RCD Espanyol

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Full name Reial Club Deportiu
Espanyol de Barcelona, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Periquitos (Parakeets)
Blanquiblaus (White and Blues)
Mágico (Magic)
Founded 28 October 1900; 113 years ago (28 October 1900)
(as Sociedad Española de Football)
Ground Estadi Cornellà-El Prat,
Barcelona, Catalonia,
Ground Capacity 40,500
Chairman Joan Collet i Diví
Manager Sergio González Soriano
League La Liga
2013–14 La Liga, 13th
Website Club home page
Current season

Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona (Catalan pronunciation: [rəˈjaɫ ˈkɫub dəpurˈtiw əspəˈɲɔɫ də βərsəˈɫonə], English: Royal Spanish Sports Club of Barcelona), or simply RCD Espanyol, is a sports club based in Barcelona, Spain. It is best known for its football team. Espanyol currently play in the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat with seats for 40,500 spectators. It has been their home stadium since 2 August 2009. Espanyol has previously played at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, which also hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics, and at Estadi de Sarrià, a venue for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.


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
  • In 1928, Espanyol became a founding member of La Liga, and in 1929, the team won their first Copa del Rey. Espanyol has completed the highest number of seasons in La Liga without actually winning the title.
  • The team has qualified nine times for the UEFA Cup (including the 2006–07 qualification following the 2006 Spanish Cup win) and reached the final in 1988, losing to Bayer Leverkusen of then-West Germany on penalty kicks (3–2), after a memorable home-and-away final (3–0 in Barcelona, 0–3 in Leverkusen), and in 2007, losing to Sevilla on another penalty kicks round (3–1), after a memorable match (ended 1–1 after normal time, and 2–2 after extra time).


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 15 July 2014[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Germán Parreño
2 Brazil DF Felipe Mattioni
3 Spain DF Raúl Rodríguez
4 Spain MF Víctor Sánchez
5 Spain MF Sergio Tejera
7 France FW Thievy Bifouma
8 Uruguay FW Christian Stuani
9 Spain FW Sergio García (captain)
12 Spain MF Manuel Lanzarote
13 Spain GK Kiko Casilla (4th captain)
14 Spain MF David López
15 Mexico DF Héctor Moreno
No. Position Player
16 Spain DF Javi López (vice-captain)
17 Spain DF Víctor Álvarez
18 Spain DF Juan Fuentes
19 Argentina DF Diego Colotto (3rd captain)
20 Spain MF Cristian Gómez
22 Spain MF Álex Fernández
23 Spain MF Abraham González
25 Spain MF Christian Alfonso
Spain DF Carlos Clerc
Spain DF Anaitz Arbilla
Spain MF Salva Sevilla
Ecuador FW Felipe Caicedo

Retired numbers[edit]

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

See also Category:RCD Espanyol footballers

Internationals playing at RCD Espanyol[edit]


Dates Name
1922–24 Scotland Edward Garry
1924–26 Spain Francisco Bru
1926–30 England Jack Greenwell
1930–33 Spain Patricio Caicedo
1933–35 Spain Ramón Trabal
1935 England Harry Lowe
1935–43 Spain Patricio Caicedo
1943–44 Spain Pedro Solé
1944–45 Spain Baltasar Albéniz
1946 Spain Crisant Bosch
1946–47 Spain Josep Planas
1947–49 Spain José Espada
1949–50 Spain Patricio Caicedo
1950–52 Spain Juan José Nogués
1952–54 Argentina Alejandro Scopelli
1954 Spain José Espada
1955 Spain Odilio Bravo
1955–57 Spain Ricardo Zamora
1957–58 Austria-Hungary Elemér Berkessy
Dates Name
1958–59 France Marcel Domingo
1959–60 Spain Antonio Barrios
1960–61 Spain Ernesto Pons
1961 Argentina Alejandro Scopelli
1961 Spain Ricardo Zamora
1961 Spain José Luis Saso
1961 Spain Ricardo Zamora
1961–62 Spain Julián Arcas
1962–63 Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
1963 Spain Pedro Areso
1963–64 Spain Pedro Solé
1964–65 Hungary László Kubala
1965–66 Spain Fernando Argila
1966 Spain José Espada
1966–68 Hungary Jenő Kalmár
1968–69 Spain Antonio Argilés
1969–70 Chile Fernando Riera
1970 Spain Rafael Iriondo
1970–71 Austria-Hungary Ferdinand Daučík
Dates Name
1971–77 Uruguay José Santamaría
1977–78 Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
1978–80 Spain José Antonio Irulegui
1980 Spain Vicente Miera
1980–83 Spain José María Maguregui
1983 Serbia Milorad Pavic
Sept 13, 1983–June 30, 1986 Spain Xabier Azkargorta
July 1, 1986–March 13, 1989 Spain Javier Clemente
1989 Spain Pepe Mauri
1989 Argentina Raúl Longhi
1989 Spain José María García Andoaín
1989–90 Spain Benito Joanet
1990 Spain Juanjo Díaz
June 28, 1990–June 9, 1991 Spain Luis Aragonés
1991 Serbia Ljupko Petrović
1991–92 Spain Jaime Sabaté
Jan 21, 1992–June 30, 1992 Spain Javier Clemente
1992–93 Spain José Manuel Díaz Novoa
1993 Spain Juanjo Díaz
Dates Name
1993–96 Spain José Antonio Camacho
1996–97 Spain Pepe Carcelén
1997 Spain Vicente Miera
1997 Spain Paco Flores
July 1, 1997–June 1, 1998 Spain José Antonio Camacho
July 1, 1998–Sept 6, 1998 Argentina Marcelo Bielsa
Sept 1998–Jan 00 Argentina Miguel Ángel Brindisi
Jan 17, 2000–June 30, 2002 Spain Paco Flores
July 1, 2002–Oct 20, 2002 Spain Juande Ramos
2002 Spain Ramón Moya
Dec 18, 2002–Nov 4, 2003 Spain Javier Clemente
Nov 4, 2003–June 30, 2004 France Luis Fernández
July 1, 2004–June 30, 2006 Spain Miguel Ángel Lotina
July 1, 2006–June 30, 2008 Spain Ernesto Valverde
July 1, 2008–Nov 30, 2008 Spain Tintín Márquez
Dec 1, 2008–Jan 20, 2009 Spain Mané
Jan 20, 2009–Nov 26, 2012 Argentina Mauricio Pochettino
Nov 28, 2012–16 May 2014 Mexico Javier Aguirre
28 May 2014 –Present Spain Sergio González Soriano

see also Category:RCD Espanyol managers


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