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Real Sociedad de Fútbol, S.A.D. (more commonly referred to as Real Sociedad) is a Spanishmarker football club from the Basquemarker city of San Sebastiánmarker in Guipúzcoamarker. Founded on September 7, 1909, it was relegated to Segunda División at the end of the 2006-2007 season. The home stadium is the Estadio Anoetamarker, which seats 32,076 spectators.

Name

The club is known in Basque as Erreala or the txuri-urdin (meaning "white-blue" in Basque), from their colours: blue with white vertical stripes and white shorts. The club name means Royal Society of Football. A blue quarter on white also appears in the flag of their home town.

History

Early history

Football was introduced to San Sebastiánmarker in the early 1900s by students and workers returning from Britainmarker. In 1904 they formed the San Sebastian Recreation Club and in 1905 they competed in the Copa del Rey. In May 1905 the San Sebastian Football Club was formed as a separate branch of the club. In 1909 they applied to enter the Copa del Rey but complications over registration permits saw them compete as Club Ciclista de San Sebastian. This team beat Club Español de Madrid 3-1 in the final. Out of the confusion the Sociedad de Futbol was formed on September 7th, 1909. In 1910 Spanish clubs played in two rival cup competitions and Sociedad de Futbol entered the Copa UECF as Vasconia de San Sebastian. In the same year the King Alfonso XIII, who used San Sebastián as his summer capital, gave the club his patronage. They subsequently became known as Real Sociedad de Fútbol. Real Sociedad were founder members of La Liga in 1928. The team came fourth with Francisco "Paco" Bienzobas finishing as top scorer. The team's name was changed to Donostia Club de Futbol in 1931, with the advent of the Second Spanish Republic, but changed back to Real Sociedad after the Spanish Civil War in 1939.The team has generally fluctuated between the Primera and Segunda divisions, in one period (during the 1940s) managing to be relegated and promoted seven times. Around that time the sculptor Eduardo Chillida was the team's goalkeeper until injury put a stop to his football career.
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The success of the 1980s

The best period of the team's history must be the early 1980s where they won the Primera two seasons running.For many years, Real Sociedad followed the practice of their Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao of signing only Basque players. They abandoned the policy in 1989 when they signed Irish international John Aldridge from Liverpool.

La Liga 2002-2003

Real Sociedad's best league performance in recent years is their 2nd place finish in La Liga in 2002-03. Key contributors to that side included a Serb (Darko Kovačević), a Turk (Nihat Kahveci), a Russian (Valeri Karpin), a Dutch goalkeeper (Sander Westerveld),a Greek Constantinos Tsilias and Spanish home-grown talent Xabi Alonso, Coached by Frenchmarker manager Raynald Denoueix .Key moments from that season came when Real Sociedad beat Real Madrid in April 4-2 at the Anoeta in San Sebastiánmarker. They kept first place in La Liga until matchday 37 when they were due to play Celta de Vigo in a match that ended up 3-2 in favor of Celta, while on the other hand Real Madrid has beaten city rival Atletico Madrid 4-0, this meant that the team from Madridmarker secured first place two points clear Real Sociedad just ahead of the last matchday of the season when a 3-0 Sociedad victory against Atletico Madrid was just not enough because Real Madrid has just secured another victory against Athletic Bilbao.The team quailfied directly for the UEFA Champions League 2003–04 by finishing 2nd, they ended up unbeaten at home with 71 goals scored and defeated on 6 occasions only. Strikers Nihat and Kovačević finished 2nd and 3rd respectively on the Pichichi chart with 23 and 20 goals.

Relegation

While they still attempt to keep a core of Basque players, whether coming from their own teams or signed from other clubs, they will also employ non-Basque Spanish players, as well as foreigners.

