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Sevilla reigns in the LE – 6 wins in 15 years. It’s a guide to greatness

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From Juande Ramos to Julen Lopetegui.

The gloomy season of Sevilla continues, but it is no longer so terrible. The Andalusians approached the confrontation with Man United as obvious outsiders and even lost 0:2 by the 21st minute of the first match. But everything ended well: a miraculous rescue at Old Trafford (2:2) and home dominance (3:0).

Although who is surprised: Seville magic in LE is simply incomprehensible. 

Fenerbahce coach Jorge Jesus colorfully comprehended the paradox. “I lost the UEL final on penalties to them. This happened almost 9 years ago. Benfica almost did the impossible, I still remember that defeat. We can say that I have an unhappy history with Sevilla – and it would be better if we didn’t cross paths further. They win it so often that it can’t help but pressure. Sevilla is Real Madrid of the Europa League.”

For Real Madrid, such a comparison is even a compliment: over the past 18 years, Sevilla have won as many as 2 UEFA Cups and 4 LE. Monstrous 6 Eurotrophies fit in just 15 seasons!

Sometimes Sevilla’s dominance in the LE was hindered by getting into the Champions League – and even there she played not bad: for example, in the 2017/18 season, Montella’s team jumped into the quarterfinals, went through Manchester United in the 1/8 finals and knocked well with Bayern – were eliminated 1:2 on aggregate. “We are so connected with the LE that success in the Champions League is no longer exciting,” sporting director Ramon Monchi joked that year. Or not joking?

Sevilla’s endless UEL wins have become part of folklore.

UEFA Cup in 2006: electric Saviola and Kanute, coach Juande Ramos and Caparros’ ideas

Sevilla’s campaign for the first European trophy began strangely: right before the 2005/06 season, the club fired long-term coach Joaquin Caparros. He worked in the team for 5 years, pulled it out of the Segunda and brought up a generation of top players: for example, José Antonio Reyes, Jesus Navas and Sergio Ramos. Under Caparros, Julio Baptista and Dani Alves opened up in Sevilla, who were soon sold profitably.

Caparros wanted to build Sevilla in an attacking style, but modest resources did not allow the coach’s ideas to be realized. The season before, the Spaniards climbed into the UEFA Cup for the first time in 10 years, but flew out of Parma in the 1/8 finals. After that, Caparros demanded to strengthen the squad, but forbade letting Baptista go to Madrid, to which Monchi only shook his head. The club needed money, and Ramon did not listen. 

Caparros left, and the sporting director of Sevilla began work: he took Luis Fabiano from Porto for 10 million euros, brought Frederic Kanute from Tottenham for 6.5 million, and also rented Javier Saviola from Barca. Coach Juande Ramos arrived for fresh players, who managed to work at Betis and Espanyol, as well as take Rayo out of the Segunda. An inexperienced coach, the sale of a leader and a new attack. What could go wrong? 

At first, it seemed that Monchi miscalculated: Sevilla harnessed in La Liga for a long time, but by October Ramos corrected the situation. Juande simplified the approach of Caparros and gave the players complete freedom on the field: Saviola especially flew, who was constantly outplayed by Kanoute and generally became the leader, while Luis Fabiano saved mana for the next year.

An important part of Sevilla’s victories was the rotation: the coach shuffled the squad in La Liga, but he always released the strongest for the UEFA Cup. They took first place in the group: they were ahead of Besiktas, Bolton, Victoria Guimaraes and Zenit Vlastimil Petrzhela, although they lost to the Russians without inventing anything against Alexander Kerzhakov. He made a double and impressed Monchi so much that the forward was taken away after a year and a half.

That year, Sevilla often came to Russia: the playoffs began with Lokomotiv. Slavolyuba Muslin’s team was defeated 3:0 on aggregate without encountering serious resistance. But Lille strained in the 1/8 finals: after 0:1 in the first meeting, relegation threatened, but the Sevillas bounced back 2:0, Fabiano and Kanute scored. In the 1/4 finals, Zenit fell out again, but it turned out easier: after home 4:1, Sevilla went just to enjoy St. Petersburg, rolling 1:1 and again missing from Kerzhakov.

The semi-finals against Schalke came out the hottest: nervous 0-0 all 180 minutes, and then the 100th minute in response to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – and the madness begins: lateral Antonio Puerta elegantly turns the ball into the far corner along a gorgeous trajectory. A second later, the city rises from its seats, after this they no longer recoup.