Good omens

It is no secret that Espanyol have not made a good start to the La Liga season, with five consecutive home defeats equalling their worst ever opening on home turf in Barcelona. Perhaps more worrying than this, though, is the lack of goals being scored, and even a genuine goal threat. We wondered how many … Continue reading Good omens

Pablo Machín: Espanyol head coach

As expected, David Gallego was officially dismissed as Espanyol’s head coach on Monday evening. The man from Súria is gone and has been replaced by a Machín. Pablo Machín, former coach of Numancia, Girona and Sevilla. He was presented to the media and fans yesterday, saying all the right things and highlighting the importance of … Continue reading Pablo Machín: Espanyol head coach

Walking with giants

European football is coming home to RCDE stadium this evening as the Europa League group stage gets underway. The fixture list for this competition is: Ferencváros (H) CSKA (A) Ludogorets (A) Ludogorets (H) Ferencváros (A) CSKA (H) With these matches spaced out over three months, it is impossible to tell what shape Espanyol will be … Continue reading Walking with giants

Spain beat Romania, and there are only two Hagis

If I can't see you, I can't hear you A classy performance from Spain, guided by Robert Moreno in his familiar smart-casual getup, saw them claim an impressive 1-2 victory in Romania last night. For close to an hour, La Roja were virtually faultless. With Fabián and Ceballos in the side, they have an incredible … Continue reading Spain beat Romania, and there are only two Hagis

Dani Jarque: the eternal captain

Espanyol fans with a banner dedicated to the memory of Dani Jarque In the summer of 2004, coach Miguel Ángel Lotina promoted a 21-year-old centre back called Dani Jarque to the first team on a permanent basis. The youngster, an Espanyol fan and product of the youth system, had represented the Spanish national side … Continue reading Dani Jarque: the eternal captain

The men from Madrid

Lunch in Zaragoza? RCD Espanyol has been accused of many things by fans of city rivals FC Barcelona, who like to think of themselves as a sort of Catalan national team. While I’m not sure where Messi, Suárez, Neymar, Iniesta, Ronaldinho, Eto’o, Rivaldo, Stoichkov or Cruyff would fit into such a team, it is true … Continue reading The men from Madrid