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Match Comments – Annual Trofeo Antonio Puerta

On this day of tribute to Sevilla legend Antonio Puerta, I asked a friend and fellow Sevillista to provide some words about what Puerta meant to him and Sevilla.

⁠⁠⁠Homeboy, humble, adventurous, family man, there are tons of adjectives that might do a good job when describing such an important figure in Sevilla FC history, Antonio Puerta, but I honestly believe that the most important an accurate one is SEVILLISTA.

It has been ten years since that magical night in which Antonio made history and gave us the “goal that changed our lives”. I still remember it as if was yesterday. It was Thursday. The city was immersed in the “Feria de Abril”, probably the most famous holiday for the Sevillanos along with the holy week. I had spent part of the day at this party with my buddies, doing a more than well deserved pre-game. There were Sevilla fans with scarves and flags everywhere. The stadium was packed. It was just amazing.

We were all having that weird feeling in our stomachs, like “omg, it is actually happening, we are this close to play an European final”. Not such a long time ago we were playing in the second division, having the memories of Davor Suker scoring that free kick against Olimpiakos in Greece and advancing to the third round. This was in 1995 and it was celebrated in half of the city as something huge.
It was the 100th minute on the aggregate and “the diamond left” as his nickname very well calls him, scored that goal. After that you all know, but more importantly, the whole world knows: Sevilla FC established itself as a soccer elite.

Thank you Antonio, eterno 16

Such a short career with ever lasting impact was Antonio Puerta. Today we honor him by playing a friendly against the South American legends Boca Juniors. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and who sees action on the pitch. The game will be streamed live on SFC.TV. Enjoy the game and pass along your memories of AP16 here in this thread if you desire.

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  6. HAHAHHA! What a silly match. Lack of motivation from our guys…. but some worked hard and Mariano showed that he is definitely one of the best RB’s in Europe right now. A pity he’s not being called for the Brazil NT.

    Sirigu and Kranevitter should have their loan contracts cancelled immediately… if that was an option… disastrous performances. Ganso did well, but defensively he is crap. Correa sucked big time and it’s a shame Kiyotake not being on the field tonight. All these subs are going to remain subs if they continue like this… and by the looks of it, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sirigu and Kranevitter get only CDR minutes… they don’t deserve more. We definitely need some reinforcements in January… but the worst thing is that we cannot un-loan the already loaned players.

    Our defense was in shambles tonight… I can understand Carrico still not being 100% after those injuries, though he did pretty well… but Kolo… even though he scored, he should’ve done a lot better in the second goal that we conceded…. with Rami, Pareja and Mercado fit and ready to play… he better be looking for another team in January, no chance in hell he’ll play again, except CDR of course.

    Also, it would’ve been good to see some of the canteras perform… they’re doing pretty well with Sevilla Atletico… but I understand Sampaoli’s logic to give the main club players more minutes… though they are again and again disappointing him.

    This Boca was crap and the slight difference was Tevez… pretty sure with at least Nasri and Vitolo, we would have won like 7:3 or something 😛

  7. A very moving tribute to Antonio Puerta before the game tonight. I admit to having tears in my eyes when Aitor laid the flowers on the north goal line.

    As for the match itself it was a typical friendly with no hard tackles flying in, both teams seemingly using it mainly as a training exercise.
    I watched it on Spanish tv and I think Kranevitter was mentioned twice during the whole match, he was maybe auditioning for a remake of the invisible man. Sirigu is a complete liability and will cost us goals every time he plays, hopefully David Soria can now take over the number 2 keepers slot again.

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  9. Nzonzi’s new release clause is going to be 40m €, again a joke move from our club. They’re not serious about keeping our best players at club, clause is 40m and they will sell him for 30m lol. In today’s market players like him are easily worth 50m.

    1. Lol…. 40m is definitely hilarious for our arguably best player in the team. The management needs to grow a pair and be serious with the players once and for all!

  10. More rumors of vidal leaving Barca and wanting to come back to Sevilla. I vote yes. Right back depth and right wing cover.

    1. Yes please! Rumors of Bacca coming back are also circulating. Add to that Fabregas on a loan deal, and VIVA SEVILLA FOR THE LA LIGA TITLE and CL TRIUMPH! Lol…

  11. Hi all, the Winter transfer window, brings many new opportunities. Imagine Fabregas, Bacca and Vidal? That would herald either a liga win and CL triumph!!

    We seem to be gelling better as a team now so as long as we stay in the hunt in the various competitions, anything is possible with team. On our day we can match anyone..

  12. I won’t take Vidal back, he’s no way better than Sarabia on wing. We need a distributor or a holding mf in midfield desperately, Nzonzi can’t do it all, and please Vitolo is not a mf by any means, play him on left wing and play an actual midfielder alongside Nzonzi.

    1. Good thing is that we can use Vidal as a RB also. Wouldn’t be a bad move, but certainly not very necessary of course. Vidal has not been playing with Barca in a long time and who knows what Vidal will we be getting… perhaps not the one that left Sevilla.

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        True, but I think Vidal would thrive in this type of system at RB. The defensive responsibilities aren’t as great and he has the speed to recover when pushed forward. I would welcome him back with open arms as a RB backup which we do not have right now.

      2. I wouldn’t mind a Vidal-return either, unless we engage in some sort of Mariano-Vidal switch with Barca. Mariano and Vidal would be awesome to rotate between!

  13. Bacca? Umm he will run riot with the amount of chances Samppaoli’s team create. He’s the most clinical finisher in the game.

  14. I’ll still maintain that we need midfield partner for Nzonzi, then we can talk about Recruitment at other places. We would’ve been on top of table if we had a good partner with Nzonzi. I know it’s unpopular opinion and romanticism involved with old player returning, but now it’s time to put clubs interest first. Make bid for Roque Mesa or buy him even if his clause is 20m, we’ve enough money to spend 20m. He can win us big. Mesa, Nzonzi and Nasri would be one hell of a midfield.

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      1. Well… about time we spend big and step up to become a serious club. If we don’t…. well, there’s always the 5th place and EL!

  15. Kiyotake yet again not called up for the match vs. Depor tomorrow.

    I guess he’ll most probably be loaned out in January the way this is going…

  16. Match against Deportivo! Will we return to our away-curse or will we take 3 points from a team that we should actually take 3 points from?
    The line-up:
    Sergio Rico, Carriço, Pareja, Mercado, Mariano, Kranevitter, N’Zonzi, Escudero, Sarabia, Ganso y Vietto.
    I’m not sure (obivously) but something like this maybe:
    Rico
    Mercado-Pareja-Carrico-Escudero
    Nzonzi-Kranevitter
    Mariano-Ganso-Sarabia
    Vietto

    Mariano as a winger? Or maybe Escudero and Mariano as wing-backs with Pareja, Mercado and Carrico as centerbacks and Sarabia, Ganso and Vietto as the front three…