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Our most high profile opposition await us this weekend

13 July 2019

Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Samir Nasri, Júlio Baptista, Ivan Rakitic, Frederic Kanoute, Ilie Dumitrescu, Lauren, Davor Suker, Diego Simeone, Robert Prosinečki...even Diego Maradona. Sevilla has hosted a vast array of household names amongst its ranks.

And on Saturday, the Spanish side who finished sixth in La Liga last season, take on José Gomes’ side in a pre-season friendly in the Estadio Municipal Felipe del Valle.

Amongst their ranks now are former Manchester City forward Jesús Navas, free-scoring French international striker Wissam Ben Yedder and Spanish winger Nolito.

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They also have a former Royal on their teamsheet in Daniel Carriço - the Portuguese defender came to the Madejski midway through our 2012-13 Premier League campaign but he struggled to refind his physicality and fitness following an injury lay-off and soon headed for Spain and Sevilla, initially on loan before making the move permanent in 2014.

In a Sevilla shirt he won three successive Europa League Finals, playing the full ninety minutes in a shootout win over Benfica in 2014, then triumphing over Dnipro in Warsaw the following year before beating Liverpool in Basel in 2016. And the Europa League is a competition which has certainly seen Sevilla excel in recent years - also lifting the trophy in 2006 and 2007.

They have only once won La Liga, back in 1945-46 but have won five Copa del Rey trophies in total as well as the European Super Cup in 2006 when they beat Barcelona 3-0 in Monaco.

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In their managerial history, names like Unai Emery and Juande Ramos stand out to Premier League lovers. Now managed by former Porto, Real Madrid and Spain boss Julen Lopetegui, they play their football at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium - a fantastic arena which was the venue for the 1986 European Cup Final between Steaua Bucharest and Barcelona and the 1982 World Cup semi-final game between Germany and France.

Sevilla, who are reportedly Spain's oldest sporting club solely devoted to football, were recently in the headlines for the most tragic of reasons - one of the club’s most successful Academy products, Jose Antonio Reyes, sadly passed away following a car crash last month.

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