Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad

Nothing to do with me but an interesting story from Inside Spanish football.

Real Sociedad will wear unique shirts bearing the names of fans for their match against Sevilla tonight.

On Tuesday morning, Real Sociedad presented the kits they will wear for their home match against Sevilla, with each player’s shirt uniquely bearing the name of a season ticket holder.

The idea behind the incentive and the homage paid to supporters, was explained by Club President Jokin Aperribay: “The fans are the soul, the nourishment and the reason for Real Sociedad. For this reason, we’re uniting the names of our members with the shirts.”

Aperribay continued to explain that the basis of the idea: “It’s for the history, because the fans are the of the club and this is a tribute to those that have supported us for many years. When we went down to the Segunda, we overcame that difficulty because we retained 20,000 members. For the present, because the fans show enthusiasm, which the team receives and returns to them. We want to achieve bigger objectives, but we can’t do that without the fans. For the future, because that will be determined by the fans.”

“It is very important that fans feel they are necessary for the club to function. For that reason, we decided to unite two of the most important things at Real Sociedad – The fans and the shirt.”

Player Xabi Prieto, who has also been a member at the club since 1992, added: “We’re fortunate that we can play every week. Against Sevilla, we’ll have our members playing with us.”

Each player will bear the name of a different supporter on their shirt, recognising the many years of support each of those fans has given the club. Asier Illarramendi concluded: “The crowd is always there and is a very important part of the club.

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