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The 32,108 sq. km range that makes up the north-eastern district of Spain’s Catalonia is decorated as a raceme with football clubs.
The most fervently supported amongst them, and at the apex of the Spanish La Liga, is of course the club that shares its names eponymously with the capital of the independence-strife ridden state – FC Barcelona.
However, nestled away in the Ciudad Condal, is one of Spain’s oldest clubs - Reial Club Deportiu Español de Barcelona, better known as just RCD Espanyol.
Despite remaining in awe of their immediate neighbours’ progress for much of the 117 years they’ve been existence, the Periquitos have actually managed to carve out a niche of their own, with fervent support in strongholds of the city.
The club finished 8th in last season’s domestic tournament and are managed by Quique Sánchez Flores.
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