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La Liga By: Ayodeji Tunde | 03/02/2018

The local derby between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol is the most important match between Catalonia’s most emblematic clubs.

Since their founding more than a century ago, the rivalry between these two teams has made their games so much more than a simple football match, with the city of Barcelona passionately savouring one of LaLiga’s classic matchups.

FC Barcelona was founded in 1899, and RCD Espanyol one year later, in 1900.

As such, more than 115 years of Derby history has been written, with successes, failures and disappointments on each side of the divide, with football always as the main protagonist and two communities of supporters anxiously awaiting each of the derby games in this Mediterranean city.

Between these two historic clubs there have been many prominent players, both Spanish and international, who have represented their colours; a select few have even represented both.

Currently, the two teams have world-class footballers, including Leo Messi, Luis Suárez, Paulinho, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta and Marc-André Ter Stegen for FC Barcelona, who are coached by Ernesto Valverde (who during his career has also managed and played for both). 

As for RCD Espanyol, players such as Diego López, Sergio Sánchez, Víctor Sánchez, Gerard Moreno, Léo Baptistão, Esteban Granero or Sergio García highlight a strong blue and white squad.

While both clubs’ current situation is indeed noteworthy, their history makes them even more important, as each has been a home to some of the best players and managers in the history of world football. 

Among these two great LaLiga sides, FC Barcelona’s achievements stand out, not just in a Spanish-football context, but on the international stage as well.

The club has won 24 LaLiga titles, 24 Copa del Reys, 12 Spanish Supercopas, five European Championships, five European Super cups, four titles of the European Cup Winners Cup, three Inter-Cities Fairs Cups and three Club World Cup titles. For its part, RCD Espanyol has won three editions of the Copa del Rey and has played in two UEFA Cup finals, in 1988 and 2007, losing both on penalty shootouts to Bayer Leverkusen and Sevilla FC, respectively. 

With so much history, the derby between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol has left many eye-catching statistics and anecdotes, including: 

+                                 Most common derby result: 1-0 (19 times)

 

+                                 Players with the most Barcelona derby appearances:

 

·                     RCDE: Antonio Argilés (25)

·                     FCB: Xavi Hernández (31) 

 

+                     Most lopsided derby result for an RCD Espanyol home match: 6-0 (1950/51)

 

+                     Overall Catalan derby results:

 

·                     167 matches played

·                     34 wins for RCD Espanyol

·                     36 draws

·                     97 wins for FC Barcelona 

 

+               Results in derbies with RCD Espanyol as the home side:

 

·                     83 matches played

·                     25 wins for RCD Espanyol

·                     27 draws

·                     31 wins for FC Barcelona

 

+             Leading goal-scorers in the Catalan derby (goals):

 

·                     RCDE: Rafael Marañón (9)

·                     FCB: Lionel Messi (18)
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