RCD Espanyol

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Full nameReial Club Deportiu
Espanyol de Barcelona, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Periquitos (Parakeets) Blanquiazules (White and Blue) Mágico (Magical)
Founded28 October 1900; 114 years ago (28 October 1900)
as Sociedad Española de Football
GroundEstadi Cornellà-El Prat
Ground Capacity40,500
PresidentJoan Collet i Diví
ManagerSergio González
LeagueLa Liga
2013–14La Liga, 14th
WebsiteClub home page
Current season
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Rcd espanyol logo.svg
Full nameReial Club Deportiu
Espanyol de Barcelona, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Periquitos (Parakeets) Blanquiazules (White and Blue) Mágico (Magical)
Founded28 October 1900; 114 years ago (28 October 1900)
as Sociedad Española de Football
GroundEstadi Cornellà-El Prat
Ground Capacity40,500
PresidentJoan Collet i Diví
ManagerSergio González
LeagueLa Liga
2013–14La Liga, 14th
WebsiteClub home page
Current season

Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona (Catalan pronunciation: [rəˈjaɫ ˈkɫub dəpurˈtiw əspəˈɲɔɫ də βərsəˈɫonə]; Royal Spanish Sports Club of Barcelona), commonly known as RCD Espanyol, or simply as Espanyol, is a professional sports club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Its football team is particularly popular.


Foundation and club culture[edit]

Espanyol was founded on 28 October 1900 by Ángel Rodríguez Ruiz (1879—1959), an engineering student at the University of Barcelona. The club's original home was in the well-off district of Sarrià and was initially known as the Sociedad Española de Football. One year later, the club changed its name to Club Español de Fútbol. Espanyol was the first club in Spain to be formed exclusively by Spanish fans of the game.

The club originally played in bright yellow shirts, with the colour of the shorts being left to the individual player. A friend of the club founder owned a textile business and happened to have an abundance of yellow material left over from a job. In 1910, the club changed its name to Club Deportivo Español and chose blue and white stripes as shirt colours and as the central colours of the club badge. Blue and white was chosen in homage to the colours appearing on the shield of the great Sicilian-Aragonese Admiral Roger de Lluria, who sailed the Mediterranean protecting the interests of the Crown of Aragon in the Middle Ages. The club were successful from the very beginning, winning the Campionat de Catalunya in 1903 and subsequently playing in the Copa del Rey.

Development of club's name[edit]

Line-up in the 1980s

In 1906, the club folded due to financial reasons and most of the players joined the X Sporting Club. This club won the Campionat de Catalunya three times between 1906 and 1908. In 1909, this club was effectively relaunched as Club Deportivo Español, and in 1910, they adopted their present day colours. Espanyol are one of several Spanish football clubs granted patronage by the Spanish crown and thus entitled to use Real in their names and the royal crown on their badge. This right was granted to Espanyol in 1912 by Alfonso XIII and the club subsequently became known as Real Club Deportivo Español.

Following the abdication of Alfonso XIII in 1931 and the declaration of the Second Spanish Republic, due to prohibition of royal symbols, the club adopted the more Catalan/republican friendly name, Club Esportiu Espanyol. After the Spanish Civil War, the name reverted to Real Club Deportivo Español.

The club took the Catalan spelling for its name in February 1995. The word Deportiu in Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona is a Catalanised form of the original word Deportivo (Castilian), despite the correct word being Esportiu in the Catalan language. This choice was made in order to retain the initials RCD in the club's name.

In 1994, Espanyol created its reserve team, Espanyol B, currently playing in the Segunda División B.

UEFA Cup 2006–07[edit]

For more details on Espanyol in Europe, see RCD Espanyol in Europe.

With their win in the Copa del Rey the previous season, Espanyol entered the UEFA Cup. Following a 5–3 aggregate success against Artmedia Bratislava they were drawn in Group F, along with Dutch giants Ajax, Belgian minnows Zulte Waregem, Czech side Sparta Prague, and Austrian side Austria Wien. Espanyol were group winners, victorious in all four of their ties.

Their opponent in the Round of 32 was Italian side Livorno, who had just scraped into the knockout stages. Espanyol were 4–1 victors on aggregate, recording a 2–1 win in Tuscany and finishing the job 2–0 in Barcelona. Next up was Israeli side Maccabi Haifa, and after a dour 0–0 draw in the away leg, Espanyol thrashed their Israeli counterparts 4–0 in the second leg. Many were starting to see Espanyol as favourites to go all the way to the final in Glasgow's Hampden Park.

