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Skonto FC is a Latvian football club, founded in 1991. The club plays at the Skonto Stadium in Riga. Skonto won the Virsliga in the first 14 seasons of the league's existence (15 in total), and often provides the core of the Latvia national football team. With those 14 national championships in a row, they set a European record, men and women's football combined.
Skonto FC was founded in 1991. It won the Latvian league championship 14 seasons in a row, and only in the 2005 season club finished second after FK Liepājas Metalurgs. In 2006, Skonto finished third in a close contest with FK Liepājas Metalurgs and FK Ventspils. Skonto FC have won the Latvia’s Cup on seven occasions, acquiring the Cup most recently in 2002.
Skonto FC was by no means among the favorites in the first years after its establishment, and the champion’s title had to be won in a fierce competition both with FK Olimpija from Liepāja and RAF Jelgava – even then an additional game was required since the regular championship in 1992 was insufficient to determine the winner of the season. In the same 1992 season, Skonto FC made its debut in the Champion’s League by beating the Faroe Islands champions Klaksvíkar
The Timor-Leste national football team is the national team of East Timor (Timor-Leste) and is controlled by the Federação de Futebol de Timor-Leste. They are currently one of the weakest teams in the world and the weakest team in the ASEAN region. East Timor joined FIFA on September 12, 2005.
Timor-Leste's international debut was in the preliminary round of the AFC Asian Cup in March 2003, when they lost 3–2 to Sri Lanka and 3–0 to Chinese Taipei. They also participated in the 2004 Tiger Cup. Timor-Leste's participation in South East Asia's premier international football event in 2004 was announced after an Asian Football Confederation council meeting in Petaling Jaya. Although not yet a member of the AFC, the Timor-Leste Football Association was invited to sit in on the meeting, where they were represented by FA president Francisco Kalbuadi. Timor-Leste won their first international match on 5 October 2012 against Cambodia with a score of 5-1.
Football was established in Timor-Leste during the Portuguese colonial era, when many of the locals and the Portuguese officials played amateur football. After Portugal ended its 20 years of colonial rule, Indonesia invaded and occupied the
Nejmeh Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي النجمة), commonly known as Nejmeh SC, Nadi Al-Nejma Al-Riyadia or Najma Beirut, is a professional multi-sports club based in the Manara district of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. Nejmeh is Arabic for star. It is most famous for its association football club, which competes in the Lebanese Premier League, the top division football league in the nation. Nejmeh SC are considered one of the most popular football teams in Lebanon. The club was established in Beirut in 1945, and received its license on 28 April 1947. The club had promoted gradually along the different divisions, and finally reached the first division in 1951. They club play their home games at the Al Manara Stadium.
Historically, the club is second only to their cross city rivals Al Ansar and equal to Homenetmen Beirut in the number of Lebanese league titles won. Al Ansar have won 13 titles while Nejmeh and Homenetmen have won seven. Nejmeh are also second to their rivals in amount of Lebanese Cups won over the years. Nejmeh do lead in amount of Elite Cup wins with a total of seven championships. They also won the Lebanese Super Cup five times whereas Al Ansar have won it four times.
Club Universidad Nacional A.C., more commonly known as Pumas de la UNAM, or just Pumas, is a Mexican professional football (soccer) club based in Mexico City. Club Universidad represents the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the largest university in Mexico, and plays their home matches at Olímpico Universitario Stadium, located on UNAM's main campus.
Universidad is one of the most popular clubs in Mexico. They have won seven Primera División championships and four international titles. The team is also known for their youth development system which has produced international players such as Enrique Borja, José Luis González "La Calaca", Hugo Sánchez, Claudio Suárez, Alberto Garcia Aspe, Jorge Campos, Manuel Negrete, Luis Flores, Gerardo Torrado, Luis García, Braulio Luna, Israel Castro, Francisco Fonseca, Rafael Márquez Lugo, Efraín Juárez, Héctor Alfredo Moreno, and Pablo Barrera.
Club Universidad Nacional was originally an amateur club made out of college students from the University's several schools and then a became into a professional team competing in the inferior leagues of Mexican football. Since its founding, the UNAMitas have evolved into one of the most
The Colombian National Football Team represents the country of Colombia in international football competitions and is controlled by the Colombian Football Federation. It is a member of the CONMEBOL. The highest rank it ever reached in FIFA World Rankings was 4th in 1996. It is currently ranked 20th the highest since 2008.
The Colombian National team was one of the strongest and most successful teams of Association football between the mid '80s and ending to the late '90s. Colombia was one of the powerful teams during this period and their most successful era making it a 'golden era'. A memorable match by this team was the historic 5–0 defeat of Argentina in 1993 which caused a special 'mutual respect' rivalry between both nations. The goalkeeper René Higuita achieved fame from his eccentric scorpion kick clearance against England at Wembley in 1995. Other stars from this team included Carlos Valderrama and Faustino Asprilla. During this era, Colombia qualified for the 1990, 1994, and 1998 editions of the World Cup.
They were the champions of the 2001 Copa América, which they hosted and set a new record of being undefeated, conceding no goals and winning each match. Prior to that
Lupa Piacenza S.S.D. is an Italian association football club based in Piacenza. The club currently plays in Eccellenza Emilia–Romagna/A.
It is not the legitimate heir of Piacenza Calcio Football Club not having yet acquired its sports title according to the Article 52 NOIF of FIGC, but it has only obtained the use of its brand for four years, after the club went bankrupt in 2012. In fact the club can not be before the summer 2013 eventually renamed Piacenza F.C. 1919.
The origins of football in Piacenza go back to 1919 when was founded Piacenza Foot-Ball Club, changing successively its name to Piacenza Calcio F.C. and playing also in Serie A.
In the summer 2012, the club was declared bankrupt and the team was disbanded.
Following the bankruptcy of Piacenza Calcio Football Club, regional amateur club Libertaspes, founded in 2010, recently promoted in the season 2011-12 to Eccellenza Emilia–Romagna after winning Promozione Emilia–Romagna/A, was renamed Lupa Piacenza after the obtaining the brand, but not its sports title of the failed Piacenza by the association Salva Piace, in order to continue its soccer history.
The team's colors are red and white.
Lupa Piacenza play their home
The Denmark national football team (Danish: Danmarks fodboldlandshold) represents Denmark in association football and is controlled by the Danish Football Association (DBU), the governing body for the football clubs which are organized under DBU. Denmark's home ground is Parken Stadium in Østerbro and their head coach is Morten Olsen.
Denmark was the winners of football at the Intercalated Games in 1906 and silver in the Olympics of 1908 and 1912. However, as amateurs who prohibited their internationals from becoming professionals at foreign clubs, Denmark did not qualify for the World Cup until 1986, although they won another Olympic silver in 1960.
Since 1983, the team has continuously been visible as a solidly competitive side, with the triumph in the 1992 European Championships in Sweden as its most prominent victory, beating the European champions from Netherlands in the semifinal, and the World champions from Germany in the final. They also managed to win the 1995 Confederations Cup, defeating Argentina in the final. Their best FIFA World Cup result was achieved in 1998, where they narrowly lost 3–2 in the quarter-final against Brazil.
Apart from the men's senior A-level
The Greece national football team (Greek: Εθνική Ελλάδος, Ethniki Ellados) represents Greece in association football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Greece's home ground is Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus and their head coach is Fernando Santos. Greece spent most of their history in relative obscurity, having participated only twice in the final tournaments of the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship, in 1994 and 1980 respectively, until UEFA Euro 2004, when they became European champions in only their second participation in the tournament. The Greeks, dismissed as rank outsiders before the tournament with bookmakers giving odds of between 80–1 to 150–1 for them to win, defeated some of the favourites in the competition including defending champions France and hosts Portugal, who Greece beat in both the opening game of the tournament and again in the final.
Since that victory Greece have occupied a place in the top 30 of the FIFA World Rankings for all but 2 months, and reached a high of 8th from April to June 2008, as well as from September to October 2011.
Greece, under the guidance of Alketas
The New Zealand national football team, nicknamed the All Whites, is the national association football team of New Zealand and is governed by New Zealand Football (NZF). The team plays in an all-white strip rather than the traditional New Zealand sporting black due to a former FIFA regulation that reserved black for the international referee strip. Its nickname is also a play on the New Zealand national rugby union team, known as the All Blacks. The silver fern, a symbol of New Zealand, appears on the All Whites uniform.
The All Whites played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In 2010, New Zealand exited the competition after the first round despite turning out to be the only team that remained unbeaten in the World Cup finals.
Because most New Zealand football clubs are semi-professional rather than fully professional, most top New Zealand footballers play abroad for clubs in Europe, in the United States, or in the Australian A-League.
New Zealand formerly battled Australia for top honours in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). However, Australia now plays in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), leaving New Zealand as the only seeded team in the OFC.
Futbol Club Barcelona (Catalan pronunciation: [fubˈbɔɫ ˈkɫub bərsəˈɫonə] ( listen)), also known as Barcelona and familiarly as Barça, is a professional football club, based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto "Més que un club" (More than a club). The official Barcelona anthem is the "Cant del Barça" written by Jaume Picas and Josep Maria Espinàs. Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona. It is the world's second-richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of €398 million. The club has a long-standing rivalry with Real Madrid; matches between the two teams are referred to as "El Clásico".
They are the current Copa del Rey champions and have won 21 La Liga, 26 Copa del Rey, 10 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies, as well as being the record holder for the latter four competitions. In international club football Barcelona have won four UEFA Champions League, a record four UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, four UEFA Super Cup, a record three
Real Sociedad de Fútbol, S.A.D. (more commonly referred to as Real Sociedad [reˈal soθjeˈðað]) is a Spanish football club based in the city of San Sebastián, Basque Country, founded on 7 September 1909. Its home stadium is Anoeta, which seats 32,200 spectators. Real Sociedad won the La Liga title in 1980–81 and 1981–82, and last finished runners-up in 2002–03. The club play the Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao. Real Sociedad were founder members of La Liga in 1928, and their longest spell in the top flight was for 40 seasons from 1967 to 2007.
Donostia Football Club in the years of the Spanish republic, the club name means Royal Society of Football in Spanish. The club is nicknamed in Basque as Erreala or the txuri-urdin ("white-blue" due to the colours of their kit). The colours stem from the flag of San Sebastian: a blue canton on a white field.
Football was introduced to San Sebastián in the early 1900s by students and workers returning from Britain. In 1904 they formed the San Sebastian Recreation Club and in 1905 they competed in the Copa del Rey. In May 1905 the San Sebastian Football Club was formed as a separate branch of the club. In 1909 they applied to enter the Copa
PGE GKS Bełchatów [ˌpɛ.gʲɛ.ˈʔɛ ˌgʲɛ.ka.ˈɛs bɛw.ˈxa.tuf] is a professional football club that competes in the Polish Ekstraklasa. GKS is an abbreviation for the Miners' Sport Club (Górniczy Klub Sportowy).
GKS Bełchatów entered Poland's Division 4 in 1977 and gained promotion to Division 3 after four years (in the 1981/1982 season). It took the club another seven years to rise to Division 2 (1986/1987 season), before winning a place in the Polish Premier League in 1992. After another spell in Division 2, the club again won promotion to the First league at the end of the 2004/2005 season. The club finished the 2005/2006 season in 10th place, with 37 points. The following season they challenged for the league title. After spending much of the latter part of the 2006/07 season in first place, they were ultimately overtaken by Zagłębie Lubin and had to settle for second place.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
The Club de Fútbol Monterrey is a Mexican football club from Monterrey, Nuevo León, and the current champion of the CONCACAF Champions League. Founded on June 28, 1945, it is the oldest active team in the professional division from the northern part of Mexico.
The club is owned by FEMSA, Latin America's largest bottling company. Home games are played in the Estadio Tecnológico in Monterrey, Mexico, a stadium shared with the college (American) football team Borregos Salvajes from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.
The club has enjoyed success in recent years, winning 4 league titles in 1986, 2003, 2009 and 2010; a Copa México in 1991, and the CONCACAF Champions League in 2011 and 2012. Because of its home uniform, the team is commonly known as the Rayados (the striped ones). Its oldest rival is the Tigres of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, against whom the local derby is played every season. Monterrey has counted on notable international players, mainly from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Uruguay and other locations in Africa and Europe.
At the end of World War II, a group of industrial businessmen headed by Ramón Cárdenas Coronado, Enrique Ayala
The Nauru national soccer team is an international team from the Republic of Nauru. However it is not a member of the OFC or FIFA, and is therefore not eligible to enter either the World Cup or OFC Nations Cup.
The national team is the most important organ of the Nauru Amateur Soccer Association. NASA was formed in 1973 and since then has been inconspicuous outside of the country. The federation is as yet unrecognized by either FIFA or the OFC as an official national soccer federation. There are no soccer stadiums in Nauru; the incomplete sports stadium in Meneng may provide a venue suitable for international matches.
On 2 October 1994 the Nauruan national soccer team played a friendly match in Denigomodu against a team from the Solomon Islands. Nauru won the match 2–1 against the winners of the Melanesian Cup the same year. As they won their only game, they have a 100% win/loss record.
The Vietnam national football team (Vietnamese: Đội tuyển bóng đá quốc gia Việt Nam) is the national football team representing Vietnam in international football competition and is managed by the Vietnam Football Federation.
In the FIFA World Rankings, Vietnam's highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in September 1998, at 84th. The team is currently ranked 140th in the World, 20th in Asia and 2nd in South East Asia by FIFA (October 2012).
By late 1950s, known by the name South Vietnam national football team became one of the four strongest teams in Asia, as they advanced into the final round of 1956 AFC Asian Cup, 1960 AFC Asian Cup, finishing 4th both times. The team also won 10th Merdeka Tournament in Malaysia, 1966.
Vietnam is one of the most successful teams in South East Asia along with Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Winning the ASEAN Football Championship 2008 and other small competitions and still improving today.
While Vietnam was split into North and South Vietnam, two national teams existed and both were controlled by similar Vietnam Football Associations. After the two countries unified in 1976 the Vietnam Football Associations was
Cheltenham Town Football Club ( /ˈtʃɛltnəm ˈtaʊn/) is an English football club playing in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. Founded in 1887, the team has played at four different grounds, namely Agg-Gardner's Recreation Ground, Carter's Field and now the Abbey Business Stadium, although it is more commonly known as Whaddon Road. Their nickname is The Robins. The club appointed Mark Yates as manager on 22 December 2009.
Cheltenham have played as high as League One, the third tier of English football, and have played a total of four seasons there. Their best FA Cup run saw them reach the last 16 (fifth round) in 2002. The last piece of silverware won by the club was the Football Conference title in 1999, when the club attained full League status for the first time. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA.
Cheltenham has a long history of football prior to The Robins. In 1849, the first use of three official referees in a match, two in field and one in tribune, was recorded in the town. However, the modern club was founded in 1887 by Albert Close White, a local teacher.
The club spent its first three decades in local football. Notable players from those
Chunnam Dragons (전남 드래곤즈) is a football club founded in 1995 in the Korean city of Gwangyang, which joined the K-League for the 1995 season at the same time as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, their Jeolla province rivals.
Chunnam was established on 16 December 1994. Chunnam appointed Jung Byung-Tak, former South Korean international left winger, as their first manager.
25 March 1995, Chunnam played their first ever K-League match. Chunnam's best season to date came in 1997 when they finished runners-up, behind Daewoo Royals in the K-League and also lifted the Korean FA Cup. In 1999, Chunnam also came runners-up in the Asian Cup Winners Cup, beating J-League giant Kashima Antlers 4-1. They became Korean FA Cup champions for a second straight year in 2007.
On 27 December 2007, Chunnam appointed Park Hang-Seo as new manager after former manager Huh Jung-Moo was appointed as Korea Republic national football team manager.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA
Arsenal Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in Holloway, London. One of the most successful clubs in English football, it has won 13 First Division and Premier League titles and 10 FA Cups. Arsenal holds the record for the longest uninterrupted period in the English top flight and would be placed first in an aggregated league of the entire 20th century. It is the second side to complete an English top flight season unbeaten (in the 2003–04 season), and the only one to do it across 38 matches.
Arsenal was founded in 1886 in Woolwich and in 1893 became the first club from the south of England to join the Football League. In 1913, it moved north across the city to Arsenal Stadium in Highbury. In the 1930s the club won five League Championship titles and two FA Cups. After a lean period in the post-war years it won the League and FA Cup Double, in the 1970–71 season, and in the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century won two more Doubles and reached the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. Arsenal has a long-standing rivalry with neighbours Tottenham Hotspur, with whom it contests the North London derby. Arsenal is the fourth most valuable association
The Peru national football team represents Peru in international football competition and is managed by the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF). The team competes against the other nine members of FIFA's CONMEBOL conference, which encompasses the countries of South America. The traditional colors of the team are white and red, the colors of the Peruvian flag, and the team is commonly known as la Blanquirroja (Spanish for "the white-and-red").
Founded in 1927, the team plays its home matches primarily at the Estadio Nacional in Lima. The team's players' ethnicities reflect of the multicultural society of Peru. Peru has won the Copa América twice, and qualified for four FIFA World Cup tournaments. It has also qualified for two Olympic tournaments where it reached the quarter final stages. Peru's traditional footballing rival is Chile, but the team also has a prominent rivalry with Ecuador.
The Peruvian team's performance has been inconsistent, although it is considered to have enjoyed two successful periods in the 1930s and 1970s. Early in its history, Peru participated in World Cup tournaments and enjoyed victories in the 1938 Bolivarian Games and the 1939 Copa América, when it was
R.A.E.C. Mons is a Belgian football club based in Mons, Belgium, playing in the Belgian Jupiler League. The team was promoted to the Belgian Jupiler League at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season re-joining the Top Belgian League after two years in the Belgian 2nd Division (Exqi League). Dutch speakers tend to refer to the team as "Bergen", the Dutch name for Mons.
As of 22 June 2012. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Physical Fitness Coach
Futbolo Klubas Ekranas is a Lithuanian football club, playing in the town of Panevėžys.
The club was founded in 1964.
It has won Lithuanian championships in 1985 (Soviet Lithuania), 1993, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Lithuanian Cup in 1985 (Soviet Lithuania), 1998, 2000, 2010 and 2011 and the Lithuanian Super Cup in 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2011.
On 5 November 2004, before the A Lyga champion-deciding match against FBK Kaunas, the club was controversially expelled from the first division by the National Football Club Association (NFKA) for alleged match fixing, but reinstated a day later.
In August 2006 FK Ekranas won the first Baltic Champion's Cup tournament in Liepāja after beating Estonian champions TVMK Tallinn 6–4 and drawing with the home side Liepājas Metalurgs 1–1.
*FC Artmedia Bratislava victory after the penalty shootout.
1Q – 1st Qualifying Round; 2Q – 2nd Qualifying Round; 1R – 1st Round; 2R – 2nd Round
As of July 18, 2012
UEFA Team Ranking 2011 (UEFA Club Coefficients in parentheses)
As of July 18, 2012 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Manager: Valdas Urbonas
Sandefjord Fotball is a Norwegian professional football club, founded on September 10, 1998. The club plays in the Adeccoligaen. Their home ground is the Komplett.no Arena, located in Sandefjord, Vestfold.
The club reached the First Division (Adeccoligaen) in 1999, where they made quick progress and soon settled as strong competitors for promotion to the Premier League. Finishing third in the First Division both in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times. In 2004 they finished fourth, but the 2005 season finally proved a success, when they placed second and earned automatic promotion to the highest division.
The club performed surprisingly well in their first Premier League season, finishing ninth in the table and reaching the cup final. However, the 2007 season was a disaster and they finished last and were relegated to the Adeccoligaen.
After a poor start to the 2008 season in the Adeccoligaen, Sandefjord recovered strongly to finish second and qualify for automatic promotion to Tippeligaen. In the 2009 season Sandefjord Fotball finished at eight place, their strongest performance in Tippeligaen to date. In 2010 Sandefjord Fotball were relegated to
Albion Rovers Football Club are a Scottish football team from the North Lanarkshire town of Coatbridge, who are currently playing in the Scottish Football League Second Division. Founded in 1882 as the result of an amalgamation of two other teams, the club joined the Scottish Football League initially in 1903 before returning in 1919 and, although they have spent most of their time in the lower divisions, have maintained their league membership since. Their sole major honours during that time have been wins in the old and new Second Divisions (second and third tiers respectively).
The club's home stadium is Cliftonhill, opened on Christmas Day 1919.
Albion Rovers were formed in 1882 from a merger of the two Coatbridge sides Albion FC and Rovers FC. The club joined the Scottish Football League Second Division in 1903 along with Ayr Parkhouse F.C. following a small expansion in numbers. Rovers (as their fans prefer the team to be called, rather than "Albion") settled into the League reasonably well, albeit without ever clinching promotion. By 1915 the Scottish Football League had been merged into a single division structure, with the second division scrapped. The Rovers moved to join
Bury Football Club is an association football team based in Bury, Greater Manchester. The team play in League One at Gigg Lane Stadium, where they have played since 1885.
The club was formed in 1885 by Aiden Arrowsmith following a meeting at the White Horse Hotel, between the Bury Wesleyans and Bury Unitarians Football Clubs. Gigg Lane's first ever game took place on 12 September 1885 when Bury played a friendly match against Wigan, and won 4–3.
In 1887 the first shed was built at Gigg Lane at a cost of £50 (although this debt was written off and never paid for), also in the same year Bury recorded their record defeat, 0–10 v. Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup's 1st round.
Bury's first ever floodlit game took place on 5 November 1889, when a crowd of 7,000 saw Bury defeated 4–5 by Heywood Central. In 1892 Bury were Lancashire Challenge Cup Winners, before joining the Football League Second Division in 1894, which they won at the first attempt, being undefeated at home all year, and beating Liverpool in a play-off at Stoke, to go up to the First Division. They stayed there until 1912. Bury's membership of the Football League from 1894 is now the 3rd longest ongoing run (after founders
Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio, commonly known as just Atalanta, Atalanta Bergamo or the abbreviation Atalanta BC, is an Italian football club based in Bergamo, Lombardy.
They are nicknamed the Nerazzurri and the orobici. Atalanta play in blue-and-black vertically striped shirts, black shorts and black socks.
The club stadium is the 26,638 seater Atleti Azzurri d'Italia. In Italy, Atalanta is sometimes called Regina delle provinciali (queen of the provincial clubs) to mark the fact that the club is historically one of the best among non-metropolitan ones.
In 2010-11, the club gained promotion from Serie B to Serie A. Atalanta reached the Cup Winners' Cup Semifinal in 1988, when it was still competing in Serie B. This is still the best ever performance by a non-first division club in a major UEFA competition (together with Cardiff City).
The club was founded in 1907. A football club had existed in Bergamo since 1904. Founded by wealthy Swiss immigrants, it was known as FC Bergamo. The rival Atalanta club grew out of a division between different sporting societies in the town. The name is taken from the female athlete of Greek mythology. The FIGC was unimpressed with the new club and did
Fort William F.C. is a senior football team from Fort William, Lochaber, Scotland. They play in the Highland Football League and have been playing at that level since joining the league in 1985.
The club was originally founded in 1972 by then chairman Colin Neilson and started out playing mainly friendlies and cup competitions, such as the Scottish Qualifying Cup, the North of Scotland Cup and the Inverness Cup. This lasted for 11 years, before they joined the North Caledonian Football League (NCFL) in 1983. They enjoyed a lot of success in their brief two year spell in the North Caledonian League winning both the Chic Allan Cup and Morris Newton Cup in successive seasons, while also winning the Football Times Cup and finishing as runners-up in the league in the 1983-84 season. However the season after, 1984–85, they would go on to win the division outright making it their only League Championship to date.
Ever since forming in 1972, the club had tirelessly campaigned for entry into the Highland League, but were rejected many times before the club were admitted in the North Caledonian Football League in 1983. However after accomplishing a lot of success in their two year spell in
Busan IPark (Korean: 부산 아이파크) is a South Korean professional football club based in Busan, South Korea that currently competes in the K-League. Its current home ground is Busan Asiad Stadium. As one of the original five members of the Korean Super League, Busan IPark holds the distinction of being one of three clubs (the others being Pohang Steelers and Jeju United) to continuously compete in the K-League since 1983, the league's inaugural season. Initially, the club was simply called Daewoo in reference to the company that originally owned and financed it.
After being at the top of the league for most of the 1983 season, Daewoo finished second in its league debut conceding the title to Hallelujah FC by a single point after a goalless draw against Yukong Kokkiri (now known as Jeju United) in the Masan Series. In its sophomore season, the club turned professional, renamed itself as Daewoo Royals, and clinched its first league title after defeating Yukong Kokkiri by an aggregate score of 2-1 in the 1984 K-League Championship playoff. The Royals reached the playoff after winning the second stage of a league which now included the likes of Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso (now known as FC Seoul)
Club Nacional de Football is a sports institution from Uruguay, founded on May 14, 1899 in Montevideo, as a result of the fusion between Uruguay Athletic Club and Montevideo Fútbol Club.
Nacional plays several sports, football being the most important and the one in which the club has achieved significant victories in Uruguay and internationally, earning worldwide recognition.
Nacional won the Copa Libertadores three times: 1971, 1980 and 1988. In this tournament, Nacional is the all-time leader with 515 points. Nacional also won the Copa Intercontinental in 1971, 1980 and 1988, becoming the first unbeaten three times world champion. In addition, Nacional is the only Uruguayan team that won the Copa Interamericana (1972 and 1989) and the Recopa Sudamericana, competition in which is the first champion (1989). In the domestic league, Nacional won the championship 44 times, playing in the first division since 1901, with the record of 11 titles in the amateur era and 33 titles in the profesional era. With a total of 145 official titles won, 124 domestic titles and 21 international titles (9 of them recognized by either CONMEBOL or FIFA), Nacional is the most successful club in Uruguay
Sport-Club Freiburg, commonly known as SC Freiburg, is a German football club, based in the city of Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg. SC Freiburg has played in the Bundesliga, the top tier of German football, since their promotion in 2009. Freiburg has traditionally bounced between the first and second tier of the German football league system, leading to the fan chant "We go down, we go up, we go into the UEFA Cup!" during the 1990s. Volker Finke, who was the club's manager between 1991 and 2007, was the longest-serving manager in the history of professional football in Germany. Joachim Löw, current manager of the German national team, is the club's all-time leading goal scorer with 81 goals in 252 games during his three spells at SCF.
The club traces its origins to a pair of clubs founded in 1904: Freiburger Fußballverein 04 was organised in March of that year; FC Schwalbe Freiburg just two months later. Both clubs underwent name changes, with Schwalbe becoming FC Mars in 1905, Mars becoming Union Freiburg in 1906, and FV 04 Freiburg becoming Sportverein Freiburg 04 in 1909. Three years later, SV and Union formed Sportclub Freiburg, at the same time incorporating the
The Ghana national football team, popularly known as the Black Stars, is the national association football team of Ghana and is controlled by the Ghana Football Association. Prior to 1957, the country played as the Gold Coast.
