On April 23, 1994, Espanyol celebrated their Promotion to Spanish first division. But on Wednesday night, their 27 years journey came to an end.
Espanyol’s 1-0 defeat to eternal rivals, Barcelona, meant Los Periquitos were mathematically relegated.
Espanyol have had 85 seasons in the top tier, the same as Valencia and are only bettered by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Club.
In their 27 years in top flight, they have had 25 coaches, played in three stadiums, lifted two trophies, reached finals and seen investors come and go.
They won the Copa del Ray twice, beating Athletico Madrid in 2000, Real Zaragoza in 2006 and even went to the UEFA cup final in 2007, where they fell to Sevilla.
Their story in LaLiga Santander also cannot be told without mentioning the iconic Raul Tamudo. The retired Spaniard remains the top scorer in Espanyol‘s history.
They’ve had four Presidents. Daniel Sanchez gave way to Ramon Condal and then to Juan Collet. Then, in 2016, they were bough by Chen Yansheng.
With their departure, the Spanish top division loses a historical side; On Wednesday night, a club with Champions League ambition bade farewell to LaLiga Santander.