Fortress Sánchez Pizjuán

by Chris Clements | Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

It may not be the largest stadium in Spain and there is no denying the fact that it has seen better days, but the Spanish Football Federation chose wisely when it selected Sevilla’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to host the national team’s upcoming qualifier with Ukraine. You see, the stadium has played host to La Roja on 24 previous occasions and it has yet to witness a home defeat.

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Lights, cameras & unbeaten in action

The Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán is named after Sevilla FC’s greatest president and first opened its doors in September 1958. It was supposed to be a rival in size & stature to the Bernabéu & the Camp Nou, however financial and structural issues curtailed its size on opening to just over 50,000. In fact it would take a further 17 years and 78 million pesetas to complete the stadium, which at its peak had a capacity to 70,000. The national side’s first international at the stadium was a friendly against Argentina on 11 June 1961. Goals from Del Sol & Di Stéfano secured a 2-0 victory and set the tone for an unbeaten run that has lasted over 53 years.

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Yet to get its foot in the door. The ESP in the early 1970’s

Over the next 20 years, the stadium hosted the national team on 8 occasions. To start with, these matches tended to be friendlies and minor qualifiers, but as its reputation grew, so did the importance of the matches staged. By the mid 1980’s, it was the go-to stadium if Spain wanted an intimidating atmosphere for an important international. Between 1983 & 1995, Spain played 13 matches at the stadium, winning 10 and drawing the other three. During this period, they scored an impressive 34 goals and conceded on just three occasions. But then, with 22 unbeaten games to its credit, La Roja stopped visiting. The European Qualifier against Ukraine on 27 March 2015 will be only the third match that the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán has hosted in the past 20 years.

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Need a result? Spain’s Go-To Stadium

There is no denying the fact that the stadium has seen better days. Like a fading movie star it has moved from top billing to an occasional cameo role, so far as the national side is concerned. But so long as the unbeaten run continues, fate & superstition may see La Roja keep coming back to the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

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Unbeaten after all these years

The National Team’s record in Sevilla as a whole is impressive, but it is at the home of Sevilla FC where it truly excels. Their record is P24 W19 D5 L0 F58 A 6. Click on the picture below for a complete record of every match Spain has played at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

Spain at the RSP

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