RCD Espanyol: Why It Is the La Liga Team of the Week
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RCD Espanyol was in the news last week, due to the crisis in the upper management of the club and its history.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the entire governing body of the club (including RCD Espanyol President Ramon Condal) resigned. The mass resignations were possibly secondary to supporters' dissatisfaction with the current season which will be explained in this article.
The elections for President and the entire governing body have been set for November 25, 2012.
RCD Espanyol is currently in last place in the 2012-2013 La Liga tables, and thus in the relegation zone, with five losses and two draws thus far.
The last match against Valladolid on October 6, 2012 ended in a 1-1 draw for the embattled team. The match itself saw Coach Pochettino and player Toni Jimenez suspended.
The suspensions were the sixth within the last seven matches. However, the team has seen better times during its history, which deserves a mention.
RCD Espanyol was founded in 1900 by Angel Rodriguez. The initial name of the club was Sociedad Espanola de Football.
In 1910, the club adopted its current colors and symbols. They were based on the coat of arms of Roger De Lluria, a Catalan admiral during the Middle Ages.
King Alfonso XIII of Spain allowed the club to use the name Real (Royal) in 1912. This decision by the King allowed the club to rename itself Real Club Deportivo Espanyol.
The club advanced and won titles such as the Macaya Club in 1901. RCD Espanyol won the Spanish Cup four times in the years 1929, 1940, 2000, and 2006.
RCD Espanyol has an illustrious history in the UEFA Championships, and has also made seven appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
RCD Espanyol appeared twice in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. The club's most prestigious victory was in the 2006 UEFA Championship against Zulte Waregem at Barcelona.
The club suffered its biggest defeat in an UEFA Championship to Brussels in 1973. According to the official RCD Espanyol website, the club was a UEFA Finalist after facing Sevilla FC in the year 2007.
While I wish RCD Espanyol a quick resolution of its problems, this may not happen. It will be a miracle if the club can save itself from relegation in La Liga.
I would like to thank the BR readers for reading about the history of RCD Espanyol. My best wishes to all of you until the next time.
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