However, if that were to be the case, Espanyol would have to defeat Portuguese giants Benfica, two-time European Cup winners. Espanyol did not seem fazed by this, as they raced into a 3–0 lead in Spain. However, Benfica fought back and scored two away goals to leave the tie firmly in the balance. Nevertheless, Espanyol survived a daunting trip to Lisbon, coming away with a 0–0 draw, which was enough to book them a place in the semi-finals.

Germans Werder Bremen lay in wait for the Catalan side in the last four, but once again, Espanyol produced a brilliant home performance to virtually seal the tie on the night. A 3–0 rout of the Germans put the Spanish firmly in control, and any real doubts about their passage to the final disappeared, with a 2–1 win in Bremen. In the final, held on 16 May in Glasgow, Scotland, Espanyol fell to fellow La Liga side Sevilla, losing 3–1 in a shootout following a 2–2 draw. They became the only football team in UEFA Cup history to remain unbeaten in the tournament, yet didn't take home the trophy. Walter Pandiani, who would leave the club at the end of the season, was the top goal scorer of the UEFA Cup of that season.


El derbi Barceloní[edit]

Main article: El derbi Barceloní

Espanyol's local rival has always been FC Barcelona. Blanc-i-blaus, being one of the clubs granted royal patronage, was founded exclusively by Spanish football fans, unlike the multinational nature of Barça's primary board. The founding message of the club was clearly anti-Barcelona, and they disapprovingly saw FC Barcelona as a team of foreigners.[1] The rivalry was strengthened by what Catalonians saw as a provocative representative of Madrid.[2] Their original ground was in the affluent district of Sarrià.[3][4]

Traditionally, especially during the Franco regime, Espanyol was seen by the vast majority of Barcelona's citizens as a club which cultivated a kind of compliance to the central authority, in stark contrast to Barça's spirit of Catalan nationalism.[5] In 1918 Espanyol started a counter-petition against autonomy, which at that time had become a pertinent issue.[1] Later on, an Espanyol supporter group would join the Falangists in the Spanish civil war, siding with the fascists. Despite these differences in ideology, the derbi has always been more relevant to Espanyol supporters than Barcelona ones due to the difference in objectives. In recent years the rivalry has become less political, as Espanyol translated its official name and anthem from Spanish to Catalan.[1]

Though it is the most played local derby in the history of La Liga, it is also the most unbalanced, with Barcelona overwhelmingly dominant. In the league table, Espanyol has only managed to end above Barça on three occasions in almost 70 years and the only all-Catalan Copa del Rey final was won by Barça in 1957. Espanyol has the consolation of achieving the largest margin win with a 6–0 in 1951. Espanyol achieved a 2–1 win against Barça during the 2008–09 season, becoming the first team to defeat Barcelona at Camp Nou in their treble-winning season.[6]


RCD Espanyol play at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat


Men's Football[edit]

Third place (4): 1932–33, 1966–67, 1972–73, 1986–87
Winners (4): 1929, 1940, 2000, 2006
Runners-up (5): 1911, 1915, 1941, 1947, 1957
Semi-finals (10): 1903, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1945, 1948 (3rd place), 1949 (3rd place), 1956, 1977, 1996
Quarter-finals (20): 1918, 1926, 1934, 1936, 1942, 1953, 1954, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1983, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2009, 2012, 2014
Runners-up (2): 1987–88, 2006–07
Winner (1): 1993–94
Winners (11): 1903–04, 1905–06, 1906–07, 1907–08, 1911–12, 1914–15, 1917–18, 1928–29, 1932–33, 1936–37, 1939–40
Winners (6): 1994–95, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010–11
Runners-up (5): 1993–94, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09

Women's football[edit]

Main article: RCD Espanyol (women)
Winners (1): 2005–06
Runners-up (3): 2006–07, 2009–10, 2010–11
Winners (6): 1996, 1997, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012
Runners-up (4): 1990, 2002, 2007, 2011

Men's basketball[edit]

Winners (1): 1941
Winners (2): 1931, 1932
Runners-up (3): 1941, 1943, 1954
Winners (1): 1981

Women's basketball[edit]

Winners (1): 1943
Runners-up (1): 1944

Men's hockey[edit]

Winners (11): 1944, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1961, 1962
Runners-up (4): 1946, 1952, 1953, 1958

Women's volleyball[edit]

Winners (3): 1985, 1988, 1991
Winners (5): 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992

Men's baseball[edit]

Winners (2): 1946, 1953

Competition summary[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2014[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

