Ludogorets vs Espanyol

Cosmin Moti: half defender, half goalkeeper extraordinaire. (Telegraph). Espanyol’s long-awaited European adventure continues this evening, despite having been somewhat overshadowed by the club’s recent toils in La Liga. Talk of prioritising the Levante match on Sunday is not only depressing but also wide of the mark. Of course, Pablo Machín must use his squad wisely, … Continue reading Ludogorets vs Espanyol

Espanyol vs. Villarreal

Espanyol vs. Villarreal, 16.00. (@RCDEspanyol) The international break hasn’t half dragged on, but La Liga is finally back. For Espanyol, this means another gruelling three weeks lie ahead, with two more Europa League group games thrown into the mix: 20/10 - Villarreal (H)24/10 - Ludogorets (A)27/10 - Levante (A)30/10 - Athletic Bilbao (A)2/11 - Valencia … Continue reading Espanyol vs. Villarreal

Mallorca vs. Espanyol (12.00)

There is a togetherness in the Espanyol squad. It's another early kickoff for Espanyol, prime time for the Wu Lei fan club, who will be hoping their man can follow up on his lovely chip against CSKA Moscow on Thursday to fire the blanc-i-blau to a much-needed La Liga victory over Mallorca at Son Moix. … Continue reading Mallorca vs. Espanyol (12.00)

CSKA Moscow vs. Espanyol

CSKA Moscow vs. Espanyol (18.55, Arena CSKA). A mild Moscow is the stage for the second match of Espanyol’s Europa League campaign against 13-time Russian champions CSKA Moscow. Let’s take a closer look at the opponents. The coach: Viktor Goncharenko The man from Khoiniki, in modern-day Belarus, was handed the unenviable task of filling Leonid … Continue reading CSKA Moscow vs. Espanyol

Espanyol vs. Valladolid

Hopefully Calero will have good luck today against his former teammates. Midday kickoff today for the latest episode of Espanyol trying to play football. I can’t see such an early start boosting the attendance or improving the atmosphere at all, this, after all, being the rationale for playing more fiery fixtures such as Scotland’s Old … Continue reading Espanyol vs. Valladolid

Celta Vigo vs. Espanyol

Pablo Piatti jumping for joy. It’s game day again, and the Espanyol squad touched down in Vigo last night. They face Celta at Balaídos tonight (20.00), but will be without Bernardo, Lluís López and Granero, all of whom have been left behind in Barcelona. Granero picked up a quad injury against Real Sociedad last weekend, … Continue reading Celta Vigo vs. Espanyol

Espanyol vs. Real Sociedad

David López with some soothing words Another match day, another chance for Espanyol to put in the truly impressive performance that everyone is waiting for. Some fans and critics would have you believe that aesthetic excellence is more important than the result itself, and Gallego could rest easy if only his team could produce some … Continue reading Espanyol vs. Real Sociedad

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

The season begins, take 2.

Naldo, earlier. The international break has dragged on a bit, despite Kosovo’s heroics and Scotland warming up for a crunch home tie against San Marino next month, but La Liga is finally back this weekend. The three rounds already disputed are but a distant memory (we hope), and this weekend’s fixtures represent a chance for … Continue reading The season begins, take 2.

SUPER SUNDAY

It’s Sunday morning in the midst of an international break, so, unsurprisingly, there isn’t too much on the radar regarding the Espanyol first team. These two weeks could, however, be the making or breaking of David Gallego’s Espanyol project. Javi Gracia’s dismissal by Watford yesterday was a reminder that the managerial merry-go-round doesn’t allow for … Continue reading SUPER SUNDAY