Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona, commonly known as Espanyol, was formed in October 1900 and became the first Spanish team to be created entirely by Spanish football fans. The club's name differs from most Spanish club names because, in 1995, the decision was made to use Catalan spelling. Espanyol were given royal patronage in 1912, gaining the prefix 'Real', which subsequently became 'Reial'.
The club was part of the inaugural La Liga season in 1928 and has spent the vast majority of its existence in the top tier of the Spanish league system. Espanyol are noted for being the team which has spent the most time in the top flight without ever winning the league. Prior to the formation of La Liga, Espanyol competed in the Catalan football championship, which they won eleven times.
Despite never winning La Liga, Espanyol have enjoyed some success in domestic football, winning the Copa del Rey in 1929, 1940, 2000 and most recently in 2006, where Espanyol beat Real Zaragoza 4-1 in the final. In doing so, the club qualified for the following season's UEFA Cup. Espanyol would go on to reach the 2006-07 UEFA Cup final, but lost the match to Sevilla via a penalty shoot out.
Noteable former Espanyol players include the legendary Ricardo Zamora, who is widely considered to be one of the best goalkeepers to ever play the game and Raúl Tamudo, who captained the side for close to ten years, scoring 145 league goals for the club and becoming Espanyol's all time greatest goal scorer.
The team plays its home matches at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat. Completed in 2009 at a cost of €60 million, the ground has a total capacity of 40,500 and was awarded 'Venue of the Year' at the 2010 Stadium Business Awards. Previously, the club had played at the Barcelona Olympic Stadium. Their local rivals are FC Barcelona and the derby is known as the Barcelonian Derby.