Real Unión

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Real Unión
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Full name Real Unión Club de Irún, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Txuri-beltz (White-black)
Founded 1915
Ground Gal, Irun,
Basque Country, Spain
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Ricardo García
Manager Imanol Idiakez
League 2ªB – Group 2
2012–13 2ªB – Group 2, 8th
Current season

Real Unión Club de Irún, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Irun, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country, in the province of Gipuzkoa, near the border with France. Founded in 1915 it currently plays in Segunda División B, holding home matches at the 5,000-seater Stadium Gal.

History[edit]

Real Unión were among the early pioneering Spanish football teams and, along with fellow Basque clubs Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Arenas Club de Getxo were founding members of La Liga, in 1928.

The club was formed in 1915 following the merger of Irún Sporting Club and Racing Club de Irún. The former was founded in 1902 as Irún Foot-Ball Club, changing its name in 1907. The latter, formed in 1908, had already won the Spanish Cup in 1913 beating Athletic Bilbao 1–0 in a replayed final.

The club was briefly known as Unión Club Irún before Alfonso XIII gave the club royal approval. During the Second Spanish Republic the club reverted to this name. Real Unión subsequently won the domestic cup three further times, beating Real Madrid in 1918 and again in 1924. In 1927 they defeated Arenas Getxo in the only all-Basque final to date, also being runners-up in 1922, losing 5–1 to FC Barcelona. The club were relegated from the top flight in 1932.

In 1920, when Spain made their international debut at the Olympic Games, the club provided the squad with three players—Egiazabal, Vázquez and Arabolaza. Another Real Unión player, René Petit, took part in the same Olympic Games with France. In the 70s and 80s, Spanish internationals Javier Irureta and Roberto López Ufarte began their career with the club.

On 11 November 2008, in a Spanish Cup contest against giants Real Madrid, Real Unión lost 3–4 at the Santiago Bernabéu, but secured a famous aggregate victory following a 3–2 home victory in the first leg (away goals rule). It was the first time in history that Real Madrid were eliminated by a third division team at home.[1]

The club finally returned to the second level after a 44-year absence, successively defeating CE Sabadell FC (2–1 aggregate) and AD Alcorcón (3–1) in the 2008–09 promotion play-offs. However, it would be a short-lived return, as the team was immediately relegated back, after ranking 21st.

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 9th
1929/30 6th
1930/31 7th
1931/32 10th
1932/33 10th
1933/34 8th
1934/35 5th
1935/36 8th
1939/40 3rd
1940/41 9th
1941/42 8th
1943/44 10th
1944/45 9th
1945/46 10th
1946/47 5th
1947/48 5th
1948/49 10th
1949/50 17th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1950/51 17th
from 51-52 Regional
to 55-56 Regional
1956/57 12th
1957/58 1st
1958/59 16th
1959/60 2nd
1960/61 5th
1961/62 4th
1962/63 2nd
1963/64 1st
1964/65 16th
1965/66 7th
1966/67 2nd
1967/68 4th
1968/69 2nd
1969/70 6th
1970/71 14th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1971/72 19th
1972/73 Regional 2nd
1973/74 Regional 3rd
1974/75 12th
1975/76 4th
1976/77 7th
1977/78 2ªB 10th
1978/79 2ªB 17th
1979/80 14th
1980/81 9th
1981/82 6th
1982/83 8th
1983/84 4th
1984/85 8th
1985/86 12th
1986/87 8th
1987/88 5th
1988/89 6th
1989/90 5th
1990/91 16th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1991/92 1st
1992/93 1st
1993/94 2ªB 14th
1994/95 2ªB 5th
1995/96 2ªB 5th
1996/97 2ªB 11th
1997/98 2ªB 18th
1998/99 3rd
1999/00 2ªB 16th
2000/01 2ªB 9th
2001/02 2ªB 6th
2002/03 2ªB 1st
2003/04 2ªB 12th Second round
2004/05 2ªB 2nd
2005/06 2ªB 5th Third round
2006/07 2ªB 4th Second round
2007/08 2ªB 5th Round of 32
2008/09 2ªB 1st Round of 16
2009/10 21st
2010/11 2ªB 4th Round of 32
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2011/12 2ªB 14th First round
2012/13 2ªB 8th
2013/14 2ªB 15th
2014/15 2ªB

Current squad[edit]

As 31 August 2013 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Spain GK Xabier Otermin
Spain GK Julen Itxaso
Belgium DF Samuel Piette
Spain DF Mikel Azkoiti
Spain DF Aimar Sagastibeltza
Spain DF Roberto Cano
Spain DF Aitor Morcillo
Spain MF Eneko Romo
Spain MF Alfonso Valín
Spain MF Iker Rodellar
Spain MF Mikel Abaroa
No. Position Player
Spain MF Markel Salgado
Spain MF Iker Seguín
Spain MF Yeray González
Spain MF Hugo Rodríguez
Spain FW Juan Domínguez
Spain FW Iñaki Goikoetxea
Spain FW Lander Gabilondo
Spain FW Óscar Vega
Spain FW Pablo Balerdi
Spain FW Gaizka Saizar

Honours[edit]

  • Copa del Rey: 1913 (as Racing Club de Irún), 1918, 1924, 1927
  • Northern Championship: 1917–18
  • Guipuzcoan Championship: 1919–20, 1920–21, 1921–22, 1923–24, 1925–26, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1946–47
  • Segunda División B: 2002–03, 2008–09

Famous players[edit]

Note: this list includes players that have played at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.

Category:Real Unión footballers

Former coaches[edit]

References[edit]

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