Although the team did not qualify for the senior FIFA World Cup until 2006, they had qualified for five straight Olympic Games Football Tournaments when the tournament was still a full senior national team competition. The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times (in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982) and has been runners up 4 times (in 1968, 1970, 1992, and 2010).
After going through 2005 unbeaten, Ghana won the FIFA most improved team of the year award and they reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup led by Serbian football coach, Ratomir Dujković.
At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they became the third African team in history to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.
The Ghana Amateur Football Association was founded in 1957, soon after the country's independence, and was affiliated to Confederation of African Football and FIFA the following year. Englishman George Ainsley was appointed coach of the national team.
On 19 August 1962 at
The Ecuadorian national football team represents Ecuador in international football competitions and is controlled by the Ecuadorian Football Federation. They generally play official home matches at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito, but often play friendlies in other stadiums around the country or in the United States.
Ecuador has qualified for two FIFA World Cups in 2002 and 2006. Their best performance came in 2006 when they advanced to the Round of 16, eventually eliminated by England. They are one of three countries in South America to not win the Copa América (the others being Chile and Venezuela). Their best performance in the continental tournament was fourth in 1959 and 1993, both times on home soil.
From a historical viewpoint, Ecuador have been one of the more struggling footballing nations in South America. Despite their past irregularities, however, they have never lacked quality.
Discarding an invitation to participate in the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay, their first participation in a World Cup qualifying campaign was in the 1962 campaign, eventually being well beaten by Argentina over two games. However, the 1966 qualifying campaign pitted the
Club Atlético de Madrid, S.A.D., commonly known as Atlético Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, is a Spanish football club based in Madrid who play in La Liga. Atlético have won both La Liga and the Copa del Rey on nine occasions, including a double in 1996; in Europe, they won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1962, were European Cup runners-up in 1974, won the Intercontinental Cup in 1975, won the Europa League in 2010 and in 2012, and won the UEFA Super Cup in 2010 and 2012.
Los Colchoneros play their home games at the Vicente Calderón, which currently holds up to 54,960 spectators. In 2015, Atletico are due to move to their new home of Estadio La Peineta, which will have a capacity of 70,000.
Atleti's home kit is red and white vertical striped shirts, with blue shorts, accompanied by blue and red socks, this combination has been used since 1911. Nike are the kit manufacturers, the only sponsor is Huawei.
During their history, the club have been known by a number of nicknames, including Los Colchoneros ("The Mattress Makers" in English), due to their first team stripes being the same colors as old-fashioned mattresses. During the 1970s, they became known as Los Indios, allegedly due
The Iceland national football team is the national football team of Iceland and is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland. It has never advanced to the finals of any major international competition.
For the Euro 2004, Iceland were led by Ásgeir Sigurvinsson topping the group table for a while, with 4 wins and even held Germany to a 0–0 draw in Reykjavík, however both Germany and Scotland had a game in hand to them and both used them to their maximum potential, with Scotland beating Lithuania and Germany beat Scotland in Germany's penultimate game. Iceland failed to grind a result in their final game against Germany, and Scotland pipped them to a play-off place. Iceland have failed to match this since, finishing on just 4 points for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers and 8 points from their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.
Iceland were knocked out in the quarter finals of the 2001 Millennium Super Cup to a Chilean Football League XI, this was following a 3–0 victory over hosts India.
Perhaps the most notable match was a friendly against Estonia on 24 April 1996 in Tallinn. During the second half of this match, Eiður Guðjohnsen entered as a substitute for his father Arnór. This
Idrottsföreningen Elfsborg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɛlfsbɔrj]), also known as IF Elfsborg, is a professional football club based in Borås, Sweden, and is affiliated to the Västergötlands Fotbollförbund.They play in the Allsvenskan and have spent most of their history in the top tier of Swedish football. Their homeground is Borås Arena, where they have played since 17 April 2005.
The club was founded in 1904 by a group of 19 youngster in the age of 14-15 years old. Borås Fotbollslag was formed in Ordenshuset at Landala (today Knalleland) on June 26, 1904. The main protagonist in the formation, Carl Larson, who in addition to football also practiced athletics and wrestling. Claimed the reason was that the main sports club in the city, Borås Athletic and Sports Society, would not exert football in their program.
Carl Larson, however, found that there were too many clubs containing the city name Borås which contributed to the name change in 1906 by Riksidrottsförbundet to the current, IF Elfsborg. The name is derived from Älvsborg County where instead of making use of the modern spelling Älvsborg, they used out of the older spelling with an E. The same goes for the club colours,
NK Istra 1961 is a football club from Pula, Croatia, currently playing in the Croatian First Division.
The football club NK Uljanik from which the club originates from was founded in 1948. In 1961 it joined with another local club, NK Pula, to form NK Istra. For this reason, 1961 is occasionally considered as the clubs founding year. The greatest club success was in the 2002-2003 season when they finished runners up in the Croatian Cup, losing to Hajduk Split 4-1 on aggregate. In the 2004-05 season the club changed its name into NK Pula 1856, because the year 1856 was the year that the Austro-Hungarian Empire made Pula the port of its arsenal and the shipyard Uljanik was opened. Also in the same year, in competed in the Prva Liga for the first time. In 2005 it was renamed again to NK Pula Staro Češko due to a sponsorship contract with the brewery Daruvarska pivovara (Staro Češko is a beer brand). Just one year later the name was once again changed, this time to NK Pula. Again, just a year later in summer 2007, the name was changed for the fifth time in as many years, to NK Istra 1961. The change of name came after an ultimatium from the local fans Demons who said the club will have
Portland Timbers was an American professional soccer team based in Portland, Oregon, United States. Founded in 2001, the team played in various leagues at the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, including the USL First Division and the USSF Division 2 Professional League, until the end of the 2010 season.
On March 20, 2009, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced that an expansion team had been granted to the Portland area and that the team would retain the Timbers name. The new team began play in MLS in 2011.
The team played its home games at PGE Park. The team's colors were green and white. The team also had a development team, Portland Timbers U23's, which won the USL Premier Development League championship in 2010 and is currently affiliated with the MLS team.
This incarnation of the Timbers is the third in US soccer history. They took the name of the original franchise that played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1975 to 1982.
In 1974, the North American Soccer League awarded an expansion franchise to Portland, Oregon. The new team, named the Timbers, began play in the 1975 season. In their inaugural season, the Timbers went to the
Sport Club Internacional (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˌĩtɛɾnɐsjɔˈnaw]) is a Brazilian football team and multi-sport club from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, founded on April 4, 1909. They play in red shirts, white shorts and socks, the first of which gives the team its nickname of Colorado (The Red). They enjoy a traditional rivalry with the city's other big club, Grêmio - with derbies known as a "Gre-Nal". The team's home stadium is known as the "Giant of Riverside", or Beira-Rio, on the Giant of the Guaíba River, and it holds 60,000.
The club is one of only three teams that competed in all Brazilian National League's first division championships since its inception in 1971. Internacional is ranked first in Americas and sixth in the World in number of paying members, with more than 104,000 members. Internacional were last South American champions in 2010, having won their second Copa Libertadores title. 2006 was the most successful year in Inter's history as they won the Copa Libertadores and the FIFA Club World Cup, defeating European champions FC Barcelona in the latter and South American reigning champions São Paulo FC in the former. Other international titles include the 2007
Torquay United Football Club is an English football club based in Torquay, Devon. The club participates in Football League Two, the fourth tier of English football. The return to the Football League in 2009 ended a two-year absence after 82 successive seasons. The club plays in a distinctive yellow and blue kit.
The original Torquay United was formed in 1899 by a group of school-leavers under the guidance of Sergeant-Major Edward Tomney. The newly founded club played its inaugural match against an Upton Cricket Club XI on one of Farmer John Wright's fields, which was situated at the top of Penny's Hill, on Teignmouth Road on the site of modern Parkhurst Road.
After a season of friendlies the club joined the East Devon League and moved into the Recreation Ground, their home for the next four years, Plainmoor being occupied by Torquay Athletic Rugby Club at this time in a reversal of the current situation. In 1904 Athletic secured the lease on the Recreation Ground from underneath United and Torquay and District League rivals Ellacombe took over the lease of Plainmoor leaving United homeless for the first time in their existence and facilitating a return to the farmers fields on
Liverpool Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in Liverpool. The club has won eighteen League titles, seven FA Cups and a record eight League Cups. Liverpool has won more European titles than any other English club, having won five European Cups, three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups.
Liverpool was founded in 1892 and joined the Football League the following year. The club has played at Anfield since its formation. The most successful period in Liverpool's history was the 1970s and '80s when Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley led the club to eleven league titles and seven European trophies.
The club's supporters have been involved in two major tragedies. The first was the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985 in which charging Liverpool fans caused a wall to collapse, killing 39 Juventus supporters. In the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives in a crush against perimeter fencing.
Liverpool has long-standing rivalries with neighbours Everton and with Manchester United. The team changed from red shirts and white shorts to an all-red home strip in 1964. The club's anthem is "You'll Never Walk Alone".
Liverpool F.C. was founded
Boston United Football Club is an English football club based in Boston, Lincolnshire. The club participates in the Conference North, the sixth tier of English football. The club is known as 'the Pilgrims' in reference to the Pilgrim Fathers, who fled from Boston to the USA and founded Boston, Massachusetts. The club's crest, a ship, is also a reference to them. The club's traditional colours are amber and black. Boston's neighbours include Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town. The club is one of only 12 in the country to run a Centre of Excellence, provides a Study Support Centre and is also the basis of the 'Boston United Football in the Community Scheme'.
Boston United were members of the Football League from 2002 until 2007.
The club was founded in 1933 as a successor to a club called Boston. Their first game was a 3–1 defeat at home to Grimsby Reserves on 26 August 1933, when a crowd of 1,544 watched Boston's no.7, Blessed, score United's first ever goal. They then had a moderate amount of success in various leagues, including the Midland League and Southern League.
The club's FA cup run of 1955–56 included a 6–1 victory at Derby County, then playing in Third
El Salvador's national football team (Selección de fútbol de El Salvador in Spanish) represents El Salvador in international football and is sanctioned by the Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol (FESFUT). In 1899, Santa Ana and San Salvador met for the first hosted football game in El Salvador. El Salvador's national football team's first match was in September 1921, when they were invited to participate in a tournament to celebrate 100 years of Central American Independence.
El Salvador has made two FIFA World Cup appearances: first in 1970 and again in 1982, but have never progressed beyond the first group stage of a finals tournament. They were the 1943 CCCF champions, and finished in second-place in the 1941 and 1961 championships. They have competed in the CONCACAF regional tournaments thirteen times, finishing as runners-up in 1963 and 1981. La Selecta also competes in the biennial UNCAF Nations Cup, the Pan American Games, the Olympics, and have achieved two gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games.
The Estadio Cuscatlán, also known as "El Coloso de Montserrat" and "La Catedral del Espectaculo", is the official home stadium of the El Salvador national football
The Slovakia national football team (Slovak: Slovenské národné futbalové mužstvo) represents Slovakia in association football and is controlled by the Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the governing body for football in Slovakia. Slovakia's home stadium is Štadión Pasienky and their head coaches are Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp. They replaced Vladimir Weiss after Euro 2012 qualifications. Slovakia are one of the newest national football teams in the world, alongside their neighbours the Czech Republic, whom they originally both formed the Czechoslovakia national football team, until the dissolution of the unified state in 1993. Slovakia maintains its own national side that competes in all major professional tournaments.
Slovakia qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 after winning their qualifying group despite two defeats against Slovenia, and progressed beyond the group stage after a 3–2 win against Italy, before bowing out of the tournament after a 2–1 defeat in the second round against eventual runners-up the Netherlands. It was the first time the team have ever played in a major football competition, after playing every FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign since 1998 and
Fussball Club Basel 1893, widely known as FC Basel, is a Swiss football club based in Basel. They are one of the most successful clubs in Swiss football, having won the Swiss Super League 15 times, the third most for any Swiss club. They were most successful in the late 1960s and 1970s, winning the title a total of seven times between 1967 and 1980. The 1980s saw hard times for Basel as they had an absence from European competition for many years and they were relegated in 1987. In the 2000s Basel returned to the top of Swiss football; winning their first title for 22 years in 2002 and won a further six titles in the years 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012. FC Basel have also won the Swiss Cup 11 times.
They have competed in European competition every season since 1999–2000. In the 2001–02 season, the club reached the UEFA Intertoto Cup final, losing to Aston Villa; in the 2002–03 season they qualified for the Second Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League; and in the 2005–06 season, they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. They have been in the Champions League more times than any other Swiss club — a total of four times — and are the only Swiss club to have ever
Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, usually known as Anderlecht (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃dəʁˈlɛkt], Flemish pronunciation: [ˈɑndərˌlɛçt], German: [ˈandɐˌlɛçt]) or RSCA (French pronunciation: [ˌɛʁ ɛs se ˈɑ], Dutch pronunciation: [ˌɛrɛseˈjaː], German: [ˌʔɛɐ̯ ʔɛs tseː ˈʔaː]), is a Belgian professional football club based in Anderlecht in the Brussels Capital Region. Anderlecht plays in the Belgian Pro League and is the most successful Belgian football team in European competitions (with 5 trophies) as well as in the Belgian Pro League (31 championship wins). They also have won 9 Belgian Cups. They hold the record of the most consecutive Belgian championship titles, as they are the only side to have won 5 consecutive Belgian championships between 1963–64 and 1967–68.
The club was founded in 1908, first reached the highest level in Belgian football in 1921–22, and have been playing in the first division since 1935–36. They won their first major trophy after World War II, with a championship win in 1946–47. Since then, they have never finished outside the top six of the Belgian first division. They are #12 in the all time List of UEFA club competition winners and #10 in the IFFHS
The Associação Académica de Coimbra – Organismo Autónomo de Futebol (A.A.C. – O.A.F.), also referred to as Académica de Coimbra (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐkɐˈdɛmikɐ dɨ kuˈĩbɾɐ]) or simply Académica, is an autonomous and professional football organization based in Coimbra, Portugal. The team was created inside of the students' union of the University of Coimbra – the Associação Académica de Coimbra, during a period of changing in the 1970s and 1980s, when football was professionalized in Portugal. But its foundation as a students amateur sports association backs to 1876, so it is effectively one of the oldest sports institutions in Portugal. The club is claimed by its fans to be the fourth in number of supporters (after Benfica, Sporting Clube de Portugal and FC Porto). It is a sports club emotionally and historically related to the university life, so through generations, many students, even those born in farther regions, became lifelong supporters of the team. In general, much of the city's population identifies itself as Académicas' fans or sympathisers. The main football team uses the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra (specially rebuilt and modernized for the UEFA Euro 2004) with
Club Atlético Peñarol (Spanish pronunciation: [kluβ atˈletiko peɲaˈɾol] ( listen), from Latin pinarolium: pinewood; English: Peñarol Athletic Club) also known as Carboneros, Aurinegros and familiarly as Manya, is an Uruguayan sports club based in the Peñarol barrio, Montevideo, best known for its professional football team. The team plays their home matches in Estadio Centenario, the largest stadium in the country, but also own a private stadium called Estadio Contador Damiani. The club holds long-standing rivalries with other football clubs, most notably Nacional, with matches between the two teams referred to as "El Clásico del Fútbol Uruguayo". The word "Peñarol" in the club's name is the Castellan translation to the Latin term for pinewood, pinarolium; its Italian translation was used for Pinerolo, a town and comune in north-western Italy in the region of Piemonte. Subsequently, the Peñarol barrio was founded and named after the Piemontesi town.
Peñarol is the successor club of Central Uruguay Railway Cricket Club, which was founded on September 28, 1891 by British railway workers. The club has since established itself as a major force in both Uruguayan and South American
Inverurie Loco Works are a semi-professional senior football club from Inverurie, in Aberdeenshire, in North East Scotland, who currently play in the Highland Football League and were founded in 1903 by workmen from the Great North of Scotland Railway Company (GNSR) who had their Locomotive and Carriage & Wagon Workshops at Inverurie, hence from where the football club got its name. On national railway company 'Grouping' in 1923, the GNSR became part of the London & North Eastern Railway, one of the UK's big four railway companies at that time, and the football club lived on.
Rising up from successful years in junior football in 2001 the Locos applied for membership of the SHFL and were successful. Starting in 2004 The Locos were Runners-Up of the League until 2007. In 2005 they first got their hands on silverware by winning the Scottish Qualifying Cup, then repeated the feat the next year. They also won the Aberdeenshire Shield after being runners up 3 times before winning the trophy. Then they won the Fosters Cup (The League Cup) twice in 2 years in 2007–08,2008–09. They have also won the SFA Challenge Cup in 2008–09.
In the 2008-09 Scottish Cup, the club were paired with SPL
Málaga Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmalaɣa ˈkluβ ðe ˈfutβol]) is a Spanish football club based in Málaga, Andalusia. The team currently plays in Spain's La Liga.
The club has played 31 seasons in La Liga, 34 in Segunda División, four in Segunda División B and eleven in Tercera División. They also won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002 and qualified to the following season's UEFA Cup, reaching the quarter-final stages. They have also qualified to the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, where they are still in competition. Since June 2010, the owner of the club is Qatari investor Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani.
The club, which has a reserve team, Atlético Malagueño, also has a sizeable British following, mainly down to the large amount of British expats residing on the Costa del Sol.
CD Málaga had a reserve club, founded on May 25, 1948 when CD Málaga took over a junior club, CD Santo Tomás, with the purpose of establishing a reserve team. The club was renamed Club Atlético Malagueño, reviving the name of one of the two clubs that had merged to form CD Málaga in 1933.
During the 1959–60 season, CA Malagueño and CD Málaga found themselves together in the third
Stenhousemuir FC is a Scottish football club located in Stenhousemuir. The club is a member of the Scottish Football League and currently plays in the Scottish Second Division.
Through much of its history the team has competed in the lower leagues of Scottish football, spending the 2006–07 season in the Third Division. In 2008–09, despite earning 4th place, the club won the promotion play-offs and returned to the Scottish Second Division.
In September 2009, Stenhousemuir Football Club, Ltd. was re-registered as a Community Interest Company.
The club was founded in 1884 following a break away from a local team called Heather Rangers. In 1890, the Warriors moved to Ochilview Park following spells at Tryst Park and Goschen Park. In the early 20th century the club had a brief spell of success, winning the Scottish Qualifying Cup twice in 1901 and 1902. In 1902–03, the club reached the Scottish Cup semi-final, losing 1–4 at home to Rangers. The 1921–22 season saw Stenhousemuir compete for the first time in senior Scottish League Football.
In 1925–26, Stenhousemuir goalkeeper Joe Shortt was offered a £50 bribe to throw a match against Broxburn, but he rejected the offer and the Warriors
The Swiss national football team (also known as the Schweizer Nati in German, La Nati in French, Squadra nazionale in Italian) is the national football team of Switzerland. The team is controlled by the Swiss Football Association.
The team's logo, ASF-SFV, represents the Swiss Football Association's initials in Switzerland's official languages: ASF represents both French (Association Suisse de Football) and Italian (Associazione Svizzera di Football), and SFV is German (Schweizerischer Fussballverband). In Romansh, the association is abbreviated as ASB (Associaziun Svizra da Ballape).
Its best performances in the World Cup have been reaching the quarter-finals three times, in 1934, 1938 and when the country hosted the event in 1954. Switzerland also won silver at the 1924 Olympics. The youth teams have been more successful, winning the 2002 U-17 European Championship and the 2009 U-17 World Cup.
In 2006, Switzerland set a FIFA World Cup record by being eliminated from the competition despite not conceding a goal, losing to Ukraine in a penalty shootout in the last 16, by failing to score a single penalty – becoming the first national team in Cup history to do this. They would not
Airdrie United Football Club are a Scottish professional football team based in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire. They are currently managed by ex-Airdrieonians player and former Airdrie United Under-19s coach Jimmy Boyle. They are members of the Scottish Football League and play in the Scottish First Division. Club Chairman Jim Ballantyne also serves as president of The Scottish Football League and sits on the board of The Scottish Football Association.
Airdrie have won two trophies in their short history – the Scottish Second Division in 2003–04 and the Challenge Cup in 2008–09. They have been described as "the luckiest team in the Scottish League" as the club have benefited in league division placements (due to other club's misfortunes) on 3 occasions (2008, 2009 & 2012). In July 2012, the club dropped the word United from their name and now play as Airdrie FC.
Airdrie United were formed in 2002, following the bankruptcy of Airdrieonians.
Airdrieonians had finished runners-up in the Scottish First Division in the 2001–02 season but went out of business with debts approaching £3 million. The collapse of "The Diamonds", as they were known due to their distinctive kits, created a vacancy
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal maˈðɾið ˈkluβ ðe ˈfutβol] Royal Madrid Football Club), commonly known as Real Madrid, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. It was founded in 1902 as Madrid Football Club and has traditionally worn a white home kit since. The word Real is Spanish for royal and was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem. The club established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s.
Unlike most European football clubs, Real Madrid's members (socios) have owned and operated the club since its inception. The club is the richest football club in terms of annual revenue, generating €479.5million in 2011 and the second most valuable, worth €1.8billion. Real Madrid holds many long-standing rivalries, most notably El Clásico with FC Barcelona. The team has played its home matches in the 85,454-capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid since 1947.
It is one of three clubs to have never been relegated from the top flight of Spanish football, along with Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona. Domestically, Real Madrid has won a record 32 La Liga
Brøndby IF is a professional Danish football club based in Brøndbyvester, Brøndby, on the western outskirts of Copenhagen and is the biggest football club in Denmark with almost 2000 members. The club is also known as Brøndbyernes Idrætsforening, or Brøndby and BIF for short. The club called in German-speaking countries sometimes Brøndby Copenhagen. The club, founded in 1964 as a merger between two local Brøndby clubs, has won 10 national Danish football championship titles and six national Danish Cups, since the club joined the Danish top-flight football league in 1981.
Since the founding of fellow Copenhagen club F.C. Copenhagen in 1992, the two clubs have had a fierce rivalry, and the so-called "New Firm" games between the two sides attract the biggest crowds in Danish football. From 1985 to 2005 the club won the championship 10 times and since 85 the club has only finished outside top 3 four times. In that period Brøndby has won at least one trophy or medal every single season except 1992 and 2012.
Brøndby IF started out in 1964 as an amateur club in the 6th of the 11 Danish leagues, the Serie 1, where they finished their two first seasons in fourth place. Among the players of
Club Atlético Monarcas Morelia is a Mexican professional football club based in Morelia, Michoacán currently playing in the Liga MX. The team is owned by the TV broadcasting company TV Azteca and plays its home games in Estadio Morelos.
Club Atlético Morelia was founded November 21, 1924, as "Oro Morelia" in Morelia, Michoacán. In 1950, Club Deportivo Morelia was among the teams that founded the Segunda División. After the 1956–1957 season, in which they ended up in second place, they were officially promoted into the Primera División to replace Puebla. After an unsuccessful season, in 1968 Monarcas Morelia was relegated back to the Segunda División. During mixed 1968–1971 seasons, C.A. Morelia appointed Nicandro Ortiz as chairman. Ortiz acquired the team and strengthened its position in the league.
The 1978–1979 season thrust Morelia into contention for promotion; in 1980, Monarcas Morelia played under manager Diego Malta who helped his team towards the Mexican Championship and finally promotion to the Primera División in 1981.
In 1996 the major broadcast company TV Azteca bought the team. By the year 2000 the club were playing under the Monarcas moniker. In recent years Monarcas
Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, (Icelandic for "Reykjavík Football Club"), for short KR or KR Reykjavík, is an Icelandic athletic club based in the capital, Reykjavík. KR is the oldest and most successful club in Icelandic football.
KR was established on 16 February 1899, making it the oldest of its kind in Iceland. KR was first given the name Fótboltafélag Reykjavíkur or Reykjavik Football Club, before changing it to Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, also meaning Reykjavík Football Club, the change because "knattspyrna" is considered a more elegant word ("Fótbolti" is literally translated as "football" while "knattspyrna", while translating as "football", is literally "ballkicking"). KR was the only football club in Reykjavík for a decade but as soon as other clubs were established there were plans for competitions. KR won the inaugural championship in 1912 after a play-off with Fram.
After winning the title the club chose to wear the colours of the English champions of that year, whoever they might be, and have since then worn the black and white stripes of Newcastle United. They won the first title after the Icelandic league was divided into two division in 1955, and in 1959 when the
The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed the Super Eagles or Green Eagles, is the national team of Nigeria and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The team ranked 5th in the FIFA World Rankings in April 1994, the highest achieved by an African team. They won the Africa Cup of Nations on two occasions and have reached the FIFA World Cup round of 16 twice.
After playing other colonies in unofficial games since the 1930s, Nigeria played its first official game in October 1949, while still a British colony. The team played warmup games in England against various amateur teams like Dulwich Hamlet, Bishop Auckland and South Liverpool. The team's first major success was a gold medal in the 2nd All-Africa games, with 3rd place finishes in 1976 and 1978's African Cup of Nations to follow. In 1980 the team had such players as Leyton Orient's John Chiedozie and Tunji Banjo, and the Muda Lawal / Christian Chukwu-led Super Eagles won the Cup for the first time in Lagos. In 1984 and 1988, Nigeria reached the Cup of Nations final, losing both times to Cameroon. Three of the four African titles won by Cameroon have been won by defeating Nigeria. Missing out to Cameroon on
Chelsea Football Club ( /ˈtʃɛlsiː/) is an English football club based in Fulham, London. Founded in 1905, they play in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top tier of English football. Their home is the 41,837-seat Stamford Bridge stadium, where they have played since their establishment.
Chelsea had their first major success in 1955, when they won the league championship, and won various cup competitions during the 1960s, 1970s, 1990s and 2000s. Since 1996, Chelsea have enjoyed the most successful period in their history. Overall, Chelsea have won four league titles, seven FA Cups, four League Cups and four FA Community Shields. The club have also been successful in continental competitions, winning two UEFA Cup Winners' Cups, one UEFA Super Cup and one UEFA Champions League title. In 2009–10, the club won their first "Double" and in 2012 became the first London club to win the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea's regular kit colours are royal blue shirts and shorts with white socks. The club's crest has been changed several times in attempts to re-brand the club and modernise its image. The current crest, featuring a ceremonial lion rampant regardant
Viking Fotballklubb (most often called Viking, sometimes Viking Stavanger internationally) is a Norwegian football club from the city of Stavanger. The club was founded in 1899. It is one of the most successful clubs in Norwegian football, having won 8 Norwegian Premier League titles, most recently in 1991, and 5 domestic Norwegian Cup titles, most recently in 2001. The club has played and won more top-flight league games than any other club, and it has played in the top division since the league was established, except for the years 1966–67 and 1987–88. Notable European successes include knocking English side Chelsea out of the UEFA Cup during the 2002–03 season, knocking out Sporting CP from the same tournament in 1999–2000, and qualifying for the group stages of the 2005–06 UEFA Cup.
