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CD Europa

CD Europa is a football (soccer) club from Spain.

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Club Esportiu Europa is a Football in Spain/Football in Catalonia sports club, based in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. The club is best known for its football (soccer) team who in La Liga 1928-29, along with city neighbours FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol, were founder members of La Liga. During the late 1990s they won the Copa Catalunya twice in succession, on both occasions beating FC Barcelona in the final. They currently play in Group 5 of the Tercera División. The club also has one of the oldest basketball teams in Spain and on December 8, 1922 they hosted Laietà BC in the first ever organised basketball game played in the country. During the 1920s the basketball team were also Catalan champions on two occasions.

History

Golden Age

CE Europa was originally founded on June 5, 1907 following a merger between Madrid de Barcelona and Provençal. In 1919 the football team won the B division of the Football in Catalonia. After beating CE Jupiter 3-1 and 4-0 in a play-off for the title, they then defeated Athletic Sabadell 7-0 and 9-0 in a promotion play-off.

During the 1920s, after FC Barcelona, CE Europa emerged as the second strongest team in Catalonia. In both 1921 and 1922 they finished as runners-up in the Football in Catalonia before winning the title in 1923 under coach Ralph Kirby. After finishing level on points with FC Barcelona, they then beat them 1-0 in a title play-off. They subsequently represented Catalonia in the Copa del Rey and after defeating Sevilla FC and Sporting Gijon in earlier rounds, they lost 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao in the final at the Camp de Les Corts. Kirby subsequently went to coach FC Barcelona during the 1925-26 season.

CE Europa finished as runners-up in the Campionat a further four times during the 1920s and in La Liga 1928-29 their impression record saw them invited to join the very first La Liga. However they spent only three seasons in the Primera División and in La Liga 1930-31, despite the return of Ralph Kirby they were relegated to the Segunda División.

Catalunya FC


In 1931 CE Europa merged with Gràcia FC, formerly known as FC Espanya de Barcelona, and briefly became known as Catalunya FC. However the merger was not a success and during the Segunda División 1931-32 season Catalunya FC, with three games to go, were unable to complete their fixture list due to financial reasons. As a result the fifteen games they had played in the Segunda División were annulled and the team were relegated to the Tercera División. The club then reverted to the name CE Europa in 1932.

Club Deportivo Europa

In 1941 Language politics in Francoist Spain banned the use of non-Spanish language names and the Catalan language Club Esportiu was replaced with Club Deportivo. During this era the clubs only success came when they won the Copa Federación de España in 1944. This competition featured the teams from both the Segunda División and the Tercera División that had failed to qualify for the Copa del Rey.

During the late 1950s and 1960s the club enjoyed a brief revival. After twice winning the Moscardó Trophy, a competition for Catalan teams in the Tercera División, they were then Tercera División in both 1962 and 1963. On the latter occasion they succeeded in gaining promotion to the Segunda División. However by the end of the decade they back in the Tercera División after being relegated in 1968.

Copa Catalunya

In both 1997 and 1998 CE Europa won the Copa Catalunya, beating FC Barcelona in both finals. In the 1997 final they faced a team coached by Bobby Robson and including Guillermo Amor and Hristo Stoichkov and won 3-1. In the 1998 final they held the likes of Guillermo Amor, Sergi Barjuán, Iván de la Peña, Fernando Couto, Juan Antonio Pizzi and Michael Reiziger to a 1-1 draw at the Mini Estadi. They then clinched the trophy 3-1 on penalties.

Honours

Football

- Copa del Rey
- - Runners-Up 1922-23
- Catalan football championship
- - Winners 1922-23: 1
- - Runners-Up 1920-21, 1921–22, 1923–24, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928-29: 6
- Copa Catalunya: 2
- - 1996-97, 1997–98
- Catalan football championship: 1
- - 1918-19
- Tercera División: 2
- - 1961-62, 1962–63
- Copa Federación de España: 1
- - 1943-44
- Moscardó Trophy: 2
- - 1958-59, 1962–63

Basketball

- Catalan Champions: 2
- - 1924, 1926

Season to season



- 5 seasons in Segunda División
- 1 seasons in Segunda División B
- 46 seasons in Tercera División
- 7 season in Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol

Famous players

- Antonio de la Cruz
- Manel Cros
- Marià Gonzalvo
- Antoni Ramallets
- Eulogio Martínez
- Zoltán Czibor

see also

Selected Former Managers

- Ralph Kirby (1920s, 1930s)
- Josep "Pep" Rovira
- Josep Moratella
- Tintín Márquez

Club Anthem

Europa, Europa, Europa sempre endavant !!

no tinguem por del que vindrà

el futur hem de guanyar !!

Europa, Europa, Europa sempre endavant !!

que la nostra fe en la victòria

a tothom faci vibrar

Portem amb orgull el blau escapulari

sentim els colors ben endintre del cor

Europa, Europa, Europa sempre endavant !!

que la nostra fe en la victòria

a tothom faci vibrar...

i que la nostra gran història

poc a poc poguem retrobar

EUROPA, EUROPA, EUROPA... ENDAVANT, ENDAVANT !!

Words and Music: Robert Baquero

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