Royal Society of Football

Royal Society of Football

Real Sociedad
General data
Nom. full Real Sociedad de Fútbol, ​​SAD
Nickname (s) Txuri-urdines, Reala / Erreala
Foundation 7 1909 de septiembre Be Foot-Ball Society of San Sebastián.
President Flag of Spain.svg Jokin Aperribay
Coach Flag of Spain.svg Imanol Sheriff
Stadium Real Arena
Locate Us San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Capacity 39,000 viewers
Opening August 13, 1993 (27 years)
Another complex Zubieta facilities, Zubieta
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La Real Sociedad is a Spanish soccer club, from the city of San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, that plays in the First Division of Spain. It was founded on September 7, 1909 and since February 11, 1910 it has the title of 'Royal'. Their first team plays their home games in the remodeled Reale Arena, with a capacity for 39 spectators.

Real Sociedad is one of the only nine clubs that have been proclaimed champions of the First Division League National Championship, with two consecutive titles in the 1980-1981 and 1981-82 seasons, as well as three other runners-up.

It is the eighth team in the historical classification of the First Division of Spain and held, between 1980 and 2018, the record in the competition of 32 consecutive days undefeated in the same season, from 1979-80. In the national competition of copa (Copa del Rey), has won three other titles, the first as the San Sebastián Cycling Club in 1909, the second in 1987 and the third in 2020, being a finalist in five more editions. In addition to the five national titles between the League and the Cup, the club was proclaimed super champion of Spain in 1982, the first edition of the competition. On a continental level, it has played nine editions of the UEFA Cup / Europa League, one of the Recopa de Europa and four of the European Cup / Champions League.

At a social level, it has 35 subscribers and is, according to the CIS, the seventh club with the highest percentage of fans in Spain. The club maintains a historic rivalry with Athletic Club, with whom it disputes the Basque derby, one of the derbies with more tradition in Spain. It is also the sixth team that has contributed the most internationals to the Spanish soccer team.

Our Story

Exquisite-kfind For a complete development see History of the Real Sociedad de Fútbol
Alignment of the Royal Society in the field of Atotxa 1 of 1 - Fondo Marin-Kutxa Fototeka

Snapshot of the club in the field of Atocha de San Sebastián, 1932.

The origins and the foundation of the Real Sociedad de Fútbol date back to the beginning of the century xx, around the year 1903, although it was not until September 7, 1909 when it was officially legalized as a Foot-Ball Society (from San Sebastián). Previously, they were born as a group called San Sebastian Recreation Club under the Real Club de Tenis de San Sebastián, and it became the first club of football established in the city, the name under which he played the Spanish Championship in 1905. However, internal dissensions at the end of 1907 caused the players to decide to create a new entity, the San Sebastian Foot-Ball Club.

Like other clubs already established, it suffered the corresponding administrative delay in the legal constitution, and that is why the San Sebastian club did not obtain approval to compete in the 1909 Championship by not fulfilling one year of longevity as an official entity, and he had to look for the umbrella of another club. The San Sebastián Cycling Club, with whom he had good relations, approved his merger, resulting in the Cyclist Foot-Ball Club, Name under which they were proclaimed in the contest as champions of Spain when they beat the Spanish Foot-Ball Club of Madrid 3-1 at the O'Donnell stadium. More than five months later it was approved by the Civil Government and it was officially declared established on September 7 as Foot-Ball SocietyFor the 1910 Championship, he had the same bureaucratic problem, since although it was already legalized, it did not have one year of official seniority, so he again sought protection in another club to participate with his license, offered by Vasconia Sporting. Club They were runners-up after neighboring Athletic Club from Bilbao.

The successes at the national level and the close relationship between King Alfonso XIII and the town of Gipuzkoa, on February 11, 1910, led the monarch to grant the club the title of "Royal", which he could henceforth place before his name, going like this to Royal Foot-Ball Society.

