RCD Espanyol

RCD Espanyol is a Spanish football club from Barcelona who play in La Liga. The club was founded in 1900, originally as Sociedad Espanola. Espanyol were one of the founding La Liga clubs in 1928.

The club is known for being the first club in Spain to be formed exclusively by Spanish football fans. Espanyol’s home colours are blue and white.

Nicknamed the Parakeets or the White and Blues, Espanyol play their football at the newly constructed Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, which seats 40,500 spectators which they moved in to at the start of the 2009-10 season.

Espanyol have won the Copa del Rey on 4 occasions, most recently in 2006. The club has also finished as runner up of the UEFA Cup twice. Espanyol have achieved a highest place finish of 3rdin La Liga on 2 occasions.

Espnyol’s biggest ever La Liga win was their 8-0 victory over Real Sociedad in 1942, while their biggest La Liga loss was their 9-0 loss to Athletic Balibao in 1929.

The club’s all-time leading league goal scorer is Raul Tamudo who scored 129 goals for the club between 1996 and 2010.  2nd on the list is Rafael Maranon with 111 goals. Tamudo also has the most Espanyol appearances with 340.

The club’s city rivals are Spanish giants FC Barcelona. The Barcelonian derby has been contested 159 times with Malaga achieving a win percentage of just above 21%.

Notable former Espanyol players include Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta, Luis Garcia, Ivan Helguera, Danny Osvaldo, Maxi Rodriguez and Shunsuke Nakamura.

Espanyol are currently managed by Javier Aguirre, who took over from Mauricio Pochettino after he joined Southampton in 2012. The club captain is Sergio Garcia. Espanyol’s noteworthy players are Hector Moreno and Portuguese winger Simao, who previously played for Barcelona.

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