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The best and worst of 2019 for Espanyol – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


The best and worst of 2019 for Espanyol - SPANISH FOOTBALL 1

2019 has been a year of extremes for Espanyol. The hobby went from living in a perpetual party from May to September to plunge into the deepest despair of seeing that the team now does not leave the well and will finish last year in the standings five points of salvation.

The best

The qualification for Europe twelve years later

Twelve years later, the Espanyol qualified for Europe again thanks to the faith of Rubi and their players. The last match League, against the Real Sociedad
and when they needed a carambola to be seventh, he will be remembered by the perica parish as one of the most special in Cornellà, especially because of the field invasion at the end of the match. Some players, such as Borja Iglesias Or Wu Lei, they came out on their shoulders. In summer, David Gallego sealed the classification for the group stage of Europa League. With Pablo Machín the pass to deciseisavos as the first group was certified.

Field invasion at RCDE Stadium following The Espanyol’s qualification for the Europa League.
(Roberto Rodriguez)

Women’s premiere at RCDE Stadium

On April 22, there was a historic day in Cornell. On an Easter Monday at eleven o’clock in the morning, the party of the Iberdrola League between Espanyol and Atletico Madrid, 20,615 people were awarded. A record number in Catalonia for a women’s football match. It was also one of the best tickets RCDE Stadium all season. The whites lost by the minimum against the leaders in a very good match that certified the good sensations for the salvation of the then trained by Salvador Jaspe.

David Gallego’s subsidiary

David Gallego’s season with the Espanyol B it was almost to frame. At first their team suffered because they did not hit the goal key, but in the second round they gave a recital of football and competitiveness that made them reach the last championship game with chances to qualify for the promotion playoffs to Second. The draw against the Valencia Mestalla gave the pass to the Cornellà. A season in which well-known names in the first team were highlighted as well as the Lluís Lopez, Victor Gomez, Pol Lozano, Victor Campuzano, Moha Or Nico Melamed.

Economic healing

Thanks to the capital increase of 50 million euros (consisting of a debt capitalization for Rastar Group) approved on 10 December and to other factors such as premiums for reaching the Europa League or the increase in revenue on television rights, the club has better numbers than in the past year. The balance is 100 million, the debt will become between 40 and 50 million, historical levels, and the expected revenue for this course is 131 million.

Tribute to Dani Jarque

On 8 August 2009, one of the club’s emblems died, the then captain Dani Jarque, who became the eternal captain. This 8 Thysem an emotional tribute was organized at gate 21 that bears his name. Family members, friends, former colleagues and fans attended. To remember, the emotional discourse of Moses Hurtado
or the particular initiative of Joan Francesc Leiva, who cycled the distance from Coverciano in Florence, Italy (where Jarque died) to Cornell.

10th anniversary of RCDE Stadium

In August 2009, Espanyol opened home after a long exile in Montjuïc. They did it with a 3-0 win in a friendly against the Liverpool. A decade in which the blue-white hobby has experienced sensations of all kinds. From the glause of mediocrity, to the euphoria of the qualification for Europe as the desperation of this season, in which the team has not yet won a match in League.

The arrival of Wu Lei

His signing was a surprise. He was a stranger in Spain. And yet, in a few years it will be remembered as one of the best economic-transgaming.orgs movements. Having a Chinese player was one of the president’s obsessions Chen YanshengSo he went for the best. Wu Lei, superstar in China, has performed transgaming.orgsly above expectations and has greatly boosted the Espanyol brand, especially in the Asian giant. In addition, thanks to its presence, the club has been able to close powerful sponsorship deals and has increased its revenue for television rights.

Bet on quarries

This August the future of the team was held by three quarrels already established as Sergi Darder, Marc Roca And Oscar Melendo. They were joined Adria Pedrosa
Victor Gómez, Pol Lozano, Víctor Campuzano and Lluís López are asking for their way.

José Aurelio Gay’s streak with the subsidiary

There was a lot of anticipation to see how the Espanyol subsidiary responded after a very good season and the rise of Gallego. With several of the pillars in the first team and no outstanding reinforcements beyond the youth, José Aurelio Gay he struggled to adjust until in round 12 he turbocharged and started counting matches for victories. Seven in a row, there are thirds in Group 3 of Second B, have the two-point lead and on January 4th they visit the Barca B, fifth to four points.