Viking was founded in Stavanger in 1899 and played mainly local games in the early years. From the 1930s, the club established itself at the national level, playing in the 1933 cup final, which it lost to Mjøndalen. During the 1930s the club produced several of its best known players, most prominently Reidar Kvammen, who played in Norway's bronze medal winning 1936 olympic team. His brother Arthur
Red Star Belgrade (Serbian: Фудбалски клуб Црвена звезда Београд / Fudbalski klub Crvena zvezda Beograd, Serbian pronunciation: [tsrʋena zʋeːzda beǒɡrad]) or simply Red Star, is a professional football club based in Belgrade, the major part of the Red Star Sports Society and the most successful club in Serbia, with a record of 25 national championships and 24 national cups in both Serbian and ex-Yugoslav competitions. Red Star was also the most successful club in former Yugoslavia and finished as 1st the Yugoslav First League all-time table. They are the only Serbian (and ex-Yugoslav) club to have ever won the European Cup, having done in 1991, and the only team from the Balkans and Eastern Europe to have ever won the Intercontinental Cup, which it won also in 1991. In the following season, Red Star reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Before they reached 1957, 1971, the semi-finals, as well as 1958, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1987 the quarterfinals of the European Cup. In 1979, they reached the UEFA Cup final, but lost unhappily against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Also, they reached 1975 the semifinals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Red Star is one the most successful clubs
Club Universidad de Chile is a professional football club based in Santiago, Chile, which plays in the Primera División.
The club was founded on May 24, 1927, as Club Deportivo Universitario. Universidad de Chile is one of the most successful and popular football clubs in Chile, having won the league title 16 times. In the last 10 years, the team has been crowned champion six times, including their undefeated run to the 2011 Copa Sudamericana title.
The team has been throughout its history associated with the color blue, also present on the logo, which was officially adopted in 1943.
Despite having no stadium of its own, the club usually plays its home games at the Estadio Nacional de Chile, in the commune of Ñuñoa in Santiago. The Estadio Nacional's modernization process, forced the team to play home games in various stadiums across Chile in 2010. Universidad de Chile made a return to the Estadio Nacional on August 2010 against Guadalajara of Mexico during the 2010 Copa Libertadores Semifinals.
Universidad de Chile was the champion of the Copa Sudamericana 2011 (the first international title of its history). In this tournament, the club had an excellent performance: wasn't
Czarni Lwów was one of the first Polish professional sports clubs with the well developed football section as well as hockey among the several other sports. The football club was started in the late 19th century in Lwów as a school football section Sława Lwów. In 1903 the name was changed and the club became professional.
In 1911, together with Wisła Kraków, Czarni created the Polish Football Association, the predecessor of the modern PZPN national football association. The first football club in Poland, the Czarni (Black, name coined after their black shirts; because of their colours the team was commonly dubbed Powidlaki - an allusion to the plum marmalade colour of their logo) were the best known and most popular sports club in Lwów (together with Pogoń Lwów formed soon afterwards). The official name translates as the First Military-Civil Sport Club Blacks Lwów. Although the main interest of the fans lay in football, soon other sections were opened (hockey, boxing, skiing, tennis, athletics). Despite their initial successes and their contribution to the history of football in Poland, the club was largely unsuccessful in league meetings. During their 7 years career in the Polish
Grazer AK, founded 18 August 1902 as Grazer Athletik-Sport Klub (in Austria the abbreviation GAK is more common), is an Austrian sports club, from the city of Graz in the federal state of Styria (Steiermark). The football section is one of the most traditional Austrian clubs, most successful in the decade 1995–2005. The other sections are basketball, diving and tennis.
The club arose from an informal association of local academics around the medical student Georg August Wagner from Prague, later a professor at the Charles University and the Charité in Berlin. Acquainted with football from his hometown, he organised the first public match in present-day Austria on 18 March 1894 in the Graz municipal park. The Grazer Athletik-Sport-Club – modeled after the Wiener AC – was established eight years later on the 72nd birthday of Emperor Francis Joseph.
During the 2006–2007 season, 'Grazer AK' went into administration. The club was docked 28 points as a result. In the 2007–2008 season, the club was not allowed to participate in the professional leagues and was relegated to the Austrian Regional League Center. After a second bankruptcy, the club managed to achieve a settlement and
The Jamaica national football team is the national football team of Jamaica and is controlled by the Jamaica Football Federation. Jamaica is typically one of the top ranked teams in CONCACAF and has won the Caribbean Cup five times.
Jamaica's first international appearance was against their Caribbean neighbors Haiti in 1925. They were invited to the French-speaking Caribbean island by Andre Chevalon, president of the United Sporting Society and it was for a three-match series between the 2 countries. Jamaica won all three games by 1–0, 2–1 and 3–0. The following year Jamaica hosted their Haitians counterparts at Sabina Park and won by 6–0. The Haitians remained frequent opponents and it was not until 1932 that their run of defeats was broken with a 4–1 home win in Port-au-Prince.
Between 1925 and when Jamaica gained its independence in 1962, Jamaica had regular games with Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Cuba and clubs like Racing and Violette from Haiti, Corinthians of Britain, the Tigers from Argentina, and even a series of matches with a Caribbean All Stars team in 1952. The Caribbean All Star team included such notables as Michael (The Ruin) Kruin from Suriname and also representing
The Libya national football team (Arabic: منتخب ليبيا لكرة القدم) is the national association football team of Libya and is controlled by the Libyan Football Federation. The team has never qualified for the senior FIFA World Cup. They have qualified for three Africa Cup of Nations, one in 1982 where they finished runners-up and also hosted the tournament. The second was in 2006, which was the first time that they qualified without hosting the tournament where they failed to progress from their group, and the third was in 2012. They also finished runners-up in the 1964 Arab Nations Cup.
Libya recorded good performances in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations under Brazilian Coach Marcos Paqueta. They managed to record their first win in the tournament outside of Libya in their final match against Senegal. This saw their FIFA world rankings rise to the highest it has ever been at 53, later rising to 39 in July.
Libya's national team was first initiated in 1918, but did not play an official international until 3 August 1953, when they defeated Palestine 5–2 in the first Pan Arab Games in 1953. The first manager ever to manage the Libyan national team was Masoud Zantouny, and the first
The Mexico national football team represents Mexico in association football and is governed by the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), the governing body for football in Mexico. Mexico's home stadium is the Estadio Azteca and their head coach is José Manuel de la Torre. The team is currently ranked 18th in the FIFA World Rankings and 11th in the World Football Elo Ratings.
Mexico has qualified for fourteen World Cups and has qualified consecutively since 1994; Mexico played France in the very first match of the first World Cup on 13 July 1930. Mexico's best progression was reaching the Quarterfinals in both the 1970 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, both of which were staged on Mexican soil.
Mexico is historically the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region, as they are the only team from the region to win an official FIFA recognized title. They hold one FIFA Confederations Cup, nine CONCACAF championships, including six CONCACAF Gold Cups, one North American Nations Cup and two NAFC Championships.
Although Mexico is under the jurisdiction of CONCACAF, the national football team has been regularly invited to compete in the Copa América since Ecuador 1993 finishing as runner-up
Royal Antwerp Football Club, often simply referred to as Antwerp, is a Belgian football club based in the city of Antwerp.
Antwerp is the oldest football club to register to the Royal Belgian Football Association in 1895 and they consequently received the matriculate number one, when matriculation numbers were introduced in 1926.
In 1900, most of the players left the club for the new neighbouring club of Beerschot AC, and this was the start of a long rivalry between both clubs. Royal Antwerp have won four Belgian league titles so far, as well as two Belgian Cups. The club is also the latest Belgian team to have reached a UEFA competition final, the 1993 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, where they lost 3–1 against Parma at Wembley Stadium. They have been playing in the Belgian Second Division since 2004–05. Royal Antwerp play their home matches at the Bosuilstadion since 1923. Royal Antwerp colours are red and white.
Royal Antwerp have a long-term partnership with the English giants Manchester United, often taking their young players on loan so that their development can be aided with first team football, and young players who require European work-permits can benefit from Belgium's
The Suriname national football team is the national team of Suriname and is controlled by the Surinaamse Voetbal Bond.
Although the former Dutch colony is located in South America, it competes in CONCACAF, together with Guyana and French Guiana. Suriname won the CFU Championship (Digicel Caribbean Cup predecessor) in 1978, were runners-up in 1979 and reached fourth place in 1994 and 1996. Unlike in the Netherlands Antilles, another former Dutch colony, it is ruled that players who move abroad to play in the Netherlands are not eligible to play for Suriname. Many Suriname-born players and Dutch-born players of Surinamese descent, like Royston Drenthe, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Andwélé Slory, Ryan Babel, Aron Winter, Romeo Castelen, and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink turned out to play for Oranje.
In 2008 Suriname entered the group stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying despite using only local players. With their two-leg victory over neighbours Guyana, Suriname faced Haiti, Costa Rica, and El Salvador in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF) semi-finale round. Suriname has also qualified to the second round of the 2008 Caribbean Championship.
Turun Palloseura, TPS for short and nicknamed Tepsi is a Finnish football club based in Turku. The club was founded in 1922. TPS currently play in the Veikkausliiga, the highest level of Finnish football. They play their home matches at the 9,372 seater Veritas Stadion, Turku.
FC TPS Turku has won the Finnish Championship 8 times since 1922. The latest was in 1975, but even though it’s been a while, TPS has done well in recent years too, placing 3rd in 1996, 2007, 2009 and 2010. TPS won the Finnish Cup in 1991, 1994 and 2010 and played in the Finnish Cup final in 1996, 1997 and 2005. FC TPS Turku is also known for its excellent junior work. Several TPS players have made it to the international fields, for example Peter Enckelman who plays for St. Johnstone and Jonatan Johansson who quit his career after 2010 season. Other famous TPS players are defender Niklas Moisander (Ajax Amsterdam) and striker Jani Virtanen, formerly Udinese, currently JJK.
In the early stages of the UEFA Cup of the season 1987–1988, TPS beat Internazionale at the San Siro stadium in Milan, thanks to a goal by Mika Aaltonen, who was later signed by Inter. They lost the return leg with 0–2, but this is widely
Matches:2003 Football League First Division play-off Final
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (commonly referred to as Wolves) is an English professional association football club that represents the city of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands region. They are members of the Football League Championship, the second highest level of English football, after they were relegated from the Premier League during the 2011–12 season. The club was founded in 1877 and since 1889 has played at Molineux. Historically, Wolves have been highly influential, most notably as being founder members of the Football League, as well as having played an instrumental role in the establishment of the European Cup, later to become the UEFA Champions League.
Having won the FA Cup twice before the outbreak of the First World War, Wolves consolidated their reputation as a top side under the legendary management of ex-player Stan Cullis after the Second World War, going on to win the league three times and the FA Cup twice between 1949 and 1960. It was at this time that the European Cup competition was established, after the English press declared Wolves "Champions of the World" following their victories against such top European and World sides as South Africa,
Derry City Football Club (Irish: Cumann Peile Cathair Dhoire) is a professional football club based in Derry, Northern Ireland. It plays in the League of Ireland Premier Division. It had spent the majority of its time in the League of Ireland in the Premier Division, the top tier of league football in the Republic of Ireland, however it was expelled in November 2009 when it was discovered there were secondary, unofficial contracts with players. It was reinstated, however, a few weeks later but demoted to the First Division, the second tier. The club are the League of Ireland's only participant from Northern Ireland. The club's home ground is the Brandywell Stadium and the players wear red and white striped shirts from which its nickname, the Candystripes, derives. Others refer to the club as the Red and White Army or abbreviate the name to Derry or City.
The club, founded in 1928, initially played in the Irish League, the domestic league in Northern Ireland, and won a title in 1964–65. In 1971, security concerns related to unrest in Northern Ireland meant matches could not be played at the Brandywell. The team played home fixtures 30 miles (48 km) away in Coleraine. Security forces
Fredrikstad Fotballklubb (also known as Fredrikstad or FFK) is a Norwegian football club from the town of Fredrikstad. With nine league championships and eleven Norwegian Cup wins, FFK is one of the most successful clubs in Norwegian football. The club was founded in 1903.
After suffering relegation from the then first division in 1984, Fredrikstad spent 18 years outside the top flight, before returning to the Premier League in 2003 after two successive promotions.
Fredrikstad stadion was FFK's home ground between 1914 and 2006. However, its facilities where outdated and the club moved to a new stadium on the other side of river Glomma. Their new ground is located in a former shipyard, incorporating parts of the old buildings in the two sidestands. FFK draw great support from their area and the official supporter club's name is Plankehaugen. More than 100 coaches filled with fans followed FFK to the cupfinal of 2006. The club's supporters also includes an Ultras section, Superas Fredrikstad.
Fredrikstad Fotballklubb was founded on April 7, 1903. While football in many older clubs was an addition to other established forms of sport, such as skiing or athletics, FFK was the first
The national football team of Iran (Persian: تیم ملی فوتبال ایران) represents Iran in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. The national football team of Iran, known as the Team Melli and Persian Stars, ranks 4th in Asia and 48th in the world according to the current FIFA World Rankings.
The very first match that the Team Melli played was on August 25, 1941 away at Afghanistan and first FIFA international Iran's match was on May 28, 1950 away at Turkey.
Iran has won the Asian Cup three consecutive times (1968, 1972, 1976), a championship record to which the team has not been able to add since, although they have finished third four times.
In 1978, Iran made its first appearance in the World Cup after defeating Australia in Tehran to qualify. Iran lost two of their three group stage games against the Netherlands and Peru. However, they managed to create a surprise by drawing 1–1 against Scotland with a late Iraj Danaeifard goal.
After the 1979 Revolution, football was somewhat neglected and cast aside. During the 1980s, the Iranian national team did not feature in World Cup competitions due to the Iran–Iraq War
Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, often known as La Liga, is a professional football club, based in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Founded on June 18, 1919 by a group of seven members of the former team Once de Abril, and currently playing at the Primera Division de Costa Rica, their headquarters are located at the Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in El Llano neighboorhood of Alajuela. Alajuelense is a founder member and one of most successful teams of the Costa Rican football history, having won 27 times the Primera División title, being the only Costa Rican club with least one title gained in each decade. They are one of the two teams alongside CS Herediano that has played in every season and never have been relegated.
In international club football Alajuelense has imposed important marks, they have won 3 UNCAF Club Championships and 2 CONCACAF Champions' Cup, which led them to become the first Costa Rican team to play the Interamerican Cup. Alajuelense is the only Central American football team who took part in CONMEBOL competitions such as Copa Merconorte in 2000 and the Copa Sudamericana in 2006.
Alajuelense is the Central American team that has reached the highest position in the IFFHS Club's
The Mali national football team, nicknamed Les Aigles (The Eagles), is the national team of Mali and is controlled by the Fédération Malienne de Football. They have never qualified for the World Cup finals.
Mali reached the 1972 African Nations Cup final, but lost 3–2 to Congo. They failed to qualify for the finals again until 1994 when they reached the semi-finals, an achievement matched twice since.
They played their first World Cup qualifier in 2000. In March 2005, riots broke out in Bamako after Mali lost a World Cup qualifier to Togo, 2–1 on a last minute goal.
In the recent 2010 African Nations Cup, Mali made football headlines from coming back 4–0 with 15 minutes left to level 4–4 with Angola. It is considered to be one of the best comebacks in recent memory.
The following players were called for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Botswana on 13 October 2012.
Caps and goals updated as October 13, 2012.
The following players have been called up for Mali within the past 12 months.
Unione Sportiva Città di Palermo is an Italian football club from Palermo, Sicily, which currently plays in Serie A, the top level of Italian football. Formed in 1900 as Anglo Panormitan Athletic and Football Club, the club had various names before assuming its final form in 1987 and is currently the top-ranked football club from the island of Sicily. During its history, Palermo played in all the professional ranks of Italy, and took part in several Serie A seasons during the 1960s and early 1970s, also ending twice as Coppa Italia runners-up during that period.
Following its return to Serie A in 2004, the club has become one of the most prominent in Italy, also providing four players to the Italian team that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It has gained a UEFA Cup place in each of the past three seasons, narrowly missing UEFA Champions League qualification in 2007 and 2010, and losing its third Coppa Italia final in 2011.
The official team colours are pink and black, giving rise to the nickname rosanero; another less common nickname is aquile, referring to the eagle on both the official club logo and the city of Palermo's coat of arms.
Palermo plays its home games at Stadio Renzo
Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Portuguese pronunciation: [spɔɾ liʒˈboɐ i bɐ̃ȷ̃ˈfikɐ]; Euronext: SLBEN), commonly known as Benfica or simply SLB, is a Portuguese multi-sports club based in Lisbon, Portugal. Although Benfica successfully competes in a number of different sports, it is mostly known for its football team.
Founded on 28 February 1904, at a meeting in Farmácia Franco involving 24 men led by Cosme Damião, Sport Lisboa e Benfica (originally known as Grupo Sport Lisboa) is one of the Três Grandes (Big Three) football clubs in Portugal, with Sporting and FC Porto being the other two clubs, Benfica's biggest rivals. Benfica has more than 14 million fans and holds the Guinness World Record for the football club in the world with most members. It is the most popular Portuguese club in the world and its supporters are often called Benfiquistas.
Benfica is the most successful football club in Portuguese competitions, with 67 titles, and the second most successful Portuguese club overall, with 70 titles. Benfica holds the record of 32 Portuguese League titles, the record of 24 Portuguese Cups (and record of 4 consecutively), the record of 4 Portuguese League Cups (totally and
The Samoa national association football team (Samoan: Sāmoa soka au) represents Samoa in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation Samoa, the governing body for football in Samoa. Samoa's home ground is Toleafoa J.S Blatter Soccer Stadium in Apia. It was known as the Western Samoa national football team until 1997, and is one of the weakest teams in the OFC. Samoa's weakness is due to the popularity of Michael Brodie, the national sport, and American football, baseball and basketball. The increase in participation which football in Samoa has enjoyed is often attributed to Grant Bedford. The national hero and supreme ruler in Samoa Mr Bedford is often described by those close to him as a crafty carp. While his deputy Alexander the Great Balson (hons) has a feline like demure and lacks the moral standing to control the nation but eats the whole national income of trout.
Competition: 2012 OFC Nations Cup
The Albania national association football team is the national association football team of Albania and is controlled by the Football Association of Albania (FSHF).
Although it never played any matches, the Albanian national football team existed before FSHF was created. This is witnessed by the registration of the team in the Balkan Cup tournament of 1929-1931, which started in 1929 (although Albania eventually retired from the competition, before the competition started). FSHF was founded on June 6, 1930, and Albania had to wait 16 years to play its first international match, debuting against Yugoslavia in 1946. In 1932, Albania joined FIFA (during the congress June 12 — June 16) and in 1954, it was one of the founding members of UEFA.
In December 2007, Football Association of Albania's president, Armand Duka, announced Arie Haan would replace Croatian-Austrian Otto Barić as Albania's head coach. Haan signed a two-year contract on January 4, 2008.
On March 14, 2008, Albania was suspended from international football (FIFA and UEFA), due to heavy political interference in the Football Association. The suspension lasted 46 days.
Haan was replaced by Croatian coach Josip Kuže in May
The Azerbaijan national football team (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan milli futbol komandası) is the national football team of Azerbaijan and is controlled by Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan. It represents Azerbaijan in international football competitions.
The Azerbaijan national football team has taken part in qualification for each major tournament since Euro 96, but has never qualified for the finals tournament of any World Cup or European Championships.
1960s considered Golden Age for Azerbaijani football as it produced great players like Anatoliy Banishevskiy, Alakbar Mammadov and football referee Tofik Bakhramov, most famous for being a linesman who helped to award a goal for England in the 1966 World Cup Final between England and West Germany.
After Azerbaijan gained its independence in 1991, AFFA — Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan — was created. In 1992, renowned Azerbaijani footballer Alekper Mamedov became the first head coach of the Azeribaijani national football team, compiling a 3–1 record as coach that includes the first ever national team victory, over Georgia on May 25, 1993. In 1994, the national team was accepted into FIFA and
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (from Dutch vlamingen: Flemish people, Flamengo Regatta Club), also known as Flamengo (Portuguese pronunciation: [flɐˈmẽgu]) and familiarly as Mengão, is a Brazilian sports club based in the Flamengo bairro, Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro, best known for its professional football team. They play in the Campeonato Carioca, Rio de Janeiro's state league, and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A or Brasileirão, Brazil's national league, and are one of the only five clubs to have never been relegated, along with Santos, São Paulo, Internacional and Cruzeiro. Flamengo was a founding member of the Clube dos 13 (English: Club of the 13) group of Brazil's leading football clubs.
The club was established in 1885, although it played its first official game in 1912. Flamengo have won the Brasileirão on six occasions, most recently in the 2009 season, the Copa do Brasil twice and the Campeonato Carioca a record 32 times. Due to its low capacity, Flamengo's home stadium, Gávea, is rarely used and the club ops for the government owned Maracanã, the biggest football stadium in Brazil, with a capacity of 82,238. Since the Maracanã is now going through a renovation to host the
IK Start is a Norwegian football club from the town of Kristiansand, currently playing in Adeccoligaen having been relegated from Tippeligaen in 2011. The club was founded on 19 September 1905. The coach is Mons Ivar Mjelde. The team plays in yellow jerseys, black shorts and yellow socks at home, and blue jerseys, white shorts and blue socks away.
They play their home matches at Sør Arena, the club's own football stadium, opened in 2007. Before moving to Sør Arena, IK Start played their games at Kristiansand Stadion. The team's official supporter club is called "Tigerberget"
Start's style of playing is often described as 'makrellfotball' (mackerel football), meaning the whole team is in constant, coordinated motion. Another feature of their playing style is the so-called 'Start-vippen' (Start-tip), where the ball at a free-kick is tipped up by one player before hit by another.
Start were Norwegian champions in 1978 and 1980. They participated in the European Cup in 1979 and 1981, as well as being qualified for the UEFA-cup 2006/2007. The years since 1995 have been turbulent, but recent investments have given greater expectations for the future. In 2004 they won the Norwegian First
The Indian national football team is the national football team of India and is governed by the All India Football Federation. It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation. Since 1948, the AIFF has been affiliated with FIFA, the international governing body for football. In 1954, AIFF became one of the founder members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). At the peak of its success during the 1950s and 1960s, the team was automatically advanced to play in the 1950 FIFA World Cup (all the other Asian teams withdrew), but they did not go to the tournament in Brazil due to the cost of travel, lack of practice time, team selection issues and valuing Olympics over FIFA World cup. They won gold medals at two Asian Games,one silver at the Asian Cup and held the record for the best performance by an Asian football team at the Olympics.
Indian teams started touring Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand in late 1930s. Soon after the success of several Indian football clubs, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) was formed in 1937. The 1948 London Olympics was India's first major international tournament, where a predominately barefooted Indian team lost 2–1 to
The Kenya national football team represents Kenya in football and is controlled by the Football Kenya Federation. They have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals.
Kenya has appeared in five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, never reaching second round. The team entered its first FIFA World Cup qualification in 1974. As of 2010, they have not qualified to the final tournament.
FIFA suspended Kenya from all football activities for three months in 2004, due to the interference of the government in football activities. The ban was reversed after the country agreed to create new statutes.
On October 25, 2006, Kenya was suspended again from international football for failing to fulfill a January 2006 agreement made to resolve recurrent problems in their football federation. FIFA announced that the suspension would be in force until the federation complies with the agreements previously reached.
Kenya were most recently coached by Francis Kimanzi. This was his second stint as head coach of Kenya national team after being unceremoniously axed in 2008.
The following players were called up for a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Namibia on 9 June 2012.
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Shepshed Dynamo F.C. is a football team based in the small town of Shepshed in the North West of Leicestershire, England. Previous Shepshed clubs include Shepshed Albion and Shepshed Charterhouse. They play in the United Counties League Premier Division and are managed by – Chris "Chalky" White.
Formed in 1994, Shepshed Dynamo originally played in the Midland Football Alliance and were champions in season 1995–96. They were therefore promoted to the Southern League, and took their place in the Western Division. In 1996 they reached the First Round proper of the FA Cup, losing 6–0 away to Carlisle United.
In June 2010 Barry Baker was appointed the new first team manager, he appointed ex-player Bob Norris as his assistant and Daryl Chappell as first team coach
In September 2010 Barry Baker resigned due to health problems, with former player Dave Frecklington taking his first managerial post. His reign was ended after a poor run of results left the club firmly in the relegation positions. Club Secretary Dave Wheatley and his assistant Andy Norwood carried out the first team managerial duties til the end of the season to allow the board of directors time to find a replacement for Dave
Athletic Club, also commonly known as Athletic Bilbao, is a professional football club, based in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The club has played in the Primera División of La Liga since its start in 1929. They have won the Liga on eight occasions. In the historical classification of La Liga, Athletic are in fourth place and one of only three clubs which have never been relegated from the Liga, the others being Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. The club also has a women's team, which has won four championships in the Spanish Superliga.
They are known as los Leones (The Lions) because their stadium was built near a church called San Mamés (Saint Mammes). Mammes was an early Christian thrown to the lions by the Romans. The lions refused to eat Mammes and he was later made a saint. The San Mamés Stadium is hence nicknamed "the football cathedral".
The club is known for its cantera policy of bringing young Basque players through the ranks, as well as recruiting top Basque players from other clubs (like Joseba Etxeberria or Javi Martínez). Athletic official policy is signing professional players native to or footballistically trained in the greater Basque Country, including Biscay,
Auchinleck Talbot F.C. are a Scottish football club based in Auchinleck, near Cumnock, Ayrshire. Members of the Scottish Junior Football Association, they currently compete in the SJFA West Super League Premier Division. The club are one of the most famous names in Scottish Junior football, having won its most prestigious honour, the Scottish Junior Cup, on a record nine occasions.
They play in a local derby against near neighbours and biggest rivals Cumnock Juniors. The club colours are gold and black.
A public meeting was held at Kirkland's Green in Auchinleck forms a new football club in 1907. Auchinleck Talbot was formed in 1909 and are named after Lord Talbot de Maldahide, the man who gave them their Beechwood Park home. This has been Talbot's name throughout their history although a myth sprung up that Lugar Boswell and Auchinleck played a match with the winners taking the name Boswell. This is not to say this story is untrue because both villages had senior clubs at the end of the 1800s and this could be where this story was born. The clubs Beechwood Park is opened in 1909 with a charity match between The Old Players and The Merchant's. Talbot make their team debut the same
Coritiba Foot Ball Club, commonly known as Coritiba, is a Brazilian football team from Curitiba, Paraná. It is the state's oldest football team and the best placed in the CBF and FIFA classifications. Coritiba has been champion in Paraná State 36 times, more times than all Coritiba's rivals combined. Coritiba was champion of the Brazilian Championship once and has the worldwide record of 24 consecutive victories.
