Passion runs through every street of Donostia

Local pride

Real Sociedad
Jaime Malagon

San Sebastian local Jaime Malagon explains how the community’s devotion to Real Sociedad isn’t confined to the football pitch

As a devoted fan of La Real from Donostia, Sundays often bring a pilgrimage to witness Real Sociedad cast their charm over the pitch. Led by our local hero Imanol Alguacil, our style of play is a joy to watch, but it’s got substance to go with the style as well. The commitment to keeping smart possession and executing fluid attacking football mirrors the club's dedication to be the best version of itself.  

However, what truly makes Real Sociedad special is the connection with the community. In Donostia and Gipuzkoa, where the club and the region are one, we aren't just fans; we all share common bonds.  

On Sundays, the sea of blue and white at Anoeta tells stories of more than just football. The Zubieta academy is our pride, producing local talents and emphasizing all-round growth. The club's commitment to supporting local clubs and the development of women's football, solidifies its place in the community. It’s all about giving back and fostering communal growth.  

As I navigate the vibrant streets of Donosti, I'm reminded that Real Sociedad is not just a football club; it's a way of life. People live it and breathe it, and that common passion does not cease with the final whistle. In fact, it only gets stronger as we aim to emulate the same love and zeal in our daily lives.

Having returned to the Champions League after so long, seeing our side compete against the best of the best in Europe teams has already been amazing. I can't wait to cheer the team on against Paris Saint-Germain, which will be a tall order. But I can’t help but think we’re far from done yet.

In the end, football for us fans is about the harmony between the club, the fans and the community. The Basque chant that echoes through the Anoeta every weekend: "beti egongo gara zurekin", which means “we will always be with you”, exemplifies just that. Aupa Real!

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Jaime Malagon
About Champions Journalist fan reporters: These blogs have been written by winners of our annual Champions Journalist competition as well as a selection of editors from various fan page accounts. Together they offer their unique insights from the group stages all the way to the final.
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Jaime Malagon
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