nine titles from Juande to Montella

 Sevilla with the Europa League

    Sevilla raises its fourth Europa League.

According to his centenary hymn, the illusion of Sevilla FC was born on October 14, 1905. The origin of its golden age however, can be dated one hundred years and seven months later, on May 10, 2006. And it lasted -at least- during a long decade, the one that goes from that Eindhoven final against Middlesbrough until Basel in 2016, with Liverpool as a rival.

This Saturday, at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid, the Andalusian team can add one more date to its glorious recent history. He will do it if he defeats FC Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey, which would be his first title after the relay in the sports management and the departure of Monchi authentic factotum of those ten years of success. [19659003] Prior to that Eindhoven final, Sevilla could boast of having won a Liga (1946) and three Copa del Rey (1940, 1943 and 1951). An enviable record for many Spanish clubs but too far for several generations of Sevilla. Since 2006, the showcase of Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán is much more populated: there have been two Copas del Rey (2007 and 2010), a Supercopa de Europa (2006), a Supercopa de España (2007) and, on all, five titles of the Europa League (2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016); the first two, under its former name of the UEFA Cup. The average goes out almost to title by year.

The signings of Monchi

Two aspects draw attention in this winning cycle: its long duration – few teams keep fighting for titles for so many years- and the ability to adapt to change during all that time. If Monchi -replaced a year ago by Óscar Arias – was the common denominator, players came and went with unusual fluency in successful teams. And generally, leaving a lot of money in the treasury.

Dani Alves, Poulsen or Adriano were the most talked about sales ten years ago. Then Keyta or Jesus Navas. In recent years, they followed the same path Rakitic, Bacca, Krychowiak, Vitolo, Gameiro or Banega, already back after their bad experience at Inter.

Sevilla has done well that topic that names go by and the shield. With coaches the same thing happens. His victories in all this time are not linked to one or two coaches, as would be expected. They started with Juande Ramos (2005-2008), who hit the scare to go to Tottenham Hotspur mid-season; followed with Antonio Álvarez an interim who finished the work of Manolo Jiménez (elimination of Barça de Guardiola included) to conquer the 2010 Cup against Atlético; and especially with Unai Emery who found in Nervión the springboard to get to PSG.

Failed trainers

In this successful chronology, however, there is a parenthesis between 2010 and 2013. After the aforementioned Álvarez, Monchi tried three coaches that did not work: Gregorio Manzano Marcelino García Toral and Míchel . The arrival of Emery to replace the latter returned Sevilla to the podium, which wants to return this Saturday, and without Monchi. And to show that success is not a matter of a decade already overcome, but something with which they have become accustomed to living together.


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