In 1909, several youngsters, members of the German community of Curitiba, usually met at Clube Ginástico Teuto-Brasileiro to do gymnastics exhibitions. In September that year, one of these youngsters, called Frederico Fritz Essenfelder, brought a leather football to the club. He explained to his colleagues the rules of football. The youngsters liked the new sport, and started to play football matches at Quartel da Força Pública field. On October 12 that year, they founded Coritibano Football Club. The club was founded at Teatro Hauer.
On October 23, 1909, Coritibano played its first match, in Ponta Grossa city, against Club de Foot-Ball Tiro Pontagrossense, a team formed by the English employees of Ponta Grossa railroad. The match ended 1-0 to the home team. Coritibano
Esporte Clube Vitória, usually known simply as Vitória, is a Brazilian football team from Salvador in Bahia, founded on May 13, 1899.
Vitória's home games are played at the club's own stadium, Manoel Barradas, capacity 35,632. The team plays in red and black horizontal striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. The stripes have changed over time: they have been sometimes vertical, horizontal, wide and narrow.
The youth system of the club is one of the most successful of the world, holding, between 1995 and 2000, at its peak, at least 21 world titles. Recent names that started playing in the club are Bebeto, Vampeta, Dida, Júnior, Hulk, David Luiz, Dudu Cearense, Marcelo Moreno, and others.
The rivals of Vitória are Esporte Clube Bahia. Their matches are known as Ba–Vi ("Ba" from Bahia and "Vi" from Vitória). It's one of the most intense rivalries in the country.
The club was founded on May 13, 1899, by the brothers Artur and Artêmio Valente, along with seventeen other young fellows. They were from an old Bahia family, and discovered football during their studies in England. Initially Vitória was a cricket club, named Club de Cricket Victoria, because all of them lived at the
FC Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgian: თბილისის დინამო) is a Georgian football team, based in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
Dinamo Tbilisi was one of the most prominent clubs in Soviet football and a major contender in the Soviet Top League almost immediately after it was established in 1936. The club was then part of one of the leading sport societies in Soviet Union, the All-Union Dynamo sports society which had several other divisions beside football and was sponsored by the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs. Its main claim to European fame was winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1981, beating FC Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany 2–1 in the final in Düsseldorf. Throughout its history, FC Dinamo Tbilisi produced many famous Soviet players: Boris Paichadze, Avtandil Gogoberidze, Shota Iamanidze, Tengiz Sulakvelidze, Vitali Daraselia, Vladimir Gutsaev, David Kipiani, Mikheil Meskhi, Ramaz Shengelia, Alexandre Chivadze, Slava Metreveli, Murtaz Khurtsilava. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, it would later produce some of the finest Georgian players such as Temuri Ketsbaia, Kakha Kaladze, Shota Arveladze, Giorgi Kinkladze.
FC Dinamo Tbilisi was one of a handful of teams in the Soviet Top
Greenock Morton Football Club are a Scottish professional football club, who currently play in the Scottish Football League First Division. The club was founded as Morton Football Club in 1874, making it one of the oldest senior Scottish clubs. Morton were renamed as Greenock Morton in 1994 to celebrate the links with its home town of Greenock. Most of it's fans are on the giro. Morton's greatest rivals are St. Mirren and since this rivalry began have been consistantly inferior to their godly rivals.
Morton won the Scottish Cup in 1922, and achieved their highest league finish in 1916–17, finishing as runners-up to champions Celtic.
Morton holds the record for the most promotions and relegations into the top flight (10 promotions and 10 relegations), however they have never competed in the current Scottish Premier League, having last competed in 1988 in the old Scottish Football League Premier Division.
Morton Football Club was established in 1874. In the early 1870s the popularity of football was growing, with many clubs being established around Scotland. At the club's inaugural meeting, the first recorded words were "that this club be called Morton Football Club". The true reason
Harland & Wolff Welders FC are an intermediate, Northern Irish football club playing in IFA Championship 1. The club, founded in 1965, hails from Belfast and plays its home matches at Tillysburn Park. The club was formed by the welders of the nearby Harland & Wolff shipyard.
The club's colours are yellow and black to display the link with Harland & Wolff shipyard and its iconic cranes. One of their main rivals is Dundela.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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Koninklijke Racing Club Genk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoː.nɪŋk.lə.kə ˈreː.sɪŋ ˌklʏp ˈʝɛŋk]) is a Belgian professional football club based in the city of Genk in Belgian Limburg. Racing Genk plays in the Belgian Pro League and they have won 3 Belgian champion titles in 1998–99, in 2001–02 and in 2010–11 as well as 3 Belgian Cups, most recently in 2008–09. They qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage, after beating Maccabi Haifa. They did so in the 2002–03 season, and finished 4th of their group with 4 points.
The club formed in 1988 by the merger of Waterschei Thor with KFC Winterslag, from which it took over the matricule number. It has been one of the most successful clubs in Belgium since the late 1990s and so they regularly qualify for European competitions. The club has been playing in the first division since the 1996–97 season. They play their home matches in the Cristal Arena. Their main outfit is blue and white.
The club FC Winterslag was founded in 1923 and that gave it the matricule number 322. On its 35th anniversary the club added the Royal prefix Koninklijke to their name to become KFC Winterslag. In 1972–73 Winterslag reached the second division and they
Örebro Sportklubb, also known simply as Örebro SK, are a Swedish professional football club based in Örebro. The club are affiliated to Örebro Läns Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Behrn Arena. The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are black and white. Formed on 28 October 1908 the club have played 44 season in Sweden's highest football league Allsvenskan, the club's first season in the league was in 1946–47. The club are currently playing in Allsvenskan, where the season lasts from April to October.
The club was founded in 1908 when a group of 79 youngsters split from IFK Örebro following internal conflicts; Pelle Molin and Karl Graflund were the protagonists of the newly founded club. The club was first suggested to be named Örebro Idrottsförening (eng: Örebro athletic association) or Örebro Allmänna Idrottsklubb (eng: Örebro Public Athletic club), but the final choice was that the club should be called Örebro Sportklubb (ÖSK) and should play in all black.
In 1909 ÖSK won their first title, a local bandy tournament. The club's first football match was played the same year and in 1911 they first played league football in the Örebro League. ÖSK won the
Stevenage Football Club (known as Stevenage Borough Football Club until 2010) is an English football club based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. The club currently participate in League One, the third tier of English football, having won promotion from League Two in the 2010–11 season. They play their home games at Broadhall Way in Stevenage.
Founded in 1976 following the demise of the town's former club, they joined the United Counties League in 1980 and enjoyed instant success; winning the United Counties League Division One and the United Counties League Cup in the club's first year of formation. Following three promotions in four seasons in the early 1990s, the club were promoted to the Conference National in 1994. Despite winning the league in the 1995–96 season, the club were denied promotion to the Football League due to insufficient ground facilities. The club were finally promoted to the Football League after winning the Conference National in the 2009–10 season. On securing Football League status, the club dropped the word 'Borough' from its title. Stevenage earned back-to-back promotions when they beat Torquay United 1–0 at Old Trafford in the 2010–11 play-off final.
Clyde Football Club are a Scottish professional football team currently playing in the Third Division of the Scottish Football League. Although based for the last eighteen years in the new town of Cumbernauld, they are traditionally associated with an area that covers Rutherglen in South Lanarkshire and south east Glasgow. They are not to be confused with either Clydesdale or Clydebank
Founded in 1877. Their traditional colours are Red, White, and Black. Nicknamed The Bully Wee, their supporters became known as The Gypsy Army during the club's homeless year. They hold a long-standing rivalry with Partick Thistle. In a league match match against Rangers at Shawfield on 28 November 1908, the attendance was approximately 52,000, a club record for a home match. Broadwood has been their home since 1994.
Their greatest triumph is having lifted the Scottish Cup three times; in 1938-39, 1954-55, and 1957-58. They have been runners up on a further three occassions, in 1909-10, 1911-12, and 1948-49. Having never won the league title or played in the SPL since its inception in 1998, their best performance in the top division was a third place finish in the old Scottish Division One; in
The Luxembourg national football team is the national football team of Luxembourg, and is controlled by the Luxembourg Football Federation. The team play most of their home matches at the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg City.
Luxembourg played their first ever international match on 29 October 1911, in a friendly match against France; it resulted in a 1-4 defeat. Their first victory came on 8 February 1914, also in a match against France; they won 5-4.
Jeff Strasser holds the record for number of international appearances for Luxembourg; he earned 98 caps between 1993 and 2010.
Léon Mart holds the record for number of international goals for Luxembourg; he scored 16 goals in 24 matches between 1933 and 1946.
In 2004, the Luxembourg Football Federation selected Louis Pilot as their Golden Player, Luxembourg's greatest player of the past 50 years.
The following players are called up for the 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Israel on October 12 and 16, 2012.
The Zambia national football team represents the country of Zambia in the sport of association football and is governed by the Football Association of Zambia. Before independence they were known as the Northern Rhodesia national football team. After independence they were called KK 11 after founding president Dr. Kenneth Kaunda fondly called KK who ruled Zambia from 1964 to 1991. When the country adopted multiparty politics the side is nicknamed Chipolopolo (the Copper bullets) as copper is one of the nation's main exports. The team has three Africa Cup of Nations final appearances to its credit. They are the current holders of the Africa Cup of Nations, winning in the 2012 final against Ivory Coast. In addition to this 2012 cup triumph, its other memorable moments include a 4–0 victory over Italy in the 1988 Olympic football tournament in Seoul, South Korea that saw Kalusha Bwalya score a hat-trick. The current manager of the team is Frenchman Hervé Renard.
On 27 April 1993, a Zambian Air Force Buffalo DHC-5D which was carrying the team to Senegal for a 1994 World Cup qualification match crashed, killing all 30 passengers, including 18 players and a number of coaches.
Cruz Azul Futbol Club, A.C, known simply as Cruz Azul, is a Mexican professional Association football club based in Mexico City, Mexico; after which initially was based in Ciudad Cooperativa Cruz Azul in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. Cruz Azul plays in the Mexican Primera División and its home venue is the Estadio Azul, located in the southwestern part of Mexico City in the Colonia Ciudad de los Deportes, next to the Nápoles neighborhood. The team moved there in 1996, after playing for many seasons at the Estadio Azteca. Its headquarters are in La Noria, colony located in south of Mexico City in Xochimilco.
They have been the Primera División champions 8 times and trail only Toluca with 10, Club América with 10, and Guadalajara with 11. Cruz Azul was also the first Mexican or CONCACAF team to reach the final of the Copa Libertadores when they lost on penalties to Argentine football giants Boca Juniors. Currently the clubs jerseys and sportswear, are being provided by the traditional English trademark Umbro. Cruz Azul is ranked 36th in the IFFHS rankings of August 2010 and is the top ranked team among CONCACAF and Mexico.
It is the top winner of the CONCACAF Champions League, along
Dover Athletic Football Club is an association football team based in the town of Dover, Kent, England. The club was formed in 1983 after the dissolution of the town's previous club, Dover, whose place in the Southern League was taken by the new club. In the 1989–90 season Dover Athletic won the Southern League championship, but failed to gain promotion to the Football Conference as the club's ground did not meet the required standard. Three seasons later the team won this title again and this time gained promotion to the Conference, where they spent nine seasons before being relegated. In April 2008 the club won the championship of Division One South and with it promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division. The following season Dover won the championship of this division and gained promotion to Conference South.
The team usually wear white shirts and are consequently nicknamed the Whites. They have played at the Crabble Athletic Ground since the club's formation. The club's best performance in the FA Cup was an appearance in the third round proper in the 2010–11 season, while the best performance registered in the FA Trophy, the national competition for higher-level
The Indonesia national football team represents Indonesia in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI). It is a member of Asian Football Confederation. Prior to independence in 1945, the team competed as the Dutch East Indies national football team. Under this name, Indonesia was the first Asian team to participate in the World Cup when they qualified to the 1938 tournament in France. They were knocked out by Hungary in the first round and have not qualified for the World Cup since.
Their only Olympic appearance was in 1956 in Melbourne, where they held eventual gold medalist Soviet Union to a 0–0 draw, but lost 0–4 in the replay match. They qualified to the AFC Asian Cup four times but have never progressed beyond the group stage. Indonesia's best performance in Asia was at the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, when they got the bronze medal. They have reached the ASEAN Football Championship final four times but have never won the tournament.
The early matches involving sides from the Dutch East Indies were organised by the Nederlandsch Indische Voetbal Bond (NIVB) or its successor, the Nederlandsch Indische Voetbal Unie (NIVU). The matches
Maidstone United Football Club is an English football team based in Maidstone, Kent.
The current club is a continuation of the old Maidstone United, which was a member of the Football League between 1989 and 1992. That club was forced out of the league through bankruptcy but the nucleus of a new club was built around the youth squad. The 'Stones' were elected to the Kent County League Fourth Division in 1993 and subsequently progressed through the non-league pyramid. They currently play in the Isthmian League Division One South having been relegated from the Isthmian Premier Division in 2011.
Maidstone were without a stadium of their own from their creation until 2012 when the Gallagher Stadium, located near Maidstone town centre was opened at the start of the 2012–2013 season. They shared grounds with Dartford, Sittingbourne and Ashford in the interim.
Maidstone Invicta was formed within days of the Football League side folding. However, the lack of a suitable ground meant the club was effectively relegated seven divisions to the basement of the footballing pyramid and joined the Fourth Division of the Kent County League for the 1993–94 season. The club's home games took place on
Villarreal Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. (Valencian: Vila-real Club de Futbol, S.A.D.), usually abbreviated to Villarreal CF or just Villarreal, is a Spanish football club based in Vila-real, a city in the province of Castellón within the Valencian Community. Founded in 1923, it plays in Segunda División, holding home games at El Madrigal, with a capacity for 24,890 spectators.
The club is nicknamed El Submarino Amarillo (Yellow Submarine) due to its yellow home kit, and due to being a low-profile team compared to Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Valencia CF, whom they have challenged for trophies over the last decade. Villarreal has often been touted as an example of small but successful club.
Villarreal CF was founded as Villarreal CD on 10 March 1923 "to promote all sports especially football." The stadium was rented for 60 pesetas a month and ticket prices were set at half a peseta for men and a quarter of a peseta for children. Women were granted free admission. On 17 June 1923, CD Castellón, a modern rival of the club, played the first match against a club named after Cervantes. On 21 October of that year, Villarreal played their first game ever, playing against Castellón. Villarreal
Football Club de Nantes (Breton: Naoned, Gallo: Naunnt; commonly referred to as simply Nantes) is a French association football club based in Nantes, Pays de la Loire. The club was founded on 21 April 1943, during World War II, as a result of local clubs based in the city coming together to form one big club. From 1992–2007, the club was referred to as FC Nantes Atlantique before reverting to its current name at the start of the 2007–08 season. Nantes currently play in Ligue 2, the second division of French football. The club has spent the majority of its life in Ligue 1, but last played in the league in 2008. The first-team is currently managed by Franco-Armenian coach Michel Der Zakarian and captained by defender Matheus Vivian.
Nantes is one of the most successful clubs in French football having won eight Ligue 1 titles, three Coupe de France wins, and attained one Coupe de la Ligue victory. The club is famous for its jeu à la nantaise, its collective spirit, mainly advocated under coaches José Arribas, Jean-Claude Suaudeau and Raynald Denoueix and for its youth system, which has produced players such as Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Mickaël Landreau and Christian Karembeu.
Dinaburg FC was a Latvian football club, playing in the city of Daugavpils. In 2009 it merged with FK Daugava. The club plays at the Daugava Stadium (capacity 4,070). In October 2009 the club was eliminated from Virsliga and also from The Baltic League, because of suspicion about totalizator playing at the club. But the real reason of the elimination isn't known yet.
On Oct 5: Latvian side kicked out over betting, match-fixing.
They qualified to play with Hibernian, of Scotland, in the second round of the 2006 Intertoto Cup after beating Havnar Bóltfelag, from the Faroe Islands, 2–1 on aggregate in the first round. They lost 8–0 on aggregate, losing 5–0 in Edinburgh and 3–0 in Daugavpils.
FC Dinaburg Daugavpils were eliminated from the Baltic League 2007 due to violation of Fair Play rules, but they once again qualified for the Intertoto Cup, where they started against Irish League team Cliftonville, but they lost 2–1 on aggregate, losing at home 1–0 after a 1–1 draw in Belfast.
They qualified to play with JK Nõmme Kalju from Estonian Meistriliiga, Estonia, in the first round of the UEFA Europa League. They won 2–1 in Daugavpils, and played draw 0–0 in Tallinn. In second round they
Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɡɾẽmju ˌfutʃˈbɔw ˌpoɾtw ɐlɛˈgɾẽsi]), commonly known as just Grêmio, is a Brazilian professional association football team based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul that plays in the Campeonato Gaúcho and the Série A the highest professional leagues in Rio Grande do Sul state and Brazil, respectively.
Grêmio was founded by English and German immigrants on September 15, 1903. Major titles captured by Grêmio include one Intercontinental Cup, two Copa Libertadores de América, two national championships and four national cups. Grêmio plays in a tricolour (blue, white and black) striped shirt, black shorts and white socks (first kit).
The club enjoys a cross-city rivalry with Sport Club Internacional, with their derbies known as "Gre–Nal".
On September 7, 1903 Brazil's first football team, Sport Club Rio Grande, played an exhibition match in Porto Alegre. An entrepreneur from Sorocaba, São Paulo named Cândido Dias was besotted with the sport and went to the ground to watch the match. During the match, the ball deflated. As the only owner of a football in Porto Alegre, he lent his ball to the players, and the match resumed.
Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo is a football club based in Usulután, El Salvador that plays in the Primera División de Fútbol Profesional. It has been one of the most successful clubs in El Salvador, having won 9 titles, firstly in 1989. Only FAS and Águila hold more league titles than Firpo, just one fewer than Alianza. Firpo's success was at one of its highest ever during the decade of the '90s, having disputed 9 out of 11 finals, winning 5 and losing 4.
Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo is the oldest club in El Salvador. The club was founded on September 17, 1923 by a group of local citizens. Originally named Tecún Umán, the club was soon renamed in honor of Luis Ángel Firpo, a famous Argentine boxer, who almost became the first Latin heavyweight champion by knocking Jack Dempsey out of the ring on September 24, 1923.
Some of the greatest Salvadoran football players, including Mauricio Cienfuegos and Raúl Díaz Arce, have played for L.A. Firpo at some point in their careers. The team has won a total of nine Primera División de Fútbol Profesional championships in 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999 Clausura, 2000 Clausura, 2007 Apertura and 2008 Clausura. Their most
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɾuˈzejɾu esˈpoɾtʃi ˈklubi]) is a Brazilian football team, from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, and are one of the only five clubs to have never been relegated, along with Santos, São Paulo, Flamengo and Internacional. Founded on January 2, 1921, they are only one of three clubs to have participated in every edition of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. Cruzeiro has been Brazilian champions twice, domestic cup champions four times (a record shared with Grêmio), and Mineiro champions 37 times. It is the only Brazilian team to have won the domestic triple crown of Brazilian football or treble, for winning the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the Copa do Brasil, and the Campeonato Mineiro in the same year, accomplishing this feat in 2003. Internationally they are the second most successful team in Brazil with seven international championships, including two Libertadores, the equivalent to Europe's Champions League. Cruzeiro has the 6th largest fan base in Brazil with around 8 million supporters, mainly in the state of Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo, Goiás and Federal District.
Cruzeiro is a member of Clube dos 13, a group of the leading
The Honduran national football team, nicknamed Los Catrachos, La Bicolor or La H, is the national team of Honduras and is controlled by the Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras (FENAFUTH). They are a rising team in CONCACAF, an ascent that started with their third place finish in the 2001 Copa América, where they were a late invitee, due to a withdrawal by Argentina one day prior to kickoff. In October 2009, they confirmed qualification to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was their first appearance in the competition since 1982. The Central America derby is Honduras versus Costa Rica and Honduras has lost most of the matches of this fixture winning 16 times while the Ticos have won 18 times.
Honduras is also notable for the Football War which was fought against El Salvador, after the Salvadorans qualified for the 1970 World Cup eliminating Honduras. The elimination by the Salvadorans initiated the armed conflict after political tensions due to the deportations of Honduran nationals from the redrawn borders (see Football War).
The national team made its debut in the Independence Centenary Games held in Guatemala City in September 1921, losing 10–1 to Guatemala.
The Slovenia national football team is the national football team of Slovenia and is controlled by the Football Association of Slovenia. The team played their first match in 1992 after the split of Yugoslavia in 1991.
Slovenia was a surprise qualifier for UEFA Euro 2000, when they beat Ukraine in a playoff. The team then drew with Yugoslavia and Norway, and lost to Spain 2–1. Slovenia achieved another major success two years later, qualifying for the 2002 World Cup, this time defeating Romania in a playoff. They did not lose a match in their whole qualifying campaign, recording six wins and six draws. However, they did not score any points in the group stage of the finals.
Despite failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, they were the only team to beat eventual winners Italy with a 1–0 victory on home turf. In 1995 Slovenia played Italy to a 1–1 draw in the qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 1996. In November 2009, Slovenia defeated Russia in a playoff to clinch a berth in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Before Slovenian independence in 1991, the Slovenian national team existed only as a regional team not officially recognized by FIFA. It had a similar status as the Catalonia national
No United Kingdom national football team currently exists, as there currently are separate teams representing each of the countries of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) in international football. These national teams compete in the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships and other internationals. A UK team has played in friendly matches, though never in a full FIFA international and not since 1955. However, the United Kingdom has competed in the association football tournament at the Olympic Games, where it is represented by the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic football team.
When the world's first football association, The Football Association (FA), was formed in 1863, its geographical remit was not clear: there was no specification of whether it covered just England, the entire UK or even the entire world. The question was answered when the Scottish Football Association (SFA) was founded in 1873. The third national football association, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) was founded in 1876 and a fourth, the Irish Football Association (IFA), was founded in 1880. Football therefore developed with separate associations and
The Togo national football team, nicknamed Les Eperviers (The Sparrow Hawks, is controlled by the Fédération Togolaise de Football. They played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Their team bus underwent a fatal attack in Angola prior to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. They withdrew and were subsequently banned from the following two tournaments by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
They made their first FIFA World Cup appearance in their history in 2006, having been coached throughout the qualifying campaign by Stephen Keshi; German coach Otto Pfister managed the team at the finals, despite having resigned three days before their first match over a players' bonuses dispute, only to be persuaded by the players to return. Although Togo have qualified for the World Cup, they have never advanced past the first stage of the African Nations Cup. Prior to gaining independence in 1960, the team were known as French Togoland.
Togo lost their opening game of the World Cup, despite having taken the lead against South Korea through a goal by Mohamed Kader. In the second half, Jean-Paul Abalo was sent off after 55 minutes, and goals from Lee Chun-Soo and Ahn Jung-Hwan sealed a 2–1 defeat
Alloa Athletic Football Club are a Scottish football team based in Alloa, Clackmannanshire. They are members of the Scottish Football League and currently play in the Second Division.
They are nicknamed 'The Wasps' for their kit's distinctive black and gold hoops and 'The Hornets' after the club adopted a cartoon Hornet for their club badge in 2010. Their home ground is currently Recreation Park, also known as The Recs. The ground has recently undergone a number of changes with the removal of the Hilton Road Terrace and the laying of a new artificial playing surface in the summer of 2007. A new perimeter wall was then built at the Clackmannan Road end of the ground and a new 519 seater stand for away supporters was opened in October 2008.
They are managed by Paul Hartley.
The club were formed in 1878 as Clackmannan County, becoming Alloa a year later and finally adopting the present-day name Alloa Athletic in 1883. Admitted to the Scottish Football Association in the same year, the club had to wait until 1921 to elected to the Scottish Football League, although they had enjoyed success prior to this. In 1906–07, the club were Scottish Football Union champions and won the Central
The Bahrain national football team (Arabic: منتخب البحرين لكرة القدم) is the national team of the Kingdom of Bahrain and is controlled by the Bahrain Football Association; it was founded in 1951 and joined FIFA in 1966. They have never reached the finals of the World Cup, but have twice come within one match of doing so. Bahrain won the FIFA's most improved team award in 2004, and finished fourth in the 2004 Asian Cup, beating Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals but losing to Japan in the semi-finals 4–3. Bahrain then lost to Iran in the third-place match, thus finishing in fourth place overall. The detention without trial of Shia members of the current team in the wake of the 2011 pro-democracy reform protests has had political as well as sporting repercussions.
After Uzbekistan and Bahrain both finished third in their respective groups during the World Cup 2006 qualifiers, Bahrain entered a two-legged playoff with Uzbekistan, which they won on away goals with an aggregate score of 1–1. This allowed Bahrain to enter another two-legged playoff with the fourth-placed CONCACAF nation, (Trinidad and Tobago), for a spot in the World Cup. But a 0–1 Bahrain loss in Manama after a 1–1 draw
F.C. Copenhagen (Danish: F.C. København, or FCK in short) is a professional Danish football club in Copenhagen, Denmark.
FCK plays in the Danish Superliga and is one of the most successful clubs in Danish football: it is also the highest-ranking Scandinavian club in the UEFA team rankings list, currently the 44th best club in Europe. The club is also currently ranked as the 59th best club in the world by the IFFHS F.C. Copenhagen has won nine Danish Superliga championships, five Danish Cup trophies, and the Scandinavian tournament Royal League twice. They qualified for the 2006–07 edition of the UEFA Champions League, the first time in the club's history. Three years later they became the first Danish club to ever reach the knockout stage of the Champions League.
F.C. Copenhagen was founded in 1992, as a superstructure between 15-time Danish football champions Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (KB) and seven-time Danish football champions Boldklubben 1903. FCK plays its matches at the Parken Stadium, which also serves as the venue for Denmark national football team matches. Since its founding, F.C. Copenhagen has had a fierce rivalry with Copenhagen suburban club Brøndby IF, and the so-called
The Kuwait National Football Team is the national team of Kuwait and is controlled by the Kuwait Football Association. They made one World Cup Finals appearance, in 1982, managing a draw with Czechoslovakia but losing to England and France. During the match against France, France scored a goal while some of the Kuwaiti players had stopped, having heard a whistle. The goal was initially awarded by the referee, who had not blown, but Kuwait walked off the pitch in protest. They eventually resumed playing only after the intervention of Sheikh Fahad Al Ahmed and the referee's changing his mind to disallow the French goal.
They had better success contending for the Asian Cup, reaching the finals in 1976 and taking home the winner's trophy in 1980.
Kuwait's 20–0 win over Bhutan in 2000 was at the time the biggest ever win in international football. It was surpassed in 2001, when Australia beat Tonga 22–0. Also in 2000, Kuwait took part at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Kuwait, who last qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1982, were drawn with Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates, and Lebanon in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.
On October 30, 2007, Kuwait was suspended by FIFA from
Levante Unión Deportiva, S.A.D. (Llevant Unió Esportiva in Valencian) is a Spanish football club based in Valencia, in the namesake community.
Founded on 9 September 1909, it plays in La Liga, holding home games at Estadi Ciutat de València.
