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Antonio Alcázar was born on May 10th, 1902 in Torreagüera (Murcia). Being one year old, he and his family move to Barcelona. Formed in CE Europa's lower categories, he has been one of the most outstanding players during the 20s. Playing as a left-winger, Alcázar almost completed his whole career with Europa and was called twice for Spain's National team. At the age of 20, he scored the winning goal against FC Barcelona at the Campionat de Catalunya, played in Girona at 1922. His name is strongly linked on the glorious years of the club.


On December 8th, 1922, the first basketball game in history in Spain was played. The game was between CE Europa and Laietà Sport Club, with the gràciens winning 8 – 2. The players representing Europa's basketball team were: Pérez, Julià, Barquens, Xavier, Palom, Brunet and García. Not much longer, the Catalunya Basketball Championship was organized, with CE Europa winning it twice, in 1924 and 1926.


Manuel Cros is considered the greatest player in the club. A big myth in Gràcia, he was considered one of the best players in the '20s along with Samitier (FC Barcelona) or Zamora (RCD Espanyol). This tall and hefty striker, signed for CE Europa in 1922, remaining in the club for nine years. During his stay, the club won the Catalonia Championship and ended up as runner-ups in the Spanish Cup (nowadays "Copa del Rey"). He also belongs to the group of "escapulat" players that participated during its three years.

"DEPORTIU" (Sportive)

The word "Deportiu" comes from Spanish "Deportivo" (Eng. Sportive), whereas in Catalan, the correct term would be "Esportiu" (as it is nowadays). This grammatical error happened because when the club was founded (1907), Catalan linguïstic rules were yet not specific enough. Pompeu Fabra, the most well-known Catalan grammarian, was still taking some time to fix Modern Catalan language development and its limitations. That is why its founding name was "Club Deportiu Europa". When the Spanish Civil War ended and with the dictator Franco taking power, The fascist regime forced the change of CD Europa's name into Spanish, being the new name "Club Deportivo Europa". When democracy was restored, Europa brought its name back to Catalan, and since 1985, the official name is the one that everybody knows: "Club Esportiu Europa".


Originally, Europa's uniform consisted of a blue and white vertical striped shirt and blue pants. This uniform started since its foundation until season 1917-18. The next season, the players were dressing a completely white shirt but with a blue neck. Finally, in 1926, the board decided that the shirt was going to be white, but with a blue chevron. This uniform came down to us to this day, and it has only been changed once, during the Centenary season. Without a doubt, the "escapulari" is one of our most ingrained signs of identity in our club.

“FUTBOL BASE” (Academy)

With the growing globalization of football, where big clubs are getting bigger and smaller clubs are getting smaller, the Academy is the primary tool in this unequal struggle. CE Europa has a strong football academy, which we could divide into two major areas: the football school with 850 children enrolled between the infant and pre-youngest categories and the proper CE Europa Academy with 320 players, and 16 teams (four U11, four U13, four U15 and four youth teams).


Ten years before the club's foundation, the Vila de Gràcia was annexed to Barcelona along with other towns surrounding the capital. Although it has been more than a hundred years since this aggregation, many cultural and sports institutions remark the folklore of this actual neighbourhood which was an independent village. CE Europa is considered a vital reference icon in Gràcia and, since its foundation, it has always been connected to "La Vila".


June 17th 1997, Hospitalet's Municipal Stadium, Copa Catalunya final: CE Europa - FC Barcelona. The match ended 3-1. Overwhelming victory against a FC Barcelona with international players on their starting 11. The “gracienc” supporters where ecstatic celebrating their first Copa Catalunya. May 5th 1998, Mini-Estadi. Copa Catalunya final: FC Barcelona - CE Europa. The escapulats won their second Copa Catalunya cup on the penalties, playing against a team with huge players such as Xavi Hernández. The heroes that played this match were: Serafín; Torras, Carvajal (Vázquez), Badía, Colomé (Endrino), Arturo (Benja), Fernando, Pacha (Garrofé), Isi, Lluís and Raúl Verdú (Manolo)


Apart from big idols that have played in CE Europa's long history and that most "escapulats" know, such as charismatic striker Cros, there are also some other footballers in our club who our supporters have seen as idols such as: Pelaó, Maurici, Tomàs, Capella, Ventura... We talk about players such as Bonaventura Pelaó (from the club's creation until the end of 1910), Maurici and Deprius (in the complicated 30s decade) Serracant (40s) "Nené" Fernández (50s), Duró and Tomàs (60s), Capella and Ventura (80s and 90s) or Delmàs (2000). The two actual players carrying this escapulat spirit are, without any doubt, captain Àlex Cano and Alberto González.


