventus 3-1 in Berlin, to achieve the Treble that many teams dream of. By doing so, the Catalans became the first European team to twice win their domestic double as well as the highest continental tournament, after winning their first treble in the 2008–09 season. Barcelona's success was majorly down to their formidable forward trio composed of Lionel Messi, Neymar and last summer signing Luis Suárez, who scored an unprecedented total of 122 goals in all competitions to become the trio with most goals in Spanish football history. Those are the three men that Sevilla need to watch out for if they have any chance of coming away with a win tonight.

0' - Barcelona kick off from the spot, with Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets passing it between themselves in order to keep the ball in the possession of the Catalan club. Passing back into the defence to Gerard Pique, the ball is knocked along to Busquets and then to Lionel Messi out on the right wing. Not stopping the play, Messi knocks a through ball towards Luis Suarez, who tries to knock another across the ground towards Messi. The ball, however, is cleanly intercepted by Benoit Tremoulinas before it has the chance to reach the feet of Lionel Messi.

2' - Tremoulinas throws the ball into play and straight to the feet of Michael Krohn-Dehli, who passes the ball short to the feet of Eugene Konoplyanka, who runs a few metres before floating a lovely through ball over the top of both Gerard Pique and Daniel Alves to the feet of new signing Andre-Pierre Gignac, who sprints down the wing and cuts inside on the edge of the box. Finding both Gerard Pique and Marc Bartra in front of him, Gignac rolls the ball to his right and hits the ball towards the net of Claudio Bravo, but it instead hits the back of Daniel Alves and is parried away to safety by the stalwart defender.

4' - Sevilla have been awarded a corner after the ball deflected off of Marc Bartra, thanks to a failed cross from Benoit Tremoulinas. Taking the corner, Borja Valero floats the ball into the box and finds the head of defender Adil Rami, who out-jumps Javier Mascherano and hits the ball on his head with thunderous force, but watches as the ball rebounds off of the crossbar and to the feet of Andres Iniesta, who boots the ball away in a cool and calm clearance.

10' - As Luis Suarez looks to make a break with the ball, he is upended by a rough challenge from Adil Rami and sent straight to the floor. Rami is called over by referee Deniz Aytekin, who pulls out a yellow card and proceeds to write down Rami's name on the back of it.

'12 - Andres Iniesta collects the ball, having intercepted it from a bad ball from Vicente Iborra. He stops the play as he is approached by Rami and Coke, but passes a smooth through ball between both of the defenders to the feet of Lionel Messi. Running down the wings, Messi cuts inside and lets loose with a thunderous ball, but the shot is stopped by goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

18' - Borja Valero has gone down and is clutching his calf with a grimace. He landed awkwardly on his leg after a challenge from Sergio Busquets, On comes the physio to check on him, but after about a minute he is deemed fit enough to play on for the rest of the half.

20' - Corner kick to Sevilla. Krohn-Dehli runs up to take it, swinging it in to try and land the ball on the head of one of his teammates. However, the ball finds the head of Javier Mascherano as he knocks it away to the feet of Andres Iniesta, who latches onto the ball and passes it over to the big man known as Gerard Pique, who in turn clears it away. Luis Suarez looks to get on the end of the cleared ball, but Benoit Tremoulinas rises above him and heads it down to the feet of Michael Krohn-Dehli. Passing it down the left side, Krohn-Dehli finds the feet of Eugene Konoplyanka, who passes it first time to his left and to his teammate in Borja Valero.

22' - GOAL! Holding up the play, Borja Valero finds Michael Krohn-Dehli, who angles the ball out onto the right for Coke to find. Swinging it into the box, Coke finds Jose Antonio Reyes. Letting the ball drop, Reyes fires a half-volley from a tight angle and beats Claudio Bravo at his near post, putting Sevilla in the lead by one goal twenty-two minutes into the Euro Super Cup.

45' - Iniesta sprays the ball out onto the right wing, before stopping the play and allowing Daniel Alves to lap over him. Iniesta plays the ball through to Alves, who takes the ball but is immediately dropped to the ground by a bad tackle from Eugene Konoplyanka. Referee Deniz Aytekin rushes towards the two men and pulls a yellow card from his pocket, adding the second Sevilla name to a yellow card during this match.

HT - The whistle goes for the break and the two teams go in with Sevilla surprisingly leading. A strike from captain Jose Antonio Reyes put Sevilla into the lead, but will they be able to hold onto the lead for the next 45?

45' - Replacing Borja Valero, who's earlier injury had been nagging him for the entire of the first half, Ever Banega comes onto the pitch and stands behind Reyes and Gigne as the second half finally gets underway. The ball is passed out to Vicente Iborra, who lays it off to Ever Banega. The ball is then given to Krohn-Dehli, who lifts it over and back to Vicente Iborra. The ball is passed into space and is picked up by Reyes, who plays a lovely through ball to Coke. Floating the ball into the box with a rather early cross, the ball is caught by Marc Bartra, who kicks it out for a throw-in.

46' - GOAL! The ball is passed through the Barcelona defence to Claudio Bravo, who boots the ball up to hopefully get it on the end of one of the strikers. However, the ball is caught by Michael Krohn-Dehli and passed to Vicente Iborra, who in turn passes to Reyes and then to Coke. Crossing it in once more, Coke tries to get the ball to Andre-Pierre Gignac. However, the ball is caught by Thomas Vermaelen. Unfortunately, a mishap between Vermaelen, Bartra and Bravo spills the ball into the back of the Barcelona net, putting Sevilla 2-0 ahead and starting to sink Barcelona without a trace or any chance or fighting back.

51' - Barcelona are gifted a corner. Daniel Alves moves up to take it and passes it into the feet of Javier Mascherano. However, Vicente Iborra comes flying from the box and slides into the legs of Javier Mascherano, cleanly taking the ball but leaving Mascherano clutching his leg in almost agony as the play continues.

68' - Former Sevilla captain Ivan Rakitic gets onto the ball and scouts out his options. As he goes to pass the ball to one of his teammates, however, Michael Krohn-Dehli takes him out and stops the play before it can even begin. Referee Deniz Aytekin suddenly descends upon the pair of them, brandishing a yellow card at Krohn-Dehli and gifting the third yellow card of the night to Sevilla.

82' - GOAL! Andres Iniesta floats in a corner towards the Sevilla box, which is headed down by Lionel Messi. The ball falls to Barcelona left back Jordi Alba, who strikes it with all his might. Amidst the sea of both Sevilla and Barcelona players, goalkeeper Sergio Rico is unable to see where the ball is and cannot stop it hitting the top left corner, pulling the score back to 2-1 and giving Barcelona a chance at hope.

84' - GOAL! After being fouled by Ivan Rakitic, Sevilla midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli steps up to a free kick spot almost 30 yards out from the net. He makes the run and strikes it, before holding his hands up high as it curves into the top left hand corner of Bravo's net. The score is extended to 3-1 and the game is put beyond doubt in Sevilla's favour.

FT - IT'S OVER! Sevilla have done it! The entire stadium is in uproar! Sevilla have overcome the odds set before them and have beaten Barcelona! The Catalan army cannot believe it! Jose Antonio Reyes and Unai Emery are among the swarm of players and staff who have imersed themselves in the celebrations! This is a memorable moment for everyone involved at Sevilla!

Man of the Match

Coke - The Sevilla vice-captain picks up the MotM award for this match, never letting up alongside Jose Antonio Reyes in order to continuously pump the ball into the Barcelona box and keep the opposition defence on their toes.
Incredible detail, great stuff!

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