Decades later and due to its victory in the Spanish Championship, recognized to the Royal Society by the Spanish Federation, it had the honor of being one of the ten founding clubs of the First Division National League Championship, which was played for the first time in 1929. Between that first season and 1967-68, the club played 23 of 36 possible editions. Since then he participated in it uninterruptedly until the 2006-07 edition, 39 consecutive years, having in the 1980s the golden age of the club when he was proclaimed champion in 1980-81 and 1981-82. After a three-year period in the second category, the club returned to the highest competition in national football, where it has played since then. In it, it occupies eighth place in its historical classification, being one of its most representative teams and one of the nine teams that have won it among its 63 participants.

Historical trajectory



History and evolution of the shield

Emblem of the predecessor Cyclist Foot-ball Club (1908-09).
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First shield with the flag embracing a ball (1909-10).


Throughout its history, the Royal Society has had different hymns and representative songs. The first song on record that was dedicated to the Royal and that can therefore be considered its first anthem was a march dedicated to the Gipuzkoan club, composed by Carmelo Betoré on April 27, 1923. In the 1950s, the maestro Antonino Ibarrondo composed a Basque march performed by txistularis, called To the Royal Society of San Sebastián with lyrics by F. Ugarte. This catchy march was considered the anthem of the Royal Society until 1970. It was then that the then president of the Royal Society, José Luis Orbegozo, commissioned the San Sebastian composer Ricardo Sabadie to compose a new anthem for the club. Thus was born the Txuri Urdin, the club's anthem ever since. A few years after the birth of this hymn, the Royal Society lived through the best years of its history, which in part contributed to its penetration in a way that the previous ones had not penetrated and that it lasts until today. Today, more than 40 years after its creation, it is the official anthem of the club.

The name of the hymn Txuri Urdin means in Basque blue and white and it corresponds both to the colors of the team and to the nickname of the team and its followers. It is written entirely in Basque and with a simple letter it basically alludes to the character of the club as a representative team from San Sebastián and Guipúzcoa. The Txuri Urdin it has known numerous versions throughout its history. Sabadie himself performed the original version of the song; then came a choral version interpreted by the mixed choir of the Group School. The most popular version, the one already considered classic, is, however, the one performed by the Guipuzcoan singer Joaquín Laría. In the 1990s, the version performed by the Orfeón Donostiarra, which for some years played before the Real Sociedad matches in Anoeta, was also well known.

In 1980, a few years after Sabadíe created the Txuri Urdin, Imanol Urbieta, who enlivened the atmosphere of Atocha with the Txistularis Txikis band, gave melody to some verses by Xabier Amuriza creating another anthem for the club, known as Bat, bi, hiru, lau (One, two, three, four) that, although it became very popular, did not unseat Txuri-urdin, which by then was already consolidated as the club's official anthem.

On the occasion of the centenary of its foundation, the Royal Society commissioned in 2009 a centenary hymn, which was composed by Mikel Erentxun with lyrics by the bertsolari Andoni Egaña. Its about ehun urtez (for one hundred years).

In addition to these songs, it is usual for the club's fans to sing the March of San Sebastián during the last minutes of the game in case the team is clearly achieving an important victory.

  • Official anthem
  • Hymn lyrics
  • official hymn of the centenary
  • centennial hymn lyrics (broken link available on the Internet Archive; see history, first and latest version).


  • Titular uniform:

Since its foundation, the Royal Society has always worn the same uniform: shirt with alternative blue and white stripes (hence the name "blue and white" team; in Basque "txuri-urdin"); pants and stockings have been varying depending on the year between white, blue or black, or combining stripes in the case of stockings. In 1967 it was the first time he adopted the uniform in force in 2019 with white pants and white and blue striped socks.

  • Alternate uniform:

It varies according to the years: normally, it is totally blue in shirt, pants and socks; although it has also been green, black, red, white, orange and even green-yellow, in honor of the colors of the San Sebastián Recreation Club, the embryo team of the current Real Sociedad de Fútbol.

