A Guide to Real Sociedad and Its Incredible History
Real Sociedad de Fútbol, better known as Real Sociedad, is a prominent name in the Spanish league. Established in 1909, Real Sociedad plays its home games at the Anoeta Stadium. The team won its first La Liga title in 1980-81. It went on to win its second title the next year. The club also finished runners-up in the 2002-03 season.
The history of Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad belongs to the Basque Country in the city of San Sebastián. The city didn’t see any football game before 1904. During this time, a few local workers and students formed a club called San Sebastian Recreation Club. It also managed to compete in the Copa del Rey in 1905. However, later in 1909, there was a lot of confusion with their permits to participate in this tournament. The club went through a name change and became Club Ciclista de San Sebastián.
Later that same year, the club was renamed to Sociedad de Futbol. Interestingly, Real Sociedad is also the name of one of the founder members of La Liga. The team went through a lot of turmoil in 1939 after the Spanish Civil War. It got relegated and promoted as many as seven times.
Real Sociedad has a rich history. It is a club that started with local students and workers. But you will be surprised to see their achievements. They won the Gipuzkoa Championship six times in the seasons 1918–19, 1922–23, 1924–25, 1926–27, 1928–29, and 1932–33. It also won the Segunda División in the seasons 1948–49, 1966–67, and 2009-2010.
However, the most notable achievements of this club came when they won their first Copa del Rey. It was way back in 1909 when the club was formed. They also won the title in 1986-87. Apart from winning the tournament, the team became runners-up in five seasons: 1910, 1913, 1928, 1951, 1987–88. Their most prestigious achievement was when they won the La Liga twice, once in 1980-81 and the second time during 1981-82. They also came second thrice in 1979–80, 1987–88, 2002–03.
Most notable players
Over the years, many famous players had signed for the club. Real Sociedad has an incredible history of developing players from their youth team. Some of the prominent names who played for this club are Antoine Griezmann, Xabi Alonso, William Jose, Jon Bautista, Mikel Aranburu, Martin Ødegaard, Nacho Monreal, Kevin Rodrigues, Adnan Januzaj, and many more.
Traditionally, Real Sociedad only signed Basque players. However, the club decided to change their transfer market policy in the 90s. After a string of poor domestic performances in the late 80s, the club went on to sign one of the most talented players during that time, John Aldridge, from Liverpool. Aldridge did not disappoint the team as he went on to become the leading scorer for the club in his two years at Real Sociedad. The club also signed the likes of Darko Kovacevic and Nihat Kahveci, who singlehandedly took the team to the second position in the 2002-03 season.