FOUNDED BY YOUNG STUDENTS
RCD Espanyol de Barcelona is one of the most ancient and important Football clubs in La Liga. In 1900 Angel Rodríguez founded the Sociedad Española de Football, a club of university students keen to play a new sport that had been recently imported from England. He called it Sociedad Española de Football to differentiate it from other clubs in Barcelona, whose players were mostly foreigners. After some slight changes in its name, the club became Reial Club Deportivo Espanyol in 1912, when King Alfonso XIII bestowed the “royal” title upon the club.