The team from the South-East of Spain are set to clash with Barcelona this weekend as they look to maintain their Champions League position.

Despite always being in the upper echelon or thereabouts of La Liga Sevilla has only won one La Liga title however, they are a team whose history and tradition cannot be overlooked.

As they head into this weekend’s clash with Barcelona here are five things to know about Sevilla FC.

1. Sevilla won the first-ever organised football match in Spain

The first organised Spanish football game came between Sevilla and Huelva Recreation Club, now known as Recreativo Huelva, on the 8th March 1890.

Believe it or not, this fact was not known until as recently as 2012.

It was originally believed the club was formed in 1905 however, the discovery of a copy of the Dundee Courier in the British Library traced the roots of the club back to 1890.

The newspaper revealed the club's first president was Edward Farquharson Johnston, a British vice-consul in Seville who also owned a shipping company which sold Andalusian Oranges in the UK.

The game between Sevilla and Huelva came at a horse-racing track, and as rain poured down on the two teams Sevilla won the game 2-0 in front of a crowd of 150 spectators. 

2. Their Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium is named after their league-winning president

Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan was born in 1900 and ran the club for 17 years between 1932 and 1956. During this time Sevilla had their most successful footballing period, winning their one and only La Liga championship in 1946 and three Copa del Ray trophies.

Sanchez-Pizjuan passed away in 1956 just as the club was building a new stadium in the city's Nervion district, and it was decided the ground would be named in his honour.

Sevilla has called the Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium home since 1958.

3. A Gambian striker from the 70s is their number one cult hero

Alhaji Momodo Nijie, known as Biri Biri, was the first African to play for Sevilla in 1973 and went on to have a five-year stint at the club.

He is regarded as the greatest player in Gambian history, where he scored 32 goals in 99 La Liga games.

In fact, the Sevilla ultras group 'Biris Norte' take their name from the cult figure, who often pops in to see his former team play.

4. Sevilla were the first Spanish club to field a full foreign-born XI

It took until the 2016/17 La Liga season for a team's first eleven to feature no Spanish-born players.

Sevilla made history against Eibar in September 2016 as their team contained players from six countries on three different continents.

The first eleven was as follows: Salvatore Sirigu (Italy), Gabriel Mercado (Argentina), Adil Rami (France), Daniel Carrico (Portugal), Timothee Kolodziejczak (France); Hiroshi Kiyotake (Japan), Matias Kranevitter (Argentina), Paulo Henrique ‘Ganso’ (Brazil); Raphael Correa (Argentina), Samuel Vietto (Argentina) and Wissam Ben Yedder (France).

5. They have a history of World Cup winners

As recently as last year's FIFA World Cup a Sevilla player had claimed victory in the final. Defensive midfielder Steven Nzonzi played a key role as France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.

However, their history of World Cup winners does not end there, with Jesus Nava lifting the Jules Rimet trophy with Spain in 2010, while Argentina's hero in the form of Diego Maradona spent a season at Sevilla in the mid-90s. 

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