• Antonio Puerta: The Shirt Sevilla Tried to Retire
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    Antonio Puerta: The Shirt Sevilla Tried to Retire

    Antonio Puerta was always destined to play a special role in Seville’s football scene. His father, Añoño, had played across the city for Real Betis, even if his first-team action was limited to 18 minutes of a Copa del Generalísimo tie against Villarreal in 1973. Antonio, however, was Sevillista to the core; growing up in the Nervión district and a stone’s throw away from the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium. He joined the club aged nine having started his career at AD Nervión and progressed through each age range, rising in prominence with every step. Puerta was a star at youth level, Manolo Jiménez – his coach of Sevilla B who would…