1SpainGKGermán Parreño
2BrazilDFFelipe Mattioni
4SpainMFVíctor Sánchez
5SpainDFVíctor Álvarez
6SpainMFSalva Sevilla
7SpainMFÁlex Fernández
8UruguayFWChristian Stuani
9SpainFWSergio García (captain)
10SpainMFAbraham González
11SpainMFManuel Lanzarote
12SpainDFCarlos Clerc
13SpainGKKiko Casilla (4th captain)
14SpainMFJosé Cañas
15MexicoDFHéctor Moreno
16SpainDFJavi López (vice-captain)
17SpainMFLucas Vázquez (on loan from Real Madrid)
18SpainDFJuan Fuentes
19ArgentinaDFDiego Colotto (3rd captain)
20EcuadorFWFelipe Caicedo
22SpainDFÁlvaro González
23SpainDFAnaitz Arbilla
24SpainMFPaco Montañés
25SpainGKPau López
28SpainMFJoan Jordán
29SpainFWJairo Morillas
30Ivory CoastDFEric Bailly

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

SpainMFChristian Alfonso (at Girona until 30 June 2015)
SpainMFCristian Gómez (at Girona until 30 June 2015)
SpainMFSergio Tejera (at Alavés until 30 June 2015)
Republic of the CongoFWThievy Bifouma (at Almería until 30 June 2015)

Retired numbers[edit]

21 Spain Daniel Jarque (deceased) (2002–09)

See also Category:RCD Espanyol footballers

Players with more appearances[edit]

Competitive, professional matches only.

As of 24 May 2014

NameYearsLeagueSecond DivisionLeague CupOtherTotal
1Spain Raúl Tamudo1996–1034049389
2Spain José María1965–762693110310
3Spain Antonio Argilés1950–6430145309
4Argentina Mauricio Pochettino1994–0627529304
5Cameroon Thomas N'Kono1982–90241331910303
6Spain Arteaga1993–032382829295
7Spain Manuel Zúñiga1979–88259189286
8Spain Fernando Molinos1974–8426466276
9Spain Diego Orejuela1982–91216331512276
10Spain Marañón1974–8326146271
1Includes Copa del Rey data only since 1997.



1922–24Scotland Edward Garry
1924–26Spain Francisco Bru
1926–June 1930England Jack Greenwell
July 1930–June 1933Spain Patricio Caicedo
July 1933–June 1935Spain Ramón Trabal
July 1935-Nov 1935England Harry Lowe
Nov 1935–June 1943Spain Patricio Caicedo
July 1943–Dec 1943Spain Pedro Solé
Dec 1943-June 1944Spain Crisant Bosch
July 1944–Dec 1945Spain Baltasar Albéniz
Jan 1946-June 1946Spain Crisant Bosch
July 1946–June 1947Spain Josep Planas
July 1947–June 1949Spain José Espada
July 1949–Feb 1950Spain Patricio Caicedo
Feb 1950–June 1952Spain Juan José Nogués
July 1952–Dec 1954Argentina Alejandro Scopelli
Dec 1954Spain José Espada
Jan 1955-June 1955Spain Odilio Bravo
July 1955–June 1957Spain Ricardo Zamora
July 1957–June 1958Austria-Hungary Elemér Berkessy
July 1958–June 1959France Marcel Domingo
July 1959–June 1960Spain Antonio Barrios
July 1960–Jan 1961Spain Ernesto Pons
Jan 1961-Feb 1961Argentina Alejandro Scopelli
Feb 1961-June 1961Spain Ricardo Zamora
July 1961-Nov 1961Spain José Luis Saso
Nov 1961-Dec 1961Spain Ricardo Zamora
Dec 1961–June 1962Spain Julián Arcas
July 1962–June 1963Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
July 1963-Dec 1963Spain Pedro Areso
Dec 1963–June 1964Spain Pedro Solé
July 1964–June 1965Hungary László Kubala
July 1965–Feb 1966Spain Fernando Argila
Feb 1966-June 1966Spain José Espada
July 1966–Oct 1968Hungary Jenő Kalmár
Oct 1968–June 1969Spain Antonio Argilés
July 1969–Feb 1970Chile Fernando Riera
Feb 1970-June 1970Spain Rafael Iriondo
July 1970–June 1971Austria-Hungary Ferdinand Daučík
July 1971–Dec 1977Uruguay José Santamaría
Dec 1977–June 1978Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
July 1978–Dec 1979Spain José Antonio Irulegui
Dec 1979-June 1980Spain Vicente Miera
July 1980–June 1983Spain José María Maguregui
July 1983-Sep 1983Serbia Milorad Pavic
Sep 1983–June 1986Spain Xabier Azkargorta
July 1986–Feb 1989Spain Javier Clemente
Feb 1989-Apr 1989Spain Pepe Mauri
Apr 1989Argentina Raúl Longhi
Apr 1989-June 1989Spain José María García Andoaín
July 1989–Dec 1989Spain Benito Joanet
Jan 1990-June 1990Spain Juanjo Díaz
June 28, 1990–June 9, 1991Spain Luis Aragonés
July 1991-Nov 1991Serbia Ljupko Petrović
Nov 1991–Jan 1992Spain Jaume Sabaté
Jan 21, 1992–June 30, 1992Spain Javier Clemente
July 1992–May 1993Spain José Manuel Díaz Novoa
May 1993-June 1993Spain Juanjo Díaz
July 1993–June 1996Spain José Antonio Camacho
July 1996–Jan 1997Spain Pepe Carcelén
Jan 1997-Mar 1997Spain Vicente Miera
Mar 1997-June 1997Spain Paco Flores
July 1, 1997–June 1, 1998Spain José Antonio Camacho
July 1, 1998–Sep 6, 1998Argentina Marcelo Bielsa
Sep 1998–Jan 2000Argentina Miguel Ángel Brindisi
Jan 17, 2000–June 30, 2002Spain Paco Flores
July 1, 2002–Oct 20, 2002Spain Juande Ramos
Oct 2002-Dec 2002Spain Ramón Moya
Dec 18, 2002–Nov 4, 2003Spain Javier Clemente
Nov 4, 2003–June 30, 2004France Luis Fernández
July 1, 2004–June 30, 2006Spain Miguel Ángel Lotina
July 1, 2006–June 30, 2008Spain Ernesto Valverde
July 1, 2008–Nov 30, 2008Spain Tintín Márquez
Dec 1, 2008–Jan 20, 2009Spain Mané
Jan 20, 2009–Nov 26, 2012Argentina Mauricio Pochettino
Nov 28, 2012–May 16, 2014Mexico Javier Aguirre
May 28, 2014–PresentSpain Sergio González

