Have you been missing the Cottage this summer? Don’t worry, the wait is nearly over! The Whites are back in SW6 for a friendly against European opposition on Monday 5th August (8pm).
Spanish side Real Betis are the visitors as the First Team continue their preparations ahead of our opening Barclays Premier League match away at Sunderland on Saturday 17th August.
Match tickets are on General Sale with prices just £10 for adults and £5 for juniors. Be sure to secure your tickets now as prices rise on the day of the game. Buy online or call 0843 208 1234 today.
Hospitality Packages are also on sale for this game from just £30 (+VAT) or from £50 (+VAT) when purchasing both the Real Betis and Parma fixture at the same time. Find out more here.
Pre-season Fixtures Ticket Bundle
Supporters can purchase a ticket to this match as well as our fixture against Parma on Saturday 10th August (3pm) for just £15!
Family Packages for both games are priced at £30. These special offers are not available online, please call the Ticket office on 0843 208 1234.
Supporters who have already purchased a Fulham v Parma ticket and would like to upgrade to a ticket bundle are advised to call the Ticket Office.
Inside the Opposition
One of the oldest clubs in Spain, Real Betis Balompié, S.A.D. finished the 2012/13 season in seventh place and impressed with their attacking football under Pepe Mel.
The club became the first Andalusian team to play in La Liga in 1932 and were also the first club in Spanish football to be given the Real prefix (by King Alfonso XIII in 1914). Now, continuing their royal roots, they are the chosen team of the current King of Spain - Juan Carlos I - who is an honorary member.
Betis enjoyed success in their early years and are one of the handful of teams to have broken up the domination of Real Madrid and Barcelona, as they won La Liga in 1935. Since then, they have enjoyed top flight football in 48 of the 82 years since its inception in Spain and also found success in the Copa del Rey in 1977 and 2005.
A golden age for the club, financially at least, came in 1998 when they broke the world transfer record to sign Brazilian winger Denílson de Oliveira Araújo for a fee of £21.5 million. Now, under Mel’s leadership, the club have been back in the top flight for two seasons and will look to improve their seventh place standing next season which saw them gain a UEFA Europa League Qualifying place.
The club have been busy this summer and have already landed over 10 new signings, the latest being Jordi Figueras who joins the likes of goalkeeper Guillermo Sara, defender Didac Vila, midfielder Joan Verdu and striker Chuli in Seville.
Beating Wolverhampton Wanderers, 3-2; Bolton, 2-0; and Huddersfield Town 4-2 on their English tour to date, the club will be heading to face Everton after their date at the Cottage on Monday night.