Sevilla FC – Alavés Post Game Report From London

Last month, upon learning of the fortune (or misfortune) of a work trip to London, I quickly looked up the footballing schedule for my travel dates…

The local flavor was definitely a priority, such as the Arsenal Champions League match, with lots of colorful chants, not to mention an entertaining victory by Arsenal (What do we think of Tottenham? Sh*t! What do we think of sh*t? Tottenham! OR We won the League at Shite Hart Lane, We won the League at the Sh*t-hole, we won the League at Shite Hart Lane!)

And then there was the Fulham v QPR derby (“Your support is…”well, QPR’s chants are not very family friendly and generally include the F-word: http://fanchants.co.uk/football-songs/queens_park_rangers-chants/your-support-qpr/)

But much more importantly for those of you that read this blog, I got to enjoy two matches with the Peña Sevillista de Londres! (https://www.facebook.com/sfclondres/) A perfect cross between PASION SEVILLISTA and the painfully pragmatic English language that we all speak on a daily basis.

First there was the Olympique de Lyon match, The Peña Sevillista de Londres meets a perfectly charming Irish-owned bar in the neighborhod of Elephant and Castle (I know, it sounds like some kind of conquest of Richard III on an East Asian empire…). My Sevilla jersey made me a naturally welcome member of the Peña (more on this later), and I actually ended up having a hard time enjoying the tactical nuance of the match while I intermittently explained why in the world a Chicagoan resident in Washington D.C. would be a die-hard fan of el equipo de la casta y el coraje. In spite of the curiosity, I was able to discuss Sevillismo with sufficient nuance enough to insult members of the Peña for wearing a jersey from the era of Renato Dirnei (sorry!)…I don’t remember your real name, but you’ll be Renato in my book! Others have done the hard work of describing the tactics and results of the match, so it’ll suffice to say that in addition to a welcoming crowd, we ended the matching in a jumping fit (which I started) of “VAMOS MI SEVILLA, VAMOS CAMPEON!!” All in all, a great match for Sevilla, a great viewing for el sevillimo in London (and for at least a small faction of sevillismo Monchi’s Men).

After wrapping up my work conference during the week, I headed over to the Queen’s Park Rangers stadium to pick up some necessary QPR gear, including a blue-and-white scarf and blue QPR sweatshirt. Then down to Fulham’s humble home of Craven Cottage, mainly in order to piss off some Fulham fans and see what happened (I’ve learned that any match is best viewed from the visitor’s stand…).

While I’ll spare you the details of the super-entertaining-and-almost-souvenir-shattering-goal-celebrating-double-PK-avoiding-are-you-kidding-me QPR match, I caught an Uber over to the Peña Sevillista’s home, Six Yard Box (http://www.sixyardbox.london/). London traffic is like a sixteen year-old trying to convince his parent that he can totally handle the Jaguar. He can try and try, and while he feels like he’s making progress, at the end of the day, he’s still in frigging Fulham and while 68 minutes sounded like a long walk, it would have been better than 68 minutes and a handful of Pounds Sterling.

Anyhow, back to Sevilla…

So, I arrive extremely late, but extremely happy that it’s still 0-0 and there’s a healthy crown of Sevillistas. I go to grab a seat and the people who recognize me from the Lyon match are happy to say hello and everyone else seems to go to give me the cold shoulder. “Effing Spaniards,” I think to myself… “Xenofobic, even when it comes to sevillismo.” I try to ignore this feeling of left-outed-ness and concentrate on the fact that Ganso just pulled a Houdini on Alaves’ defense and gave Ben Yedder the best gift he’s had since the day his parent gave him a similar name to Ben Arfa (I know that’s the only reason I Googled him the first time he was rumored to be on Monchi’s list). GOOOOOOOOL!

It started to get a bit warm in the Six Yard Box after so much jumping and “lo-lo-lo-lo-lo-ing” and I decided to take off my QPR gear, as it was much colder for the Fulham-QPR match. And I take of my scarf, I lift it up and notice its stripe align, a la the aligning of the planets in Miss Cleo’s astrology, with the kits of…none other than our rivals-du-jour, ALAVES. And while perhaps I’m making too much of the left-outed-ness, it was definitely hilarious than I showed up to a Sevilla match with the EXACT COLORS of that match’s specific rivals. As soon as I took off the azul-y-blanco scarf, it seemed much easier to make friends at this particular gathering.