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Uniform manufacturer and sponsor history

Below is a table with all the manufacturers and sponsors that the club has had since 1981, in chronological order.

Period Equipment manufacturer Main sponsor
1981–1987 Adidas brand logo
1987–1988 Adidas brand logo
1988–1990 rasana
1990–1994 rasana
1994-2003 Goshawk Kraft
2003-2007 Goshawk Fiatc Seguros
2007-2010 Goshawk Belca
2010-2011 Goshawk Guipúzcoa
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2018 Euskaltel logo.svg
2018 Macron SPA 2019 logo.svg


West stand of the Anoeta Stadium
West stand of the Anoeta Stadium before its remodeling.
Zubieta sports city.


El Anoeta Stadium It was inaugurated on August 13, 1993 and is located in the Amara neighborhood of the city of San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa. It is used mainly by the first team of the Real Sociedad de Fútbol.

It was originally built as a multipurpose stadium and included running tracks. Its original capacity, around 29 spectators, was expanded to 000 in 1998 with the construction of a mezzanine floor on the south and north ends.

Between 2017 and 2019 it underwent a thorough remodeling that included the elimination of the athletics tracks and the expansion of its capacity to about 39 spectators. During the two seasons that the remodeling process lasted, the Royal Society continued to play in its stadium with a temporarily reduced capacity.

On the occasion of the inauguration of the completely remodeled stadium, the Royal Society announced the change of the stadium's name for sponsorship reasons. The stadium will be renamed Real Arena until 2025. The sponsor is the insurance company Reale Seguros, whose parent is the Italian insurer Reale Mutua Assicurazioni. The name change affects only the events organized by the Royal Society. For the rest of the events that could be organized in the field (concerts, rugby matches), the stadium continues to be called Anoeta.

Old enclosures

  • Atocha field: Surely the most loved by the fans, it was the Real field for 80 years. A small field with a lot of English flavor, where the greatest feats of the team were experienced and inaugurated on October 5, 1913 against Athletic Club; the last game was on June 13, 1993, against Club Deportivo Tenerife, and it was later demolished.
  • Ondarreta: Next to Ondarreta Beach, it was the first field of La Real, in the El Antiguo neighborhood. It was inaugurated in 1906 by the soccer section of the San Sebastián Recreation Club, with facilities for various sports, such as tennis, horse riding and soccer. La Real stopped using it in 1913 and it was demolished in 1920.

Sports facilities

Zubieta facilities, a training city and undoubtedly one of the best quarries in Europe, it has 7 fields, 4 of natural grass and 3 of artificial grass, and is located in the San Sebastian neighborhood of Zubieta, next to the racecourse.

Club data

For the statistical details of the club see Statistics of the Real Sociedad de Fútbol


Throughout its history, the entity has seen how its name varied due to various circumstances up to the present. The different names that the club has had throughout its history are listed below:

