Real Sociedad top scorers of all time
Students and workers returning from Britain introduced football to San Sebastián in the early 1900s and just in five years In May 1905, the San Sebastian Football Club was formed, and later on King Alfonso XIII – who used San Sebastián as his summer capital – gave the club his patronage, where it afterward became known as Real Sociedad de Fútbol.
111 years ago, on 7 September 1909 Real Sociedad had founded and till this very moment, competes as a real fighter in Copa Del Rey. In all these years, numerous footballers joined the team. They weren't just footballer, they were the members of a big family. a family with an important task, bring enjoyment and happiness for its fans from all over the world.
All-time top goal scorers in Real Sociedad history
In the following article, we are to have a rundown of Real Sociedad highest goal scorers ever.
Jesús María Satrústegui
The first one on the list of Real Sociedad top scorers of all time is Satrústegui- the retired striker who only played for Sociedad his entire professional career.
Jesús María Satrústegui Azpiroz was born on 12 February 1954 in Pamplona, Navarre. he started his football career in Sociedad in 1973 as a striker. after almost a decade in November 1982, unfortunately in a match against Real Zaragoza, he had his knee injured and never really recovered so, he had an early retirement at the age of 32, at the end of the 1985–86 season. during these years, he made 312 appearances and scored 143 goals.
this Serbian footballer with 107 goals is the second Real Sociedad top scorers of all time.
Darko Kovačević was born on 18 November 1973. he started his career with his birth-town club FK Radnički Kovin and soon Zrenjanin based Serbian top league club FK Proleter spotted him. by his great performance, even as a 19-year-old boy, it was estimated that Kovačević would become one of the country's greatest ever goalscorers.
in 1996 Kovačević moved to La Liga side Real Sociedad and once again showed his top talents and skills in a professional europian football team. his brilliant techniques made him one of the top scorers in the UEFA Cup during the 1998–99 season, with 8 goals. he had 283 appearances and scored 107 goals during his great time in Real Sociedad.
Roberto López Ufarte
Roberto López Ufarte was born on 19 April 1958 in Fes, Morocco. he started his football career in his neighborhood club, Real Unión- the Spanish football club based in Irun, a town of the Bidasoaldea region in the Basque Autonomous Community. soon he became a member of the more famous club. he joined Real Sociedad. he made his debuts in 1975–76 season, exactly in the competition on 30 November 1975 in a 0–2 derby away loss against Athletic Bilbao. at that game, he was only 17 and since then he became an essential first-team member.
this retired forward had 383 appearances and scored 103 goals. he is situated in the third rank of Real Sociedad top scorers of all time.
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the fourth Real Sociedad top scorers of all time, is a Bosnian professional football manager and former soccer player.
Mehmed "Meho" Kodro was born on 12 January 1967 in Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia. he made his professional debut at the age of 18 with his local football team, Velež.
as the Yugoslav Wars started, he migrated to Spain and continued his football in Real Sociedad of San Sebastián in 1991 and stayed there till 1995. in 1994–95 La Liga season, he finished second in the Pichichi Trophy race to Real Madrid's Iván Zamorano. Kodro, during his four seasons with Real Sociedad, had 144 appearances and scored 81 goals.
Imanol Agirretxe Arruti was born on 24 February 1987 in Usurbil, Gipuzkoa. he was the child of Real Sociedad's youth system. he made his first debut matches in 2004–05 season with Real Sociedad B and soon got fixed in the main team.
the entire professional career of Agirretxe was spent at Real Sociedad and after a serious injury in 2015 he declared his early retirement at the age of 31. he had 271 appearances and scored 74 goals. This loyal footballer owns the fifth rank of Real Sociedad top scorers of all time.
Xabier "Xabi" Prieto Argarate was born on 29 August 1983 in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa. he was graduated from the Real Sociedad youth system at his hometown club and made his senior debut in 2002 with Real Sociedad B.
in 2005–06 season he promoted to the first squad and proved his real football talents and techniques. he had the record of appearances with Real Sociedad, he made 531 appearances and scored 74 goals, so based on this record, he is considered as the sixth Real Sociedad top scorers of all time. In April 2018, when he officiated his retirement, To honor his contributions, Real Sociedad arranged for the club crest to be replaced with his portrait on the players' shirts for the final match of the campaign against CD Leganés.
Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido was born on 1 March 1989 in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico. his father- who was a semi-professional footballer-enrolled him into local football teams. Vela's first club was Ko Cha Wolis.
in November 2005, by a five-year contract he joined Arsenal, his fee was £125,000 that rose to £550,000 after he played 50 first-team games. it could have been his breakthrough but unfortunately, due to English work permit restrictions for non-EU citizens, he was obliged to leave England and Arsenal decided to loan him to the Spanish clubs.
after several years of ups and downs, on 15 August 2011, Arsenal announced that Vela would be loaned out to Spanish club Real Sociedad and later on after making over 30 appearances in all competitions and scoring 12 goals, on 17 July 2012 it was officially stated that he had been transferred to Real Sociedad from Arsenal. From 2011 till 2017, he had 250 appearances and scored 73 goals and with just one goal less than Prieto, he is named the seventh Real Sociedad top scorers of all time.
the eighth Real Sociedad top scorers of all time, is Pedro Uralde Hernáez who was born on 2 March 1958 and started his career with Real Sociedad .On 3 February he made his debut as a substitute in a 4–0 home win against Athletic Bilbao. he played with Real Sociedad shirt for almost a decade, between 1976-1986. during these years he had 199 appearances and scored 70 goals.
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José Mari Bakero
José María Bakero Escudero was born on 11 February 1963 in Goizueta, Navarre. his football career was mainly spent in Real Sociedad and Barcelona. he made his debut with Real Sociedad on 6 September 1980 as a substitute when he was only 17.
he commenced his football as a forward but was converted into an attacking midfielder, who had the ability of passing and scoring (with both his right foot and his head, the second despite his short stature), he also was skilled in leadership. the ninth Real Sociedad top scorers of all time, since 1980 till 1988 had 240 appearances and scored 68 goals.
Jesús María Zamora
Jesús María Zamora Ansorena was born on 1 January 1955 in Rentería, Gipuzkoa. he is the tenth highest goal scorers in Real Sociedad of all time. likewise his namesake-Jesús María Satrústegui- his entire football career was spent in Real Sociedad. this one-club man, from 1973 till 1989 played with the shirt of The Whites and Blues. he had 485 appearances and scored 68 goals.
Óscar de Paula
Óscar Javier de Paula Gamero was born on 31 May 1975 in Durango, Biscay, Basque Country, and just like others, started his football career in low level clubs.
At the beginning of 1995–96, he decided to join his native region club- Real Sociedad. on 10 September 1995, he made his very first debut, featuring three minutes in the 2–0 home win against Sporting de Gijón. Although he was never a regular player in Real Sociedad, he considered a very successful one. The eleventh Real Sociedad top goal scorers ever, spent 11 seasons there and made 298 appearances and scored 60 goals.
the next one on the list of top scorers in Real Sociedad of all time is a Turkish former professional footballer.
Nihat Kahveci was born on 23 November 1979. he was the child of Beşiktaş's youth system. he was discovered by Hürser Mustafa Cindir when Nihat played in Beşiktaş junior. soon he found his way into Beşiktaş's first team, at that time he was a 17-year-old boy.
In January 2002, Nihat by a €5 million contract transferred to Real Sociedad and on 26 January made his debut, in a 3–1 loss against Celta de Vigo, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute for Xabi Alonso. he spent five seasons with the shirt of The Royal and made 142 appearances and scored 57 goals.
this a Brazilian professional footballer, is situated on the 13th rank of Real Sociedad top goal scorers ever.
Willian José da Silva was born on 23 November 1991 in Porto Calvo, Alagoas. started his career at local CRB's youth setup and later on continued his football in several other clubs including Grêmio Barueri, São Paulo, Santos, Real Madrid, Zaragoza, Las Palmas. after all these teams, on 31 July 2016, he signed a five-year contract with Real Sociedad. since 2016, till this moment he had 149 appearances and scored 56 goals.
the 14th all-time top goal scorers in Real Sociedad history is Le Petit Prince.
Antoine Griezmann was born on 21 March 1991 in the commune of Mâcon in the département of Saône-et-Loire. he had begun his career playing for hometown club UF Mâcon. he had participated in several trials with professional clubs in order to earn a spot in one. but all of them rejected him. in 2005 when he was on a trial with Montpellier, Griezmann played in a friendly match against the youth academy of Paris Saint-Germain in Paris, and moved several clubs, notably Spanish club Real Sociedad.
despite his parents' disagreement, he finally joined this Spanish club but it took time to break into Real Sociedad's first team. On 2 September 2009, Griezmann-as a substitute- made his competitive debut in the team's Copa Del Rey match against Rayo Vallecano. after five seasons, he departed Real Sociedad, during this time he made 202 appearances and scored 52 goals.
