His debut in the Second Division was at Indautxu, in the 55-56 season
On 03/10/2020 at 20:49 CEST
Lluís Payarols @Lluis_Payarols
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Currently, the only ex-Sevilla player at Barça is Clément Lenglet. In Sánchez Pizjuán there are Ivan Rakitic – recently returned to the team of Nervión, Munir, Sergi Gómez and Aleix Vidal – this one, transferable – with a Blaugrana past. But they will not be the subject of this report. Looking among the former players of both teams, we have designed what we could call a two-color eleven. Footballers and coaches with the common denominator of having acted for FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC in official matches.
Obviously, many could be on this list. Names from the 40s and 50s like Luis Soto or Tibor Szalay. In the 60s and 70s, Endériz, Oliveros, Ramoní and Rubio lived this experience. In the last decades of the last century we would find, among others, Estella, Ablo Alfaro, Linde, Onésimo, Nando, Quique Estebaranz … and more recently, the Fernando Navarro, Martín Cáceres, Botía, Deulofeu, Nolito or Sandro. But let’s go, one by one, with the components of an impossible but coincident eleven.
Sevilla have lost their last eleven games at the Camp Nou
It was difficult to find a goalkeeper who had played in both teams, but unquestionably the name of Juan Carlos Unzué Labiano (Pamplona, April 22, 1967), must be in this eleven. Trained in the Osasuna quarry, Johan Cruyff signed him for Barça in his first season as a Blaugrana coach, 88-89. The Navarrese spent two seasons and his participation was scarce, since the usual starter was Andoni Zubizarreta. In 1990, with a Recopa de Europa and a Copa del Rey in his pocket, he was signed by Sevilla and there he lived his best professional stage, with more than 200 games between the clubs and with a substitute called … Monchi. In his time as a coach, he returned to Barça, first as B’s coach and later as Luis Enrique’s second.
Monchi said it. Of the numerous -and successful- signings he has closed for Sevilla, the one who "more performance has given us in all aspects has been Dani Alves". It was a bet that in the end turned out to be a millionaire for the Seville club. Daniel Alves da Silva (Juazeiro, Brazil, May 6, 1983), arrived in Nervión at just 19 years old from Brazilian Bahia and spent six seasons, in which he won no more and no less than five titles. One of them, a European Super Cup against a Barça that, shortly after, was his team. He arrived at the Blaugrana club at the same time as Pep Guardiola to the first team and was one of the master walls of a dream generation. You can say that he is one of the few footballers who experienced the triplets of Santpedor and Luis Enrique (2015). He played eight seasons at the Camp Nou until he signed for Juventus in 2016. PSG and Sao Paulo were his other clubs.
Let’s go back a few years. Here we have another defender who, like Alves, made the path from Pizjuán to Camp Nou. Ricardo Serna Orozco (Seville, January 21, 1964) was a Sevilla squad player and achieved his first dream of reaching the first team in Seville. Curiously, his debut in the First Division was in a Sevilla-Barça, on September 19, 1982. Manolo Cardo gave him the alternative that day, with the ballot of having to prevent the arrivals of the Maradona, Schuster, Pichi Alonso and company. And by faith he did it. The match ended 0-0. He ended up at FC Barcelona in 1988 and lived through some of the Dream Team’s best years, with the thorn of not having played in either the 1989 Cup Winners’ Cup final or the Wembley European Cup in 1992. He left Barça in 1993 and went through Deportivo, Mallorca and Granada.
The other center-back in this line-up is the only one of the eleven players we have chosen who can affirm that he has only worn those two shirts in his professional stage. Francisco Fernández Rodríguez ‘Gallego’ (Puerto Real, March 4, 1944) was a Seville player at the beginning and end of his career, with his time at Barça between 1965 and 1975. He made his debut in the First Division when he was only 17 years old and When he was 20 he settled at the Camp Nou, in a signing that alleviated the economic problems that the Sevilla club suffered at that time. A Fairs Cup, two Spanish Cups and, above all, the unforgettable 73-74 League, with Cruyff on the field, mark out his sporting record. They say he invented the phrase "either pass the ball or pass the player". In 1975, the proud defender asked to return to Seville, where he hung up his boots.
The left back is for a Brazilian footballer who became the dominator of the left wing of both teams. Adriano Correia Claro (Curitiba, Brazil, October 26, 1984) became a Sevilla player in the winter market of the 2004-2005 season, coming from Coritiba FC. At Sánchez Pizjuán he lived a great time, consolidating his position and playing more than 200 games in the five seasons he was there. In 2010 he joined Barça but injuries marked his time as a Blaugrana, preventing him from having the regularity he would have wanted. He went to Besiktas in 2016 and since 2019 he returned to his country, to join Atlético Paranaense.
