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Real Unión
Full name Real Unión Club de Irún, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Txuri-beltz (white-black)
Founded 1915
Ground Stadium Gal, Irún,
Basque Country,
(Capacity: 5,000)
Chairman Spain Ricardo García Arias
Manager Spain Iñaki Alonso
League Segunda División
2008-09 2ªB - Group 1, 1st
Home colours
Away colours

Real Unión Club de Irún, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in the city of Irún, in the Basque Country, near the border with France. It currently plays in Segunda División, holding home matches at the 5,000 seater Stadium Gal.



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-level team at home.

The club finally returned to Segunda División 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.

Current squad

As of 2 September 2009.

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Xabier Otermin
2 Spain DF Zuhaitz Gurrutxaga
3 Spain DF Iker Gabaraín
4 Spain DF Jesús Mari Lacruz
5 Spain DF Iosu Iglesias
6 Spain MF Joseba Aguirre
7 Spain FW Paul Abasolo
8 Spain MF Aitor Sanz
9 Spain FW Iñaki Goikoetxea
10 Spain FW Sergio Francisco
11 Mexico MF Juan Seguro
12 Spain DF Pedro Alcalá (on loan from Málaga)
13 Spain GK Javier Jauregui
No. Position Player
14 Spain MF Asier Salcedo
15 Spain MF Ángel Montoro (on loan from Valencia)
16 Spain FW Rubén Durán
17 Spain MF Félix Quero
18 Spain FW Juan Domínguez
19 Spain FW Gorka Brit
20 Spain MF Eneko Romo
21 Spain DF Hodei Mendinueta
22 Spain MF Markel Robles
23 Spain DF Iñaki Descarga
24 Spain MF Jagoba Beobide
25 Serbia FW Goran Marić
- Argentina DF Danilo Gerlo


  • Spanish Cup: 1913, 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
  • Second Division B: 2002–03, 2008–09


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
1973/74 Regional
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

Statistics 2007-08

Segunda División B Position Pts P W D L F A
Real Unión 5th 62 38 17 11 10 48 34
  • Top Scorers:
    • Sergio Francisco - 12 goals
    • Iñaki Goikoetxea - 11 goals
    • Romo - 6 goals
  • Top Goalkeepers:
    • Otermin - 32 goals in 37 matches
    • Elissalde - 2 goals in 2 matches

Famous players

Cat:Real Unión footballers

Former coaches

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