Real Sociedad was formed in 1909 and became a founding member of La Liga in 1928. Since then the club has spent the majority of the time in the top tier of Spanish football, most recently relegated to the second division for three seasons in 2007.
About Real Sociedad
Commonly known simply as Real Sociedad, Real Sociedad de Fútbol is based in San Sebastian in the Basque Country.
The club has won the Spanish League title twice, in 1981-1982 and 1982-1983, and were runners up last in 2002-2003. Locally the club’s biggest rivalry is with Athletic Bilbao against who they play the Basque derby.
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The club has its origins in San Sebastian Recreation Club, which competed under various names and entered the 1909 Copa del Rey as Club Ciclista de San Sebastian. Sociedad de Futbol, playing in kit matching the blue and white stripes of the flag of San Sebastian, was formally founded later the same year but even then it competed as Vasconia de San Sebastian.
In 1910 King Alfonso XIII awarded the club royal patronage, when it became Real Sociedad de Futbol, “Real” signifying “Royal” in Spanish; he did the same to a number of clubs, of which the best known is Real Madrid.
During Spain’s Second Republic (1931 to 1939) the club became Donostia Club de Futbol (Donostia being the Basque name for San Sebastian), but when Franco’s dictatorship began after defeating the Republican forces in the Spanish Civil War the club once again became known as Real Sociedad de Futbol.
Real Sociedad has played at the multi-purpose Estadoi Anoeta in San Sebastian since 1993, which has capacity for 32,000 spectators and is owned by the city council.
The club has never been entirely happy with the Anoeta as it has an athletics track that means that spectators are located further from the pitch than at a dedicated football stadium and therefore lacks the ambience of many other stadiums.
In 2007 a proposal was made in to purchase the stadium from the council in order to rectify its shortcomings and expand capacity to 42,000. However, the council rejected the offer and the club has had to make do with it, at least for the time being.