  • Foot-ball Society of San Sebastián: (1909-10) Name after its foundation on September 7, 1909.
  • Royal Foot-ball Society of San Sebastián: (1910-31) The title of "Royal" was added to it, granted by the monarch Alfonso XIII of Spain on February 11, 1910. From that moment on, the club became popularly known as "Real Sociedad" or "La Real".
  • Foot-ball Society of San Sebastián: (1931-31) In April 1931, the Second Spanish Republic was proclaimed, so any symbol or monarchical allusion is legally prohibited and must be eliminated. The club is forced to remove the crown from its shield and officially recovers its original name for a few months. The 1931 Cup tournament is the only competition that the club will play under the name of “Sociedad de San Sebastián”.
  • Donostia Football Club: (1931-40) Given that the club had always been popularly known as "La Real" and not as "La Sociedad", the new name did not come to fruition and in a meeting of members held on June 30, 1931, due to the obligation to eliminate the name de Real, it was decided to radically change the name of the club, which was renamed Donostia FC, taking the name in Basque from the city of San Sebastián. This name will stick around for almost a decade and will survive the Civil War.
  • Royal Foot-ball Society: (1940-41) After the end of the Civil War, the new political regime that emerged from it, the Dictatorship of Francisco Franco, despite not being a monarchy, allowed the restoration of monarchical allusions in the names of sports clubs. In the middle of the 1939-40 season, the Donostia FC board decided to recover the traditional name of the club, which was renamed Real Sociedad.
  • Royal Society of Football: (1941-92) A decree of the Franco government forces a Castilianization of the Anglicisms that abound in the names of football teams. Names like Sporting or Racing are prohibited; the Athletic Clubs are obliged to become an Athletic Club and the Foot-ball Clubs into a Soccer Club. In the specific case of the Royal Society, this decree has a minor effect, since it only supposes the replacement of the term Foot-ball by Soccer in its name and does not directly affect the popular name of the club. Due to this fact and by becoming "football" in the common term to refer to this sport; this change will become permanent and will not be reversed in the 1970s, when this decree is repealed.
  • Real Sociedad de Fútbol SAD: (1992-Act.) Law 10/1990 of Sports, of October 15, 1990, obliged almost all the professional clubs of the First and Second Division to become public limited sports companies. This transformation had to be carried out before June 30, 1992 and if it had not been carried out, it would have meant an automatic descent to 2ªB. The Royal Society made the conversion into a sports corporation and officially added this acronym (SAD) to its name.


Exquisite-kfind For more details, see Real Sociedad de Fútbol's Career and Real Sociedad de Fútbol Statistics
  • Seasons in 1st: 74
  • Seasons in 2st: 16
  • Seasons in 2nd B: 0
  • Seasons in 3st: 0
  • pichichis: Paco Bienzobas (1928-29)
  • Zamora: Luis Miguel Arconada (1979-80, 1980-81 and 1981-82)


Real Sociedad's record includes two national leagues, three Copa del Rey, a Spanish Super Cup and three Second Division championships. At the regional level, it has achieved five Guipúzcoa Championships and one Joint Championship.

Note: in bold font competitions currently in force.

Flag of Spain.svg National competition Securities Runners-up
First division of Spain . 1980-81, 1981-82. 1979-80, 1987-88, 2002-03.
King's Cup (3/4) 1909, 1986-87, 2019-20​. 1913, 1928, 1951, 1987-88.
Spanish Super Cup (1/0) 1982
Second Division of Spain (3/2) 1948-49, 1966-67 (Gr. I), 2009-10. 1940-41, 1942-43.

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Guipúzcoa Championship . 1918-19, 1922-23, 1924-25, 1926-27, 1928-29. 1919-20, 1920-21, 1921-22, 1923-24, 1925-26, 1927-28, 1938-39. (Record)
Joint Trophy . 1932-33. 1929-30, 1931-32, 1933-34. (Record)

Friendly trophies

  • San Sebastián International Tournament (1): 1923.
  • Kingdom of Navarra Trophy (4): 1981, 1994, 2001, 2010.
  • Villa de Gijón Trophy (2): 1969, 2000.
  • City of San Sebastián Trophy (1): 1967.
  • Concepción Arenal Trophy (1): 1979.
  • Costa Brava Trophy (1): 1980.
  • Luis Bermejo Trophy (Badajoz) (1): 1997.
  • Teide Trophy (1): 2009.
  • Alava Provincial Council Trophy (1): 2018.

Sports organization chart


John aldridge

Britain's John Aldridge became the club's first modern-era foreign footballer, and was the club's top scorer in the 1989 and 1991 seasons.


Englishman George McGuinness was the first footballer not born in the Basque Country to play for Real Sociedad. He was one of the great figures between 1908 and 1910.

The Gipuzkoan Alberto Górriz —formed in the lower categories of the club— is the one who has played the most official matches with 599 spread over fourteen seasons, being also the one who has played the most matches in the National League Championship with 461 —one above Juan Antonio. Larrañaga and six by Jesús Mari Zamora— He is also the one who has played the most international matches with 33, two above Zamora and Luis Miguel Arconada.