Levante UD was originally founded in 1909 as Levante Fútbol Club, taking their name from the "Levante" beach in La Malvarrosa, and was one of the pioneering football clubs in Valencia. Local rivals Valencia CF were not formed until 1919. However, another club, Cabanyal FC, had been playing in the city since 1903.
The team's earliest games were played at La Platjeta, near the docks on a plot of land owned by a perfume entrepreneur. Its next ground was also near the port area, and the club gradually began to become associated with the working class. In 1919, the side played Valencia for the first time, losing 0–1. The game marked the inauguration of the recently formed new ground at Algirós. In 1928, Levante FC won their first trophy, the Valencian Championship.
1909 also saw the birth of Gimnástico Fútbol Club, who originally played at Patronato de la Juventud Obrera, being then named Universitario Fútbol Club. By 1920, the team had become Real
Rosenborg Ballklub (RBK) is a Norwegian professional football club from Trondheim that play in Tippeligaen. Rosenborg is Norway's most successful team, having won 22 league titles, nine Norwegian Football Cup titles and played more UEFA matches than any other Norwegian team. RBK plays its home games at the all-seater Lerkendal Stadion with capacity for 21,116. Jan Jönsson has been manager since 2011.
The club was founded as Odd in 1917, but were not allowed to play amateur league matches until 1928, when they took the present name. They reached the League of Norway in 1937–38, but fell to lower divisions from the 1940s. The club moved to Lerkendal in 1957 and their first title was the 1960 Cup, resulting in the first participation in a UEFA tournament. It was first during the 1960s that RBK established itself as Trondheim's primary football team. From 1967, RBK qualified for the lop league, where they, except for 1978, have remained since. Three league titles were taken between 1967 and 1971. The team's golden era started with the 1985 league title, and from 1991 through 2004 the team won 13 consecutive titles, 10 under manager Nils Arne Eggen. The period also saw 12 participation
Turn- und Sportverein München von 1860, commonly known as TSV 1860 München or 1860 Munich, is a German sports club based in Munich, Bavaria. The club's football team plays in the Second Bundesliga, after relegation from the Bundesliga following the 2003–04 season. The club was one of the founding members of the Bundesliga in 1963 and has played a total of 20 seasons in the top flight.
The roots of the TSV's founding as a physical fitness and gymnastics association go back to a meeting held 15 July 1848 in a local pub, Buttlesche Brauerei zum Bayerischen Löwen. It was a time of revolutionary ferment due to the 1848 Revolutions, and the club was banned in 1849 by the Bavarian monarchy for "republican activities". The club was formally reestablished on 17 May 1860 and after mergers with a number of other local associations in 1862 was known as Turnverein München. A football department was created on 6 March 1899 and played its first matches against other squads three years later.
In 1911, the team adopted the familiar lion to their crest and in 1919 was re-named TSV München 1860. By the mid 1920s they were playing competitive football in the country's upper leagues, like the
Whitley Bay Football Club (also known as The Bay, or The Seahorses) are an English football club based in the North-East of England. The present Whitley Bay Football Club was formed in 1950 and was known as Whitley Bay Athletic. Whitley Bay play their home matches at Hillheads Park, which is adjacent to the Whitley Bay Ice Rink in Whitley Bay and has a maximum capacity of 4,500. The club spent most of the 1990s playing in the Northern Premier League, since then, the club suffered following financial problems and they were relegated. They now play in the Northern League Division One.
There has been a football club in Whitley Bay since 1896 founded by Liam Patrick Mattimore ex Brazilian Captain. The first team was known as Whitley and Monkseaton F.C, it was later renamed to Monkseaton FC and then again renamed to Whitley Bay Athletic in 1950, after many years in the minor leagues.
From 1950 until 1955, Whitley Bay Athletic were members of the Northern Alliance League, in which the club had a great run of success. During these five seasons they won the League Championship, the League Cup (twice), and in 1952–53 they became the first amateur team to win the Northumberland Senior Cup in
Deportivo Saprissa S.A.D. (formerly known as C.D. Saprissa) is a Costa Rican sports club, mostly known for its football team. The club is located in San Juan de Tibás, San José, and plays their home games at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá.
The club's success has led to the Costa Rican newspaper Diario Extra nicknaming the team Monstruo Morado ("The Purple Monster"), after Saprissa won a Championship in the early 1980s and an article in the newspaper said "the crowd yells and screams like a thousand-headed monster".
Saprissa is one of the most successful clubs in CONCACAF having won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup three times - in 1993, 1995, and 2005. Saprissa is also the most successful club in Central America having won five Central American crowns in 1972, 1973, 1978, 1998, and 2003.
The team is also the most successful club in Costa Rica having won 29 Primera División de Costa Rica championships, the most of any team in Costa Rica.
For the year from 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008 the club is listed as being the 106th best team in the world by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, an organization recognized by FIFA.
One of their most notable moments
Fraserburgh Football Club are a senior football club based in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. They currently play in the Highland Football League in Scotland. Being a Non-League team in Scottish Football, Fraserburgh are eligible to enter the Scottish Cup at the first round stage.
The club were formed in 1910 and play at Bellslea Park. Prior to 1910 they played as a select side made up of the best players from the local amateur league. The clubs colours (consisting of black and white stripes) were acquired from a local fish merchant who had links with Newcastle United, and the tradition has since been kept, with the current away kit consisting of all red in the pattern of the town's Fraser clan tartan.
Fraserburgh's first ever match was an away tie in the Scottish Qualifying Cup against rivals Peterhead, which Fraserburgh won 3–1. In their very first season they went on to win the Aberdeenshire Cup, defeating Buckie Thistle at Pittodrie Stadium.
They were granted admission into the Highland Football League in 1921 and up until that time they competed in the Aberdeenshire Cup and Scottish Cup.
Fraserburgh's most famous victory was possibly the Scottish Cup on the 31st January 1959,
Queen's Park Football Club are an association football club based in Glasgow, Scotland. The club is currently the only amateur club in the Scottish League; their amateur status is reflected by their motto, "Ludere Causa Ludendi" – to play for the sake of playing.
Queen's Park are the oldest association football club in Scotland, having been founded in 1867, and are the oldest outside of England and Wales. Queen's Park are also the only Scottish football club to have played in the FA Cup Final, achieving this feat in both 1884 and 1885.
The club's home is a UEFA Category four stadium; the all-seated Hampden Park in South East Glasgow, which is also the home of the Scottish national team. Queen's Park have won the Scottish Cup the third most times of any club, behind Rangers and Celtic, although the last time they won it was in 1893.
The Queen's Park Football Club was founded on 9 July 1867 with the words: "Tonight at half past eight o'clock a number of gentlemen met at No. 3 Eglinton Terrace for the purpose of forming a football club."
Gentlemen from the local YMCA took part in football matches in the local Glasgow area which gave the club its name. During the inaugural meeting,
Club Deportivo Estudiantes de la UAG (often referred to by its nickname "Tecos") is a Mexican professional football club associated with the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara AC. It currently plays in the Liga de Ascenso, with home games in the Estadio 3 de Marzo (March 3 Stadium, for the University's 1935 date of founding). The 30,015-seat facility is located in Zapopan, a municipality within the Guadalajara, Jalisco conurbation.
Previously named Club de Fútbol U.A.G., Estudiantes is one of three top-flight teams in Guadalajara. They have won the national championship once and is the only team in Mexican football history to ascend from the two lower divisions and get the Championship (the other team that ascended from lower divisions was Oaxtepec, through it descended later). The club was runner-up in the Mexican League's Clausura 2005, after losing to Club América in the second game, 6-3.
On April 14, 2012 Estudiantes Tecos was relegated to Mexico's Liga de Ascenso after gaining the lowest percentage of points got in the last three years against Atlas and Querétaro. The last straw was a combination of a draw between Estudiantes and Puebla and a victory achieved by Atlas against
The Uruguayan national football team represents Uruguay in international association football and is controlled by the Uruguayan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uruguay. The current head coach is Óscar Tabárez. The Uruguayan side is commonly referred to as La Celeste (The Sky Blue [One]) or Charrúas.
Uruguay are the current reigning South American champions, having won the 2011 Copa América. Uruguay have won the Copa América a record 15 times. The team has twice won the FIFA World Cup, including the first World Cup in 1930 as hosts, defeating Argentina 4–2 in the final. They won their second title in 1950, upsetting hosts Brazil 2–1 in the final match, which received an attendance higher than any football match ever.
They have won the Gold Medals in football at the Summer Olympics twice, in 1924 and 1928, before the creation of the World Cup. Uruguay also won the 1980 Mundialito, a tournament among former World Cup champions. In total, Uruguay have won 20 official titles, an international record for the most international titles held by a country.
Their success is amplified by the fact that the nation has a very small population of around 3.25 million
América S.A.D., commonly known as América de Cali or simply América is a Colombian football club based in Cali. They currently play in the Categoría Primera B.
América de Cali has success at both the domestic and international level. With thirteen national championships, they are tied with Millonarios as the most successful team in Colombia. Internationally, they were the runner-up of the Copa Libertadores for three consecutive years from 1985–1987, and in 1996. They losing twice with River Plate, once with Argentinos Juniors (both from Argentina) and once with Peñarol of Uruguay. They finally won an international trophy after winning the 1999 Copa Merconorte against local rivals Santa Fe.
Despite a lack of international accolades, IFFHS named América de Cali one of the top-ten clubs in South America in the 20th century. In 2011, América became the most successful Colombian team that has ever been relegated to the local second division.
The club was officially founded in 1927, but traces it origins to the América Football Club founded in 1918. América has rivalries with a number of teams in Colombia, most notabily with crosstown rivals Deportivo Cali. Matches between them are known
Blackburn Rovers Football Club ( /ˈblækbɜrn ˈroʊvərz/) is an English professional association football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. The team will compete in the Football League Championship for the first time in 11 seasons from the 2012–13 season. They were relegated from the Premier League, the top tier of English football, at the end of the 2011–12 season.
The club was established in 1875, becoming a founding member of The Football League in 1888. It is one of only three clubs to have been both a founder member of the Football League and the Premier League (the others being Aston Villa and Everton). In 1890 Rovers moved to its permanent home at Ewood Park. Prior to the formation of the Premier League in 1992, most of the club's successes were before 1930, when it had gained league and FA Cup trophies on several occasions. Relegation in 1966 was followed by 26 successive seasons of football outside the top flight.
In 1992, Blackburn was promoted to the new Premier League a year after being taken over by local steel baron Jack Walker, who installed Kenny Dalglish as manager. In 1995, Blackburn became league champions, having spent millions of pounds on players
Bromsgrove Rovers F.C. was a non-League football club from the town of Bromsgrove in Worcestershire. The peak of the club's success was in 1993 when Rovers finished runner-up in the Football Conference. They went into administration during the 2009–10 season while they were playing in the Southern League Division One (Midlands) and were thrown out of the league before the 2010–11 season for not having a ground to play at. Their ground is today used by successor club Bromsgrove Sporting.
Bromsgrove Rovers were formed in 1885 and initially played in the local Studley & District League, during which time they played on at least four grounds before arriving at their current Victoria Ground home in 1910. Rovers were promoted to the Birmingham & District League in 1898, where they were runners up in the 1904–05 season. The club switched to the Birmingham Combination in 1908, where they were to remain until 1954 when it was absorbed into the Birmingham & District League (later renamed the West Midlands (Regional) League. Rovers were champions of the Combination on two occasions (1946–47 & 1959–60) and runners-up on four other occasions.
In 1972 Rovers joined the Southern Football League,
FC Baník Ostrava is a football club from the Silesian part of the city of Ostrava, Czech Republic. It is based in Slezská Ostrava district of the city.
Founded in 1922 as SK Slezská Ostrava, Baník is one of the most traditional clubs in the country - it has won numerous national and international trophies. Their home stadium is Bazaly, and club colours are blue and white. Baník's greatest rivals are Sparta Prague; with a regional "Silesian derby" taking place with SFC Opava. In 2005 however SFC Opava was relegated from the Gambrinus liga. Currently, there is a friendship between the supporters of Baník and GKS Katowice from the Silesian region of Poland.
The club was founded on 8 September 1922 as SK Slezská Ostrava, when 20 activists signed the establishment treaty in the U Dubu restaurant. The signatories were mostly poor coal miners from the Kamenec coal mining settlement in Ostrava. The organizers of the founding were Karel Aniol, Arnošt Haberkiewicz, Petr Křižák, František Mruzek and Jaroslav Horák. The club was officially registered on 14 October 1922. Karel Aniol became the club's first president. First jerseys of SK Slezská Ostrava were red-white striped. Since April 1923,
Haka is a Finnish football club, based in the industry town of Valkeakoski. It is one of the most successful clubs in Finland, with nine Finnish championships and 12 Finnish Cup wins.
Haka has historically had close ties with the paper industry in the Valkeakoski area, and it is still sponsored by UPM Kymmene.
The club was founded as Valkeakosken Haka in 1934. In 1949 it was promoted to Finland's top division Mestaruussarja (now called Veikkausliiga), and in 1955 won the inaugural Finnish Cup.
The 1960s was the most successful era in the club's history, winning both the league and cup three times, including the first double in Finnish football history in 1960. The club was relegated in 1972, but came straight back, and won the double again in 1977.
The club's name was changed to FC Haka in the early 1990s. Haka won the title again 1995, but was relegated the next season. Keith Armstrong was hired as the new coach, and the club came straight back again, winning three straight championships from 1998 to 2000. Goalkeeping legend Olli Huttunen succeeded Armstrong as coach in 2002, and has already led the club to the championship (2004) and two cups (2002 and 2005).
Fudbalski Klub Željezničar (Bosnian pronunciation: [ʒeʎezɲitʃar]; English: Football Club Željezničar) is a professional football club based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name Željezničar means "railway worker", given because it was established by a group of railway workers.
Željezničar, was founded in September 1921 in Sarajevo and is the most prominent and successful football team in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the time of the former Yugoslavia, FK Željezničar were champions once in 1971–72 season, finishing as the runner-ups in 1970–71 season, both under the command of Milan Ribar, and also finishing third two times in 1962–63 and 1983–84 season. They also played once in the finals of the Yugoslav Cup in 1980–81, losing to another Bosnian side, Velež. The manager was Ivica Osim, under whose command the club also reached its biggest overall European success in the UEFA Cup semi-final in 1984–85, when they lost to Videoton on away goals rule.
Today Željezničar is one of the most famous members of the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its success includes winning one title during when the championships were
The Lebanon national football team represents the Republic of Lebanon in international association football competitionts. Its official nickname is the "The Cedars". The team is controlled by Federation Libanaise de Football Association (LFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and also the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF). Lebanon have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. Lebanon were hosts of the 2000 AFC Asian Cup where they finished in fourth place of their respective group. Lebanon were regular participants at the West Asian Football Federation Championship, having played at the 2000 tournament in Jordan, the 2002 tournament in Syria, the 2004 tournament in Iran, and the 2007 tournament in Jordan. Lebanon also participated in six editions of the Arab Nations Cup, where they hosted the tourmament in 1963 and finished in third place, and then claimed fourth position at the 1964 and 1966 tournaments. Lebanon claimed bronze medals at the 1957 and 1997 Pan Arab Games tournaments, and also managed fourth place at the 1965 edition in Morocco.
On April 27, 1940 the Lebanon national football team played their first international match, against
Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as Napoli, is a professional Italian football club based in Naples and founded in 1926 (refounded in 2004). The club has spent most of its history in Serie A, where it currently plays its 2012–13 season. Napoli has won Serie A twice, in 1986–87 and 1989–90. They have also won the Italian Cup four times and the Italian Super Cup, and on the European stage have won the UEFA Cup in 1988–89. Napoli is also the most successful club in Southern Italy and the fourth most supported football club in Italy.
The club has had several name changes since first appearing in 1926; the most important of these was in 1964, when it was changed from Associazione Calcio Napoli to Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli. The most recent change was in 2004, when the club went bankrupt but was refounded by film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis as Napoli Soccer; he restored the name to Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli two years later. The bankruptcy of the club in 2004 had seen it placed in the third division of Italian football (Serie C1), but progress of the reformed club was swift and after just three years it returned to Serie A.
The first club was founded as
Millwall Football Club (/ˈmɪlwɔːl/ or local /ˈmɪɤɔo/) is an English professional football club based in South Bermondsey, London Borough of Lewisham, south east London, that plays in the Football League Championship, the second tier of English football. Founded as Millwall Rovers in 1885, the club has retained its name despite having last played in the Millwall area of the Isle of Dogs in 1910. From then until 1993 the club played at the Den, a now-defunct stadium in New Cross, before moving to its current home stadium in South Bermondsey, also called the Den. The traditional club crest is a lion rampant, referred to in the team's nickname "The Lions". Millwall's traditional kit consists of blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks. The current strip pays homage to the Scottish roots of the club and the first ever kit worn by Millwall Rovers in 1885, which the team played in until 1936; it is a darker navy blue on the shirts and socks with white shorts, similar to the Scotland national team.
In 2004, the team reached the final of the FA Cup and, in doing so, qualified for the UEFA Cup the following season, playing in Europe for the first time in their history. The club has also
The Rochester Rhinos are an American professional soccer team based in Rochester, New York, United States. Founded in 1996, the team plays in the USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, having self-relegated from the USSF D2 Pro League at the end of the 2010 season.
The team plays its home games at Sahlen's Stadium, formerly known as PAETEC Park, where they have played since 2006. The team's colors are black, white and green. The team is coached by first time head coach Jesse Myers.
The club has been known at times as the Rochester Raging Rhinos.
The team was founded in 1996 and played in the now-defunct original A-League until it merged with the USISL for the 1997 season, creating the new A-League. The A-League was renamed the USL First Division in 2005. In 2006 the Rhinos moved into the newly-completed PAETEC Park, a 13,768-seat soccer-specific stadium. Construction at the stadium is ongoing and will, once completed, boost the capacity to approximately 20,000 seats.
The Rhinos have prided themselves on upholding a high level of play over their twelve plus year history. The team has never missed the playoffs, reaching the championship game six
Bradford (Park Avenue) Association Football Club, previously also known as Bradford and since its reformation in the 1970s now referred to as Bradford Park Avenue, is an English football club based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The club's name comes from its old stadium at Horton Park Avenue in Bradford, which was designed by Archibald Leitch, to avoid confusion with Bradford City.
The present club claims descent from the organisation of the same name that was a former member of the Football League and which went into liquidation in 1974. The new entity, established in 1988, will be in the Conference North for the 2012–13 season, and plays its home matches at the Horsfall Athletics Stadium (capacity 3,500).
The original club was formed in 1863 as the Bradford Football Club and played rugby football. The club achieved its first major success by winning the Yorkshire Cup in 1884. Having been a member of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Bradford FC became a founding member of the break-away Northern Rugby Football Union following a dispute within the RFU over the payment of expenses for broken time in 1895.
Bradford won the Championship in 1903–04 and the Challenge Cup in
The Brunei national football team (also known as Brunei Darussalam national football team) nicknamed Tebuan (The Wasps), is the national team of the Brunei and is controlled by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. The team was founded in 1959 and joined FIFA in 1969. They have also frequently featured in the Malaysian Premier League as one of the state sides.
Brunei Football Association was formed in 15 March 1956 and at that time was known as the Brunei State Football Amateur Association. In 1993, the word "Amateur" was dropped, and since then, the FA has been known as the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. Brunei's experience of international football has been more or less restricted to regional Asian competitions, such as the Southeast Asian Games and the Tiger Cup.So far, Brunei has entered the World Cup qualifying competition only once, in 1986 World Cup and has also made only one appearance in the 1976 Asian Cup . On both occasions, they were eliminated in the first round. Their best achievement was perhaps being Champion of the Malaysia Cup in 1999. Back then, Brunei competed in the professional Malaysian league and despite competing against
Melchester Rovers are a fictional football team with whom Roy Race spent most of his illustrious career in the British comic strip Roy of the Rovers, which first appeared in Tiger at its inception in 1954.
According to the comic strip's continuity, Melchester Rovers were founded in 1885 winning at least three League Championships and a number of FA Cups during the pre-war years of their existence. In 1954, however, the first Roy of the Rovers strip appeared, telling the story of the club and its star striker Roy Race (whose grandfather, Billy Race, had played for the club in the early part of the 20th Century). Melchester finally became League Champions in 1958, and won the FA Cup the following season, by which time Race was captain.
It was in the 1960s, however, that Rovers became a footballing force to be reckoned with. The decade brought three league titles, two FA Cups, two European Cups, one European Cup Winners' Cup and one Intercontinental Cup. It wasn't a decade without its problems, though, and in an example of the topsy-turvy nature of the history that would follow, Rovers only narrowly avoided relegation at the end of 1967, the same year they won the Cup Winners' Cup.
Paris Saint-Germain Football Club (French pronunciation: [paʁi sɛ̃ ʒɛʁmɛ̃]), also known simply as Paris Saint-Germain and familiarly as Paris SG or PSG (IPA: [peɛsʒe]), is a professional association football club based in Paris, France. The club was founded on 12 August 1970, thanks to the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain. PSG has been playing in the Ligue 1 since 1974, the current championship record, and is one of the most prestigious outfits in French football having won two League titles, eight French Cups, three League Cups and two Trophées des Champions. PSG, along with Olympique de Marseille, is one of only two French clubs to have won a major European trophy, claiming the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1996. PSG was named IFFHS World's Club Team of the Year in 1994 and ranked 1st in the UEFA Team Ranking in 1998. The capital club is the only French club to ever achieve these honours. PSG is currently ranked 16th in the IFFHS and 46th in the UEFA Team Ranking.
The Parc des Princes, with a capacity of 48,712 seats, has been Paris Saint-Germain's home since 1973. The Camp des Loges has been operating as a training centre for the club since 1974. The Tournoi de Paris has
PFC CSKA Sofia (Bulgarian: ПФК ЦСКА София), commonly known as CSKA or CSKA Sofia (internationally) is a professional football club based in Sofia, Bulgaria. CSKA's abbreviation stands for Central Sports Club of the Army (Bulgarian: Централен Спортен Клуб на Армията, Centralen Sporten Klub na Armiyata). The club was officially founded in 1948. At present, however, the club does not have any direct ties to the Bulgarian Army.
Since its formation, CSKA has won 31 domestic titles and 20 national cups and is the best performing Bulgarian football club based on the all-time national statistics. Internationally, CSKA has reached two European Cup semi-finals, four European Cup quarter-finals, and one Cup Winners' Cup semi-final, also making it the best performing Bulgarian club in European club competitions.
The club's home colours are red and white. CSKA's home ground is the Balgarska Armia Stadium (Bulgarian Army Stadium) with a capacity of 22,015 spectators. To date, the club's biggest rivals are Levski Sofia, and matches between the two sides are commonly referred to as The Eternal Derby in Bulgaria.
On 28 October 1923, Sofia football clubs Athletic Sofia (founded in 1910 as Klub
The Portugal national football team (Portuguese: A Selecção Nacional de Futebol de Portugal/Clube de Portugal) represents Portugal in association football and is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation, the governing body for football in Portugal. Portugal's home ground is the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras, and their head coach is Paulo Bento. Their first World Cup appearance, in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, saw them reach the semi-finals, losing 2–1 at Wembley to the eventual world champions, England. The next two times Portugal qualified for the World Cup were 1986 and 2002, with Portugal going out in the first round both times. In the 1986 tournament, players went on strike over prize-money and refused to train between their first and second games.
In 2003, the Portuguese Football Federation hired Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazilian head coach who had led the Brazil national football team to win the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Scolari led Portugal to the final of UEFA Euro 2004, where they lost to Greece, and to their second World Cup semi-final in the 2006 World Cup. Scolari left after the UEFA Euro 2008 and was replaced by Carlos Queiroz. He led Portugal to the second round of the
The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines national football team is the national team of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and is controlled by the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation.
The team finished second in the Caribbean Cup in 1995, and participated at the 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Its first FIFA World Cup qualification attempt was for the 1994 edition, and it has entered every World Cup qualification since.
SK Brann (most often called Brann or SK Brann Bergen in international contexts) is a Norwegian football club, founded September 26, 1908, from Bergen. Brann has been in the Norwegian Premier League Tippeligaen since 1987 and play their home matches at Brann Stadion where they had a record-breaking 17,310 in average attendance in the 2007 season. In October 2007, Brann won their first championship since the 1963 season.
Brann is historically one of the major clubs in Norway in terms of public interest, and hence there are high expectations for the club every season. Brann won their first Norwegian Premier League titles in 1961/62 and 1963, but after this Brann was involved in the race for the league title only in seasons 1974-76, 1990 and 2006. In 2007, they reclaimed the league title and thus ended an 44 year long waiting period.
Despite the limited success, the club has never failed to spark considerable interest from the Norwegian media and keeping an epidemics of football hysteria continuously running in Bergen. Moreover, Brann have regularly been winners and runners-up of the Norwegian Cup. The club reached the Quarter Finals of the Cup Winners' Cup in the 1996/97 season.
União Desportiva de Leiria, commonly known as União de Leiria (pronounced: [uniˈɐ̃w̃ dɨ lɐjˈɾiɐ]), is a Portuguese football club based in Leiria, central Portugal. Founded on 6 June 1966, it currently plays in the third division, holding home matches at Campo da Portela, with a 2,500-seat capacity.
Leiria's biggest rivals in Portugal are S.C. Beira-Mar, Associação Naval 1º de Maio and Académica de Coimbra, which belong to the same geographical region. In 1979–80 the club first competed in the top division, finishing in 13th position and being the first team inside the relegation zone.
A heavy contender in the battle to reach European competitions in the 2000s, it was however relegated in 2007–08 to the second level, after finishing last. The team would be immediately promoted back, coming in second after champions S.C. Olhanense.
The 2011–12 season was lived amongst serious financial difficulties, with the squad not being paid their wages for several months, as three coaching moves also happened during the campaign and president João Bartolomeu resigned amongst accusations of ingratitude towards the players. On 29 April 2012, after most of the squad rescinded their contracts, only
Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise (French pronunciation: [a.sɔ.sja.sjɔ̃ də la ʒœ.nɛs osɛʁ]; commonly known as AJ Auxerre or simply Auxerre) is a French association football club based in the commune of Auxerre in Burgundy. The club was founded in 1905 and currently play in Ligue 2, the second division of French football. Auxerre plays its home matches at the Stade l'Abbé-Deschamps on the banks of the Yonne River. The team is managed by former football player Jean-Guy Wallemme and captained by goalkeeper Olivier Sorin.
Auxerre was founded in 1905 and made its debut in the first division of French football in the 1980–81 season and have remained a fixture in the league until 2011-12 season. The club has won the Ligue 1 title once, in the 1995–96 season. Two years prior, Auxerre achieved its first major honour by winning the Coupe de France in 1994. The club has since added three more Coupe de France titles, which ties the club for fifth-best among teams who have won the trophy.