After the match, my newfound Sevillistas friends (some of whom were friends since way back at the Lyon match), opened up about tactics, Monchi’s presumed departure next summer, and the “salto” to become a major player (while roundly rejected by the rest of the crowd, my theory was that Sevilla need to permanently destroy Betis in order to have sufficient local fan base to be economically viable as an Atletico-alternative…they agreed with the theory yet noted that unfortunately Beticismo is genetic and will take a few generations to breed out of the population of Andalucia).

Well, in spite of some nerves, Sevilla took home the three points and demonstrated the reason why they should take precedence over Gaelic football (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaelic_football), which was the sport competing for television airtime at this particular London bar.

Well, just another day in Sevillismo por el Mundo, and hoping the Sevillistas in London will start participating in Monchi’s Men commentary. Heck, it’s a good excuse to practice your English and talk about your beloved Sevilla. I mean, after all, most of our commentators would be rejected by the Queen as even speaking true English!

Cheers, mates!


Comments 13

  1. Great to meet you, Ryan. Needless to say that the Monchismen will be more than welcome on Peña Sevillista Londres. Safe travels and Vamos mi Sevilla, Vamos Campeón!

  2. Glad you enjoyed the matches Ryan. It’s always good to see people from other countries with top leagues to cheer for Sevilla.

  3. with malaga coming back to beat bilbao 2-1 and espanyol holding on for a 0-0 tie against villareal, we’ll go into the break no lower than 4th place (barcelona just started against celta).

    nice to see us start the season where we need to be. of course, we are yet to play any of the top 3 teams so far this season (barca, RM, atleti), but we have played all of the next four (villareal, bilbao, las palmas, and eibar).

    so far, so ok. room for improvement.

  4. whoa. spoke to soon. celta going nuts on barca with three first half goals… we might spend the break in third.

    1. Well, with 1/6 of the league played,14 points and third place is good.Awesome is that we are only one point from the top spot.I have a feeling,and i wrote it before in another post,that this year’s Liga wil be fantastic.I believe its because we are heading for the final of two big teams(Barca and Real M.) era.Not that they wont won champions of course,but after 10 years of winning so easy,the cycle its closing.In Barca there is no Xavi,Iniesta and Messi are vital,but they are getting older,in Real M. the same..Its a change for us and Atletico,to step up a little more.Atletico did it already.As for this year,if we change our away games profile,we ll be close to the three big.Now we have Leganes and Sporting Gigon away,while between hosting Atletico and Barcelona.Make the maths,if we won 3 of games and one tie!We are in good moon,all we need is win away Leganes…stay optimistic everybody,its gonna be big year!maybe like 2006/2007!

      1. Yesterday I was talking with a friend of mine about this (he’s a RM fan). Most probably the ending of the two horse era is approaching. Although we shouldn’t be very excited and overly optimistic about this, because Barca and RM will do everything they can in their potential to continue the domination and monopoly. Atletico’s La Liga victory in 2013-14 was just a sign of this end. Messi is the brain of Barca and without Xavi now, Barca’s already struggling a bit in the midfield creativity. Most of their danger is now coming from the up front trio, MSN. Iniesta is also getting old and he is just a shadow of his former self now… getting injured often, not running and being unable to give 100% etc. He is not even called up for the Spain NT anymore… that tells a lot.

        RM will also not be able to get another manic goal-scoring machine like Cristina. Benzema is getting old… Ramos their life savior getting old too… they will soon run out of club icons to be recognized with. Morata will not be able to win matches single-handedly. It will be very tough for Barca and RM in the long run, although there will never be a shortage of talents and even super talents, but certain players just cannot be replaced.

        This is very good for us though. We are always renewing and trying to improve each season. A lot of exciting seasons are ahead of us and it is a great time to be a Sevilla fan.

  5. agreed josele. things could be pretty wide open this season. or maybe barca and RM will go tten matches in a row without dropping a point.

    but who knows. and i still do feel that this team, with its ability to hold and control the ball, could get into a rhythm once we’ve settled, and start to just destroy the teams below us in the table. and truthfully, that’s what you need to challenge for the top. no dropping stupid points.

    lets hope we can break that away game streak ASAP so we can see how high up in the table we can finish

  6. Just bought my ticket for the Sevilla v Atletico game, this match is going to be huge. The result will go a long way towards seeing how good we are this season. I’m sure Gamero will get a good reception.

  7. Excellent post Ryan, and great to see the London Pena!

    Its a good post from Josele. I hope your right, I do agree many club icons are getting way past there best in this incredible era of Spanish football domination of both club and international titles. Also Shendm your re right Ronaldo and Messi, whilst they are still top-notch, I feel both players are not as good as years gone by. Both Barca and RM are heavily reliant on these players. Once they start featuring in less matches hopefully we will see a more even league..Imagine that, the two-club domination having to rebuild???