Josep Maria Rovira, known by all as Pep Rovira, has been an example of sport professionality and responsibility during his long football career, always keeping the illusion of an "amateur" heart. Rovira was the goalkeeper for CE Europa for ten seasons (1969-1980). He played 375 with the "escapulada" shirt: 307 league matches, 11 Cup matches and 57 friendly and tournament games. Years later, as a football trainer for CE Europa, during 1993-1994, he achieved promotion to Second Division B playing against Pinoso CF. Pep Rovira is, in little words, an "europeista" from head to toes.


Just about to start the 1922/23 season, CE Europa's chairman, Joan Matas, had already defined most of the team structure which would later become champions. However, an essential piece was still missing at the club, the manager's figure who could bring up all the players together. For this reason, English manager Mr. Ralph Kirby was appointed as the manager for CE Europa; he introduced modern and revolutionary game styles which gave the team a better improvement which the team was lacking. Man of little words, Mr. Kirby had played in his youth years as a winger for Fulham FC. During his years' training CE Europa, he guided the team to win a Campionat de Catalunya and become a runner-up at the Copa del Rey against Athletic Bilbao. All of this success happened the same year he arrived, season 1922/23, which situated the club on the first-class level in Catalonia and Spanish State.


In season 1928-29 the first National League Championship, a.k.a “La Liga” was created. CE Europa had the honour of being one of the ten club founders in this new Primera División league. They stayed on this major league for three years on a row, together with those five years on Segunda División (season 1963 until 1968). CE Europa has also been one season in Second Division B (1994-1995) and 44 years in the Third Division. Getting all data together, we can see that CE Europa is the fifth most important team in Catalonia and the third most important club in Barcelona. Also, together with UE Lleida, CE Sabadell and Gimnàstic Tarragona, CE Europa is one of the only teams in Catalonia that has played in all the actual national categories nowadays.


When we talk about Joan Matas Ramis, we are talking about a legendary icon in CE Europa. Being the chairman in the best years for the club, he started as a football player. Three years later, he would end up being the club's chairman, and he would begin building the structure of a team that would bring CE Europa to the best years in its history. Without his contribution and immense enthusiasm, the club would not have arrived at its level of importance during the '20s. As a huge "escapulat", he did everything possible for his beloved club. Unfortunately, the effects of the Great Crash in 1929 along with the social conflicts in Catalonia, made, him and CE Europa, to be broke. However, as time goes by, the most significant success for Europa is attached to his person. He will eternally be recognized as CE Europa's most important chairman.


During most of its 100 years of history, CE Europa has played on eight different game fields. Nou Sardenya, their current ground, was inaugurated in August 15th 1995, Making a summary about all football fields, we can confirm that the first stadiums were around Eixample and Sagrada Família. It will not be until 1920 when the team had a football field close to the 'Vila de Gràcia'. This field was replaced by another one, also at 'Vila de Gràcia', and it was where they made their biggest triumphs. In 1931, and with the upcoming severe sportive comedown, their field was located in the actual Avenida Borbó, quite far from their natural habitat. Three years later, CE Europa went back to their origins, and the matches were played in between Providència and Sardenya streets. With the stadium not being used during the Civil war, the team will have to change into a new stadium. After a lot of work, on December 1st 1940, CE Europa ended up in the Sardenya stadium, which, through all these years (even if it was the old or the new "Nou" Sardenya) has finally been our definite home.


June 5th 1907, a group of football passionate youngsters reunited at Bar/Bodega La Roca (located in C/Sicilia 290, however, it no longer exists) to create a new football club. There was a lot of hope and will into this project. Unfortunately, there was not enough money, and the economic waste to federate a club was very tough to assume. However, they ended up hearing about a football team called Europa FC, which was about to disappear because they could not bear up with the payments. They quickly made an approximate calculation and concluded that paying those debts for CE Europa would be cheaper than starting a team from zero. That same day, CE Europa was born. From that first team, we have got the name of some players: Virgili, Moyano, Ansió, Alfaro, Santacreu, Alonso; Miñana, Amadeo, Vicente Martínez, Bonaventura Pelaó, Soler, A. Oriols, B. Oriols and Olivé. We also have to mention Rodolf Collell Admetller, first chairman in the club and the man who started the club's whole creation.

