15 Facts About Real Sociedad


Real Sociedad de Futbol, S AD, more commonly referred to as Real Sociedad, La Real in Spanish, Erreala in Basque, is a Spanish professional sports club in the city of San Sebastian, Basque Country, founded on 7 September 1909.

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Real Sociedad was a founding member of La Liga in 1929; its longest spell in the top flight was for 40 seasons, from 1967 to 2007.

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Real Sociedad applied to enter the 1910 Copa del Rey, but had to compete under a different name, Vasconia de San Sebastian, and they reached the final, where they were beaten by Athletic.

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The first final the club played as Real Sociedad was in 1913, where FC Barcelona needed three games to beat them.

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Real Sociedad was a founding member of La Liga in 1929.

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Real Sociedad scored 13 the following season as Pedro Uralde was the top scorer, with 14.

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Many years, Real Sociedad followed the practice of its Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao of signing only Basque players.

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In 1990, La Real Sociedad signed an English striker, Dalian Atkinson of Sheffield Wednesday, who therefore became the club's first black player.

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Real Sociedad scored 12 goals in his first season, second at the club only to Aldridge's 17.

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La Real Sociedad's strikeforce combined the Turkish striker Nihat Kahveci with Yugoslav international Darko Kovacevic.

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Real Sociedad did not make it out of the group, earning just one point.

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On 10 November 2014, Real Sociedad announced David Moyes as the chosen manager to replace Jagoba Arrasate, who was sacked following a series of poor results.

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Real Sociedad's contract was renewed in 2017, but Sacristan was ultimately dismissed after a string of poor performances left that 15th in the table and drawn into a relegation battle.

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Real Sociedad lasted only seven months before being dismissed, with the team in 15th place, with only five wins in his seventeen league matches.

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Real Sociedad won its third Copa del Rey on 3 April 2021, the nearly year-long delayed 2020 Copa del Rey Final due to COVID-19, in a Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao.

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