Santander League 2018-19Nervión will live another face to face between two players who are everything in Seville and Betis
Both are leaving numbers for history in their clubs
Among all the competitions, Navas has played 17 derbies and Joaquín, 20
Sevilla-Betis next Saturday is not just another match. Sevillians know it well, that before the approach of Holy Week and the countdown to the derby, these days live with special enthusiasm and passion. It is not a match anymore because the season is over andboth Seville and Betis struggle to be in Europe next year.
In the case of the Nervionians, the objective is to enterthe Champions League. They are fifth in the classification, with 49 points. With 43, Betis is ninth. A verdiblanca victory in the Sánchez-Pizjuánwould light the end of LaLiga on the banks of the Guadalquivir.
And it's not just another party for people in the house,homegrown players who breathe that sporting rivalry from the lower echelonsand that have matured with the illusion and disappointment of each neighborhood depending on the final score.The greatest exponents of the derby are Jesús Navas and Joaquín Sánchez. Two footballer of exception. Internationals and homegrown.Idols of Seville and Betis. Captains and owners of records available to very few.Navas has disputed 17 derbies hispalenses: 15 in First and two in Cup. For its part,Joaquín adds 20: 16 in First, two in Second and two in Copa del Rey.
The palatial could not offer his best version in Betis-Sevilla of the first round whilethe goalkeeper scored the only goal of the match. This Saturday a new chapter will be written for these veteran players -Navas is 33 years old and Joaquín, 37-, who continue to enjoy their profession as the first day.
Navas, El Duende de Los Palacios, is incombustible. Possesses an enviable physique and traverses a second youth. Reinvented as a side with Guardiola and a dagger for the rivals as a lane crossing the right side.He is the soccer player with more official matches in the history of Nervión.
On the other hand,Joaquin has been leaving figures for the memory for a long time, as shown by the onefar surpasses the 800 matches as a professionalor that is the sixth player in the history of LaLiga with more matches. This course, in the derby of the Villamarín finally got to see door before Sevilla to give the three points to Betis. And now, on the return,could reach the mythical Julio Cardeñosa in games played against the eternal rivalin the highest category of national football.
Valladolidarrived at 17 - with six wins, one draw and 10 losses -, by 16 ofJosé Ramón Esnaola- Six wins, one draw and nine defeats - andthe 16 that also carries the El Puerto de Santa María. In his case, with four victories, seven tied and five lost games. Gone areJoaquín Parra and Eusebio Ríos, with 15 derbies each.
Identity card in the margin (37 years), the statistics will increase, since another campaign remains. That is, the captain will continue to fight:"I still do not think it's going to be my last derby because I have one more year of contract. But it does happen to you from time to time because they are 37 years old ... ".
Joaquín was premiered in this type of matches in Segunda,in the very distant 2000-01 season, a memory that "is engraved with fire for what it meant to me". "Butthe next derby motivates me just like that first. They are special matches that you already live at the beginning of the week, especially for what it means for the best bet to win at the house of the eternal rival ".
Navas and Joaquín, canteranos of legend. Captains of luxury in a derby that, like Seville, has a special color.