see also Category:RCD Espanyol managers


1900–02Spain Ángel Rodríguez Ruiz
1902–06Spain Josep María Miró Trepat
1906–09no activities
1909Spain Julià Clapera Roca
1909–10Spain Ángel Rodríguez Ruiz
1910–11Spain Evelio Doncos
1911–12Spain Josep García Hardoy
1912–13Spain Santiago de la Riva
1913–14Spain Alfonso Ardura
1914–15Spain Josep García Hardoy
1915–18Spain José María Bernadas
1918–19Uruguay Manuel Allende
1919–20Spain Victorià de la Riva
1920–22Spain Genaro de la Riva
1922–24Spain Victorià de la Riva
1924–25Spain Santiago de la Riva
1925–30Spain Genaro de la Riva
1930–31Spain Santiago de la Riva
1931–33Spain Javier de Salas
1933–42Spain Genaro de la Riva
1942–47Spain Francisco Román Cenarro
1947–48Spain José Salas Painello
1948–58Spain Francisco Javier Sáenz
1958–60Spain Frederic Marimón Grifell
1960–62Spain Victorià Oliveras de la Riva
1962–63Spain Cesáreo Castilla Delgado
1963–67Spain Josep Fusté Noguera
1967–69Spain Juan Vilá
1969–70Spain Josep Fusté Noguera
1970–82Spain Manuel Meler
1982–89Spain Antonio Baró
1989Spain Ferrán Martorell
1989–93Spain Julio Pardo
1993–97Spain Francisco Perelló
1997–11Spain Daniel Sánchez Llibre
2011–12Spain Ramon Condal
2012–Spain Juan Collet


From 1923 until 1997, Espanyol played their home games in Estadi de Sarrià in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona. In 1997, they moved to the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on Montjuïc. For the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Espanyol moved into the newly constructed Estadi Cornellà-El Prat in Cornellà de Llobregat.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Ball, Phil. pp. 86–87.
  2. ^ Shubert, Arthur. p. 199.
  3. ^ "Edición del martes, 09 abril 1901, página 2 – Hemeroteca – Lavanguardia.es" (in Spanish). Hemeroteca Lavanguardia. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "History of Espanyol". RCD Espanyol. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Missiroli, Antonio (March 2002). "European football cultures and their integration: the 'short' Twentieth Century". Europa (web portal). Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Matchday 24". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "RCD Espanyol Profile". http://www.uefa.com/teamsandplayers/teams/club=54189/profile/history/index.html. UEFA. 
  8. ^ Catalan football championship
  9. ^ "Primer equipo" [First team] (in Spanish). RCD Espanyol. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.bdfutbol.com/en/e/e14.html

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