Record of unbeatableiness in Europe

In August, Espanyol matched Ajax as a team with the most unbeaten matches in European competition – twenty-two – that began on 14 September 2006 against the Artmedia Bratislava. It was in the draw of the last Europa League qualifier against the Zorya Lugansk. Already in the group stage, first with Gallego and then with Machín, the team prolonged the streak until twenty-six matches without losing. On December 12, in Cornell and with a 0-1 loss against the CSKA Moscow, the record was set.

The worst

Low stadium attendance

In 2009, the year of the inauguration of Cornell, an average of 27,936 attends were registered. By then the figure has been declining. In the 17-18 season it was hit bottom, with an average of 17,900. Last season the numbers improved, but the RCDE Stadium remains the home ground First

with the worst percentage of attendees, below 50%, with 47%. Numbers that a club with the social mass of Espanyol cannot afford.

Sports crisis

Espanyol is experiencing a deep transgaming.orging crisis. Last season an unexpected Europa League classification was achieved that weighed heavily on a club that was not prepared, either on the grass, or in the offices, to cope with the demands of playing three competitions. Now the team is last five points away from salvation. The female is also colista in the Iberdrola League.

The Scaremonger of Rubi

When he left there were doubts. Now they’re dissipated. If Espanyol managed to qualify for Europe it was thanks to the faith of the players in the figure of Rubi. But Rubi wasn’t given what he wanted and in May he went to the Betis, who tempted him with a juicy offer. He also took Borja Iglesias with him. The declared parakeet and the way he left, hurt the club as much as the fan and surprised the squad.

Instability on the bench

With Rubi’s farewell came David Gallego, who was backed by the good work with the subsidiary. Suria passed the previous qualifying stages to the Europa League but in Liga failed to find the key and was dismissed. He was replaced by Pablo Machín, who implemented the defense of three power plants and gave a halo of hope at first, but things got worse and did not make it to Christmas. Now it’s the turn of Abelardo

Abelardo Fernández, presented as coach of RCD Espanyol.

The departures of Borja Iglesias and Mario Hermoso

They were the spirit of the Espanyol of Rubi, who played among themselves and through virtuosos such as Darder or Melendo. Beautiful he was the leader of the defense, who started the plays and always with judgment. Luis Enrique summoned him to the selection. Borja Iglesias he was the goalman, with seventeen goals in League. In addition, by his personality and closeness he became the greatest idol of the hobby. The good performance of the two caught the attention of economically powerful clubs and Hermoso now plays in the Atletico Madrid and Borja in the Betis.

The injuries of David Lopez and Piatti

February 9 Pablo Piatti fell injured against the Rayo Vallecano. Cruciate ligament rupture of the right knee. Three weeks later, on March 3 and against the ValladolidWas David Lopez who was injured. Cruciate ligament rupture of the left knee. From the first moment of the respective operations, in March, they worked to recover and the two are healthy and competing since September.

The performance of star signings

Two reinforcements shone above the rest this summer. Matthias ‘the Monito’ Vargas came from Velez Sarsfield in exchange for ten million euros. It became the most expensive signing in the club’s history. Then by Fernando Calero eight million were paid to Valladolid. It was The Replacement of Beautiful. Vargas started very well, lowered his level and injured himself. Now he’s about to reappear. Calero started with very little fortune and has gradually been improving its performance. The team needs them to live up to the task as soon as possible.

Institutional crisis

As if the transgaming.orging crisis were not enough, Espanyol suffers turbulence in the offices. The transgaming.orgs and corporate department, once led by Oscar Perarnau And Roger Guasch respectively, they did not congenial. This was Perarnau’s relegator to the technical secretariat and the dismissal of Guasch. Whoever gains muscle is Rufete, director of professional football. And José María Durán
, one of the longest-serving executives in blue-white football, will be Chen’s right-hand man in Barcelona after being named the new CEO.

Not a single league win in League

In the course of the season, Espanyol has not yet won a single match at the RCDE Stadium. Two draws and seven losses in a stadium that should be a fort.