The latter, Arconada, is the one who spent the most seasons in the entity with sixteen, which allowed him to play a total of 551 games, and was thus considered the most historic and representative goalkeeper of the club.

Jesús María Satrústegui is the top scorer for the San Sebastian club with 162 goals, 33 above those scored by his teammate and contemporary Roberto López Ufarte. Both surpassed in the 1980s the previous record of Ignacio Alcorta «Cholín» who with 127 remained as the historical reference since he established his brand in 1940.

Among the currently active players of the club, Mikel Oyarzabal is the player who accumulates the most matches (219 official matches as of February 1, 2021), although the one who has been in the first team for the most seasons is Asier Illarramendi, with 8 seasons forming part of the first team of the Real.

Top scorers Most games played More seasons played
1. Jesus Maria Satrústegui 162 goals 1. Alberto Gorriz Bixio 599 matches 1. Luis Miguel Arconada 16 years.
2. Roberto Lopez Ufarte 129 goals 2. Juan Antonio Larranaga 589 matches 2. Dionisio Urreisti / Jesus Mari Zamora / Agustin Gajate / Alberto Górriz Bixio / Juan Antonio Larrañaga / Xabi Prieto 15 years.
3. Ignatius Alcorta Cholin 127 goals 3. Jesus Mari Zamora 588 matches 3. Sebastian Ontoria / Ignacio Kortabarria / Mikel Aranburu / Miguel Fuentes / Loren Juarros / Alberto López 14 years.
4. Sebastian Ontoria 114 goals 4. Luis Miguel Arconada 551 matches 4. Jose Mari Perez / Jose Mari Martinez / Jesus Maria Satrústegui 13 years.
5. Darko Kovacević 107 goals 5. Xabi Prieto 530 matches 5. Roberto Lopez Ufarte / Agustin Aranzabal 12 years.
See full list See full list See full list

Note: In bold font the players still active in the club.