They were relegated from La Liga in 2006–2007, finishing 19th.On 9 July 2007, former Welsh international and Fulham manager Chris Coleman was appointed as the new club coach, on the recommendation of former Real Sociedad (and current Welsh National team) manager John Toshack, who remains a respected and influential figure at the club. Coleman resigned on January 16, 2008.

Honours



* Winners (2): 1980-1981, 1981-1982.


* Runners-up (3): 1979-1980, 1987-1988, 2002-2003.




* Winners (2): 1908-1909, 1986-1987.


* Runners-up (5): 1909-1910, 1912-1913, 1927-1928, 1950-1951, 1987-1988.




* Winners (1): 1982.
* Runners-up (-)




* Winners (2): 1948-1949, 1966-1967.


* Runners-up (2): 1940-1941, 1942-1943.


Current squad

The numbers are established according to the official website: www.realsociedad.com and www.lfp.es. The EU flags indicate players who, although foreign, are still members of the European Economic Community, thus the club is not restricted in player such foreigners.

Seasons

Recent season

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Season to season

Season
Pos.
Pl.
W
D
L
GS
GA
P
Cup
Europe
Notes
1997-1998
1D
3
38 16 15 7
60 37 63
last 16
1998-1999
1D
10
38 14 12 12
47 43 54
UC last 16
1999-2000
1D
13
38 11 14 13
42 49 47
2000-2001
1D
13
38 11 10 17
52 68 43
2001-2002
1D
13
38 13 8 17
48 54 47
1st round
2002-2003
1D
2
38 22 10 6
71 45 76
1st round
2003-2004
1D
15
38 11 13 14
49 53 46
3rd round
UCL last 16
2004-2005
1D
14
38 13 8 17
47 56 47
last 32
2005-2006
1D
16
38 11 7 20
48 65 40
3rd round
2006-2007
1D
19
38 8 11 19
32 47 35
last 64
Relegated
2007-2008
2D
4
42 18 14 10
55 39 68
2nd round
2008-2009
2D
6
42 17 16 9
48 38 67
3rd round
  • As Real Sociedad de Foot-ball
Season
Division
Place
Copa del Rey
1929
4th
1929/30
7th
1930/31
3rd
  • As Donostia Football Club
  • As Real Sociedad de Fútbol
Season
Division
Place
Copa del Rey
1931/32
8th
1932/33
6th
1933/34
5th
1934/35
11th
1935/36
6th
Season
Division
Place
Copa del Rey
1939/40
1st
1940/41
1st
1941/42
14th
1942/43
1st
1943/44
13th
1944/45
4th
1945/46
6th
1946/47
3rd
1947/48
13th
1948/49
1st
1949/50
8th
1950/51
5th
1951/52
10th
1952/53
10th
1953/54
9th
1954/55
14th
1955/56
8th
1956/57
12th
1957/58
9th
Season
Division
Place
Copa del Rey
1958/59
10th
1959/60
14th
1960/61
8th
1961/62
15th
1962/63
4th
1963/64
6th
1964/65
4th
1965/66
10th
1966/67
1st
1967/68
14th
1968/69
7th
1969/70
7th
1970/71
8th
1971/72
8th
1972/73
7th
1973/74
4th
1974/75
4th
1975/76
8th
1976/77
8th
Season
Division
Place
Copa del Rey
1977/78
11th
1978/79
4th
1979/80
2nd
1980/81
1st
1981/82
1st
1982/83
7th
1983/84
6th
1984/85
7th
1985/86
7th
1986/87
2nd
1987/88
2nd
1988/89
11th
1989/90
5th
1990/91
13th
1991/92
5th
1992/93
13th
1993/94
11th
1994/95
11th
1995/96
7th



External links



Season
Division
Place
Copa del Rey
1996/97
8th
1997/98
3rd
1998/99
10th
1999/00
13th
2000/01
13th
2001/02
13th
2002/03
2nd
2003/04
15th
2004/05
14th
2005/06
16th
2006/07
19th
2007/08
4th
2008/09
6th
2009/10

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