Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad de Fútbol, S.A.D., more commonly referred to as Real Sociedad (pronounced [reˈal soθjeˈðað]; Royal Society) or La Real, is a Spanish professional sports club in the city of San Sebastián, Basque Country, founded on 7 September 1909. It plays its home matches at the Anoeta Stadium. Real Sociedad won the Liga title in 1980–81 and 1981–82, and last finished runner-up in 2002–03. The club has also won the Copa del Rey three times, in 1909, 1987 and 2020. It contests the Basque derby against rivals Athletic Bilbao. Real Sociedad was a founder member of La Liga in 1929; its longest spell in the top flight was for 40 seasons, from 1967 to 2007.[2]

Real Sociedad
Full nameReal Sociedad de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Los Txuri-Urdin (The White and Blues)
Founded7 September 1909; 112 years ago (7 September 1909)
GroundAnoeta Stadium
Capacity39,500[1]
PresidentJokin Aperribay
Head coachImanol Alguacil
LeagueLa Liga
2020–21La Liga, 5th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Traditionally the club followed a policy (similar to that of its rival Athletic) of signing only Basque players, before signing Republic of Ireland forward John Aldridge in 1989. While a strong Basque contingent has been retained among its players, nowadays both non-Basque Spaniards and foreign players are represented at the club. Its youth section subsequent to the all-Basque era has still been very successful in developing internationally renowned players, such as World Cup winners Xabi Alonso and Antoine Griezmann.[3]

The club has competed in the UEFA Champions League twice. In the 2003–04 season, the club progressed to the round of 16 before losing to Lyon.

Aside from football, Real Sociedad also has several sections in athletics, including women's football, track and field, field hockey and basque pelota.