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‘REAL’ CHALLENGE FOR TOWN

23 July 2013

Betis in town on Wednesday evening

Town face arguably their toughest test of their pre-season campaign on Wednesday night as they take on La Liga side Real Betis.

Betis finished an impressive seventh in Spain’s top division last season, which earned them a place alongside the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the Europa League.

The match is Town’s penultimate game ahead of the start of the 2013/14 Sky Bet Championship.

Real Betis – 2012/13 season

Betis’ draw on the final day against Levante was just enough for them to steal the final Europa League place.

Pepe Mel’s men recorded a number of impressive victories over the course of last season. In November Benat’s goal was the difference between them and Real Madrid. They hit Champions League competitors Malaga for three in February to move into seventh spot before a 4-0 victory over Real Zaragoza all but sealed their place in Europe.

Real Betis – ones to watch

Travelling party (players in bold indicate new arrivals:

Stephan Andersen
Javier Chica
Paulo Alfonso Santos
'Pauláo'
Antonio Amaya

Towering centre back Amayo was at the heart of Betis’ defence last term as they secured Europa League football. 

The 30 year-old has spent time in English football with Wigan Athletic when he signed a three year deal in 2009. He scored one goal in a League Cup defeat, but failed to make a single league appearance and as a result went on loan to his former club Rayo Vallecano. 

Javier Matilla
Álex Martínez
José Antonio Delgado
'Nono'
Manuel Jesús Vázquez
'Chuli'
Joan Verdú

30 year-old Verdu is one of Betis’ summer signings after he completed a switch from Espanyol. A graduate of the Barcelona Academy, he is equally adept at playing from central midfield or inbehind the striker.

The set-piece specialist played much of his career at Barcelona in the B side, but did make his first team debut in 2004 during a Champions League clash against FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

Juan Francisco Moreno
'Juanfran'
Jordi Figueras
Guillermo Sara

Salva Sevilla

Sevilla was instrumental as Real Betis achieved promotion back to La Liga in 2011 and has played a key role ever since. The playmaker possesses excellent vision and is one of the Spanish side’s most potent attacking threats.

The 29 year-old attacking midfielder began his career with amateur outfit Berja, which is located in his native town of Almeria.

Damien Perquis
Juan Carlos Pérez
Markus Steinhöfer
Jorge Molina
Nosa Igiebor
Lolo Reyes
Cedrick Mabwati
Ignacio Pérez
'Nacho'
Rubén Castro

32 year-old Castro is entering his fourth year this term as a Real Betis player after moving from Rayo Vallecano in 2010.

He made an instant impression at Verdiblancos (The Green and Whites), scoring 27 goals in his first season to help guide them back to La Liga following relegation two years previous. 

Betis’ Manager Pepe Mel prefers to play Castro off the main striker in the ‘number 10’ role – and it has worked well for him over the last two seasons with the former Spain U21 international notching 16 and 18 league goals respectively. 

Javier Montoya
Carlos García
José Antonio Caro
Sergio Rodríguez
 
Admission information

The game is all pay on the gate for Huddersfield Town fans, with unreserved seating in the Direct Golf UK Stand and Britannia Rescue Stand priced at £10 for adults; £8 for senior citizens and £3 for Under-18s. 

Please note that the Fantastic Media Stand will be closed for this fixture.

Ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters can buy their tickets in advance at the above prices – call the Ticket Office on 01484 484123.

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