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2010–11 Real Sociedad season

Real Sociedad
2010–11 season
President Jokin Aperribay
Manager Martín Lasarte
La Liga 15th
Copa del Rey Round of 32
Out of the competition.
Top goalscorer Antoine Griezmann

The 2010–11 season is Real Sociedad's 65th season in La Liga. After spending 3 seasons in the second tier of Spanish football the Basque club obtained promotion by topping the table in 2010.

This article shows player statistics and all matches (official and friendly) that the club played during the 2010–11 season.

Season summary

In the 2010-11 season, Real Sociedad played in the top division of Spanish football for the first time since being relegated in 2007. Some additions were made to the squad that had obtained promotion. Among them Joseba Llorente stood out, having cost €2.5 million.

The season started with a home victory against Villarreal CF. During the first half of the season, the club got an unexpectedly high point tally. Relegation looked extremely unlikely and optimism reigned. Later in the season, the shortcomings in Lasarte’s approach became clear and the club was in free fall. On the last match day Real Sociedad faced Getafe, in a game where defeat would have meant relegation. An equalizer by Francisco Sutil prevented the drop and Deportivo de La Coruña were relegated instead.

At the end of the season, Lasarte was dismissed on the grounds that he didn’t give enough of a chance to academy players and that his style of play was rudimentary and unattractive.


Squad information

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Claudio Bravo
2 DF Carlos Martínez
3 DF Mikel González
4 MF Gorka Elustondo
5 MF Markel Bergara
6 DF Mikel Labaka
7 MF Antoine Griezmann
8 FW Joseba Llorente
9 FW Imanol Agirretxe
10 MF Xabier Prieto
11 MF Mikel Aranburu (captain)
13 GK Eñaut Zubikarai
14 MF Jeffrey Sarpong
No. Position Player
15 DF Ion Ansotegi
16 DF Vadim Demidov
17 MF David Zurutuza
18 FW Borja Viguera
19 MF Diego Rivas
20 FW Raul Tamudo
21 FW Diego Ifrán
22 DF Dani Estrada
23 MF Francisco Sutil
24 DF Alberto de la Bella
26 MF Asier Illarramendi
30 GK Toño Ramírez

Start formations

Starting XI

Lineup that started most of the club's competitive matches throughout the season.

MS Notes
1 GK Claudio Bravo 38
2 RB Carlos Martínez 25
15 CB Ion Ansotegi 32
3 CB Mikel González 30
24 LB Alberto de la Bella 28
19 MF Diego Rivas 31
11 MF Mikel Aranburu 27
10 AM Xabier Prieto 37
17 AM David Zurutuza 30
7 AM Antoine Griezmann 34
20 FW Raúl Tamudo 20

4-2-3-1 was the default formation during that season. Occasionally Lasarte changed formation, ressorting to a back 5 (Santander away) or in some cases adding a second forward (Levante away). In some other games (Atlético Madrid Away) Lasarte played 3 center-midfielders. The preferred partnership in center midfield was that of Aranburu and Rivas. Alternative choices, like Bergara or Elustondo, proving to be unsuccessful. Up front Llorente began strongly but after his injury he was replaced by Tamudo, who would eventually start more games and play more minutes.

Player statistics

Summer transfers

Emilio Nsue and Carlos Bueno, who were instrumental to the club's promotion, returned to their original clubs, as did the less important Songo'o and Jonathan Estrada.

In the winter transfer window Agirretxe was close to being loaned to a second division club. However, a season-ending injury suffered by Joseba Llorente put an end to all speculation. Borja Viguera was loaned to Catalan 2nd division club Nastic, due to lack of opportunities. After having played a handful of games his season ended when he suffered an injury.

The club acquired some new players in order to reinforce its squad. Most of the signings were arguably failures. Jeffrey Sarpong was bought from Ajax for €0.2 million and was mostly used as a substitute. Francisco Sutil, a free transfer, suffered a similar fate. Joseba Llorente, signed from Villarreal CF for €2.5 million, although impressive while fit, missed most of the season due to injury. Raúl Tamudo and Vadim Demidov were the most consistent signings that season. Finally Diego Ifrán showed signs of his quality, despite coming back from injury much later than expected.


Player From Fee
Joseba Llorente Villarreal €2.5M
Raúl Tamudo Espanyol Free
Diego Ifrán Danubio €1.6M
Francisco Sutil Eibar Free
Jeffrey Sarpong Ajax €0.2M
Vadim Demidov Rosenborg Free player, winter signing.


Player New Team Fee
Asier Riesgo Osasuna Free, end of contract
Sergio Rodríguez Logroñés Free, end of contract

Loan out

Player Team
Iosu Esnaola Real Unión
Iñigo Sarasola Real Unión
Borja Viguera Gimnàstic de Tarragona
Alex Albistegi Eibar

Loan return

Italics for players returning to the club but left it during pre-season

Player From
Toño Ramírez Tenerife B

Loan end

Player To
Jonathan Estrada Millonarios
Carlos Bueno Universidad de Chile
Emilio Nsue Mallorca
Franck Songo'o Real Zaragoza


Coaching staff

Position Staff
Head coach Martín Lasarte
Assistant Coach Alberto Iturralde
Fitness Trainer Pablo Balbi
Goalkeeper Coach Roberto Navajas
Technical Assistant Karla Larburu

Source: [1]


The club played a series of friendlies preparing for the new season. A brief stage in Austria allowed the club to play some foreign clubs.
Date Rival Place Result Scorers
30 July Elgoibar Mintxeta, Elgoibar 0–3 Llorente 18', Sutil 23', Agirretxe 58'
4 August Dinamo Tirana Bad Bleiber, Austria 4 – 2 Llorente 6', Agirretxe (2) 82', 85' Viguera 88'
6 August AEL Limassol Bad Bleiber, Austria 3 – 0 Borja Viguera 55', Aranburu 63', Llorente 89'
7 August Bochum Bad Bleiber, Austria 1 – 1 Prieto 55'
12 August Eibar Ipurua, Eibar 1 – 3 Aranburu 52', Agirretxe 78', Alex Albistegi 78'
14 August Sporting de Gijón Asti, Zarautz 0 – 1
18 August Real Unión Txerloia, Azkoitia 1–1 Agirretxe 46'
22 August Osasuna Estadio Reyno de Navarra, Pamplona 0 – 1 Tamudo 78'


      Win       Draw       Loss


Copa del Rey

As a result of losing on a 5-3 aggregate, Real Sociedad were knocked out

See also

External links

  • Official website
  • Real Sociedad Fixtures and Results 2010-2011
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