"PENYES" (Fan Clubs)

The meaning of the Catalan term "Penya" would be "fan clubs". CE Europa counts nowadays with five official penyes in the club. "Agrupació Europeista" is the oldest penya in CE Europa, having more than 50 years of history.he penya "Pep Rovira", in memory of the club's most outstanding goalkeeper, it is formed by elderly people. "Caliu Gracienc" are the penya with more members. They are located behind the goal, and it is one of the most well-known penyes in the Third Division. Some of their members actively participate with the club, training kids from the Escola or helping with some events. "Torcida Escapulada" is a penya founded in 2003; they keep supporting the team, mainly from the highstand. The most recent penya are the "Eskapulats", founded in 2013, a young firm with a good amount of youngsters from Gràcia, supporting the club unconditionally with their chants and their football banners.


If anyone stands in the central circle of Nou Sardenya and looks at the four corners of the stadium, they will observe that in one of them (the corner of C/Sardenya - C/Camèlies) the stands do not make an exact angle of 90 degrees. This small “mutilation” is due to the Ronda del Mig (formerly Cinturó de Ronda) designed by the renowned Barcelona mayor José Maria Porcioles in 1972. These were dictatorial times when complaints and protests were strictly forbidden and where the citizen had to obey orders. Even once the field was flooded with sewage due to the renovation works. Because of that flooding, a few “europeistes” believed they would be kicked-off Sardenya stadium. An intense journalistic campaign favouring the Club fixed the complicated situation that was lived and smoothed out the inconveniences that the refurbishment caused.


Antoni Ramallets was born the June 4th 1924 in Gràcia, very close to CE Europa's stadium. He started playing for youth teams around the neighbourhood. It was not until 1942 when, thanks to Mr. Vieta, he signed for CE Europa. His début with the "escapulada" shirt was on November 8th 1942, in a friendly match against Sants. Since that moment and during the rest of that season, he only played friendly games. It was not until next season, 1943-44 when he would be a regular starter. With only 19 years old, he proved an excellent positioning, agility and precise eyesight. Ramallets was a goalkeeper in Gràcia for only two years. Due to his enormous talent, he later signed for FC Barcelona, where he stayed for 15 years and became a legendary goalkeeper.


On 1963, after a marvellous season, Europa achieved promotion to Second Division, after defeating in the promotion games Mahó (Mallorca) and Caudal de Mieres. CE Europa stayed for five seasons in the Silver Division. On those years, the Second Division was divided into two groups: North & South. On their first season in Segunda División, and probably because of the ambition of being promoted, they ended up third and close to promote into First División. The rest of seasons can be resumed in a sixth-place, two promotion games to stay in the category, and on their last season (1967-1968), because of a restructuration to make the Second Division as a single group, caused Europa's relegation to the Third Division. Nevertheless, at the Sardenya stadium, we enjoyed playing against important teams such as Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Deportivo de la Coruña, Málaga, Celta Vigo, Racing de Santander, Sporting de Gijón or Osasuna.


On May 13th, 1923, Manuel López Llamosas, known as "Travieso", was the player who scored the only goal in the Spanish Cup final (actually Copa del Rey) which confronted CE Europa and Athletic Club de Bilbao. The "escapulats", after they won the previous rounds, and got to play the final in Les Corts. According to newspaper articles from the time, CE Europa dominated the whole match. Still, the basques' experience, who are very used to play important competitions, was the key for them to win the game for the San Mamés players. Some of our heroes that night were: Bordoy, Serra, Vidal, Xavier, Pelaó, Artisus, etc.


In 1961-62, CE Europa were champions of the Catalan group in Third Division. During those times, in order to get promoted to Second Division, the teams had to compete in a qualifying round against another Third Division champion. In this occasion, it was against Unión Popular de Langreo, a Champion from Asturias and with a very competitive team. In the home match, the "escapulats" won their match 2-1, even if the result was not very inspiring for the away game, due to the Asturian team's strength. Despite everything, on their away game, CE Europa only lost by a tight 1-0. Therefore, they had to play a tie-breaker match in a neutral stadium. The RFEF, surprisingly decided that this game was going to take place in Burgos – not that far from Langreo (293km) compared to Barcelona (607km). The match in Burgos could be considered as a trap were CE Europa lost 1-0. Apart from a very controversial conduct from the referee (Gómez Platas), CE Europa was denigrated with many obstructions, for example, the pitch was abundantly watered to make Langreo's game. It is believed that behind all of this there was a political interest because the miners from Asturias were on a revolt and Franco's dictatorship believed that promoting UP Langreo would defuse tensions.


Josep Vieta was an upright "europeista", in the broadest sense of the word. In the 1931 critical breakup, thanks to his crucial intervention, together with other members, he saved the club from extinction. Vieta was entirely against the merge with Gràcia FC; he would not allow the disappearance of all the glorious history that CE Europa had achieved up until then. With the help of some CE Europa players, such as Càndid Maurici and Joan Deprius, they achieved, after 1001 matches and a lot of suffering, to return to Catalan's major football category. Those were very tough years, for the reason that they had to start from zero. Although they ended up getting back on track, the Civil War and the Franquist dictatorship decision of abolishing all the competitions that were played during the warlike conflict, broke all the progression that the "escapulats" did. Nevertheless, because of the unconditional love that Vieta felt for CE Europa, he still kept working for the club. Thanks to him, a young seventeen-year-old called Antoni Ramallets came to our club to later become one of the best goalkeepers in Spanish football.


Our official webpage was born during a members assembly in 2001, when the proposal appeared on the act's questions, after noticing the absence of an updated official media. Years before, a web page was located in a free web page service, with general information of the club, brought up by members of the Penya "Caliu Gracienc". As a proper official updated media, the web page saw the light on November 11th 2001, with a Third Division match played in Nou Sardenya: CE Europa – Palamós CF. Since then, the media webpage has grown way over the initial expectations, becoming a referential webpage of Catalan football with daily updates and expanding its multimedia contents such as an Online TV and radio files. In over 112 years of the club's existence, this has been the most prestigious media in all of Europa's history. Comparing it to sportive success, milestones and acknowledgements until the date, this is truly like playing on First Division.

"XERRAC" (Handsaw in Catalan)

In 1939, and after the Civil war, the stadium located in between the streets of Providencia and Sardenya, ended up as a site full of scrap, abandoned cars and many other materials left over after the war conflict. As a final solution to find a place where CE Europa could display its games, a piece of land was found close to where the previous stadium was. Unfortunately, this recently acquired plot had many slopes, pines and many other trees. Therefore, there was a lot of work to convert this small forest into a football field. After hand sawing many trees and balancing the whole land, on December 1st 1940 the Sardenya stadium was inaugurated in a match against Granollers, where Carles Serracant scored the first-ever goal. Until the date arrived, they played some of their games in stadiums from clubs such as Sants, Horta or Martinenc.


The 20th November 1997, CE Europa played a friendly match against Japanese team Yokohama Marinos. This match was played in the CAR (High-Performance Center) in Sant Cugat and was a trivial match from a footballish point of view. Nevertheless, seeing it in a historical point of view, CE Europa has played their first match against an Asian team. Therefore, through their long history, they have played games against four out of five continents in the world. In the European continent, the "escapulats" have played (out of Spain) against Sparta Praga. Bayern Munchen, Stuttgart, Birmingham City, NAC Breda, Red Star Paris, Udinese, Hertha Berlin, FC Porto, etc. Against American teams: Nacional de Montevideo, Gimnasia y Esgrima de la Plata, Youth National Mexico team. Against African teams: Said Olympique. And against Asian teams: Yokohama Marinos, Nejmeh del Líban, Qingdao Huanghai


During the 1966/67 season, Real Zaragoza had a famous team with the strikers known as the "Cinco Magníficos" (The Magnificient Five), formed by Canario, Santos, Marcelino, Villa and Lapetra. In the second round of the Copa, Europa had the 'luck' of playing against the Aragonese team who were winners of the Copa last season. The home match, broadcasted by TVE, ended up with 0-1, so everybody thought the team's adventure in the Copa was about to finish. However, on the away match at La Romareda, after a fantastic game that CE Europa played, they won 0-1. They forced a third tiebreaker game that would be played in the next 48 hours in a neutral stadium: in this case, Mestalla (Valencia). And, on May 9th 1967, the most unexpected thing happened. CE Europa defeated Zaragoza on a match where they won 0-2, getting rid of the former champion. This significant achievement was longly celebrated in Gràcia and very spread by all the media.


no-spam@ceeuropa.cat (Super User) News Thu, 28 Jan 2021 19:33:05 +0100
The history of CE Europa https://www.ceeuropa.cat/english/our-history https://www.ceeuropa.cat/english/our-history Nou Sardenya, our stadium

Club Esportiu Europa, as we know it today, was born in 1907 next to the Sagrada Família. Discover its history!



At that time, two modest clubs (Provençal and Madrid from Barcelona) decided to merge to achieve more meaningful goals inside Catalan football. When they were looking for a name to give the club, in order to avoid significant expenses on a federative register, they decided to take advantage by using the name of a club that was about to disappear, FC Europa. By only doing a small change on their name and paying all the debts of this extinct entity, -which was much cheaper than starting a club from zero-, "Club Deportivo Europa" was born on June 5th, 1907. The first Chairman in Europa's history was Rodolf Collell Admetller. He directed the club until 1911 when he became vice president of the Catalan's Football Federation (FCF). Until 2019, Europa has had 33 chairmen throughout its long history. Initially, the team dressed in blue and white vertical stripes. But it was not until the 1917/18 season when they changed their shirt for a long neck which closed vertically. The historical 'escapulari'/chevron comes from 1926. CE Europa incorporated this element on the shirt and its real origin for its use is still unknown: on one side, society believed that, during the 20s, the latest fashion for kids was to usually dress with an 'escapulari' on their clothes, and also, at that time, many goalkeepers wore the 'escapulari' as a differential visual element from other football equipment. On the other side, some months before, the visit of the British team Birmingham City (which at that time dressed with the 'escapulari') was an inspiration for the executive team. In 1919, the team was promoted to the A Group in the Catalan Championship, which was considered the highest football category.


The '20s were, undoubtedly, the most successful decade that the club has ever experienced. The first historical fact, which makes CE Europa an essential part of Spanish sports history, was because of basketball. Both, CE Laietà and CE Europa had the honour of being the first two games to play an official basketball match in the whole country (the 'escapulats' won that game which ended up with an unusual result nowadays: 8-2). The football section's first big success was winning the Campionat de Catalunya by defeating FC Barcelona by 1-0. A year later, at the 1922/23 season, they had the right of participating in the Copa del Rey tournament mainly because they won the territorial league playing at what was the top category in football at that time. CE Europa made an impressive achievement in this tournament, defeating all its rivals and arriving at the final. This unlucky final took place at "Les Corts" Stadium against Athletic Bilbao. Supporters from FC Barcelona were still very irritated because of the defeat at the Catalan Championship. Therefore they decided to support Athletic Bilbao in that final. To be honest, there has not been such an unfair final in football as this one... CE Europa shot ten balls at the bar and Athletic scored the goal that gave them the cup on one single counterattack (0-1). This decade also reserved another historic moment for the club. After becoming, during this period, one of the biggest clubs in the state, CE Europa had the honour of founding (along with nine more clubs), the first Spanish league competition, Primera División (La Liga). CE Europa stayed on Primera División for three consecutive seasons, achieving their best result with an 8th place. Concerning other sports, Europa has accomplished success through their history in other sportive modalities such as athletism or boxing.


From the '30s until the early '60s, CE Europa went under a complicated time that almost cost the club's extinction. At the start of the '30s, this extreme situation led the entity's directives to merge with Gràcia FC (non-existent team) and get its professional federative spot. With this merge, both first teams founded a new club called FC Catalunya. However, CE Europa (as a self) did not disappear. A group of dissatisfied supporters that did not agree with this merging during the assembly, immediately registered the amateur team, CE Europa, to the last football category, avoiding this way the transition cut between seasons. Because of this decision, Europa kept competing with the same colours and name, detaching themselves from the merge with Gràcia and making its story longer, this time by starting again from zero.


During season 1962/63, the club achieved the promotion to the Second Division, a category in which they fought until season 67/68, when the restructuration of the league forced CE Europa and other clubs to, sadly, descend the category. An unfortunate fact that has marked the club's present and, if it did not happen, maybe we would be seeing a different Europa playing at the national football elite. During the Copa Championship, they beat the so-well known "Los 5 Magníficos" Zaragoza FC. This team made history on Primera División and lost against CE Europa (they were in Second Division). Zaragoza's elimination was a surprising fact in the Copa's history until those dates (even though nowadays it is more common to see these wonders). The home match played at the Nou Sardenya Stadium was, until that moment, the first and only CE Europa football match being broadcasted to all Spain through TVE.


CE Europa went through its worst descent in category levels on those two decades, playing for a good number of years in regional categories. It was not until the late 80s when the club came back to the Third Division, and since then, it has not stopped competing in the statal category. That same decade, the club went through the catalanization of its name. Therefore, on 1985/86 the club changed its name to “Club Esportiu Europa”.


In the mid-1990s, CE Europa went into exile due to their stadium going under reconstruction. It was not until 1995 when the club saw the current stadium's birth in Gràcia, the Nou Sardenya. A stadium with a capacity for 4.000 people, covered grandstand, 1.200 seats in the grandstand, side and VIP zone, electric scoreboard and artificial grass. The Nou Sardenya means the first step, the first stone to work a future based on training football, allowing a projection to higher categories. The opening match was used to fill the stadium for the first time and to play, at the same time, the first edition of the Trophy Vila de Gràcia. For those dates, UE Lleida hosted the team and won the match for 0-1.


The club's penultimate big achievement was to win twice-in-a-row the Copa Catalunya championship during 97 and 98. The team (at Third Division) was able to defeat twice RCD Espanyol on semifinals and FC Barcelona on the two finals (the first match ended 3-1 in Hospitalet and the second match on a penalty round, at a "neutral" stage, such as Miniestadi. An unprecedented deed in the Spanish state... A Third Division club was winning two consecutive titles to a First Division team. Players such as Stoichov, Xavi, De la Peña, Hesp, Blanc, Óscar, Pizzi, Andersson, Giovanni or Amor were unable to bent players such as Serafín, Badía, Arturo, Fernando, Amorós, Raúl Verdú, Pacha or Endrino. Much more recently, in 2015, CE Europa added their most recent title to their showcase. They did it playing the final at home, in Nou Sordanya against Girona FC -who were at Second Division at that time-. After FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol, it is CE Europa the team that has more Copa Catalunya titles on Catalan Football history.


Legendary football players have emerged from CE Europa, such as Cros or Ramallets, being the last one a national player for Spain, and one of the most legendary goalkeepers in football history while playing with FC Barcelona. Players such as Kubala have also dressed the “escapulada” shirt, in official matches or friendly games. At present, some players that emerged on the CE Europa youth team are playing professional football, some of them even in the Spanish First Division. Along with its history, the club has contributed with three players to the Spanish national team.


no-spam@ceeuropa.cat (Super User) News Fri, 08 Jan 2021 19:33:05 +0100
Cros, the first hat-trick in La Liga's history https://www.ceeuropa.cat/english/in-english/cros-the-first-hat-trick-in-la-liga-s-history https://www.ceeuropa.cat/english/in-english/cros-the-first-hat-trick-in-la-liga-s-history Manuel Cros

A lot has been said about Manuel Cros, who is considered to be the most important “Escapulat” player of all time.

The most famous striker in Barcelona during the 1920s – together with Samitier (FC Barcelona)- left some records written and reviewed a thousand times through history. However, while celebrating the club’s centenary, an unpublished (and historic) fact had been revealed: Manuel Cros was the first player to score the first 'hat-trick' in the history of La Liga


This statistical fact has existed for around 80 years, since the second round of the first year of La Liga (1928/1929)... but until recently no-one with an interest in CE Europa's history had noticed it. It was in an article of the football magazine, “Don Balón” who, while the club was celebrating its centenary, had revealed this statistic by writing an article about it. An important fact that allows CE Europa to enter again in the history of national football.

 Let's start from the beginning, what is a “hat-trick”? At this point, even the most knowledgeable football fans, would think the question is stupid/insulting. However, the question is not as stupid as it may seem. Many people confuse the concept of scoring three goals in a match with the true meaning of the term. Yes, a 'hat-trick' is when a player scores three goals for their team, however, to become a 'hat-trick', those goals have to be scored consecutively. Even if a football player scores five goals in one match, if three of those five goals are not scored consecutively, the player has not scored a 'hat-trick'.

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The first player to score three goals in La Liga (even if he scored four) was Lazcano, a player for Real Madrid. Curiously, he scored those four goals in the first ever league match... and it was against CE Europa, the “Escapulats”! They lost by an overwhelming Real Madrid 5 – CE Europa 0. The goals were by Lazcano (50', 59', 75' & 83') and Morera (63') Because his teammate, Morera scored his goal in between Lazcano's second and third goal, Lazcano did not score the first 'hat-trick' in La Liga's history. 

This football record was achieved during the 2nd second round of La Liga, on February 17th, 1929, with the result Europa 5 – Arenas de Getxo 2. Manuel Cros, just as Lazcano had done, scored four out of five goals for his team. However, he did score three consecutive goals. The goals were scored by Cros (12'), Ramonzuelo (25’), and three more consecutive goals by Cros (56', 68' & 73').

Cros claimed his place in football history as the player to score the first “hat-trick” in La Liga. This fact was unknown to “Europeistes” until “Don Balón”'s published its article. In that same season, during the return match against Real Madrid, Europa scored five goals, becoming the first team ever to score five goals against the “Merengues”, with the match finishing 5-2. In that match, Lazcano and Europa came face to face again, however, the Real Madrid striker did not score this time. Nevertheless, there was a Europa player who created a 'hat-trick', Bestit, who scored the first three goals of the match (8', 13' i 15').

For a long time, CE Europa supporters have been commenting about the scarce historic information about our club, especially the period from its origins to the 1950s. This information about Cros’s achievement has always been there, however, both club historians and loyal CE Europa supporters had overlooked it. If anyone still had any doubts about Cros being Europa’s greatest player, the historic first 'hat-trick' he produced during els 'escapulats' hammering against Madrid, confirms his status.

no-spam@ceeuropa.cat (Super User) News Tue, 12 Jan 2021 21:31:04 +0100
Ralph Kirby, the first manager of the club https://www.ceeuropa.cat/english/in-english/ralph-kirby-the-first-manager-of-the-club https://www.ceeuropa.cat/english/in-english/ralph-kirby-the-first-manager-of-the-club Ralph Kirby

We have written a lot about the glorious and legendary team which CE Europa was on 1920’s; with chairman Matas in charge and a fantastic new wave of players that achieved historic milestones for the club. However, not much has been said about the man, who, like an alchemist, transformed all this innate talent into gold.

We are talking about Englishman Ralph Kirby. Born on March 18th, 1884 in Birmingham, his father was a train driver who was involved in a dramatic train crash which he survived miraculously uninjured. Although growing surrounded by railway locomotives and carriages, young Kirby began playing football for his parish team, Saltley Baptists. That was when he began to attract serious attention as a talented right winger. While doing his military service in the RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) during the 1904-1905 season, he stood out as both a footballer and an athlete, participating in many running competitions.

Young Kirby had a marvelous season with the army football club, where he made a mark for his speed. That was the reason why he caught Fulham’s eye and signed for them for the 1905-06 season. That same season, Fulham was playing in the Southern League, an important championship in which clubs from the South of England and Wales participated. Kirby played for both the reserves and the first team, and made his first team debut in a match against Millwall on April 22nd, 1905. Fulham ended the season becoming Southern League Champions, which is why Kirby appeared in the official team photo and why he is still remembered in the West London club. On the beginning of the 1906-07 season, Kirby returns home to the Midlands and signs for Birmingham City, who were playing in the Football League, the top-level football league in England.

He was going to appear only for the Reserve team (there were not any substitutions allowed at that time), however, because Harper, Birmingham’s main striker got injured, he was selected to play a Football League match against Newcastle United, his only game in the top-league. With 20.000 people at St. Andrew’s, Kirby played as a right winger and offered a good display, unfortunately City lost the match by 2-4. When he was put on the transfer list, a journalist from Athletic News wrote an article where he expressed his disappointment for the transfer and stated his belief that Kirby could have ended up as being the main striker for Birmingham City The following year, Kirby’s signed for Blackpool, a team that participated in the Second Division playing lso as a right winger in some matches against important teams such as Leeds City or Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Unfortunately, he does not get many opportunities on the pitch and, during winter, he is transferred to Worcester City (playing in the Birmingham Regional League) where he plays more often, doing his best match against Aston Villa. Over the next few seasons, Kirby, signs for two different lower division teams located in the region of Birmingham: Kiddeminster Harriers and Willenhall Pickwick. On 1913-14, Kirby returned to Fulham but only to play in the Reserve team. However, the start of WWI sees him return to the RAMC team, where he will remain for the duration of the conflict. 

After WWI, Kirby goes off track and not much is known from him until his signing for CE Europa as a manager, in 1922. However, Ralph Kirby was not the first choice to become CE Europa’s manager. According to the national press, at the end of July 1922, Europa almost signed George Holley to become the manager. However, Holley, who was an ex-player for Sunderland and capped for the England National Team, did not end up training the team from Gràcia. On August 4th, 1922 the local press announced Kirby’s arrival as the Club’s new manager starting from the 16th August. However, the question is, how was it that Europa noticed and recruited him? Well, we can find the answer a year before, when the English team, Middlessex Wanderers, came to Gràcia to play two friendly matches against Europa.

President Matas’ board kept in touch with the Wanderers’ secretary, who recommended signing Kirby’s as coach.The Englishman signed for the escapulats for a year and earning 225 pesetas (currently £1,22) per week. Once in Barcelona, the coach explained in an interview with a local newspaper that he had been in India training various military teams during World War I and outlined the main ideas of his project at CE Europa: four days of training a week and the importance of good physical preparation.

A curious fact to note is that the English coach changed his name during his stay in Spain. His real name was Conyers Kirby and because this is a complex and difficult name to correctly pronounce in Catalonia, he decided to call himself, Ralph, which seemed much “easier’ to pronounce and because that was the name of street where he lived in his native Birmingham. The manager, however, was a very reserved and quiet man and did not learn any Spanish or Catalan during his stay. Nevertheless, Kirby added an extra quality that the Escapulats had lacked and guided CE Europa to win the Catalan Championship of the 1922/23 season and the final of the Copa del Rey, where the team finished runners-up. Kirby had raised the competitive level of the graciencs and increased their overall potential.


He trained CE Europa in 34 official matches, with 21 wins, 5 draws and 8 defeats. On the other hand, there are countless friendly matches he managed, for example, those played against Birmingham City, UTE Budapest or NAC Breda, to name a few of the most important international rivals. Kirby’s departure from CE Europa was surrounded by controversy, as the Catalan Championship progressed he was sacked at the end of November 1924.

According to President Matas, “the coach was not showing the same enthusiasm and interest as he had at the beginning of his stay at Europa”. The controversy continued when, within days of being fired, he signed by FC Barcelona, on a wage of 1300 pesetas (£7,20) per week… He stayed at Barça that season, 1924/25, where he won two titles (Champion of Catalonia and Copa del Rey). However, despite the success, the lack of communication with the players caused him to be dismissed at the end of that campaign. For the 1925/26 season Kirby signed as manager for Athletic Club de Bilbao, where he won the Regional Championship again, but in the Copa del Rey the Basque team had a terrible run and he was fired.

This is where Ralph Kirby’s adventure as a coach ended. Once back in England he did retreated to the world of football. However, to close the circle of our protagonist’s story, during his stay at our club it should be mentioned that he also acted as a referee and as an assistant referee in several matches. An example of this was a friendly match between Newcastle and Everton, which he officiated at Les Corts in May 1924.

The Englishman, Ralph Kirby was the first person to perform the specific function of a manager for CE Europa’s first XI. He was a ‘very English’ Englishman who brought new training techniques and a innovative style of play to the Club, but for whom his slightly bitter character prevented him, as a coach, from having a more fruitful and longer career both for our team and for other Catalan teams. At CE Europa, however, we will be eternally grateful for his invaluable contribution and improvement in the preparation of football in trainings and tactics in matches. Therefore, Mr. Kirby should be forever considered, a true Club Esportiu Europa legend.


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The ticket office is located in the area marked with a (T). Members should access the stadium via the main gate (C/ de les Camèlies 42B) (2). The CE Europa executive team, visiting club members, home and visiting players, kit crews, match officials, accredited coaches and trainers, members of the Catalan Football Federation (FCF), members of the press and media, and invited guests should also use the main entrance. Once inside the stadium, all ticket holders have access to all four spectator areas, bar and public toilets. Seating in the high stand (second floor) may be subject or reserved to “Protector” members, general members, management teams, guests to the box seat and press. People with reduced mobility, e.g. wheelchair users, and persons with physical limitations who cannot use the stairs, may use a designated area situaded above the dressing room tunnel. This area is also reserved for TV camera crews and members of the press and media.

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