Real Sociedad B

Real Sociedad de Fútbol "B" (also known as Sanse) is a Spanish football team based in San Sebastián, in the autonomous community of Basque Country. Founded in 1955, it is the reserve team of Real Sociedad and plays in Segunda División, holding home games at Campo José Luis Orbegozo holding 2,500 spectators[2] of the Zubieta Facilities.

Real Sociedad B
Real Sociedad logo.svg
Full nameReal Sociedad de Fútbol, S.A.D. "B"
Founded1955; 66 years ago (1955)
as Real Sociedad de Fútbol Junior[1]
GroundCampo José Luis Orbegozo
Usurbil, Spain
PresidentJokin Aperribay
Head coachXabi Alonso
LeagueSegunda División
2020–212ª B – Group 2 (A), 1st of 11 (promoted)
2ª B – Group 2 (C), 1st of 6 (promoted)
Current season

Unlike in nations such as England, reserve teams in Spain play in the same football pyramid as their senior team rather than a separate league. However, reserve teams cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore, the team is ineligible for promotion to La Liga, the division in which the main side plays. Reserve teams are also no longer permitted to enter the Copa del Rey.


The team's origin dates from 1952 when the Real Sociedad youth team were runners-up in the Copa del Rey Juvenil and the club's board sought to bridge the gap between the talented teenagers and the senior team: the concept of Real Sociedad de Fútbol Junior was introduced, but economic problems delayed its first official match until 1955, immediately after the youth team won the Copa Juvenil.[1] After quickly gaining promotion to the third tier to become part of the national football pyramid, a name change was required to differentiate them from the senior team, and San Sebastián Club de Fútbol was chosen.[1] They first reached the second division in 1959–60, and achieved a best ever classification in the category after finishing fifth two years later; however, as the main squad was relegated from La Liga, San Sebastián was ineligible for promotion, being relegated instead.[1]

In 1980, Sanse was promoted to the newly created Segunda División B, remaining in that category for 17 consecutive seasons. Afterwards they fluctuated between the third and fourth tiers, reaching the promotion playoffs of the former in 1991 and 2006 but subsequently falling short. In 1992, a change in rules forced the team to change its name, and it was renamed Real Sociedad de Fútbol B. Liga de Fútbol Profesional's rules prohibit B clubs from having different names from their parent club, the exceptions being Real Madrid Castilla and Sevilla Atlético. Upon celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2007, the team had used 486 players, preparing dozens to represent the first team including the vast majority of the squad that won the Spanish championship twice in succession (1980–81 and 1981–82).

A change in the club structure from 2016 meant that most Sanse players would be promoted from a new subsidiary, Real Sociedad C (previously known as Berio), who would play in Tercera División with under-20 graduates of the club's youth system. The Real Sociedad C team must play at least one division below Real Sociedad B.

In the 2017–18 season, the team finished third in Group 2.[3] In 2020–21, Sanse won their group and gained promoted to the second division 59 years since their last appearance, after defeating Algeciras in the promotion play-off finals.[4][5]

Club namesEdit

  • Real Sociedad de Fútbol Junior – (1955–57)
  • San Sebastián Club de Fútbol – (1957–91)
  • Real Sociedad de Fútbol "B" – (1991–92)
  • Real Sociedad de Fútbol, S.A.D. "B" – (1992–)

Season to seasonEdit

  • As an independent club
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1956–57 4 1ª Reg. 4th
1957–58 3 5th
1958–59 3 3rd
1959–60 3 1st
1960–61 2 9th
1961–62 2 5th
1962–63 3 9th
1963–64 3 5th
1964–65 3 13th
1965–66 3 8th
1966–67 3 11th
1967–68 3 5th
1968–69 3 4th
1969–70 3 3rd
1970–71 3 8th
1971–72 3 6th
1972–73 3 8th
1973–74 3 10th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1974–75 3 6th
1975–76 3 7th
1976–77 3 12th
1977–78 4 3rd
1978–79 4 3rd
1979–80 4 1st
1980–81 3 2ª B 8th
1981–82 3 2ª B 11th
1982–83 3 2ª B 6th
1983–84 3 2ª B 9th
1984–85 3 2ª B 17th
1985–86 3 2ª B 8th
1986–87 3 2ª B 15th
1987–88 3 2ª B 6th
1988–89 3 2ª B 3rd
1989–90 3 2ª B 5th
1990–91 3 2ª B 4th
1991–92 3 2ª B 8th
  • As the reserve team of Real Sociedad
Season Tier Division Place
1992–93 3 2ª B 9th
1993–94 3 2ª B 7th
1994–95 3 2ª B 10th
1995–96 3 2ª B 13th
1996–97 3 2ª B 17th
1997–98 4 3rd
1998–99 4 1st
1999–2000 4 1st
2000–01 4 2nd
2001–02 3 2ª B 17th
2002–03 4 2nd
2003–04 3 2ª B 10th
2004–05 3 2ª B 5th
2005–06 3 2ª B 2nd
2006–07 3 2ª B 7th
2007–08 3 2ª B 12th
2008–09 3 2ª B 18th
2009–10 4 1st
2010–11 3 2ª B 11th
2011–12 3 2ª B 12th
Season Tier Division Place
2012–13 3 2ª B 11th
2013–14 3 2ª B 12th
2014–15 3 2ª B 14th
2015–16 3 2ª B 7th
2016–17 3 2ª B 10th
2017–18 3 2ª B 3rd
2018–19 3 2ª B 12th
2019–20 3 2ª B 5th
2020–21 3 2ª B 1st / 1st
2021–22 2

