The Espanyol club, known as the Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol, was founded by Spanish football fans in 1900. Over the long period of its existence, it has changed many names: the first time due to rebranding, the second time after the restart, the third time when it received royal patronage, the fourth – at the time of the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic, the fifth – after the civil war. The last, sixth renaming took place in 1995 when the word “Esportiu” was spelled in Catalan: “Deportiu.” All this is reflected in the logos that contain the initials or the full name of the club.
Meaning and History
Almost all Espanyol emblems are round. The only exception is the triangular shield, adopted in 1923-1931, during the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera. However, historical events have never influenced the team’s image because they tried to be outside of politics.
1900 – 1901
The first Espanyol logo is a light brown circle, inside which is a yellow ellipse with sharp corners. Each segment contains one black letter: “C,” “E,” and “F.” It is an acronym for Club Español de Futbol.
1901 – 1910
The sides of the circle turn red. The letter “E” is also red, and it is noticeably enlarged. The size of “C” and “F” has not changed, but they are now yellow.
1910 – 1911
In 1909, the sports organization was relaunched as Club Deportivo Español, so the abbreviation changed: the logo now reads “CDE.” The designers used an unusual “quivering” font, made the side letters red, and the middle “D” repainted yellow. A red ring surrounds the circle. Inside there are blue and white vertical stripes.
1911 – 1912
The letters are black and written in a simple sans serif typeface. The red ring is much thinner than the previous version. The blue has become darker.
1912 – 1923
In 1912, Alfonso XIII granted the team its royal patronage, and with it the right to be called Real Club Deportivo Español and to depict the crown on the emblem. The attribute of royalty sits above a circle with white and blue diagonal stripes. Gold lines on both sides surround the red ring. At the same time, it is quite wide, because the new name of the club is written on it.
1923 – 1931
During the reign of the dictator Miguel Primo de Rivera, the circle turned into a triangle. Its bottom is lined with vertical blue and white lines, and at the top, there is a red rectangle with the inscription “RCDE.” The crown has not changed; only the colors have become lighter.
1931 – 1934
After the toppling of Alfonso XIII, the team returned the logo used in 1912-1923. Noticeable metamorphoses took place in it: the crown disappeared, and the name began to be written as “CLUB DEPORTIVO ESPAÑOL.”
1934 – 1940
In 1934 the crown returned, but it was not a royal crown, but a tower one. The same gold crown with four turreted teeth adorned the coat of arms of the then-existing Second Spanish Republic.
1940 – the 1960s
When the Spanish Civil War ended, the club regained its honorary title and returned the 1912-1923 logo. The ring again reads “REAL CLUB DEPORTIVO ESPAÑOL,” and the circle is crowned with a large royal crown.
the 1960s – 1970s
The designers expanded the ring by reducing the diameter of the central circle and made it burgundy. The inscription is black, the words are arranged asymmetrically.
the 1970s – 1980s
Inside the orange ring, RCD ESPANYOL DE BARCELONA is written in yellow letters. The inside of the crown is completely red.
the 1980s – 1995
The color scheme has changed again: the ring is again red, and the crown’s top is not painted. The inscription “REAL CLUB DEPORTIVO ESPAÑOL” is white.
1995 – 2005
The blue lines on the emblem are wider than usual. The crown is depicted in a minimalist style: it hangs over the circle and consists of wide yellow lines, between which red spots are visible. The ring reflects the club’s new name, adopted in 1995: “RCD ESPANYOL DE BARCELONA.”
2005 – present
There were minor crown design changes: the yellow color became golden, and the gaps were completely painted over with red. The letters now have black shadows on the right side.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
Almost all but the earliest Espanyol emblems feature a pattern of white and blue stripes. This is a reference to the shield of Admiral Roger de Lluria, who fought for the Crown of Aragon. The Spanish crown serves as a reminder that Alfonso XIII once favored the club. The inscription in the ring is an abbreviation for the full name of Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona.
The designers used one of the standard sans serif fonts. The color scheme is more varied, including white (#FFFFFF), blue (# 007FC8), red (# DF1116), and yellow (# F4CF0C). White and blue have been part of the official Espanyol palette since 1910. Before that, the main color was yellow.