The crowd goes into celebration as RCD Espanyol win 2-0 against Real Sociedad to secure Europa league football next season. Espanyol finished the season going nine games unbeaten to climb the table and claim the 7th spot.
Above the field the Espanyol owner, Chen Yansheng, watches the players celebrate with manager Rubi. The manager who will be leaving the club for Real Betis in one weeks time. Rubi led Espanyol to European competition but received a higher wage package from Real Betis and has decided to move on.
Next to Chen in the owners box is Maxi Luis, a 42 year old former football player who will be named the teams next manager as soon as Rubi leaves.
This is the story of Maxi Luis and the start of his career as a manager. I will be asking for your input on Maxi's future and choices to make. But first we start with Barcelona's other team, RCD Espanyol.
Founded in 1900, the club plays in La Liga and play their home games at the RCDE Stadium, which holds up to 40,500 spectators. Espanyol has won the Copa del Rey four times, most recently in 2006, and reached the UEFA Cup final in 1988 and 2007.
Espanyol have never won La Liga, competing 80 years in the league. Their main rival is Barcelona. The derby is the most played derby in La Liga but also the most unbalanced with Barcelona dominating the series.
80 seasons in Primera División
4 seasons in Segunda División
7 participations in UEFA Cup
2 participations in Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
2 participations in UEFA Intertoto Cup
Copa del Rey
Winners (4): 1929, 1940, 2000, 2006
Runners-up (5): 1911, 1915, 1941, 1947, 1957
Supercopa de Espana
Runners-up (2): 2000, 2006
Winner (1): 1993–94
The plan is to try adopting Liverpool's style of play. It will take a few years to bring the right players in but that will make it fun. I love watching Liverpool play as much as I dislike Klopp's antics on the sideline.
Thank you. Maybe if Messi leaves in a few years and Barca reinvest poorly, Espanyol can overtake them?? (In FIFA at least..)
Yes it will be. Small budget and playing on Ultimate or Legendary so it will hopefully be difficult.
* means the player is in on a loan.
- The starting transfer budget is €11 million
- An additional €193k have been set a side for increased wages or new signings.
- Sign one crucial player at midfield or forward
- Finish with €30 million in profits. Currently at €15m.
On the pitch
- Finishing mid-table is the goal in La Liga
- Finishing in a Europa league spot within 2 years
- Advancing to the round of 16 is the domestic cup goal
I agree. It's an ambitious target, but if you're not ambitious you should not be in La Liga.
I agree, the squad is not yet built as I want to play but I am hoping to make it work with who I have for now until January transfer window opens.
Completely agree with both of you. I was surprised the board set the goal at mid-table considering we are in Europa now. I will see the season as a failure if we do not finish in a Europa spot.
Sevilla are good but we blew a lot of chances. I like how the attack looked but need to improve the finish.
The squad has some young talent and some aging players I'm hoping to move in January. I don't expect to compete with the top teams yet but am hoping to next season.
This should have deffo been 3 points unlucky go again it will come just need time lol
Losing 3-2 away isn't bad; just grapple your points together in home games.
You are right, should have been 3 points but I see improvements in the attack so some postive signs.
Not sure if some people write the OG on one side and some on others or if I just always mix them up but I could have sworn I put OG under the opponent last year and was told it was wrong? But I agree, it is confusing.
Very unlucky with the own goal but still should have beat a 10 man team.
Diego Costa has been named Player of the Month with 4 goals in 3 games for Atletico Madrid.