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Copa del Rey: Real Betis battle, Getafe win

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 By Lee Roden

Spain's fallen giants struggle to claw their way back to La Liga

Leo Baptistao of Real Betis arrives, while a banner asks for players who are fit to wear the shirt as relegation neared last May.

The Estadio Benito Villamarin in Sevilla holds 52,500 people. Bigger than Anfield, Stamford Bridge or the Etihad, it is a ground built for top-flight football, occupied by the sixth-most-supported team in Spain.

This season it has to make do with life in the Segunda. In the same year that Real Betis came within a penalty shootout of the Europa League quarterfinals, a miserable 25 points from 38 league games saw them relegated to the second division. Mismanaged on financial, institutional and sporting...

Real Betis rehire former coach Pepe Mel as manager

West Brom's new boss Pepe Mel is a colourful character who has written acclaimed thriller novels.
Pepe Mel previously coached Real Betis from 2010-2013.

Real Betis have hired Pepe Mel as coach, the club confirmed on Saturday.

The Madrid-born Mel will take charge of the Segunda Division club on Monday in a bid to lead them back to the top flight.

The agreement between Betis and Mel is until the end of the season, with an option of two more if he achieves promotion.

Mel, 51, was a Betis player between 1989 and 1993 and coached the club between July 2010 and December 2013. In this spell he was seen as an outstanding leader of the club and helped them...

Real Betis fight back against Almeria in Copa del Rey as Getafe beat Eibar

Real Betis staged a late comeback as they lost 4-3 at home to Almeria in the first leg of their round-of-16 match in the Copa del Rey on Friday.

Top-flight Almeria scored twice in the opening six minutes at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, with Mane and Teerasil Dangda on the scoresheet, and goals from...

Class of '92 stars fall to Salford City

The former Manchester United players on the Class of '92 XI could not turn back the clock on Thursday.

Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers rolled back the years on Thursday night as they lined up together in a "Class of 92" XI for a friendly against Salford City, the non-league outfit they bought between them this year.

It was an unfamiliar feeling in some ways for the quintet of former Manchester United players, though, as they ended up being beaten 5-1 in a contest that featured frequent pitch invasions.

The fivesome, who went on to enjoy trophy-laden careers with United...