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Europa
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Full name Club Esportiu Europa
Founded 1907
Ground Nou Sardenya,
Barcelona, Catalonia,
Spain
(Capacity: 6,000)
Chairman Guillaume de Bode
Manager Pedro Dólera
League 3ª - Group 5
2008-09 3ª - Group 5, 11th
Home colours
Away colours

Club Esportiu Europa is a Spanish/Catalan sports club, based in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. The club is best known for its football team who in 1928, 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.

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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 Campionat de Catalunya. 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 Campionat de Catalunya 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 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 1928 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 1931, despite the return of Ralph Kirby they were relegated to the Segunda División.

Catalunya FC

Shield used in 1931–32 season

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 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 a decree issued by Franco banned the use of non-Castilian names and the Catalan Club Esportiu was replaced with Club Deportivo. During this era the clubs only success came when they won the Copa Federación 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 champions 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 Amor and Hristo Stoichkov and won 3-1. In the 1998 final they held the likes of Amor, Sergi, 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

Basketball

  • Catalan Champions: 2
    • 1924, 1926

Seasons

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1928/29 8th
1929/30 9th
1930/31 10th
1951/52 9th
1952/53 5th
1953/54 4th
1954/55 9th
1955/56 4th
1956/57 4th
1957/58 3rd
1958/59 5th
1959/60 10th
1960/61 5th
1961/62 1st
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1962/63 1st
1963/64 3rd
1964/65 13th
1965/66 14th
1966/67 6th
1967/68 14th
1968/69 6th
1969/70 4th
1970/71 5th
1971/72 16th
1972/73 10th
1973/74 18th
1974/75 Regional
1975/76 Regional
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1976/77 Regional
1977/78 11th
1978/79 17th
1979/80 16th
1980/81 17th
1981/82 13th
1982/83 11th
1983/84 6th
1984/85 4th
1985/86 15th
1986/87 Regional
1987/88 Regional
1988/89 Regional
1989/90 5th
1990/91 13th
1991/92 16th
1992/93 14th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1993/94 4th
1994/95 2ªB 19th
1995/96 2nd
1996/97 4th
1997/98 8th
1998/99 3rd
1999/00 6th
2000/01 3rd
2001/02 17th
2002/03 14th
2003/04 17th
2004/05 Regional
2005/06 13th
2006/07 14th
2007/08 11th
2008/09 11th
2009/10

Famous Players

see also Cat:CE Europa footballers

Selected Former Managers

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

Listen to the "hymn" by clicking here:

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