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RCD Espanyol Stats & History
An engineering student, named Angel Rodriguez Ruiz, created Espanyol in Barcelona in 1900. In 1910 the club became known as Club Deportivo Espanyol. In the early years, Espanyol was the second-most successful club from the Barcelona area. They won regional championships in 1904, 1912, 1915 and 1918.
A notable moment in the RCD Espanyol stats is their 1929 Copa Del Rey win, their first-ever major trophy. By winning, Espanyol earned the right to play in the inaugural season of La Liga. Although the club was decimated by losses in the Spanish Civil War, they managed to win their second domestic cup in 1940.
Espanyol competed in European competition for the first time in the 1961-62 season. They made the quarterfinals of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup but were relegated from La Liga soon after. Espanyol returned to La Liga and made big signings like forwards Alfredo di Stefano and Laszlo Kubala. In the 1970s, Espanyol played in European competition twice more but couldn’t make it past the round of 16 of the UEFA Cup.
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Under Javier Clemente, Espanyol finished in a club record third place in La Liga in 1986-87. Another historic moment in the Espanyol stats is reaching the final of the UEFA Cup in the next season. Impressively, Espanyol knocked out both AC and Inter Milan en route to the final but lost to Bayer Leverkusen on penalties.
In the 1990s, Espanyol spent a couple seasons in the second division and changed their official name. The Catalan Real Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona remains their current name. The 2000s go down as one of the best periods in club history. Espanyol won the Copa Del Rey in both 2000 and 2006. From 1994 to 2020, Espanyol spent 26 straight seasons in La Liga. They underperformed their La Liga odds in 2019-20 as they were relegated despite participating in the Europa League.
Espanyol responded by winning the Segunda Division on their first try and returned to La Liga for the 2021-22 season. Raul de Tomas finished with 17 league goals as Espanyol finished in 14th place. Betting advice strongly recommended avoiding Espanyol on the road, as they won just one of their 19 away matches.