Players Technical body Most used tactical scheme
No. Nac. Not. Pos Name Age Eq. origin Cont. INT.
1 Flag of Spain.svg 0BY   Alex Remiro  26 years Athletic Club  2023  Sub-21
13 Flag of Spain.svg 0BY   Miguel Angel Moya Injury icon 2.svg  37 years Atletico Madrid  2021  Sub-21
Zones Flag of Spain.svg 0BY   Unai Marrero CivilDefence.svg  19 years  Quarry  2021
34 Flag of Spain.svg 0BY   Gaizka Ayesa CivilDefence.svg Injury icon 2.svg  20 years  Quarry  2024
46 Flag of Spain.svg 0BY   Unai Ruiz-Zeberio CivilDefence.svg  20 years  Quarry  2021
2 Flag of Spain.svg 1DEF   Joseba Zaldua CivilDefence.svg Injury icon 2.svg  28 years  Quarry  2023
6 Flag of Spain.svg 1DEF   Aritz Elustondo CivilDefence.svg Injury icon 2.svg  27 years  Quarry  2024  Sub-21
12 Flag of Spain.svg 1DEF   Aihen Muñoz CivilDefence.svg  23 years  Quarry  2022
15 Flag of France.svg 1DEF   Modibo Sagnan  21 years Flag of France.svg RC Lens  2024
18 Flag of Spain.svg 1DEF   Andoni gorosabel CivilDefence.svg  24 years  Quarry  2024
20 Flag of Spain.svg 1DEF   Nacho Monreal  35 years Flag of England.svg Arsenal FC  2022  Absolute
24 Flag of France.svg 1DEF   Robin Norman  24 years  Quarry  2024
26 Flag of Spain.svg 1DEF   Jon Pacheco CivilDefence.svg  20 years  Quarry  2025  Sub-20
32 Flag of France.svg 1DEF   Jeremy Blasco CivilDefence.svg  22 years  Quarry  2022
33 Flag of Spain.svg 1DEF   Aritz Arambarri CivilDefence.svg  23 years  Quarry  2023
51 Flag of Spain.svg 1DEF   Alex Sola CivilDefence.svgInjury icon 2.svg  21 years  Quarry  2023
4 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Asier Illarramendi Captain sports.svg CivilDefence.svg  31 years real Madrid FC  2023  Absolute
5 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Igor Zubeldia CivilDefence.svg  24 years  Quarry  2024  Sub-21
8 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Mikel Merino  24 years Flag of England.svg Newcastle United  2025  Absolute
11 Flag of Belgium civil.svg 2MED   Adnan Januzaj  26 years Flag of England.svg Manchester United  2022  Absolute
14 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Jon Guridi CivilDefence.svg  26 years  Quarry  2022
16 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Ander Guevara CivilDefence.svg  23 years  Quarry  2024
17 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Martin Merquelanz CivilDefence.svg  25 years  Quarry  2025
21 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   David Silva  35 years Flag of England.svg Manchester City  2022  Absolute
23 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Luca Sangalli CivilDefence.svg Injury icon 2.svg  26 years  Quarry  2022
28 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Roberto Lopez CivilDefence.svg  20 years  Quarry  2025  Sub-21
29 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Robert navarro  18 years  Quarry  2022  Sub-18
36 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Martin Zubimendi CivilDefence.svg  22 years  Quarry  2025  Sub-21
37 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Urko Gonzalez de Zarate CivilDefence.svg  20 years  Quarry  2026
47 Flag of Spain.svg 2MED   Benat Turrientes CivilDefence.svg  19 years  Quarry  2025  Sub-18
7 Flag of Spain.svg 3OF   For your  28 years  Girona FC  2024  Sub-17
9 Flag of Spain.svg 3OF   Carlos Fernandez Injury icon 2.svg  24 years  Sevilla FC  2027  Sub-21
10 Flag of Spain.svg 3OF   Mikel oyarzabal CivilDefence.svg  23 years  Quarry  2024  Absolute
19 Flag of Sweden.svg 3OF   Alexander Isaac  21 years Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund  2024  Absolute
22 Flag of Spain.svg 3OF   Ander barrenetxea CivilDefence.svg  19 years  Quarry  2027  Sub-21
25 Flag of Spain.svg 3OF   Jon Baptist CivilDefence.svg  25 years  Quarry  2023  Sub-21
35 Flag of Spain.svg 3OF   Julen Lobet CivilDefence.svg  20 years  Quarry  2023
Nac. Pos Name Age Eq. origin Given to Cont. INT.
Flag of Portugal.svg 1DEF   Kevin rodrigues  27 years Flag of France.svg Dijon FCO Flag of Spain.svg SD Eibar  2022  Absolute
Flag of Spain.svg 0BY   Andoni Zubiaurre  24 years Flag of Spain.svg Quarry Flag of Spain.svg Cultural Leonesa  2022
Flag of France.svg 3OF   Nais Djouahra  21 years Flag of France.svg AS Saint-Étienne Flag of Spain.svg CD Mirandes  2023
Flag of Brazil.svg 3OF   Willian jose  29 years Flag of Spain.svg UD Las Palmas Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers  2024  Sub-20

Coach (s)
Flag of Spain.svg Imanol Sheriff
Assistant Coach (s)
Ion Ansotegi
Physical trainer (s)
David casamichana
Inigo Almandoz
Goalkeeping coach (s)
Luis Llopis
Inaki Ulloa
Mikel Labaka
Imanol Soroa
Inaki Ayuela
Physician (s)
Xavier Barrera

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  • Injury icon 2.svg Injured
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  • EUFOR Roundel.svg European passport
  • UN emblem blue.svg Extracommunity / Foreigner
  • UN emblem gold.svg Non-EU without restriction
  • Eo circle cyan white arrow-left.svg Loaned to the club
  • Eo circle amber white arrow-right.svg Loaned to another club
  • Antu waiting.svg Discarded / No Token

