Sociedad to put fans' names on players' jerseys

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 2:04 PM

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer team Real Sociedad has a message for its fans: We've got you close our hearts.

The team said Thursday it will honor its fans by putting the names of club members on players' jerseys instead of a sponsor.

Sociedad calls the fan-appreciation initiative "We carry you on our shirts."

The names of club members are chosen at random. A group of 22 already were picked for a television commercial, and the names of another 22 were chosen to appear on the fronts of the jerseys for Thursday's Spanish league game against visiting Sevilla, a 2-1 win for the hosts.

Sociedad moved into seventh place. The San Sebastian-based club has around 25,000 members.

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