Tiny SD Eibar set to play first ever match in Spain's top tier on Sunday
Minnows take on local Basque rivals Real Sociedad at Ipurua stadium
Eibar had to raise $2.3m after promotion to comply with financial rules in Spain
Club are smallest ever to compete in La Liga with a budget dwarfed by rivals
“We are like one grain of sand against a whole beach.” Eibar fan Unai Eraso.
SD Eibar has already climbed one mountain this summer in being admitted to Spain’s top football tier, but its next task is even more daunting – trying to compete in the same division as European champion Real Madrid.
Not only can Real lavish a sum four times Eibar’s annual budget on just one player, its Bernabeu stadium could hold the entire population of the tiny Basque town and still have 58,454 seats empty.