Updated June 12, 2019
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Incorporations 2020-21
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Flag of Spain.svg Martin Zubimendi (Flag of Spain.svg Quarry)
Flag of Spain.svg Roberto Lopez (Flag of Spain.svg Quarry)
Subsidiaries with participation
Flag of Spain.svg Roberto Lopez (Debut on September 13, 2020.)
Flag of Spain.svg Urko Gonzalez de Zarate (Debut on September 20, 2020.)
Flag of Spain.svg Martin Zubimendi (Debut on September 26, 2020.)
Flag of Spain.svg Aritz Aranbarri (Debut on November 1, 2020.)
Flag of Spain.svg Robert navarro (Debut on December 16, 2020.)
Flag of Spain.svg Andoni Zubiaurre (Summoned without playing on September 13, 2020.)
Flag of France.svg Jeremy Blasco (Summoned without playing on September 13, 2020.)
Flag of Spain.svg Julen Lobet (Summoned without playing on September 13, 2020.)
Flag of Spain.svg Jon pacheco (Summoned without playing on September 20, 2020.)
Flag of Spain.svg Gaizka ayesa (Summoned without playing on October 25, 2020)
  • Players with numbers greater than 25 are, for all purposes, Real Sociedad de Fútbol "B" players and as such, they will be able to combine matches with the first and second teams. As required by the LFP regulations, first team players must wear numbers 1 to 25. From 26 onwards they will be players of the subsidiary team. The listed players are those that the club has officially included in the list of numbers of the first team, or who have entered a first team call-up. Subsidiary players will be added to this list as they enter first-team calls. The players Zubiaurre, Zubimendi and Roberto López, despite having numbers greater than 25, are considered by the club to be members of the first team.
  • Spanish teams are limited to having a maximum of three players in the squad without a European Union passport. The list includes only the main nationality of each player, some of the non-European players have dual citizenship of some EU country:

    • Willian José has dual Brazilian and Spanish nationality.

Registrations and registrations 2020-21

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Technical body

The current Real Sociedad coach is Imanol Alguacil.



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Real fan.

According to a CIS survey carried out in 2007, it was the 11th team with the most fans in Spain. 1,3% of the Spanish population would be, according to this survey, followers of the Royal Society. Another 1,5% of the population would sympathize with this team, even if this is not their first team.

The club has more than 33.000 subscribers, above the average for First Division teams; in the same way, it is one of the teams with the highest number of relative subscribers, that is to say, comparing them with the demographic census of the city in which it is based. In April 2011, the LFP '12th Player' award was awarded to Real Sociedad in recognition of their great fans for their role in the promotion season (2010-11).

As of September 2011, there were 114 rocks of Real Sociedad fans formally established and recognized by the club on its website. Its geographical distribution is as follows:

  • 20 in the city of San Sebastián.
  • 48 in the rest of the Province of Guipúzcoa.
  • 5 in the rest of the Basque Autonomous Community (3 in Álava and 2 in Vizcaya)
  • 5 in Navarra.
  • 34 in the rest of Spain.
  • 2 in the French Basque Country.

Other data of interest

  • La Real is one of the only nine Spanish teams that have never competed in a division below Second (neither Second Division B nor Third). The other eight are also historical of Spanish football. All of them currently compete in the First Division, except for Sporting. Three of them have always remained in the First Division: Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Athletic Club; while the other five have always remained in the First or Second Division: Valencia CF, Club Atlético de Madrid, RCD Espanyol, Sevilla FC and Real Sporting de Gijón.
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Eduardo Chillida, sculptor. He played for Real in the 1940s.

