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Real Unión de Irún

Real Unión de Irún is a football (soccer) club from Spain.

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About Real Unión de Irún

Real Unión Club de Irún, S.A.D. is a List of football clubs in Spain based in Irun, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country (autonomous community), 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.


Real Unión were among the early pioneering Spanish football league teams teams and, along with fellow Basque Country (autonomous community) 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 Copa del Rey 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 national football team made their international debut at the Football at the 1920 Summer Olympics, 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 national football team. 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 2008–09 Copa del Rey against giants Real Madrid C.F., Real Unión lost 3–4 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, 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 Segunda División B team at home.

The club finally returned to the Segunda División after a 44-year absence, successively defeating CE Sabadell FC (2–1 aggregate) and AD Alcorcón (3–1) in the 2008–09 Segunda División B. However, it would be a short-lived return, as the team 2009–10 Segunda División.

Season to season

- 10 seasons in Segunda División
- 18 seasons in Segunda División B
- 40 seasons in Tercera División
- 7 seasons in Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol


- 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

- Juan Errazquin
- Manuel Anatol
- René Petit
- Juan Ángel Seguro
- José Ignacio Berruet
- Iñaki Descarga
- Javier Irureta
- David Karanka
- Roberto López Ufarte


Former coaches

- Steve Bloomer

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