Auxerre have unearthed several talented players in its existence. The club has most notably served as a springboard for several prominent French football players such as Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc,
B36 Tórshavn (Faroese: Bóltfelagið 1936, in English: Football Club 1936) or F.C. Tórshavn is a Faroese football club, based in the capital of the country, Tórshavn. Home games are played at the Gundadalur Stadium and they compete in the Faroe Islands Premier League. They are currently the defending league champions.
B36 Tórshavn was founded on 28 March 1936. B36 started to play football matches in 1935, but were officially founded in 1936. B36 has an arch rival, HB Tórshavn, which was founded in 1904, the first club in Tórshavn.
But the rivalry has a limit, when B36 Tórshavn were going to publish an official book in 1997, they used HB Tórshavn's book as the main source. B36 Tórshavn's first documents got lost, that's why HB Tórshavn's book had to be used. When B36 was founded, they battled with rivals HB Tórshavn for the rights to the Gundadalur Stadium, but the teams played a lot of matches against each other that year.
B36 Tórshavn had a hard time by getting accepted by the main newspaper in the Faroe Islands, but after half a year B36 Tórshavn had achieved some good results, that resulted in that journalists had no other option but to accept B36 Tórshavn. Today, B36 Tórshavn is
Helsingborgs IF (alternative spelling Hälsingborgs IF between 1912 and 1971), commonly referred to as Helsingborg and locally HIF, is a Swedish football club located in Helsingborg. They are currently playing in the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan. The club, formed 4 June 1907, has won five national championship titles and five national cup titles. Helsingborgs IF have also won Allsvenskan on two occasions when the title of Swedish champions was not decided by the outcome of that league.
Helsingborg was a founder member of Allsvenskan, and between 1924 and 1968 they spent all but two seasons in the top division, and won the league five times. At the end of the 1968 season, HIF was relegated, and while most people initially expected a quick return, they went on to spend the next 24 seasons in the lower leagues before finally getting promoted back to the top flight in 1992. Since returning to Allsvenskan in 1993, Helsingborg has remained in the top division, and has re-established itself as one of Sweden's top clubs, winning the league in 1999 and 2011.
Helsingborg is the latest Swedish team to qualify for the UEFA Champions League (in the 2000/2001 season). The club is
The Oman national football team (Arabic: منتخب عمان لكرة القدم) is the national team of Oman. Although the team was officially founded in 1978, the squad was formed long before, and has established a proper football association in only December, 2005. The team is controlled by the Oman Football Association.
Prior to the turn of the 21st century, Oman's senior team have generally finished in last place in all competitions in which competed in. Oman nowadays exports players from England to Belgium, and Saudi Arabia, to Qatar. Former Omani captain, Hani Al-Dhabit was awarded the RSSSF 2001 World Top Scorer, with 22 goals; the most goals scored by a player who won the World Top Scorer award to date, and also being the third Arab to win the award, as well as being the first Omani.
The senior team has never qualified for the World Cup, but has qualified for the Asian Cup in the years 2004 and 2007, and reached the Gulf Cup of Nations final three times, and won it on its third attempt as hosts.
In 2009, the gulf cup was, for the first time, hosted in Oman. The omani side took full advantage of the home crowd and beat Saudi Arabia in the final to win the cup.
Prior to the new millennium,
The United States men's national soccer team, often referred to as the USMNT, represents the United States of America in international association football (soccer) competitions. It is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The team is ranked 32nd in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, and 26th in the World Football Elo Ratings. They have appeared in the last six FIFA World Cups and hosted the 1994 edition.
The men's national team competes in the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup, in addition to the CONCACAF Gold Cup and other competitions by invitation. They achieved a CONCACAF-best when they reached the Semi-final in the 1930 World Cup, finishing 3rd. After qualifying for the 1934 World Cup, and withdrawing in 1938, the next World Cup participation came in the 1950 tournament, causing an upset by beating England 1–0 in their second group match. After 1950, the USA didn't qualify for the World Cup again until 1990.
After the 1990 World Cup, the USA qualified automatically as hosts in the 1994 World Cup, losing to Brazil in the round of
The Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team (Bosnian: Nogometna/Fudbalska reprezentacija Bosne i Hercegovine; in Cyrillic: Ногометна/Фудбалска репрезентација Босне и Херцеговине) is the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, governed by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Until 1992, Bosnian-Herzegovinian players played for the Yugoslavia national football team.
The independent Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team has never qualified for a major tournament since its debut attempt for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but has come close on more than one occasion. Most notably the national team played against Portugal in both 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification play-offs and UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs.
Bosnia and Herzegovina plays most of their home matches at a 15,600 capacity Bilino Polje Stadium in the city of Zenica. In a period stretching from April 1996 to September 2006, Bosnia were undefeated at home in Zenica. During 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Bosnia and Herzegovina national team played all their First round home matches at this stadium, losing only once, to current European and soon to be World Champion; Spain. A larger Asim
Club de Fútbol América S.A. de C.V, commonly known as Club América or América, is a Mexican Professional football cub based in Mexico City. It competes in the Liga MX, the top professional league in the country. The team's nickname is Las Águilas (Spanish: The Eagles).
América was founded on November 12, 1916, and is one of two football clubs owned by Televisa (along with Club Necaxa). The team plays its home games at the Estadio Azteca, the largest stadium in Mexico and Latin America, and the second largest football stadium in the world.
The club has a long standing rivalry with Club Deportivo Guadalajara, as both are the most popular clubs in Mexico. Matches between them are known as El Súper Clásico. They are also the only two clubs to have never been relegated to the countries' second division.
América is one of the most successful clubs in Mexico. Domestically, the club has ten national titles, which places it second overall. Besides having ten domestic championships, América have eight FIFA recognized international club trophies, the most for a club from the CONCACAF region and tying them with Bayern Munich, Olimpia, and Étoile du Sahel worldwide. They have won five CONCACAF
Esporte Clube Bahia (Portuguese pronunciation: [isˈpɔʁtʃi ˈklubi baˈi.ɐ]), known familiarly as Bahia, is a Brazilian professional football club, based in Salvador, Bahia. They play in the Campeonato Baiano, Bahia's state league, and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Brazil's national league.
Bahia has won the Brasileirão title twice: in the 1959 season, defeating Santos' Santásticos which contained figures such as Gilmar, Mauro, Mengálvio, Coutinho, Pepe and Pelé, in the finals and in the 1988 season Bahia edged Internacional. Bahia has only appeared in the Copa Libertadores three times, reaching the quarterfinals in 1989, Bahia's best ever performance. The club has also won their state title a record 44 times.
The 2000s has been a dark age for the club as they have only won one state title. Furthermore, Bahia were relegated to Série B in 2003 and relegated, for the first time ever, to Série C in 2005, spending two seasons at the bottom of the Brazilian League System. In 2007, they were promoted back to the second level and, after a great campaign in 2010, the club found themselves back to Série A after eight seasons. Bahia played their home games at the 66,080 capacity Estádio
Histon Football Club is an English football club based in the twin villages of Histon and Impington, approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. From the 2007–08 season they competed in the Conference National, the highest level that the club has ever reached in the English football league system, before being relegated to Conference North at the end of the 2010–11 season. Dennis Greene is the current manager of the club when he was appointed in July 2012 after David Livermore left his first managerial role at Histon in favour of a move back to his former club Millwall.
Histon are nicknamed "the Stutes", originating from the club's previous name Histon Institute, and they play their home matches at Bridge Road in Impington. Histon's crest features a rose, the flower representing the rose-covered field given to the people of Histon & Impington in perpetuity for sporting activities in the community by local firm Chivers. Histon play in red and black, their traditional colours, with red and black striped jerseys, black shorts and black socks. Their current away kit is sky blue shirts, royal blue shorts and sky blue socks.
Histon's traditional rivals used to be
Fotbal Club Rapid București (Romanian pronunciation: [raˈpid bukuˈreʃtʲ]) is a Romanian football club. It was founded in 1923 by a group workers of the Grivița workshops under the name of "Cultural and Sporting Association CFR" (Asociația culturală și sportivă C.F.R.). Rapid won the Romanian championship 3 times (1967, 1999 and 2003) and the Romanian Cup on thirteen occasions. In 2006, Rapid became an incorporated company, its largest share-holder being George Copos, a wealthy businessman.
In June 1923, Teofil Copaci, Grigore Grigoriu, Aurel Kahane, Geza Ginzer and other Romanian railroad workers agreed the fusion of two amateur clubs, "CFR" (ex-"Rampa Militari") and "Excelsior". After a few years, the team started competing in the first league in 1931.
During the pre-war years, Rapid was one of Romania's top teams, regularly winning the cup but never the championship although they came close. Once Rapid lost the championship because of fair play. One of Rapid's players touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area during a decisive match against Venus Bucharest. Rapid needed a win to finish first in the league. In the first place the referee did not see the incident but when
Unione Triestina 2012 is an Italian football club based in Trieste, in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. It currently plays in Eccellenza Friuli – Venezia Giulia.
The club was founded in 1918 as merger of local teams Ponziana and Foot-Ball Club Trieste. The club reached Seconda Divisione (now known as Serie B) in 1924. The club successively featured in the first-ever Serie A season in 1929, and played consecutively to the Italian top flight until 1956. During those successful times, the team also featured the likes of local Trieste native Nereo Rocco, who played as winger for Triestina from 1930 to 1937, becoming also the first player from the team to become part of the Azzurri squad (in 1934). Successively, Rocco returned to Triestina as a head coach in 1947, and completed the 1947–48 as Serie A runners-up, only behind Torino; this is still, as of today, the best result in history for the Trieste-based club. Rocco then left in 1950 to be replaced by Hungarian Béla Guttman, who managed to save the club from relegation only in the final matchday. Another struggling season followed in 1951–52, with Triestina escaping relegation only after winning playoffs against Lucchese and
Associazione Calcio Siena (often referred to as 'Robur' or simply 'Siena') is an Italian football club based in Siena.
The club currently plays in Serie A, having gained promotion from Serie B at the end of the 2010-2011 season.
The club plays its home games at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. The ground's capacity is only 15,725 and is located in Siena itself, whereas its more famous namesake is located in Florence. In March 2011, A.C. Siena announced plans to move to a new stadium at Isola d’Arbia, at the southern end of the city. The 20,000 seat stadium features a unique below-ground design and was awarded an MIPIM AR Future Projects Award for 2011.
Formed in 1904 as Società Studio e Divertimento (Society for Study and Entertainment), a sports club characterized by a black and white check jersey (derived from the city of Siena coat of arms), it opened its football section, named Società Sportiva Robur, in 1908. Today the name "Robur" is widely used by the local supporters to distinguish the football team from the two basket ones, "Mens Sana" and "Virtus".
The team finally became known as Associazione Calcio Siena in 1933/1934. In 1934/1935 Siena were promoted for the first time to
Al Ahly Sports Club (Arabic: االنادى الأهلى للرياضة البدنية ), commonly known as simply Al Ahly, is an Egyptian sporting club. Founded in April 1907, Al Ahly was named in 2000 by the Confederation of African Football as the "African Club of the Century".
Al Ahly is the most successful club of the 20th century in the African continent according to CAF, closely followed by their rivals Zamalek SC.
Al Ahly was founded in 1907 as a club where leaders of Cairo's students' unions could meet during the struggle against colonisation.
On 25 February 1907, Amine Samy chose the name 'Ahly' for the newly founded club to fit with its purpose. It started out as an Egyptian Limited Liability Company with a capital of 5000 EGP. The club's first chairman was an English man named Mitchell Ince, who facilitated the foundation of the club and issued planning permissions for the land it owned. In the year 1922, electricity was connected to the club's headquarters for the first time to replace gasoline in a major project that cost 52 EGP at the time.
Three years later, the club's congress decided to make membership exclusive to Egyptians, earning them the title of 'the people's club'. From these
Club Deportivo Universidad Católica is a professional football club based in Santiago, Chile, which plays in the Primera División.
Universidad Católica is one of the most successful and popular football clubs in Chile and considered one of the four "big teams".
Its traditional rival is Universidad de Chile. They contest the Clásico Universitario.
While the club was born as one of the many sport branches of the Universidad Católica de Chile, officially founded in 1937, it began, strictly speaking, around 1910, when students of the University would reunite to play football matches, frequently facing historical rival Universidad de Chile. In time, the idea of creating a professional club emerged, and on 21 April 1937, the club officially and legally began existing. It made its professional debut, in the second division, against the Universidad de Chile. Rivalry, both in sports and in academic issues, made these matches between the Universities become more and more important, eventually reaching the national status of "Universities' Derby". The rivalry maintains itself until today, with each match between these teams being considered a must-see for every football fan in the
Lillestrøm Sportsklubb is a Norwegian football club from the city of Lillestrøm. It was founded in 1917, after the merger of two local football clubs. Their home ground is Åråsen Stadion, while the principal training ground is Lillestrøm stadion, or the indoor arena, LSK-Hallen. Åråsen Stadion seats 11,637 people; the average attendance has decreased to around 6,000, after poor result the last two seasons. The club holds the Norwegian record for the most consecutive years without being relegated. Over the years the club has had around 40 players who have represented the Norwegian national team. There has also been a number of foreigners who have represented the national teams of Sweden, Iceland, Senegal, Finland, Malta, Australia, South Africa, Slovenia, Tunisia, Canada, Somalia, and Nigeria.
Lillestrøm SK was founded on 2 April 1917. It has been Norwegian Elite League champions five times, most recently in 1989, and also in 1986, 1977, 1976, and 1959. Additionally, they have won the Norwegian Cup in 1985, 1981, 1978, 1977 and 2007.
When Arne Erlandsen left for Sweden and IFK Göteborg after the 2004-season, former LSK player and German international Uwe Rösler took over as head
Merthyr Tydfil Football Club was a Welsh football club based at the Penydarren Park ground in Merthyr Tydfil. In 2010 the club was liquidated and reformed under the name Merthyr Town, which was accepted into Division One of the Western League.
The club was formed in 1945, and joined the Welsh League. In their first season, they finished as runners-up, and joined the Southern League. The club were immensely successful in their first few seasons, winning the championship in 1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52 and 1953–54. In the 1947–48 championship-winning season, Merthyr only dropped one point at home (against Colchester United) and only lost four games all season. However, despite their success, the club failed to be elected to the Football League. The 1950–51 season ended with Merthyr winning the Southern League, the Welsh Cup, the Southern League Cup and the Welsh Challenge Cup.
After bouncing between the various Southern League divisions during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the club finally won their sixth championship in 1988–89, making them joint Southern League title record-holders together with Southampton. This time, winning the championship meant promotion to the Football
The Turks and Caicos Islands national football team is the national team of the Turks and Caicos Islands and is controlled by the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association. Turks and Caicos won its first match on September 4, 2006, a 2–0 win over the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean Cup.
Having formed a football association in 1996 and joined FIFA in 1998, Turks and Caicos Islands made its first appearance at an official FIFA competition when they entered the 2002 World Cup qualification. In March 2000, the team was knocked out in the first qualification round by St. Kitts and Nevis 14–0 on aggregate.
At the 2006 World Cup qualifying competition, the side suffered a 7–0 aggregate loss against Haiti in February 2004.
In 2007, the federation completed construction of their first stadium, the Turks and Caicos National Stadium, with the help of the FIFA Goal Programme, and have committed themselves to building a broad base of football participation and support.
On February 6, 2008, the team achieved its first World Cup qualification win 2–1 against Saint Lucia in the CONCACAF first round at home, but in the second leg played March 26, 2008, they were eliminated after they fell
Udinese Calcio is an Italian football club based in Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and currently plays in the Serie A. Founded in 1896, Udinese is the second oldest club in Italy, after Genoa.
The traditional team home kit is black and white striped shirt, black shorts, and white socks. The club plays in the Stadio Friuli, which has a capacity of 41,652 (although it is currently limited to 30,900). The club also broadcasts on channel 110 (Udinese Channel) on digital terrestrial television in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. It has a large number of fans in Friuli and surrounding areas.
Udinese Calcio was established in 1896 as part of the Società Udinese di Ginnastica e Scherma, (Udinese Society of Gymnastics and Fencing). In its inaugural year, the club won the Torneo FNGI in Treviso beating Ferrara 2–0; however this title is not recognised as official.
On 5 July 1911, some gymnasts of Udinese, headed by Luigi Dal Dan, founded the A.C. Udinese, which joined the FIGC. The new side made its debut in a friendly match against Juventus Palmanova, and won 6–0.
It was only in 1912–13 that Udinese first took part in an official FIGC championship. In that year they enrolled in the Campionato Veneto
The Belarus national football team (Belarusian: Нацыянальная зборная Беларусi па футболе) represents Belarus in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belarus, the governing body for football in Belarus. Belarus' home ground is Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. Since December 2011 their head coach has been Georgy Kondratiev.
After the split of Soviet Union, Belarus played their first match against Lithuania on July 20, 1992. Before that, some Belarusian players played for the USSR national football team. The first FIFA-recognized international was a friendly against Ukraine on October 28, 1992 and their first win came in a match against Luxembourg on October 12, 1994.
Belarus have never qualified for either the FIFA World Cup, or the UEFA European Championship. Despite the lack of any significant success during the 1990s, some notable results were still achieved, like a home win against the Netherlands in qualification for Euro 1996 and two draws against Italy during Euro 2000 qualification.
Under coach Eduard Malofeev the team came very close to playing Germany in a play-off round to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, but were defeated by
Matches:2001 Football League First Division play-off Final
Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in the area of Horwich in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester. Founder members of the Football League, Bolton were a successful cup side in the 1920s, winning the FA Cup three times. The club won the cup a fourth time in 1958. A leaner spell followed, reaching a nadir in 1987 when the club spent a season in the Fourth Division. The club regained top-flight status in 1995 after a 15-year absence.
In 2005–06 they participated in European competition for the first time, reaching the last 32 of the UEFA Cup. Bolton qualified for the 2007–08 tournament by finishing 7th in the 2006–07 Premier League season and reached the last 16 of the competition. Bolton Wanderers moved to the Reebok Stadium in 1997. Their former home was Burnden Park, where they played for 102 years. Bolton have spent the highest number of seasons in the top flight without winning the title (the 2011–12 season is their 73rd, non-consecutive year in the top flight). The highest position they have achieved in the top flight is third in the Football League First Division on three occasions (1891–92, 1920–21 and 1924–25).
Real Zaragoza, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Zaragoza, in the autonomous community of Aragon. Founded on 18 March 1932, it currently plays in La Liga, holding home games at La Romareda, which seats 34,596 spectators.
The club spent the majority of its in La Liga, winning the Copa del Rey six times and the 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, amongst other trophies. Traditionally, team colours are white shirts and socks with royal blue shorts.
Real Zaragoza was originally formed from two rival teams: Iberia SC and Real Zaragoza CD. In 1939, after three years without football due to the Spanish Civil War, the team made its first appearance in La Liga.
On 8 September 1957, the team left its original stadium, El Torrero, for La Romareda.
Beginning in the 1960–61 season, Zaragoza entered a period of great prosperity, showcasing some of the greatest players playing in Spain during that decade, which earned for themselves the designation of Los Magníficos. While the team failed to capture the league title, it did succeed in finishing in the top five every year until 1968–69, with two third-place finishes, and also won its first two Copa del Rey titles and the 1963–64 Inter-Cities
Brigg Town Football Club, formed in 1864, are a football team from Brigg, Lincolnshire. They are the oldest football team in the county and one of the oldest in the world. They play in the Northern Premier League Division One South, the fourth tier of the National League System and the eighth tier of the English football league system.
Known as the Zebras, they wear black and white as home colours and have in recent years played in the Northern Counties East League. Champions of the league in the 2000–01 season, they were denied promotion to the Northern Premier League because improvements to their ground were not completed before the deadline. They were runners-up the two following years but only the champions of the NCE League are promoted as a rule. However, after finishing third in the 2003–04 season they were promoted as a part of the National League System restructuring.
For the 2008–09 season, the club replaced manager Dave McLean with Steve Housham. Housham brought in former coach Dave Andrews and club legend Jimmy Snee to assist him in leading the team, but their young team struggled to 20th position in the league, and were only reprieved from relegation by the collapse of
Koninklijke Beerschot Antwerpen Club (Flemish pronunciation: [ˈkoː.nɪŋk.lə.kə ˈbɪːr.sçɔt ˈɑnt.wɛr.pə(n) ˈklʏp]), simply known as Beerschot AC [ˈbɪːr.sçɔt a.ˈseː], is a Belgian football club based in southern Antwerp. They have been playing in the Belgian Pro League since the 1989-90 season. The club was established in 1999 as the result of the merger between K Beerschot VAC and KFC Germinal Ekeren, from which they took over the matricule number and history. Prior to the merger, Germinal Ekeren had been a first division club for 10 years, while 7 times Belgian champion Beerschot was struggling with financial problems in the third division. The club has won 2 Belgian Cups, one as Germinal Ekeren, the other as Germinal Beerschot. Their best league ranking was a 3rd place in 1995-96 and in 1997-98.
With the merger, the club moved from the Veltwijckstadion in the municipality of Ekeren to the Olympisch Stadion in the Kiel neighbourhood in Antwerp. Their outfits mixed the yellow and red of Germinal Ekeren with the purple of Beerschot. Their biggest rival is Royal Antwerp FC. On 17 May 2011, the club changed its name again to Koninklijke Beerschot Antwerpse Club or Beerschot AC. The name
FC Central Sport Club of the Army, Moscow (Russian: Профессиональный футбольный клуб – ЦСКА) is a Russian professional football club based in the Russian capital city of Moscow.
Officially, CSKA is a professional club and thus no longer a section of the Russian military's CSKA sports club. The Russian Ministry of Defense is a PFC CSKA shareholder, however, and the central club claims them as their own (see CSKA Moscow). The Moscow Army men won their 10th national title back in 2006 and they are one of the most successful clubs in Russian football, having an extensive legacy in Soviet football as well. CSKA won the Soviet championship seven times (1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1970, 1991), silver – 1938, 1945, 1949, 1990, bronze – 1939, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1964, 1965; the Soviet Cup five times (1945, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1991); the Russian Cup in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011; won the Russian Premier League champions title in 2003, 2005 and 2006, finishing second in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010, bronze 1999, 2007, 2012 and the Russian Super Cup in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009. After winning the Soviet championship in 1951, the club started the 1952 championship with 3 wins, but
The Tahiti national football team is the national team of French Polynesia and is controlled by the Fédération Tahitienne de Football. They are the current Oceanian football champions, having won the 2012 edition of the OFC Nations Cup, their first victory in the competition.
Tahiti are traditionally one of the stronger footballing nations of the Pacific Islands, with the second best record at the football section of the South Pacific Games, with five victories. They were runners-up in the first three three instalments of the Nations Cup (1973, 1980, and 1996). The nation went through a period of less success, but showed promise when it qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. This success was followed up with the title of 2012 OFC Nations Cup, becoming the first team other than Australia and New Zealand to win the competition.
Tahiti played its first full match on 21 September 1952, at home against New Zealand, and drew 2–2. Seven days later the two teams played again and New Zealand won 5–3. On 30 September they played each other for a third time, and Tahiti gained its first victory, by 2–0. However, it is unknown whether this was a full international.
AC Sparta Prague (Czech: AC Sparta Praha) is a Czech football club based in Prague. It is the most successful club in the Czech Republic and one of the most successful in Central Europe, having reached the semifinals of the European Cup in 1992. Sparta was long the main source for the Czech Republic national football team, however lately this has ceased to be the case, as the best Czech players almost all now play in higher-paying foreign leagues. There are a number of outstanding players who have played for the Sparta over the years. Sparta play at Prague's Generali Arena (also known as Letná Stadium).
At the close of 1893, a small group of young people based around three brothers, Václav, Bohumil and Rudolf Rudl, had the idea of setting up a sports club. On 16 November, the founders' meeting approved the club's articles of association and one month later, on 17 December, the first annual general meeting took place. Soon after that, the Athletic Club Sparta came up with its tricolour, in which blue symbolises Europe, red is the symbol of the royal city, though the reason for the yellow is not known any more.
At the very beginning of the club's football history, the players used to
Ittihad Football Club (Arabic: نادي الاتحاد), also known simply as Al-Ittihad or Itti, is a Saudi Premier League football club based in Jeddah. Al-Ittihad has won eight League titles and also holds 45 official championships, three of them being Asian championships. Al-Ittihad has a big reputation for being the oldest still-surviving club in Saudi Arabia and one of the most successful clubs.
The club was founded in 1927 and is the oldest club in Saudi Arabia. The most successful period in Al-Ittihad's history was the 1990s and '05s, when the club won numerous honours both domestically and in Asia. It has won two Champions League titles in 2004 and 2005. It was a part of — FIFA Club World Cup in 2005. It is the only Asian club to have won the AFC Champions League twice in a row.
It has over 8 million fans in Saudi Arabia. Among the club's most famous players were former striker Hamzah Idris, Ahmad Jamil and Al Hasan Al-Yami. Furthermore, the famous Brazilian international player Bebeto played for Al-Ittihad from 2001 to 2002.
Back to the establishment of the club in 1927 when a number of young people and some RO workers in the city of Jeddah met to discuss a idea to form a football
Barcelona Sporting Club is an Ecuadorian sports club based in Guayaquil, known best for its professional football team. They currently play in the Ecuadorian Serie A, the highest level of football in the country, and hold the distinction of being the only team to have never been relegated.
With thirteen national championships, Barcelona is tied with El Nacional for national championships in Ecuador. They have also won six regional titles (five in the professional era), and were the first Ecuadorian club to make it to the Copa Libertadores finals, having done so twice. Their success has led IFFHS to name Barcelona as the top club in South America in the 20th century.
Barcelona was founded on May 1, 1925, by Eutimio Pérez, a Spanish immigrant who named the club after his home city of Barcelona. Since then, Barcelona has become the most popular club in the country. The club holds a long-standing rivalry with Emelec, and matches between the two teams are referred to as "El Clásico del Astillero". The club plays their home matches in Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha, the largest stadium in the country.
In addition to football, the club has teams in professional basketball, bowling,
Clachnacuddin F.C. are a semi-professional senior football club from the city of Inverness who currently play in Scotland's Highland Football League. They have won the most League championships in the competition's history a total of 18 times overall. Their home ground is Grant Street Park in the city's Merkinch area. Clach also have a youth system with many teams ranging from the primary squads to the under 19s.
They were founded in 1885 and are nicknamed the Lilywhites (due to their white strip) or Clach. Their name is Scots Gaelic and means the stone of the tub, referring to a city landmark.
As a senior team with an acceptable stadium they are entitled to enter the Scottish Cup.
The Estonia national football team represents Estonia in international association football. Team members are selected by the head coach of Estonian Football Association (EJL). Estonia play their home matches at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia.
Estonia's first match was with Finland in 1920, being a 6–0 defeat. The team participated in the 1924 Olympic Games tournament, their only participation. Estonia have never qualified for the World Cup or European Championship. The team have however qualified for the second round of Euro 2012 qualification, by finishing second in their qualifying group, before being drawn up against Ireland for a play-off tie, making 2011 the Annus mirabilis of Estonian football.