Current squadEdit

As of 9 August 2021[6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ESP Gaizka Ayesa
2 DF   ESP Álex Sola
3 DF   ESP Imanol Ezkurdia
4 MF   ESP Jon Ander Olasagasti
5 DF   ESP Aritz Arambarri
6 DF   ESP Urko González de Zárate
7 FW   ESP Xeber Alkain
8 MF   ESP Aritz Aldasoro
9 FW   ESP Jon Karrikaburu
10 MF   ESP Roberto López (captain)
11 FW   ESP Julen Lobete
12 DF   ESP Jon Pacheco
13 GK   ESP Andoni Zubiaurre
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   ESP Beñat Turrientes
15 DF   FRA Jérémy Blasco
16 DF   ESP Cristo Romero (on loan from Málaga)
17 MF   ESP Germán Valera (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
18 MF   SVK Peter Pokorný
19 FW   ESP Javier Martón
20 FW   ESP Ander Martín
21 FW   FRA Naïs Djouahra
22 MF   ESP Daniel Garrido
23 MF   ESP Luca Sangalli
24 MF   ESP Robert Navarro
32 GK   ESP Unai Marrero

Reserve teamEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
28 DF   ESP Ander Zoilo
29 MF   ESP Iker Kortajarena
31 MF   ESP Jon Magunacelaya
33 DF   ESP Yago Cantero
No. Pos. Nation Player
35 GK   ESP José Ortega
36 MF   ESP Pablo Marín
37 FW   ESP Peru Rodríguez
39 DF   ESP Jokin Gabilondo

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ESP Anatz Elizondo (at Real Unión until 30 June 2022)
FW   ESP Jorge Martínez-Losa (at Calahorra until 30 June 2022)


Winners:[a] 2020–21[b][4]
Winners:[a] 1959–60[c]
Winners:[d] 1979–80,[e] 1998–99,[f] 1999–2000,[g] 2009–10[h]


  1. ^ a b Third tier
  2. ^ Won First Phase group and Second Phase group; promoted in play-offs
  3. ^ Promoted in play-offs
  4. ^ Fourth tier
  5. ^ Promoted directly
  6. ^ Not promoted in play-offs
  7. ^ Not promoted in play-offs
  8. ^ Promoted in play-offs


Real Sociedad B hold home games at Instalaciones de Zubieta, which holds 2,500 spectators.

Players of both the first and the second teams train in these facilities, with Sanse's players being nicknamed "Potrillos" ("Colts") as the grounds are located near the city's horse racetrack.

Former coachesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d El Sanse cumple medio siglo [Sanse turns half a century], El Diario Vasco (in Spanish), 15 September 2007
  2. ^ "Spain - Real Sociedad de Fútbol - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Women Soccerway". Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Histórico R. Sociedad B - Segunda División B G 2 2017/2018". Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b La Real Sociedad 'B' regresa a Segunda División sesenta años después (1-2) [Real Sociedad 'B' returns to the Second Division sixty years later (1-2)], RFEF (in Spanish), 22 May 2021
  5. ^ El ascenso del Sanse ofrecerá beneficios deportivos, económicos y sociales a la Real [The promotion of Sanse will offer sporting, economic and social benefits to the Real], Naiz (in Spanish), 23 May 2021
  6. ^ "Sanse squad 21/22". Official Website. Real Sociedad. Retrieved 22 July 2021.

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