International pericos

Wu Lei feels the love from Yang Xu. The international pericos are finally flying back to RCDE stadium to join the Machín revolution. Five players were involved over the international break: Matías Vargas with Argentina, Wu Lei with China, and Pol Lozano, Adrià Pedrosa and Pipa with Spain under-21s. Matías Vargas El Monito joined up … Continue reading International pericos

Espanyol: Machín style

Òscar Melendo has had plenty of time to think lately. We’ve still over a week to wait until Espanyol make their debut under Pablo Machín, but it is clear that the players will need all their time to adapt to the new style. Unfortunately, the defining characteristics of Gallego’s side were slow, ponderous football, with … Continue reading Espanyol: Machín style

Fastened apertures and new beginnings

Morning all, as the uneasy presence of the Granada game starts to fade into the mists, we’ve got a double bill for you today. The deals are done The transfer window The transfer window creaked shut on Monday, and it was a quiet day of reflection in the head offices at RCDE stadium. Even poor … Continue reading Fastened apertures and new beginnings

Granada, Europe and last-minute deals

We’re back from our holidays feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to rejoin the action. It became apparent during our rambles in the Pyrenees that one of the great things about the great outdoors is the lack of news regarding Neymar doing f**k all that one is subjected to. Alas. here we are, back in the … Continue reading Granada, Europe and last-minute deals

Corchia, Calleri and clickbait

It is no secret that there are still a couple of gaping holes in the Espanyol squad, but fear not, Twitter is confident that a solution is at hand! The list of names mentioned as potential replacements for Borja Iglesias is extensive, taking in Simone Zaza (Torino) and Andre Silva (Milan), via Mariano Díaz (Real … Continue reading Corchia, Calleri and clickbait

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

The local lads

The Espanyol first team boasts more than its fair share of players who have come through the youth system. Don't worry, these guys are definitely local. Marc Roca Espanyol already lost one of their outstanding young performers from last season when Mario Hermoso joined Atletico Madrid for 25 million last month. The other is Marc … Continue reading The local lads

Let’s get the ball rolling (with a tired cliché)

Welcome to the dark (blue) side Having lived in Barcelona for a few years now, I have been forced to accept that I can’t afford to go and see Barça very often decided to get my football fix by taking out a season ticket with the city’s second team, Espanyol. A fixture in the top … Continue reading Let’s get the ball rolling (with a tired cliché)