In 1940, Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union and did not regain independence (and the possibility of a national football team) until 1991. Estonia's first FIFA recognised match as an independent nation after the break-up of the Soviet Union, was against Slovenia on 3 June 1992, a 1–1 draw in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn.
The record of the most international caps by an Estonian international (157), is held by Martin Reim, who held the European record in 2009 until
Hednesford Town Football Club is an association football team based in Hednesford, Staffordshire, England. They play at Keys Park. The club plays in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.
The club was formed in 1880 by the merger of two leading Hednesford clubs, the Red & Whites and Hill Top, and after many years in local competitions joined the Southern League in 1984.
It was not until January 1990 that the club's fortunes turned for the better. The 1989–90 season had been a long hard struggle and, at the beginning of the year, the club were in a deep relegation battle and with attendances below 300, relegation from The Southern League Midland Division looked a distinct possibility. In an effort to avoid relegation the club appointed former goalkeeper, John Baldwin, as manager and he gradually began to turn the club around and relegation was avoided.
The following season the team finished third and thus gained promotion to the Southern League Premier Division, after finishing the 1991–92 season as runners-up to Solihull Borough. The club, also in the 1991–92 season, became the first English football team to play at The Welsh National Stadium losing 1–0 to Cardiff City, in
Hendon Football Club are an English football club based in Hendon, in the London Borough of Barnet. They currently play in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
In the 2003–04 season they finished fourth in the Isthmian League Premier Division. However, they declined the automatic place in Conference South to which they were entitled and remain in the Isthmian Premier.
The current club was originally formed as Christ Church Hampstead in 1908, a year later the club dropped "Christ Church" in favour of becoming Hampstead Town FC. "Town" was then dropped from the title in 1926. Six seasons later another name change saw the club become Golders Green FC after some debate. It was only at the commencement of season 1946/47 that the present name of Hendon was adopted due to the ground lying within the Borough of Hendon. The Borough has long since become the London Borough of Barnet, but as Barnet Football Club already exist, another change is very unlikely. Even now the club is often mistakenly referred to as "Hendon Town", though it has never been called that.
In their early years, the club enjoyed constant success. Joining the local Finchley and District League in 1908, they won the
Santa Cruz Futebol Clube, or simply Santa Cruz is a Brazilian football club in Recife, Pernambuco.
On February 3, 1914, eleven young men aging from 14 to 16 years founded a football society. Because the boys used to play football on the streets by the yard of the Santa Cruz Church, the club was named after that church, which is situated on Santa Cruz Street in Recife.
The first official meeting of the members was at 2 Mangueira St. At this meeting they decided the position of each member, the name of the club "Santa Cruz Foot-Ball Club", and the society's colors.
The original colors were black and white. Some time after, the color pattern was changed because another local team (Sport Club Flamengo) already had those colors. Therefore the club included the red color by suggestion of Teófilo Batista de Carvalho, also known as Lacraia. Lacraia has participated in all major early events of Santa Cruz's history, except the foundation.
The first ball was bought with the financial support of José Luiz Vieira and cost 8,500 réis.
Many people came to see the first match at Derby plains. The "team of boys" as Santa Cruz was called at the time beat Rio Negro (Black River) by 7–0. Rio Negro
Toronto Lynx is a Canadian soccer team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1997, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Great Lakes Division of the Central Conference.
The team plays its home games at Centennial Park Stadium in Etobicoke, Ontario, where they have played since 2003. The team's colours are white, gold and black.
The team has a sister organization, the Toronto Lady Lynx, who play in the women's USL W-League, and also fields a team in the USL’s Super-20 League, a league for players 17 to 20 years of age run under the United Soccer Leagues umbrella.
The Toronto Lynx announced its expansion rights in Toronto on June 24, 1996, and played their first A-League game in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 12, 1997. The Toronto Lynx set an A-League record of 10 consecutive wins during their first season in 1997. In 2000, the Lynx proceeded to the Eastern Conference Finals and only a 1-0 loss to the Rochester Raging Rhinos kept the Lynx out of the A-League Championship game. Despite these temporary successes, over the years it spent in the A-League (later renamed USL-D1), the team fared relatively
Unione Sportiva Lecce or simply U.S. Lecce is an Italian football club based in Lecce, Apulia. Currently it plays in the Italian Lega Pro Prima Divisione after the relegation from Serie A in the 2011-12 season to Serie B and the sentence of the Federal Court of Justice that excluded the team from the Serie B and relegated to the lower division, due of its involvement in Scommessopoli scandal.
The club was formed in 1908 and has spent a large part of their recent history bouncing between Italy's second division and Serie A, where the team gained its first promotion in 1985.
Lecce was founded as Sporting Club Lecce on 15 March 1908, initially the club comprise of football, track-and-field and cycling sports. The first club president was Francesco Marangi. The first colours worn by Lecce during this time were black and white stripes, known in Italy as bianconeri.
In its formative years, Lecce played in mostly regional leagues and competitions. During the 1923/24 season the club broke up, before coming back on 16 September 1927 as Unione Sportiva Lecce. The club were still wearing black and white stripes (similar to Juventus) at this point, and the first president under the name Unione
The Bahamas national football team is the national team of the Bahamas and is controlled by the Bahamas Football Association; it was founded in 1967 and joined FIFA in 1968. Bahamas has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. In 2011, they withdrew from 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification after playing in the first round.
As of November 2011
The following players have been called up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Turks and Caicos Islands on 2 and 11 July 2011.
FC Vaduz is a Liechtenstein football club from Vaduz, that play in the Swiss Football League. The club plays at the national Rheinpark Stadion, which has a capacity of 6,127 when all seated but has additional standing places in the North and South ends of the ground, giving a total stadium capacity of 7,838. They currently play in the Swiss Challenge League following relegation from the Swiss Super League after only one season in the top flight.
Vaduz have historically had many players from Liechtenstein, many of whom played for the Liechtenstein national team, but nearly all these players have moved abroad, and now the majority of the first team squad are foreign players from different areas of the world. The signing of experienced goalkeeper Peter Jehle from FC Tours and Franz Burgmeier from Darlington boosted the Liechtenstein contingent to six by the start of the 2009/10 season.
Fußball Club Vaduz was founded on 14 February 1932 in Vaduz, and the club's first chairman was Johann Walser. In its first training match, which Vaduz played in Balzers on 24 April of that year, the newly-born team emerged as 2–1 winners. The club played in Vorarlberger Football Association in Austria
Newcastle United Jets Football Club is a professional football (soccer) club based in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The club competes in the A-League and plays its home games at Hunter Stadium (EAS). The Jets have won one A-League championship, defeating arch rivals the Central Coast Mariners 1–0 in the 2007–08 Grand Final. In 2009, Newcastle played in the AFC Champions League for the first time, reaching the Round of 16.
The club was formed in 2000 when it joined the National Soccer League (NSL) as Newcastle United, and was one of only three former NSL clubs to appear in the A-League. They are more commonly referred to today as the Newcastle Jets.
Newcastle United was formed in 2000 by Cypriot-Australian businessman Con Constantine from the remnants of the Newcastle Breakers club. The Breakers were dissolved when Soccer Australia revoked its NSL license at the conclusion of the 1999/2000 season. At the formation of Newcastle United the home ground was moved back to where Newcastle KB United played, now known as Hunter Stadium.
The Newcastle United club were reasonably successful, competing in two of the last three Final Series and finishing 2nd in the League behind Perth
Cambridge United Football Club is a professional football club from Cambridge, England. They compete in the Conference National, the fifth tier of the English league system, where they have played since 2005 following their relegation from the Football League after 35 years.
Cambridge United have had two spells in the league's second tier, reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup twice and Football League Cup once. United's highest ever finishing place in the Football League is fifth in the Second Division during the 1991–92 season, missing out on being promoted to the first tier and becoming founding members of the Premier League. The club is based at the Abbey Stadium on Newmarket Road, approximately 3 kilometres east of Cambridge city centre. The stadium currently has a capacity of 10,847 made up of terracing and seated areas. Although the club has traditionally worn amber and black at home, it has experimented with a number of designs of shirts including plain amber with black trim, amber and black squares, stripes and, amber with a black sash. The club has close links with Cambridge Regional College, a team formed in 2006 as a de facto reserve team.
The club was founded in
The France national football team (French: Équipe de France) represents the nation of France in international football. It is fielded by the French Football Federation (French: Fédération Française de Football), the governing body of football in France, and competes as a member of UEFA, which encompasses the countries of Europe. The national team's traditional colours are blue, white and red, the colors of the national flag of France, known as the drapeau tricolore, and the coq gaulois is the symbol of the team. France is colloquially known as Les Bleus (The Blues), which is the name associated with all of the country's sporting national teams, due to the blue shirts each team incorporates.
France played its first official match in 1904, and today primarily plays its home matches at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris. The national team has won one FIFA World Cup title, two UEFA European Football Championships, an Olympic tournament, and two FIFA Confederations Cups. Following France's 2001 Confederations Cup victory, they became, along with Argentina, the only national teams to win the three most important men's titles organized by FIFA. France has a strong
Malmö Fotbollförening, also known simply as Malmö FF, is a Swedish professional association football club based in Malmö. The club is affiliated with Skånes Fotbollförbund and the team play their home games at Swedbank Stadion. The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are sky blue and white. Formed on 24 February 1910, the club have won sixteen national championship titles and fourteen national cup titles, making them the most successful club in Sweden in terms of total trophies won. Malmö FF have also won the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan, on three occasions when the title of Swedish champions was not decided by the outcome of that league. They were runners-up in the 1979 European Champions Cup final, which they lost 1–0 to English club Nottingham Forest. This made them the only Swedish football club, as of 2012, to have reached the final of the competition, for which the team were awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.
Malmö FF is an open member association and the annual general meeting is the highest policy-making body. The meeting approves the accounts and elects the chairman and board. Håkan Jeppsson is the current chairman, elected in 2010. Daily
Manchester United Football Club is an English professional football club, based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, that plays in the Premier League. Founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, the club changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to Old Trafford in 1910.
The 1958 Munich air disaster claimed the lives of eight players. In 1968, under the management of Matt Busby, Manchester United was the first English football club to win the European Cup. The current manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has won 24 major honours since he took over in November 1986.
Manchester United has won many trophies in English football, including a record 19 league titles, a record 11 FA Cups, four League Cups and a record 19 FA Community Shields. The club has also won three European Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. In 1998–99, the club won a Treble of the Premier League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, an unprecedented feat for an English club.
Manchester United is one of the wealthiest and most widely supported football teams in the world. As of July 2012, the club is number one in Forbes
The Republic of Ireland national football team represents Ireland in association football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and plays its home fixtures at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Its current manager is Giovanni Trapattoni.
The team made its debut at the 1924 Summer Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals. Between 1924 and 1936, the team competed as the Irish Free State and from then until 1950, it was referred to by the FAI as Éire or Ireland. In 1953, FIFA decreed that for competitive matches in tournaments that both Irish teams may enter, the FAI team would be officially called the Republic of Ireland while the IFA team was to be named Northern Ireland.
Under the guidance of Jack Charlton and his successor Mick McCarthy, the team enjoyed its most successful era, qualifying for UEFA Euro 1988 in their first appearance at the UEFA European Championship, reaching the quarterfinals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in their first ever appearance at the finals, and making the last 16 at both the 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. Under the guidance of Giovanni Trapattoni, the team narrowly lost out on qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup during a
Vålerenga Fotball is a Norwegian association football club from Oslo and a part of the multi-sport club Vålerengens IF. Founded in 1913, the club is named after the neighbourhood of Vålerenga. Vålerenga won the Norwegian Football Cup in November 2008, but finished 10th in the 2008 Norwegian Tippeliga after a disappointing season. Vålerenga's home ground, as of 2009, is Ullevaal Stadion, the stadium for the Norway national football team. The previous stadium was Bislett Stadion, which hosted speed skating and track and field events in addition to football, and hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics.
The history of Vålerenga goes back to Fotballpartiet Spark which was founded in 1898, which became Idrettslaget Spring on 29 July 1913. Later the club changed its name to Vaalerengens Idrættsforening.
Vålerengen won the Oslo Championships four times before a national league (Norgesserien) was established in 1937. In the 1948/49 season Vålerengen finished second.
In 1965 Vålerengen won the 1st division (now Tippeligaen) for the first time, and in the 80s they won 3 league championships and 1 cup championship. During that decade they also were twice cup runners-up and placed 3rd in the league in
The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Austria in international competition and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association (German: Österreichischer Fußballbund). Austria has qualified for seven World Cups, most recently in 1998. The country played in the European Championship for the first time in 2008 when it co-hosted the event with Switzerland.
The Austrian Football Association was founded on 18 March 1904 in the Empire of Austria-Hungary. The team enjoyed success in the 1930s under coach Hugo Meisl becoming a dominant side in Europe and earning the nickname "Wunderteam". On 16 May 1931, they were the first European side to defeat Scotland. In the 1934 FIFA World Cup, they finished 4th after losing 1–0 to Italy in the semifinals, and 3–2 to Germany for Third place. They were runners-up in the Football at the Summer Olympics 1936, again losing to Italy, 2–1. (They had actually lost in the quarterfinals to Peru, but were re-instated after Peru withdrew after a re-match was ordered.)Austria had qualified for the 1938 finals, but due to the Anschluss on 12 March of that year, Austria was annexed to Germany. Already
The Burkina Faso national football team, nicknamed Les Etalons (The Stallions), is the national team of Burkina Faso and is controlled by the Fédération Burkinabé de Foot-Ball. They were known as the Upper Volta national football team until 1984, when Upper Volta became Burkina Faso. Their best finish in the Africa Cup of Nations was fourth in 1998, when they hosted the tournament.
The following squad was called up for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against Central African Republic on 14 October 2012.
Caps and goals updated as of 14 October 2012.
FK Bodø/Glimt is a Norwegian football club from the town of Bodø and was founded in 1916. Its nickname is the original club name: Glimt.
Bodø/Glimt have been Northern Norwegian champions nine times, Norwegian Cup Champions twice and league runners-up three seasons (1977, 1993 and 2003).
Glimt are known for their yellow kits and the huge yellow toothbrushes that the supporters carry to the matches — a supporter symbol from the 1970s. They were relegated at the end of the 2005 season, but returned to the top division on November 12, 2007, with a 4–2 aggregate victory over Odd Grenland in a playoff.
Their supporters are known as "Den Gule Horde" (The Yellow Horde).
While other towns in Nordland county like Narvik, Mo i Rana and Mosjøen had started their football clubs earlier, Bodø's was started relatively late in 1916. The Bodø club was founded as Footballclub Glimt (Glimt meaning flash in English). One of the founders was Erling Tjærandsen, who also became the club's first club president, and later a club member of honours. (Tjærandsen was also known as a footballer and skier.) Glimt's first match was against Bodø Highschool (because Glimt was the only football club in town).
The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation.
It has a remarkable football history, having won three Olympic titles, finishing runners-up in the 1938 and 1954 FIFA World Cups, and third in the 1964 UEFA European Football Championship. Hungary revolutionized the sport in the 1950s, laying the tactical fundamentals of Total Football and dominating international football with the remarkable Golden Team which included legends like Ferenc Puskás, top goalscorer of the 20th century, whom FIFA dedicated its newest award, the Puskás Award. The side of that era has the all-time highest Football Elo Ranking in the world, with 2166 in 1954, also they have the second highest all-time Elo ranking of 2156, set in 1956, and one of the longest undefeated runs in football history, remaining unbeaten in 31 games, spanning over more than 4 years and including matches such as the Match of the Century.
The post-golden age decades saw a gradually weakening Hungary, though recently there is renewal in all aspects. The Hungarian Children's Football Federation was founded in 2008, as youth development thrives. For the
Club Sport Marítimo MH M, commonly known as just Marítimo (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐˈɾitimu] locally [mɐˈɾitmu]), is a Portuguese sports club, founded in Funchal, Madeira, in 1910. The club is regarded as an important club in Portugal, and are widely known throughout the Portuguese speaking world, in countries such as Brazil, Angola, and Cape Verde.
Marítimo have dominated Madeira's regional football scene since its establishment. The club hold one national title, the Championship of Portugal, won in 1926. After a long period without being able to participate in national championships, finally made his appearance in 1973. Since then Marítimo was present for thirty-three times in I League, was two times runners-up of the Portuguese Cup, and participated eight times in the UEFA Cup/Europa League. The club also won the II League twice.
Marítimo's most recent foray into European competition came in 2012, when they achieve the group stage of the Europa League. Nevertheless, Marítimo still maintain a proud home record against European opposition with victories over Rangers, Aarau and Leeds United. According to the ranking of the prestigious International Federation of Football
FC Petržalka 1898 is a Slovak football club based in Bratislava. It played in the Corgoň Liga, the top tier of league football in Slovakia.
The club is playing its home matches at Štadión Pasienky. The club's home ground, which is Štadión Petržalka, is not currently in use. The team wears white and black striped shirts.
The club, founded in 1898, initially played in the regional Hungarian league. Since the establishment of the top flight Slovak league in 1993 Artmedia has been its constant member. The club achieved its biggest success in the mid 2000s, while playing under the coach Vladimír Weiss. The club won the Corgoň Liga title in 2005 and later qualified to the group stage of the Champions League, where it achieved the biggest success of all the slovak clubs. Later, in 2008 the club won the double, but during the next season most of the squad left the club.
They famously reached the lucrative group stages of the UEFA Champions League in 2005-06 after wins over Kairat Almaty, Celtic and Partizan Belgrade. They beat Almaty 4-3 on aggregate in the 1st qualifying round despite a 2-0 defeat in the first leg. However it was on 27 July 2005 that they made their mark on the
The Afghanistan national football team (Persian: تیم ملی فوتبال افغانستان ) also known as The Lions of Khorasan is the national team of Afghanistan and is controlled by the Afghanistan Football Federation. The national team was founded in 1922 and joined FIFA in 1948 and the AFC in 1954. Afghanistan was one of the founding members of the AFC. The Afghanistan national team plays its home games at the Ghazi National Olympic Stadium in Kabul.
Afghanistan's best performance in an international competition was in the 1951 Asian Games where they finished 4th. Afghanistan played no international fixtures from 1984 to 2003 FIFA World Rankings. The game was not encouraged under the Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001. The Afghan national team eventually returned to the international arena in 2002, when they played South Korea in the Asian Games, losing 2-0. Since their reemergence in the international football scene, they have since reached a peak of 162nd in the FIFA World Rankings, and currently place 166th. At present, Afghanistan has a low level of participation in football due to lack of funds and security problems inside the country. Despite this, Afghanistan made it to the final match
The Israel national football team (Hebrew: נבחרת ישראל בכדורגל, Nivḥeret Yisra'el BeKaduregel) is the national football team of Israel, controlled by the Israel Football Association (IFA).
Israel National Football is the direct successor of the Eretz Israel National Team during British Mandate. Israel has competed in FIFA World Cup qualifiers in three different confederations, competing in the Asian Football Confederation and the Oceania Football Confederation before settling in Europe as a member of the Union of European Football Associations in 1994.
The Israeli side qualified for their only FIFA World Cup to date in 1970. Israel also hosted and won the Asian Cup in 1964 and was finalist in 1956 and 1960.
Football has a long and rich tradition in Israel. The game was originally introduced during the time of the Ottoman Empire. The Eretz Israel FA was formed in 1928 and joined FIFA in the same year, but at the time the association was made up of Arab clubs, Jewish clubs and clubs representing British policemen or soldiers serving in the region during the British Mandate rule that spanned the period between World War One and the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. Eretz
Korona Kielce, Polish pronunciation: [kɔˈrɔna ˈkʲɛltsɛ], (Korona - Crown - symbol of club and city, Kielce - name of city where club is based) is a Polish football club, currently playing in the Ekstraklasa. In the years 2002-2008 Club belonged to Polish holding company Kolporter Holding and achieved its greatest success - in 2005, winning promotion to the first division (Ekstraklasa). Since then Korona spent 5 seasons in polish soccer top level. In 2006/2007 season Korona played in the final of the Polish Cup. As a result of alleged corruption after 2007/2008 season Club was relegated to I liga. After a one-year banishment Korona returned to the Ekstraklasa.
The club was founded in 1973 after the union of two clubs from Kielce - Iskra Kielce and SHL. The new club got its first promotion to the Polish 2nd league in 1975. Unfortunately, the team did not play very well and was soon relegated. The next promotion was in 1982. Korona played in the 2nd league until 1990 when it was once again relegated. 1996 brought several changes. Nida Gips from Gacki became the new sponsor and the club's name changed to Miejski Klub Sportowy Sekcja Futbolowa Korona. During the 1998/1999 season Korona
Odd Grenland is an association football club from Skien, Norway. Originally the football section of a multi-sports club, founded in 1894 nine years after the club's founding, all other sports than football were discontinued and the club became dedicated to football only. It got its current name in 1994 in an effort to represent the district of Grenland. Odd plays in the Norwegian Premier League and holds the record winning the Norwegian Football Cup the most times, the last coming in 2000.
IF Odd was founded in 1885, and is thus one of the older sports clubs in Norway still in existence. The name derives from Viktor Rydberg's novel Seierssverdet, where one of the main characters was a Norwegian athlete called Orvar Odd.
In the beginning, IF Odd was mainly focused on gymnastics, and also had sections for Nordic skiing and track and field. A sub-section for football named Odds BK was founded on 31 March 1894. This was the club's second effort to do so, some time after English workers at nearby Skotfoss brought the game of football to Skien, and the city decided to buy a football. Odd Grenland is counted as Norway's oldest football team still in existence.
It got its current name in
The Palestine national football team is the national team of the Palestinian Football Association, representing the State of Palestine.
The Palestine Football Federation was founded in 1952. Its successor, the Palestine Football Association, was recognized by FIFA in 1998, after the creation of the Palestinian Authority.
The team reached an all-time high position of 115 in the FIFA ranking system in April 2006 after seven years of progression from 191st in August 1999. Following their recognition by FIFA, the team played no official fixtures in the Palestinian Territories due to security concerns until a match on October 26, 2008 against Jordan in the newly renovated Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium in Al-Ram north of Jerusalem, which finished in a 1–1 draw. In recognition of their efforts the Palestinian Football Federation was awarded FIFA's inaugural Development Award.
The game was originally introduced during the time of the British Mandate. Palestine has one of the oldest histories of organized football in the Middle East with evidence of the game being played at an organized level amongst Palestinians youths since at least the early 1920s. Some notable clubs during
Ascoli Calcio 1898 is an Italian football club based in Ascoli Piceno, Marche. The club was formed in 1898 and currently plays in Italian Serie B, having returned to it after two seasons spent in Serie A. Ascoli played in Serie A between periods of 1974–1976, 1978–1985, 1986–1990, 1991–1992, and 2005–2007.
The team's colours are black and white.
Founded in 1898 as "Candido Augusto Vecchi", the team changed its name to Ascoli Vigor in 1905, U.S. Ascolana in 1921, and A.S. Ascoli in 1945. In 1955, the team was acquired and saved from bankruptcy by publishing magnate, Cino Del Duca, who merged it with his own team to make the "Del Duca Ascoli". The stadium still bears his and his brother's name. In 1959 the team finally returned in Serie C for the first time since before the beginning of World War II. In 1971, under the chairmanship of Costantino Rozzi, who had acquired the team three years earlier, the team changed its name to the current one, finally being known as "Ascoli Calcio 1898". From that same year, the team, led by Carlo Mazzone as coach, gained two consecutive promotions, being promoted in Serie B, and then Serie A, for the first time. The team stayed in Serie A for two
The Cameroon national football team, nicknamed in French Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions), is the national team of Cameroon. It is controlled by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football and has qualified six times for the FIFA World Cup, more than any other African team (in 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010). However, the team has only made it once out of the group stage. They were the first African team to reach the quarter-final of the World Cup, in 1990, losing to England in extra time. They have also won four Africa Cup of Nations titles.
Cameroon played its first match against Djibouti in 1960, winning 9–2. They first qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 1970, but were knocked out in the first round. Two years later, as host nation, the Indomitable Lions finished third in the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations. They would not qualify for the competition for another ten years.
Cameroon qualified for its first FIFA World Cup in 1982. With the increase of 16 to 24 teams Cameroon qualified along with Algeria to represent Africa in Spain. Cameroon was drawn into group 1 with Italy, Poland, and Peru. In their first game Cameroon faced Peru and drew 0-0. They then had
Clube Desportivo Nacional, commonly known as Nacional and sometimes Nacional da Madeira (Portuguese pronunciation: [nɐsiuˈnaɫ dɐ mɐˈdɐjɾɐ]), is a Portuguese football club based in Funchal, in the island of Madeira. Founded in 1910, it currently plays in the Portuguese first division.
Nacional reached the first division for the first time ever in the mid-90s, returning again in 2002–03. The following season was arguably the best ever season, as the side finished fourth in the league, just squeaking past Sporting Clube de Braga. In that season, three of its key players were Paulo Assunção, a defensive midfielder, and goal-machine Adriano, who netted 19 times. Both would later go to F.C. Porto, while the third key player, winger Miguelito, joined Sport Lisboa e Benfica in 2006.
Nacional also had a quarter-final run in the domestic cup, and would lose in the first round of the subsequent 2004–05 UEFA Cup, being defeated twice by Sevilla FC. In 2006–07's edition, more of the same occurred with two early losses to FC Rapid Bucureşti.
In the 2008–09 season, Nacional again edged Braga for the final fourth spot, mainly courtesy of Nenê, who scored 20 goals and won the Golden Boot honor. The
Club Deportivo Motagua is an association football club, located in Tegucigalpa the capital of Honduras. CD Motagua, founded 29 August 1928, competes in the Honduran top division at the Estadio Nacional. The club is one of the most successful and renowned of Honduras.
The club was founded on 29 August 1928 as the idea of Marco Antonio Ponce and supported by Marco Antonio Rosa at a meeting held in the house of Mrs. Marta Vélez de Ramos; located next to the Bank of London and Montreal, taking advantage of the disintegrated clubs América, Honduras Atlética and Aguila. That day, they decided to call all members of these clubs to form Motagua. In the same meeting the Board of directors headed by Marco Antonio Rose and the doctor Alejandro Lara followed by another group of personalities were elected. This board of directors supported the female basketball, baseball and athletics teams.
The first game was against Tejeros del España of the Guanacaste neighborhood, held on 25 November 1928 in the football field La Isla. The final result was 1–1. The referee of the encounter was Herasmo Velásquez and the Motagua team captain was Constantine Gálvez "Tatino". The team was managed by Daniel
Lyn Fotball is a Norwegian football club and a department of the sports club Ski- og Fotballklubben Lyn based in Oslo, whose members also participate in Nordic skiing and orienteering. Until 2010, SFK Lyn had two football departments, one professional section and one amateur section. After the professional football department, FK Lyn was bankrupted in 2010, the fans decided to support the amateur department, Lyn Fotball, instead. With the help of some of the old FK Lyn players, Lyn Fotball have won two consecutive promotions, and is playing in the Third Division. The team play its home matches at Frogner Stadion, and the head coach is Finn Bredo Olsen.
