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The official anthem of Real Sociedad

NICKNAME – Erreala/La Real (The Royal), Txuri-urdinak (The White and Blues)
FOUNDED – 1909
LOCATED IN – San Sebastian, Basque Country
STADIUM – Reale Arena (Anoeta)
CAPACITY – 39,500
BEST LA LIGA FINISH – Winners (Twice)
BEST COPA DEL REY RUN – Winners (Twice)
BEST EC/CL FINISH – SF (1982/1983)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – QF (1988/1989)
BEST CWC FINISH – 2R (1987/1988)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Jesus Maria Satrustegui (162)
2019/2020 FINISH – 6th

Some fans of the club got together to do an updated version

1. The name means “Royal Society” in Spanish. The royal prefix was granted by King Alfonso XIII, who summered here.
2. Abstract sculptor Eduardo Chillida was their goalkeeper in his youth, before injury saw him take a different path to fame.
3. La Real’s two titles came back to back at the start of the 1980s with record scorer Satrustegui leading the line.
4. Sociedad abandoned their Basque-only recruitment policy by signing John Aldridge from Liverpool in 1989.
5. Their main rivals are Athletic Bilbao (still Basque-only), against whom they contest the biggest regional derby.

Local artists Brigade Loco get in on the act

1. The city is known as “Donostia” in Basque, but both versions mean “Saint Sebastian”.
2. British and Portuguese troops pillaged and burnt it to the ground in 1813 during the Peninsular War.
3. A European capital of culture in 2016, it hosts the longest running Euro jazz festival, as well as an important film festival.
4. It boasts two of the top ten restaurants in the world according to the Michelin guide.
5. One of the one-day classics of the pro cycling calendar begins and ends here, taking in the area’s hilly terrain.

A look around San Sebastian

Alaves, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Cadiz, Celta Vigo, Eibar, Elche, Espanyol, Getafe, Granada, Huesca, Leganes, Levante, Mallorca, Osasuna, Real Betis, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Real Valladolid, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal

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