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; 113 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, 13th
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; 113 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, 13th
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.
Raúl Tamudo, Espanyol's top scorer of all time

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.


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 12 August 2014[2]

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

1SpainGKGermán Parreño
2BrazilDFFelipe Mattioni
3SpainDFRaúl Rodríguez
4SpainMFVíctor Sánchez
5SpainDFVíctor Álvarez
6SpainMFSalva Sevilla
7SpainMFÁlex Fernández
8UruguayFWChristian Stuani
9SpainFWSergio García (captain)
10SpainMFAbraham González
11SpainMFManuel Lanzarote
12SpainDFCarlos Clerc
13SpainGKKiko Casilla (4th captain)
14SpainMFDavid López
15MexicoDFHéctor Moreno
16SpainDFJavi López (vice-captain)
17SpainMFChristian Alfonso
18SpainDFJuan Fuentes
19ArgentinaDFDiego Colotto (3rd captain)
20EcuadorFWFelipe Caicedo
22SpainDFÁlvaro González
23SpainDFAnaitz Arbilla
24SpainMFPaco Montañés
25SpainGKPau López
SpainMFCristian Gómez
Republic of the CongoFWThievy Bifouma

Out on loan[edit]

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

SpainMFSergio Tejera (at Alavés 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 Tamudo1996–201034049389
2Spain José María1965–19762693110310
3Spain Antonio Argilés1950-196430145309
4Argentina Mauricio Pochettino1994–200627529304
5Cameroon Thomas N'Kono1982–1990241331910303
6Spain Arteaga1993–20032382829295
7Spain Manuel Zúñiga1979–1988259189286
8Spain Fernando Molinos1974–198426466276
9Spain Diego Orejuela1982–1991216331512276
10Spain Marañón1974–198326146271
1Includes Copa del Rey data only since 1997.


1922–24Scotland Edward Garry
1924–26Spain Francisco Bru
1926–30England Jack Greenwell
1930–33Spain Patricio Caicedo
1933–35Spain Ramón Trabal
1935England Harry Lowe
1935–43Spain Patricio Caicedo
1943–44Spain Pedro Solé
1944–45Spain Baltasar Albéniz
1946Spain Crisant Bosch
1946–47Spain Josep Planas
1947–49Spain José Espada
1949–50Spain Patricio Caicedo
1950–52Spain Juan José Nogués
1952–54Argentina Alejandro Scopelli
1954Spain José Espada
1955Spain Odilio Bravo
1955–57Spain Ricardo Zamora
1957–58Austria-Hungary Elemér Berkessy
1958–59France Marcel Domingo
1959–60Spain Antonio Barrios
1960–61Spain Ernesto Pons
1961Argentina Alejandro Scopelli
1961Spain Ricardo Zamora
1961Spain José Luis Saso
1961Spain Ricardo Zamora
1961–62Spain Julián Arcas
1962–63Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
1963Spain Pedro Areso
1963–64Spain Pedro Solé
1964–65Hungary László Kubala
1965–66Spain Fernando Argila
1966Spain José Espada
1966–68Hungary Jenő Kalmár
1968–69Spain Antonio Argilés
1969–70Chile Fernando Riera
1970Spain Rafael Iriondo
1970–71Austria-Hungary Ferdinand Daučík
1971–77Uruguay José Santamaría
1977–78Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
1978–80Spain José Antonio Irulegui
1980Spain Vicente Miera
1980–83Spain José María Maguregui
1983Serbia Milorad Pavic
Sept 13, 1983–June 30, 1986Spain Xabier Azkargorta
July 1, 1986–March 13, 1989Spain Javier Clemente
1989Spain Pepe Mauri
1989Argentina Raúl Longhi
1989Spain José María García Andoaín
1989–90Spain Benito Joanet
1990Spain Juanjo Díaz
June 28, 1990–June 9, 1991Spain Luis Aragonés
1991Serbia Ljupko Petrović
1991–92Spain Jaume Sabaté
Jan 21, 1992–June 30, 1992Spain Javier Clemente
1992–93Spain José Manuel Díaz Novoa
1993Spain Juanjo Díaz
1993–96Spain José Antonio Camacho
1996–97Spain Pepe Carcelén
1997Spain Vicente Miera
1997Spain Paco Flores
July 1, 1997–June 1, 1998Spain José Antonio Camacho
July 1, 1998–Sept 6, 1998Argentina Marcelo Bielsa
Sept 1998–Jan 00Argentina Miguel Ángel Brindisi
Jan 17, 2000–June 30, 2002Spain Paco Flores
July 1, 2002–Oct 20, 2002Spain Juande Ramos
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, 2012–16 May 2014Mexico Javier Aguirre
28 May 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
1963–67Spain Josep Fusté
1967–69Spain Juan Vilá
1969–70Spain Josep Fusté
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. ^ Catalan football championship
  2. ^ "Primer equipo" [First team] (in Spanish). RCD Espanyol. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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