Sevilla FC’s best starting XI – 2005 to present

Despite selling almost €100 million worth of players ahead of this season, Sevilla are in the running to finish in La Liga’s top four this term and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

With Unai Emery’s men also in the semi-finals of the Europa League and set to do battle with countrymen Valencia for a place in the final, it has been an excellent campaign for the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán outfit.

Overachievement and surviving despite selling their best players is something that Sevilla has perfected over the years, with countless stars stepping out for Los Rojiblancos over recent seasons.

Imagine if Sevilla had not sold their top players in recent times – would this team be able to take on the El Clásico powerhouses and Atlético Madrid for the title?

GK – Diego López

Ousting club legend Iker Casillas from the Real Madrid starting XI is a feat that was deemed impossible before Diego López rejoined the capital city side in 2013.

However, the former Sevilla man is now Madrid’s number one and a safe pair of hands between Los Blancos’ posts.

Despite not showing his best form at Sevilla and the club now having Beto in goal, López is worthy of a spot in this team.

LB – Alberto Moreno

Alberto Moreno has been a star for the side this term, breaking into the Spanish national side and is being linked with a multi-million move to one of Europe’s top clubs in the summer.

Capable of being a star for club and country for years to come, Sevilla will struggle to hold onto this youth product if the big boys come knocking.

CB – Martín Cáceres

The no-nonsense Uruguayan central defender initially joined Sevilla on a loan deal from Barcelona, before signing permanently.

He was only allowed two seasons in the red and white of the club however, before Juventus snatched him away for €8 million.

CB – Sergio Ramos

A product of the Sevilla youth academy, Real Madrid shelled out a cool €27 million for the then 19-year-old Ramos in 2005.

The 115-times capped Spain defender only had one full campaign at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán but Sevilla will be proud to have produced a player of such calibre.

RB – Dani Alves

The Brazilian right-back was a real star in the Sevilla teams that repeatedly excelled in Europe, and could have selected any club in the world to play for when he left in 2008.

He became the world’s most expensive defender in joining Barcelona for €41.5 million, but was deeply emotional after it was announced that he would leave Seville.

LW – Adriano

Part of the Sevilla team that won two Copa del Rey titles and two UEFA Cups, the versatile Brazilian wideman starred for the club over the space of five years.

Barcelona stole him away in 2010 for a fee of around €9.5 million, but the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán crowd will remember the South American fondly for his exploits at the club.

CM – Ivan Rakitić

Ivan RakitićThis season’s star man, the Croatian playmaker has come into his own this term and has shown immaculate skill, vision and creativity.

With 12 goals and 11 assists this season so far, Rakitić will be hot property in the summer and is another example of Sevilla turning a good player into an exceptional one.

CM – Geoffrey Kondogbia

The France international defensive midfielder was a revelation in his sole season at Sevilla in 2012-13, before being sold to Monaco for a €16 million profit.

Mobile, athletic and dynamic, Kondogbia keeps Gary Medel and Enzo Maresca out of this side – just.

RW – Jesús Navas

Yet to fully show the Manchester City fans what he is truly capable of, Navas was a hero for the Sevilla faithful over the space of ten years in the club’s first team.

The Spain international is another youth graduate, who will go down as one of the best players to play for the club in recent times.

FW – Álvaro Negredo

‘The Beast’ netted 70 La Liga goals over the space of four seasons for Sevilla before joining Navas at City in the summer.

He has continued his ruthlessness in front of goal since moving to England and is one of a handful of top strikers to feature for Sevilla in recent years.

FW – Frédéric Kanouté

Although current strike pairing Carlos Bacca and Kévin Gameiro are hitting the back of the net with regularity this term, they need to live up to the performances of Frédéric Kanouté to be viewed as a Sevilla legend.

The retired Mali international was integral in the Sevilla sides that won the UEFA Cup in 2006 and 2007 and starred for the Spanish club over the space of seven seasons.

He edges Luís Fabiano out of the team for his all-round play, but the Brazilian would also have been a fitting inclusion.

I am a freelance football journalist from Northern Ireland living in Broome in Western Australia. I have worked for top media outlets such as FourFourTwo,, Soccerlens, Football Fancast and Here is the City. I am a lifelong and long-suffering Tottenham fan. Follow me on Twitter at @90MinsOnline
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