Sociedad Deportiva Eibar is one of the professional football clubs representing the Basque Country in La Liga. The club is fairly a newcomer in Spanish top division football, as they got promoted from the Segunda División in 2014. Starting its journey on November 30, 1940, SD Eibar became the first club in Europe to achieve ISO certification in 2005. In fact, it remains the only club in the continent that has ISO approval.
Eibar is nicknamed “Los Armeros” (The Gunsmiths). The club’s red and blue striped home kit is quite reminiscent of the Barcelona home shirt. It plays all of its home games in the Ipurua Municipal Stadium, which can house 8,164 fans at a time.
SD Eibar: Honors
Eibar has played only 6 times in the Spanish top division. So far the club doesn’t have any top tier silverware on its trophy cabinet. A 9th place league finish in 2017/18 and a Copa del Rey quarterfinal run in the preceding season is the club’s highlight in top-flight Spanish football so far.
Segunda División B
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Dani García now plies his trade at Athletic Bilbao, but he spent the best part of his career at Eibar. The midfielder originally arrived at a loan signing at Eibar in 2012, but made the move permanent in 2014 after helping the club gain its inaugural promotion to La Liga. García is the first player to have played more than 100 top flight games for Eibar.
SD Eibar: Present Team
SD Eibar: Recent Times
In 2013/14 Eibar secured Segunda División title and qualified for the first time in its history to play in Spanish top division. However, the club was threatened to deny promotion because of its inadequate share capital. Later on, the issue was resolved and the club played its first La Liga campaign in 2014/15. Eibar has been a mainstay at the league since then.
In 2018/19, Eibar had finished 12th on the league and progressed to the Round of 32 of Copa del Rey. The club spent €8m for signings and received €7.75m in transfer fees for selling players.
Before La Liga was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Eibar occupied the 16th position on the league table. The club was eliminated from Copa del Rey at the Round of 32. This last season they spent €17.1m on signings and received €27m on transfer fees for departures.
SD Eibar: Playing Style
Despite lying on the bottom half of the table, Eibar has been adventurous rather than cautious in their game plans. Manager José Luis Mendilibar has primarily rotated between the 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 approach. Defensively the team plays a high line and tries to break down advancing runs from opposition forwards prematurely. On the attacking front, Eibar makes use of the wingers and tries to trouble the opposition defense with continuous crosses.
Fabián Orellana has obviously been the standout player for Eibar this season. The 34-year-old has amassed 7 goals and 6 assists in 24 appearances. He has been so influential for Eibar this season that most of Eibar’s attacking moves came from his side of the pitch-the right wing.
José Ángel “Cote”
José Ángel aka Cote has been a key player for The Gunsmiths as well. The left-back has been great at linking up with Takashi Inui on the left wing and also sprint back to provide defensive cover when necessary.
Pape Diop commanded a leading presence in the Eibar midfield. He served as the link between the defense and forward line, thanks to his marvelous distribution skills. In games the Senegalese was cut off, Eibar struggled to get the ball forward, which shows how much important he is to the team’s game plan.
Official club name: Sociedad Deportiva Eibar S.A.D.
Address: Ipurua Kalea 2
20600 Eibar (Gipuzkoa) (Residents: 27.406). Spain
Tel: +34 (943) 201831
Fax: +34 (943) 202606
Founded: Nov 30, 1940
Members: 5.799 (Score: Jan 22, 2020)
Name of stadium: Ipurua
Total capacity: 8.164
Seats: 8.164. Built: 1947
Under-soil heating: No
Running track: No
Surface: Natural grass
Pitch size: 103m x 65m