  • Real Sociedad is the sixth most international team that has contributed to the Spanish soccer team: 19. They are surpassed by FC Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Athletic Club, Atlético de Madrid and Valencia CF.
  • La Real has the honor of having in its ranks the oldest player to ever step on a pitch in the Spanish First Division. This is the English coach Harry Lowe, who was forced to play an exceptional league game in the 1933-34 season, when he was 48 years old.
  • A bridge in the city of San Sebastián over the Urumea river has been dedicated to the club since 2010.
  • The sculptor Eduardo Chillida and the filmmaker Elías Querejeta were Real Sociedad players in their youth.
  • The ideal historical alignment is: Arconada, Celayeta, Kortabarria, Gorriz, Olaizola, Xabi Alonso, Karpin, Zamora, Nihat, Satrustegi and López Ufarte.
  • Darko Kovacevic is the foreign player with the most matches (256 in two stages, 3 seasons 96-99 and six between 2002-2007 9 seasons in total) and the most goals (107 in all competitions).
  • Nihat Kavheci and Valery Karpin are the only foreigners in the team's historic ideal line-up (142 games and 58 goals). The rest, except Xabi Alonso instead of his father "Periko" are the holders of the Real Sociedad that won the League in Gijón in 1981.
  • La Real is the team that has the record for consecutive games with expulsions in the opposing team, 8. In recent years it has been the team with the fewest cards in the entire league, thanks to its fair play.
  • Two players trained in the Real Sociedad quarry have become World Champions: Xabi Alonso in 2010 with Spain and Antoine Griezmann in 2018 with France. Both were crowned world champions a few years after leaving the club. The other realistic player who has been proclaimed world champion is David Silva, who won the 2010 World Cup with Spain and signed ten years later for Real, in 2020. There was also a former Real Sociedad player who knows what it is to play. a World Cup final and it is the Swedish striker Agne Simonsson, who after losing the 1958 final (in which he scored a goal), played the 1961-62 season on loan to Real.
  • Three club presidents also served as mayors of the city of San Sebastián: Antonio Vega de Seoane, his son of the same name, and Iñaki Alkiza.

Inferior categories

Real Sociedad B.

La Royal Society of Football «B», popularly known as the Sanse, is the club's subsidiary team. It was founded in 1951 under the name of San Sebastián CF. It currently plays in Group II of the Second Division B, and the 2018-19 season is the ninth consecutive in the category after the promotion of the 2009-10 season.

Royal Society C

La Royal Society of Football «C» It is the second subsidiary team of the club. It was founded in 1998 as Sports Club Berio Taldea Soccer. He currently plays in Group 4 of the Third Division of Spain and has played in the category since the 2014-15 season.

Female team

The Real Sociedad women's soccer team was created in 2004, and was promoted to the Spanish First Division for Women in 2005.


  • 2006-07 season: First Division (9th with 27 points)
  • 2007-08 season: First Division (10th with 26 points)
  • 2008-09 season: First Division (10th with 33 points)
  • 2009-10 Season: First Division Group A (3rd with 30 points)
  • 2010-11 Season: First Division Group A (1rd with 34 points)
  • 2011-12 season: First Division (7th with 62 points)
  • 2012-13 season: First Division (10th with 33 points)
  • 2013-14 season: First Division (7th with 40 points)
  • 2014-15 season: First Division (11th with 30 points)
  • 2015-16 season: First Division (5th with 53 points)
  • 2016-17 season: First Division (8th with 42 points)
  • 2017-18 season: First Division (8th with 35 points)
  • Season 2018-19: First Division (7th with 47 points). Winners of the Queen's Cup
  • 2019-20 season:

Other sections

The Real Sociedad is also a sports club. Apart from its main football section, the club has four other professional sections: athletics, field hockey, Basque ball and underwater activities.

See also

  • Annex: Trajectory of the Real Sociedad de Fútbol


  • Documentary TVE (05/11/1969), «Football history - Real Sociedad» in
  • Documentary TVE (07/05/2013), «Vintage Connection - 'Real Sociedad bicampeón'» in
  • Documentary TVE (16/04/2015), «Ochéntame otra vez - 'Those unforgettable leagues'» in


  • Commons-logo.svg Wikimedia Commons hosts a multimedia category on the Real Sociedad de Fútbol.
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  • Real Sociedad de Fútbol channel on YouTube.