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Javier de Pedro
Francisco Javier "Javi" de Pedro Falque was born on 4 August 1973 in Logroño, La Rioja. he was also the product of Real Sociedad's youth system. he made his debut in the main team of Real Sociedad on 7 November 1993, coming on as a substitute in a 1–3 home defeat against UE Lleida. since then, he became a key part of the main team arrangement. he was great at creating opportunities and scoring goals.
he spent 12 years in Real Sociedad and made 323 appearances and scored 45 goals. therefore, he is the 15th highest goal scorers in Real Sociedad of all time.
Mikel Oyarzabal Ugarte was born on 21 April 1997 in Eibar, Gipuzkoa. in 2011 when he was 14, he joined Real Sociedad youth academy, and on 15 November 2014, While still a junior, he made his senior debut with the reserves, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3–2 away win against SD Amorebieta for the Segunda División B championship.
he is wearing The Whites and Blues shirt, since 2014 till this moment and he had 195 appearances and scored 43 goals. so far he could be considered as 16th top scorers in Real Sociedad of all time, but definitely, as he is still playing in the club, this rank would change in the near future.
the 17th Real Sociedad highest goal scorers ever, is a former British footballer.
John William Aldridge was born on 18 September 1958. he began his career in the mid-1970s at non-league South Liverpool. after several years of experience in some low-profile clubs, in January 1987 when Liverpool needed a proven and experienced replacement for their chief striker Ian Rush, he grabbed the opportunity and by a £750,000 contract joined Liverpool. it was indeed his breakthrough. for two years he stayed at Liverpool and later on the club accepted an offer of £1million from Basque side Real Sociedad for Aldridge. this contract made john Aldridge the first non-Basque player to sign for Sociedad in several decades as they abandoned a selective recruitment policy. unfortunately due to some differences in the Basque country lifestyle, in 1991 he left Real Sociedad and joined Tranmere Rovers.
he made 75 appearances and scored 40 goals.
Santiago Idígoras Bilbao was born on 24 July 1953 in Oñati, Gipuzkoa. by 217 appearances and scored 36 goals. he is the 18th Real Sociedad top goal scorers ever.
he started his career in Real Sociedad's youth system. After two seasons with the reserves, he was promoted to the first team for the 1974–75 campaign, making his La Liga debut on 15 September 1974 in a 0–1 away loss against Celta de Vigo on 15 September 1974. during his seven-year spell, he was considered as one of the key players of The Whites and Blues. because of his physical appearance -pale white and blond-he was given the nickname El Vikingo de Oñati -Viking in English.
Valeri Georgievich Karpin, the former midfielder and the current football manager of FC Rostov is the 19th top scorers in Real Sociedad of all time.
he was born on 2 February 1969 and started his career in his local club, the continued his way in some professional clubs including Fakel Voronezh (1989), Spartak Moscow (1990–94), and Real Sociedad. in 1994 he joined The Whites and Blues and till 1996 he stayed there. after his departure from Celta Vigo, once again he joined Real Socided in 2002 and ended his career at the end of the 2004–05 with this club. during these years he made 194 appearances and scored 37 goals.
Lorenzo Juarros García
the last one, on our list of all-time top scorers in Real Sociedad history, is a footballer who played as either a central defender or striker. Lorenzo Juarros García-known as Loren- was born on 7 October 1966, in Mambrillas de Lara, Province of Burgos.
he joined Real Sociedad as an amateur and on 9 September 1984 made his debut in a 0–1 home loss against CD Málaga and soon became an undisputed member of the team. he stayed with Real Sociedad from 1984 till 1989 and after a five-year-departure once again joined Real Sociedad. during all these years he made 389 appearances and scored 36 goals.
The above list included 20 Real Sociedad top scorers of all time, and it must be as always noted that the list of top scorers is not limited to the above players. Real Sociedad is definitely an integral part of the La Liga. Every year, with the arrival of new generation players from all over the world, fresh blood flows in the veins of Real Sociedad and it does not take long that the above list to undergo dramatic changes. Changes that mean the constant dynamism and evolution of world-class football. These changes will undoubtedly make football more and more attractive to fans of this popular sport around the world.
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