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
PROMOTED – 2010
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
FIVE FACTS ABOUT REAL SOCIEDAD
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.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT SAN SEBASTIAN
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.
OTHER SPANISH CLUBS
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