Proud footballer where they exist, Seydou Keita (Bamako, Mali, January 16, 1980) had a short but productive time at Sevilla. He became known in French football, passing through the squads of Olympique de Marseille, Lorient and Lens, until Monchi set his eye on him and signed him for the Nervión team in 2007, with Juande Ramos on the bench. Mali’s good performance did not go unnoticed at FC Barcelona and was one of Pep Guardiola’s bets upon arrival. It goes without saying that, like Alves, he lived the 2009 sextet with which a great era began. He ended his Blaugrana journey in 2012 when he began his Chinese adventure at Dalian Aerbin, but in the winter market of the 13-14 season he returned to Europe. Valencia and Rome were his last destinations.
Unlike the last five cases, our next protagonist went from Barça to Seville, although it was at the end of his career in Spanish football. Robert Prosinecki (Schwenningen, Germany, January 12, 1969) made himself known at Red Star Belgrade after a brief stint at Dinamo Zagreb. Real Madrid took over his services in the 91-92 season, but it was the beginning of the end for him, as he did not have continuity due to his injuries, among other aspects. The white club gave him to Oviedo for a season before giving him the letter of freedom. With her under his arm, the Croatian signed for Barça in 1995, in Cruyff’s last season on the bench. He had little participation by the Blaugrana with the Dutchman and even less with Bobby Robson at the beginning of the 96-97 campaign, so in the winter market of that season he went to Sevilla. At the orders of Camacho, first and Julián Rubio, later, he had more minutes but could not avoid the descent from Seville to Second Division. He continued to play until the 2003-2004 season in Croatia, Belgium, England and Slovenia.
This footballer occupies a golden place in the history of Spanish football. Although the NO-DO ‘stole’ the honor, he was the author of the assistance to Marcelino in the goal that the 1964 Eurocup gave Spain against the former USSR. Jesús María Pereda Ruiz de Temiño (Medina de Pomar, June 15, 1938 – Barcelona, September 27, 2011) also belongs to the select club of those who wore the Barça and Seville shirts. His debut in the Second Division was at Indautxu, in the 55-56 season. from there he went first to Real Madrid and then to Valladolid. In the 59-60 campaign he joined Sevilla, where he played two courses, until 61-62 he began his long career at Barça: nine seasons, with a Fair Cup and two Generalissimo Cups -the name of the time. – in the bag. Sabadell and Mallorca, where he retired in 1972, were his last professional teams. Later he was the Spanish coach of the basic categories.
It could not be missed. One of the best footballers in history also wore the shirts of his rivals this Sunday. In his case he did not go directly from one club to another, but there was a long interval of time between his two experiences. Diego Armando Maradona Franco (Lanús, Argentina, October 30, 1960) was the great signing of FC Barcelona in the 82-83 season, after the World Cup in Spain, after paying 1,200 million of the old pesetas to Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors, his two clubs as a professional up to that point. He was under the command of César Luis Menotti for two seasons, in which he won a King’s Cup, a League Cup and a Super Cup. In that period he suffered one of the most important injuries of his career, after a hard tackle by the then Athletic defender Andoni Goikoetxea. In 1984 he signed for Napoli, where he was until 1991. During this time he was a world leader with Argentina and lived the bitter side of his career with his drug problems that even led to police arrest and a long suspension. At the end of this, you had the opportunity to sign with Sevilla, after the insistence of Carlos Bilardo to have him. His passage was ephemeral but is still remembered in Nervión. Newell’s was the end of his career as a footballer.
We complete the line of three of this eleven with a footballer still active. We were able to see Denis Suárez Fernández (Salceda de Caselas, January 6, 1994) last Thursday at Celta-Barça, facing the team in which he played between 2016 and 2019. He had a brief previous step for the entity, since He was a Barça B footballer in the 2013-2014 season, coming from Manchester City. Just after leaving the now-defunct Mini Estadi, the Pontevedra arrived at Sevilla, on loan from the Blaugrana club in the operation that brought Ivan Rakitic to the Camp Nou. As a Sevilla player, Denis had his best campaign in 2014-2015, although he stayed on the bench in the Europa League final against Dnipro, in the 2015-2016 season he left Pizjuán to go on loan to Villarreal before the 2016-2017 campaign will be definitively incorporated into the Barça first team.