NICKNAME – Periquitos (The Budgerigars), Magico (The Magical), Blanquiazules (The White and Blues)
FOUNDED – 1900
LOCATED IN – Barcelona, Catalonia
STADIUM – RCDE Stadium
CAPACITY – 40,500
RELEGATED – 2020
BEST LA LIGA FINISH – 3rd (4 times)
BEST COPA DEL REY RUN – Winners (4 times)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – Runners Up (Twice)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Raul Tamudo (140)
2019/2020 FINISH – 20th (Primera Liga)
FIVE FACTS ABOUT RCD ESPANYOL
1. The team colours come from the crest of Roger of Lauria, a renowned naval tactician of Aragon in the Middle Ages.
2. Their main rivals are Barcelona, with whom they contest the Barcelona derby. Whereas Barca are strongly associated with the Catalan independence movement, Espanyol stay out of politics and are less in favour of a breakaway.
3. The origin of the team nickname, the “Budgies”, is pretty convoluted. In Spanish, saying four cats were in attendance is an idiom meaning nobody came, which is why Barca mocked their city rivals as “the four cats” in the 1920s. Felix the Cat was called “Perico” (meaning budgie) in Catalan and this cat/budgie connection resulted in their moniker.
4. Espanyol have participated in the most seasons in the top flight of those who haven’t won it yet.
5. It was Barcelona who confirmed Espanyol’s fifth relegation to the second tier in the 2019/2020 season.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT CORNELLA/EL PRAT
1. The Llobregat, the second longest river in Spain, flows past the RCDE stadium before arriving at the Mediterranean.
2. Cornella has been criticised for being anti-Catalan due to its large number of “settlers” from Madrid and other areas.
3. Just as the capital’s second team stadium is located next to the airport (Barajas), so is Espanyol’s (El Prat).
4. El Prat is famous for its blue-legged “Pota Blava” chickens.
5. Spanish automaker SEAT has a large factory in El Prat, which produces parts for the Volkswagen group.
OTHER SPANISH CLUBS
Alaves, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Celta Vigo, Eibar, Elche, Espanyol, Getafe, Granada, Huesca, Leganes, Levante, Mallorca, Osasuna, Real Betis, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Real Valladolid, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal