Up to 11 of Espanyol's 16 goals bear the signature of Adrián Embarba and Raúl de Tomás, who also begin to distribute the assists, especially from the winger to the forward. A duo with denomination of origin Vallecas, called to lift the blue and white team towards promotion to First Division and that evokes all those societies that marked an era in Sarrià, Montjuïc or Cornellà, they were of two or more components. At their feet (and heads) is reaching that Olympus.

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Seven years you have to go back to find in time Joan Verdú and Sergio García, which are also news these days having signed together for the Montañesa, in the Third Division, but that at Espanyol they offered great afternoons; Like Embarba and De Tomás, their rapport came from afar, from the times at La Masia and the Catalan national team. 'El seny i la rauxa'. Verdú himself had combined very well with Dani Osvaldo, but that alliance was much more ephemeral.

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Luis Garcia, Tamudo and De la Peña, celebrating the 2006 Copa del Rey.

You don't have to turn your head too much to run into the 'sacapuntos duo', formed by Iván de la Peña and Raúl Tamudo, who wrote some of the most memorable pages of the beginning of this century, first with permanence, then with the Copa del Rey at the Bernabéu. By then, the duo had already reached the category of 'trio wonders', with the adhesion of Luis García.

An unforgettable space also occupies an unforgettable space in the collective imagination, a pair made up of two of the best footballers in history perica, Dani Solsona and Rafa Marañón, who coincided for four seasons at Espanyol although they went on to eternity. The same as two other proper names that will remain associated forever despite the fact that, in this case, they were not assistant and scorer, but goalkeeper and midfielder (or magician): Tommy N'Kono and John Lauridsen, on the cusp of the 80s.

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Di Stéfano and Kubala, upon the arrival of the Saeta Rubia to El Prat to sign for Espanyol.

And, as the 'wonder trio' had already shown, it is not always about duets. They can be a crowd. It happened with the Five Dolphins, the mythical forward of the second half of the 60s: Carmelo Amas, José María Rodilla, Marcial Pina, Cayetano Re and José María García. Among his feats, a third place in LaLiga and incomplete dreams, those of the Vila-Reyes mandate.

Also in that decade is the society that was and was not, that of Ladislao Kubala and Alfredo di Stéfano, that although they coincided in the club and got to play a friendly together, in reality as parrots they were coach and player, respectively.

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Argilés and Parra, posing together.

A few years ago, the group that marveled was not, 'rare bird', in the attack, but in the rear. In the defense formed in the early 1950s by Antonio Argilés, José Parra and Vicenç Balaguer 'Cata' (later, it would also have Agustí Faura), who wrapped up the legendary 'Oxygen Equipment' Directed by Alejandro Scopelli. No less iconic would be the so-called 40s Pirates of the Manigua, that is, Gabriel Jorge and Antoni Fàbregas.

And, of course, a society that not only delighted viewers practically a century ago on the playing fields, but represented it like nobody else as ambassadors that they still are today: Ricardo Zamora and Ricardo Saprissa. The one who was possibly the best player in Blue and White history and the only honorary president.

Zamora and Saprissa, on the cover of the book 'Ricardo Saprissa, a life of legend', by the long-awaited Jordi Puyaltó and José Antonio Pastor.

Surely they are not all who are in a journey of 120 years, but undoubtedly are all who are. Mythical societies. It is up to Embarba and Raúl de Tomás to aspire to be one of them.


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