Lyn was founded in 1896 and is one of the oldest football clubs in Norway, and they were founding members of the Football Association of Norway in 1902. The club won the league in 1964 and 1968 and have won the cup eight times. Lyn was also the initiator of the construction of Ullevaal Stadion, which has served as Norway's national stadium since 1927 and was Lyn's home ground from 1926 to 2010. Lyn has traditionally been perceived as representing the upper and middle classes, whereas the eastside club Vålerenga was seen as belonging
The Haiti national football team (Haitian Creole: Ekip foutbòl nasyonal Ayiti, French: Équipe d'Haïti de football) represents Haiti in association football and is controlled by the Fédération Haïtienne de Football, the governing body for football in Haiti. Haiti's home ground is Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince and their head coach is Edson Tavares. They have made one appearance at the FIFA World Cup, in 1974, but were beaten convincingly in the opening qualifying stages by three of the pre-tournament favorites; Italy, Poland, and Argentina. Their most recent achievement was in 2007, when the national team won the 2007 Caribbean Nations Cup.
Haiti has one of the longest football traditions in the Caribbean and was an early participant in World Cup qualifying. Throughout the 60s, and 70s, Haiti's footballing status in the region remained very strong, being considered the third strongest team in CONCACAF after Mexico and arguably Costa Rica. The strength of the national selection ultimately culminated in Haiti's first ever World Cup appearance in 1974, in which they surprised the world in their opening goal against a considerably stronger Italian team. The island nation has
The Malta national football team represents Malta in international football and is controlled by the Malta Football Association. Malta played its first international game on 24 February 1957 against Austria, and began competing for qualification to major tournaments in 1962. The side's first competitive victory arrived in 1975 against Greece. Considered to be one of the weaker sides in Europe, Malta has never made it to the finals of any major international competition.
Malta played its first international game on 24 February 1957 at the Empire Stadium, losing 2–3 to Austria. That match was played in front of a capacity crowd at the old Empire Stadium. The Malta Football Association joined FIFA in 1959 and UEFA a year later. The international side first competed in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA European Nations Cup in 1962, and in FIFA World Cup qualification in 1971.
Malta's first competitive draw ended 1–1 against Greece in 1970. Malta's first two competitive wins were victories of 2–0 and 2–1 at home to Greece and Iceland in European Championship qualifiers in 1975 and 1982 respectively. In 1979, Malta drew 0–0 with West Germany in the European championship. Malta's third
Montpellier Hérault Sport Club (French pronunciation: [mɔ̃pəlje eʁo spɔʁ klœb]; commonly referred to as Montpellier HSC or simply Montpellier) is a French association football club based in the city of Montpellier. The original club was founded in 1919, while the current incarnation was founded through a merger in 1974. Montpellier currently plays in Ligue 1, the top level of French football and plays its home matches at the Stade de la Mosson, located within the city. The first team is managed by former football player René Girard and captained by defender Mapou Yanga-M'Biwa.
Montpellier was founded under the name Stade Olympique Montpelliérain (SO Montpellier) and played under the name for most of its existence. In 1989, after playing under various names, the club changed its name to its current form. Montpellier is one of the founding members of the first division of French football. Along with Marseille, Rennes, Sochaux, and Nice, Montpellier is one of only a few clubs to have played in the inaugural 1932–33 season and still be playing in the first division as of today. The club won Ligue 1 for the first time in the 2011–12 season. Montpellier's other honours to date include
The Mozambique national football team (Portuguese: equipa nacional de futebol de Moçambique), popularly known as Os Mambas, represents Mozambique in association football and is controlled by the Federação Moçambicana de Futebol, the governing body for football in Mozambique. Mozambique have never qualified for a FIFA World Cup, but they have qualified for four Africa Cup of Nations in 1986, 1996, 1998 and most recently the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, being eliminated in the first round in all four. Mozambique are currently ranked 106th in the FIFA World Rankings, with their highest ever ranking of 66th in November 1996.
Mozambique's home ground is Estádio do Zimpeto in the capital city Maputo, and can hold 45,000 spectators. The team's current head coach is Gert Engels, who has been in charge since the fall of 2011.
Mozambique played its first match against Tanzania in 1977, losing the match 2–1. They first qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 1986, but were knocked out in the first round. Mozambique never qualified for another 10 years until 1996. Again being knocked out in the first round of the tournament.
Mozambique qualifed for its first Africa Cup of Nations
Delfino Pescara 1936, simply known as Pescara Calcio or just Pescara, is an Italian football club based in Pescara, Abruzzo.
The club was formed in 1936 and currently plays in Italian Serie A. Pescara has competed in six seasons in Serie A, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2012–13). The team's official colors are white and light blue.
Aside from a spell in Serie B in the 1940s, Pescara had a relatively undistinguished history until promotion to Serie B in 1974. With players like Giorgio Repetto and Bruno Nobili in the midfield, they managed to win their first promotion to Serie A in 1977 after winning the promotion play-off, but ultimately finished their first season in Serie A in last place. A second promotion after a play-off followed, but once more they would be relegated from the top flight and then descended to Serie C1 within two years.
Nonetheless, after returning to Serie B after a year, Pescara would enjoy a revival after the appointment of Giovanni Galeone as coach in 1986. His philosophy of attacking football saw the Biancazzurri promoted to Serie A as champions in 1987, where they lasted two years with players such as Júnior and Blaž Slišković among the
Clube Náutico Capibaribe (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈklub ˈnawtʃiku kɐpibɐˈɾibi]) , also known as Náutico, is a Brazilian sports club, including a professional football team, in Recife, Pernambuco. In 2012 Náutico will play the National Brazilian maximum tournament Serie A, after being promoted as second place at Serie B 2011.
Náutico is the only football club in Pernambuco that has won the state championship 6 times in a row (from 1963 to 1968). The club has an historical rivalry with local club Sport Club do Recife. Their derby is known as Clássico dos Clássicos.
Náutico has an important swimming arena, including an Olympic-sized pool that meets all world standards. It also has activities in other sports including hockey, basketball, volleyball, handball, women's football, futsal, tennis, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, table-tennis, judo, karate and the founding sport of the club, rowing. The official mascot of Náutico is the opossum, known locally as "timbu".
Náutico's stadium is the Estádio Eládio de Barros Carvalho, popularly known as the Estádio dos Aflitos, inaugurated on June 25, 1939. It was the first stadium in Pernambuco state, with a maximum capacity of 19,800 people. The
The Cyprus national football team (Greek: Κύπρος εθνική ομάδα ποδοσφαίρου, Kýpros ethnikí̱ omáda podosfaírou) represents Cyprus in association football and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association, the governing body for football in Cyprus. Cyprus' home ground is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the current coach is Nikos Nioplias. They have never reached the finals of either the European Championships or the World Cup.
Their first match was a friendly on 23 July 1949, against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Tel Aviv which ended in a 3–3 draw, one year after becoming a member of the world governing body FIFA. Seven days later the team had its first international game, a 3–1 defeat against Israel in the same city. In November 1960, following independence from British rule, Cyprus drew its first post-independence official match 1–1 against Israel, as part of the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament.
Cyprus' first international victory was a 3–1 win against Greece on 27 November 1963 in a friendly. On 17 February 1968 Cyprus recorded their first competitive win, beating Switzerland 2–1 in a European Championship qualifying match in Nicosia.
In 1974, the national team enjoyed one of
Manchester City Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in Manchester. Founded in 1880 as St. Mark's (West Gorton), they became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894. The club has played at the City of Manchester Stadium since 2003, having played at Maine Road from 1923. The club's most successful period was in the late 1960s and early 1970s when they won the League Championship, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup under the management team of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison.
After losing the 1981 FA Cup Final, the club went through a period of decline, culminating in relegation to the third tier of English football for the first time in their history in 1998. In 2008, the club was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group and became one of the richest in the world. In 2011, Manchester City qualified for the Champions League and won the FA Cup. In 2012, the club won the Premier League, their first league title for forty-four years.
City gained their first honours by winning the Second Division in 1899; with it came promotion to the highest level in English football, the First Division. They went on to claim their first
The Mongolian national football team represents the republic of Mongolia in international football under the Mongolian Football Federation. Founded in 1959 the association was inactive between 1960 and 1998 when the team did not feature in any international fixtures. From the few games played since 1998, Mongolians have won only nine games played against five different nations within the AFC (four against Guam, two against Macau and one each against Myanmar, Northern Mariana Islands and the Philippines). They are also one of only two FIFA affiliated teams (the other being American Samoa) to have ever lost to Guam. The Mongolian Football Federation is in the Asian Football Confederation and the East Asian Football Federation.
According to the voting outcome at AFC Congress held in January 2011, the Mongolian Football Federation was suspended to conduct any activities at the EAFF until EAFF Ordinary Congress of March 2014.
The following 23-man squad were named in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) first and second leg play off matches against Myanmar on 29 June and 3 July 2011. Caps and goals updated as of July 3 2011.
FC Sheriff Tiraspol (Russian: ФК Шериф Тирасполь) is a football club based in Tiraspol, Moldova, that plays in the Divizia Naţională, the top division in Moldovan football. Viktor Gushan, a former K.G.B. officer formed the club in 1997.
The team is sometimes referred to as simply FC Sheriff and should not be confused with FC Tiraspol, a rival team based in the same city. Despite the team hailing from Transnistria, a breakaway territory that has political links with Russia, they play in the Divizia Naţională, the top division in Moldovan football.
The club was founded in 1997 by the Sheriff company, which in 2002 constructed the Sheriff Stadium in Tiraspol to serve as the team's home ground. They have dominated Moldovan football since 2001, winning all the championship titles in the Divizia Naţională since then. The team have won the Moldavian Cup six times – in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, and 2009. The team won the Commonwealth of Independent States Cup in 2003 and 2009, becoming the first team from Moldova to win an international title. FC Sheriff were the first club in Moldova to sign contract players from Brazil and Africa.
From 2001/2002 to 2008/2009, the club tried to reach
San Francisco Seals was an American soccer team based in San Francisco, California, United States. Founded in 1992, the team played in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, until 2008, when the franchise left the league.
The team played its home games at Negoesco Stadium on the campus of the University of San Francisco. The team's colors were black, red and white.
Starting in 2009, the Seals run two teams (U20 and U23) and provide the training and game experience to high school and college players, and work with others who aspire to play professionally.
The San Francisco United Soccer Club (SFUSC) was first organized as a youth soccer club in 1985. Drawing on talented players from throughout the Bay Area, SFUSC soon became a "super club" and a dominant force in California state youth soccer. In 1990 SFUSC won the California Youth Soccer Associations (CYSA) state championship. It then continued on to take the Region IV title which put it into the National Cup final. However, the rise of the "super clubs" such as SFUSC and the La Jolla (San Diego) Nomads sparked a counter reaction from smaller California youth teams and in 1992 CYSA
Weymouth F.C. are an English football club based in the town of Weymouth, who currently play in the Southern League Premier Division.
Weymouth Football Club were founded in 1890 and played their first game on 24 September of that year. Nicknamed 'The Terras' due to their terracotta strip, the team won the Dorset Junior Cup for the first three seasons, becoming a senior club as the team rose in stature. Founder members of the Dorset League, Weymouth joined the Western League in 1907–08. The club embraced full-time professionalism in 1923 after winning the Western League, joining the Southern League in the process. By 1928–29, with debts mounting, the club withdrew from the Southern League to become amateur once again. They climbed back up the table and reached the Premier League and then folded for five years and reformed.
The Second World War saw an end to football in Weymouth as the Recreation Ground was requisitioned for the War effort in 1939. The club reformed in 1947 on a semi-professional basis, and soon achieved promotion back into the Southern League. In successive seasons 1964–65 and 1965–66, The Terras were Southern League champions, and they share with Telford United and
The Algeria national football team (Arabic: منتخب الجزائر لكرة القدم), nicknamed الأفنــاك, Les Fennecs (The Fennec Foxes), represents Algeria in association football and is controlled by the Fédération Algérienne de Football. Algeria's home ground is the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers and their head coach is Vahid Halilhodžić.
Algeria has qualified for three World Cups in 1982, 1986 and 2010. Algeria has also won the Africa Cup of Nations once in 1990, when they hosted the tournament.
The traditional rivals of Algeria have been Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. However, more recently, Egypt has become the main rival after a number of incidents involving the two teams, most recently during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, in which Algeria defeated Egypt 1-0 in a tense tiebreaker in Omdurman, Sudan to qualify to the World Cup.
The team was established in 1963 as the successor of the FLN football team.
Algeria caused one of the great World Cup upsets on the first day of the tournament with a 2–1 victory over reigning European Champions West Germany. In the final match in the group between West Germany and Austria, with Algeria having already played their final group game the day
The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras (Sable Antelopes), is the national team of Angola and is controlled by the Federação Angolana de Futebol. Angola reached 45th in the FIFA Rankings in July 2002. Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage: they were eliminated after one defeat and two draws in the group stage.
Angola played their first game against Cuba national football team in 1977, winning 1–0.
Angola qualified for their first African Cup of Nations in 1996. They were drawn in Group A with South Africa, Egypt and Cameroon. They lost their first two games to Egypt and South Africa, but managed a 3–3 draw against Cameroon. They finished bottom of the group and did not reach the second round. Angola then qualified for their second successive African Cup of Nations in 1998, but again failed to reach the second round, drawing 0–0 with South Africa and 3–3 with Namibia, and losing 5–2 to Côte d'Ivoire.
After missing the last 3 tournaments, they qualified for the 2006 African Nations Cup. They recorded their fist African Cup of Nations win against Togo, winning 3–2,
P.A.O.K. F.C. (Greek: Πανθεσσαλονίκειος Αθλητικός Όμιλος Κωνσταντινουπολιτών – Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinoupolitón, the Pan-Thessalonican Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans) is a Greek association football club based in Thessaloniki, Greece.
PAOK FC is the football department of Pan-Thessalonican Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans (PAOK), a multi-sport club. Since its formation in 1926 the football club has played in the top division of Greek football and has never been relegated. PAOK FC have been Greek football champions twice, runners-up three times, and have won the Greek Cup four times, as well as being runners-up a record 12 times. The team's colours are black and white, and since 1959 they have played their home games at Toumba Stadium.
PAOK FC is the oldest division of PAOK Sports Club, the succession of Hermes Sports Club (Greek: Ερμής), which was formed in 1875 by the Greek community of Pera, a district of Istanbul. The sports club established itself in the first few years of the 20th century, proving that although the Greeks were a minority they could boast a strong presence in the sporting sector.
That situation, however, came to an abrupt end
R.E. Mouscron was a Belgian association football club from the municipality of Mouscron, Hainaut. In December 2009 they were declared bankrupt and soon ceased to exist. A new club known as Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz was formed in March 2010 and placed in the belgian third division.
The club was the result of the merger between Stade Mouscron and A.R.A. Mouscron in 1964.
R.E. Mouscron had financial problems during the 2004–05 season and so the president and mayor of Mouscron Jean-Pierre Detremmerie left the club and was replaced by Edward Van Daele. The players with the higher wages were asked to leave the club, as did Marcin Żewłakow, Franky Vandendriessche, Geoffrey Claeys, Koen De Vleeschauwer and Alexandre Teklak.
In late 2009 Manchester City was ready to spend £3million to save R.E. Mouscron from bankruptcy and use them as a feeder club.
On 28 December 2009, Mouscron announced its third forfeit in a row because of enduring financial problems, and was thus, according to Belgian league rules, excluded from competition, with all its previous results in the ongoing competition being scrapped. The club in its current form ceased to exist, with all its players (and staff) becoming free
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista (Brazilian Portuguese: [sˈpɔʁtʃ ˈklub kʊˈɾĩtʃɐ̃s pawˈlistɐ], commonly known as Timão (IPA: [tʃiˈmɐ̃w]) or Coringão (IPA: [kʊɾĩˈgɐ̃w]), is a Brazilian multisport club based in the city of São Paulo. They play in the São Paulo state league, as well as the Brasileirão, Brazil's top national league. Corinthians was a founding member of the Clube dos 13 group of leading Brazilian football clubs.
Corinthians have won their state championship a record 26 times, the Brasileirão on five occasions, including a double in 1998/99, and the Copa do Brasil three times; in South America, they are currently champions of the Copa Libertadores, having also reached the semifinals in 2000. They reached the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana in 2005 and the semifinals of the Copa CONMEBOL and Copa Mercosul in 1994 and 2001. They won the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship Final, defeating Vasco da Gama 4–3 in the final, which was held at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. The Timão play their home games at the Pacaembu, which currently holds up to 40,199 spectators. In 2013, Corinthians are due to move to their new home of New Corinthians Stadium, which will have a
Morski Związkowy Klub Sportowy Arka Gdynia (Polish pronunciation: [ˈarka ˈɡdɨɲa]) is a Polish professional football club, based in Gdynia, Poland, that plays in the Polish 1 Liga. The club was founded as Klub Sportowy Gdynia in 1929. Its activities were interrupted between 1939–1945 due to the German occupation of Poland. They are allied with Cracovia Krakow
First Level: 1974-75, 1976–82, 2005–07, 2008-2012
Second Level: 1961-62 (2 seasons), 1964–68, 1969–74, 1975–76, 1982–84, 1985–87, 1988–89, 1992–95, 2001–05, 2007–08, 2011-
Third Level: 1954-80 (7 seasons), 1962–64, 1968–69, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1989–92, 2012-2012
Fourth Level: 2012
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Bryne Fotballklubb is a Norwegian football club from the town of Bryne. Founded in 1926, they currently play in Norwegian football's second highest division, Adeccoligaen.
Bryne spent the majority of their early years playing on a small, rented field next to Bryne Mill, before acquiring the site of their current home ground, Bryne Stadion, at the end of the 1930s. At the time of its inauguration in September 1946, the stadium's grass pitch was one of the largest in the country and a far cry from the 85x55 m dimensions of the Bryne Mill field.
Bryne Stadion is used both for football and athletics and has a capacity of 10,000, of which 2,507 are seated. The record attendance is 13,621 paying spectators, achieved when Bryne defeated Viking on 26 May 1980, although as many as 14,500 were estimated to have attended an earlier game between the two rivals, on 9 October 1977. The club considers 13,621 to be the official record since there were only 12,236 paying spectators at this other game.
Bryne have in recent years been working towards a possible redevelopment of their home ground, alternatively the construction of a new stadium elsewhere, in order to increase turnover and conform with
Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvaʃku dɐ ˈɡɐ̃mɐ], Vasco da Gama Rowing Club), usually known as Vasco da Gama, is a famous and traditional Brazilian multisports club from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was founded on August 21, 1898 (although the football department started on November 5, 1915), by Portuguese immigrants, and it is still traditionally supported by the Portuguese community of Rio de Janeiro. It is one of the most popular clubs in Brazil, with almost 20 million supporters.
Its statute defines the club as a "sportive, recreative, educational, assistant and philanthropic non-profit organization of public utility".
Their home stadium is São Januário, with a capacity of 25,000, the third biggest in Rio de Janeiro (after Maracanã and Engenhão), but some matches (especially the city derbies) are played at the Maracanã (capacity of about 80,000). They play in black shirts with a white diagonal sash that contains a Cross pattée (famously, though mistakenly, identified as a Maltese cross), black shorts and black socks.
The club is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama
In the late 19th century rowing was the most important sport in Rio de
The Club de Fútbol Jaguares de Chiapas, is a Mexican football club now based in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, in the state of Chiapas. They currently play in the Liga MX . They were bought, moved in 2002, and now play their home matches in the Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna, which was originally built in 1982 for local club teams with a capacity of 6,000, but which was enlarged in 2002 to a capacity of 31,100. On 1 November they announced that the names on the back of their shirts will be their Twitter online names, not their real names.
The club in its Chiapas reincarnation was "founded" on 27 June 2002. They played their first game on 3 August against Tigres de la UANL, losing 3–1, with Lucio Filomeno scoring the club's first ever goal. The club's first win came on 25 August, a 1–0 win over San Luis. They finished the Apertura 2002, with a record of three wins, seven draws, and nine defeats. In the Clausura 2005 they finished with six wins, four draws, and seven defeats, and the head coach José Luis Trejo was sacked in the middle of the season. The club then named Antonio Mohamed as manager, but poor results meant another change with Fernando Quirarte taking over for the remainder of the
Koninklijke Sporting Club Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːˌnɪŋkləkə ˈspɔrtɪŋ ˈklʏp ˈloːkərə(n) ˈoːst ˈflaːndərə(n)]) (often simply called Sporting Lokeren [ˈspɔrtɪŋ ˈloːkərə(n)] or Lokeren) is a Belgian professional football club based in the city of Lokeren, in the province of East Flanders. Lokeren plays in the Belgian Pro League. The club was founded in 1923 and they first reach the first division in 1974-75. Since then, they only had a short spell in the second division between 1993-94 and 1995-96. Lokeren has been mostly successful in the 1980s, achieving a second place in the league in 1980-81 as well as a Belgian Cup final the same year. Their best European result was a quarter final at the 1980-81 UEFA Cup.
In the year 2000, the club merged with K Sint-Niklase SKE They are registered to the Royal Belgian Football Association with the matricule number 282. Lokeren colours are white, black and yellow. They play their home games at the Daknamstadion.
In 2012, Sporting Lokeren won their first prize, after beating KV Kortrijk in the Cup Final.
The matricule n°282 was given in 1920 to a club named Football Club Racing Club Lokeren (nicknamed Racing FC), but the
Koninklijke Lierse Sportkring (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːˌnɪŋkləkə ˈliːrsə ˈspɔrtˌkrɪŋ], often simply known as Lierse) is a Belgian professional football club, from the city of Lier in the Antwerp province. Lierse has been playing in the Belgian Pro League since the 2010-11 season and they have already won the competition 4 times. They also have won 2 Belgian Cups. Lierse is one of the 5 Belgian clubs to have played in the UEFA Champions League group stage with Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Genk and Standard. The most capped player at the club is Bernard Voorhoof with 61 caps for Belgium, all when he was at Lierse. With 30 goals, he is also the topscorer of the Belgium national football team together with Paul Van Himst.
The club was founded in 1906 and they first promoted to the first division in 1927-28. Lierse was successful in the first division until the end of World War II, winning 2 titles and finishing only 4 times outside the top 5. At the end of the 1947-48 season, they were relegated to the second division. Lierse enjoyed a two more spells at the highest level, each time with a championship win (between 1953-54 and 1985-86 and between 1988-89 and 2006-07).
Lierse play their
NK Osijek is a Croatian football club, from Osijek in eastern Croatia.
NK Osijek's early roots are found in club called NK Udarnik that was formed in 1945 under FPR Yugoslavia's new communist authorities on the ashes of dissolved HŠK Slavija. Slavija was founded in 1916 and competed in the Nacionalna liga of Kingdom of Yugoslavia (country's top division) occasionaly, from 1923 until 1940.
In 1946 NK Udarnik and another local club NK Jedinstvo merged to form a new entity – NK Slavonija. The following year, NK Slavonija merged with NK Bratstvo, again creating a new club called NK Proleter. This took place on February 2, 1947, a date that present day NK Osijek considers to be its birthday. Club colors were red and blue, which in the 1970s changed to white and blue. For the first time in the First Division, the club entered the 1953. after unsuccessful attempts 1950. and 1952. It is a historical match was against Borac from Banja Luka. Group was also to ascertain from Ljubljana) 2 August 1953rd when Franjo Rupnik with 5 goals brought the victory of 5–0, in front of 10,000 spectators. After three seasons in the highest rank, Osijek turns in the season when the club was fined and three
Sport Clube Beira-Mar (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈspɔɾ ˈklub(ɨ) ˈbɐjɾɐ ˈmaɾ]) is a Portuguese sports club based in Aveiro. Its football team currently plays in the Portuguese first division, holding home games at Estádio Municipal de Aveiro.
Eusébio and António Sousa were two of the club's most famous players; both played for the biggest clubs in the country, the former with Benfica and the latter with both Porto and Sporting, and had long spells with the Portuguese national team; Sousa also later managed the team. Beira-Mar also possesses futsal, basketball and boxing departments.
Beira-Mar was founded on 1 January 1922, and first reached the first division 39 years later, only lasting one single season. Until 1980, it would make a few further appearances in the top flight, the longest spell being from 1971–74. In the 1976–77 season, former S.L. Benfica and Portugal legend Eusébio played briefly for the side, often being injured, as the campaign ended in relegation.
Returned again to the top flight in 1988, Beira-Mar spent most of the following years in that division. In 1999, eight years after playing the decisive match in the competition, the club reached the final of the
Associazione Calcio Milan (Italian pronunciation: [assotʃatˈtsjoːne ˈkaltʃo ˈmiːlan]), commonly referred to as A.C. Milan or simply Milan, is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy, that plays in Serie A. Milan was founded in 1899 by English lace-maker Herbert Kilpin and businessman Alfred Edwards among others. The club has spent its entire history, with the exception of the 1980–81 and 1982–83 seasons, in the top flight of Italian football, known as Serie A since 1929–30.
They are the most successful club in world football in terms of international trophies along with Boca Juniors, with 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA titles. Milan has won four world titles, more than any other club in the world, having won the Intercontinental Cup three times and the FIFA Club World Cup once. Milan also won the European Cup/Champions League on seven occasions, second only to Real Madrid. They also won the UEFA Super Cup a record five times and the Cup Winners' Cup twice. Milan won every major competition in which it has competed, with the exception of the Europa League (in this competition they have lost two semifinals in 1972 and in 2002). Domestically, with 18
Aalesunds Fotballklubb ("Aalesund's Football Club") is a Norwegian football club from the city of Ålesund, currently playing in the Norwegian Premier League. The club was founded on 25 June 1914. As of 2004, the football club had 835 members and several teams on both professional and amateur levels. These teams are the 1st and 2nd teams, junior team, and also several age-specific teams.
Aalesunds F.K. played their home matches at Kråmyra Stadium until the 2005 season, when they relocated to the new Color Line Stadium with an approximate capacity of 11,000 people. Boosted by the new stadium, recent success and general increasing attendance in Norway, Aalesund has gone from attracting crowds of approximately 1,000 to regularly selling out their stadium in only a few years. Their average attendance of 9,943 in Adeccoligaen 2006 became the new record for attendances at the second tier of the Norwegian league system.
The local supporter club for AaFK is called "Stormen", or "The Storm", with about 2000 members.
In 2009 the club won the Norwegian Cup for the first time in its history. They beat rival Molde FK in the Final, and thereby qualified for participation in the UEFA Europa
Matches:2002 Football League First Division play-off Final
Birmingham City Football Club ( /ˈbɜrmɪŋɡəm ˈsɪti/) is a professional association football club based in the city of Birmingham, England. Formed in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance, they became Small Heath in 1888, then Birmingham in 1905, finally becoming Birmingham City in 1943. In the 2012–13 season they will compete in the Football League Championship, the second tier of league football in England.
As Small Heath, they played in the Football Alliance before becoming founder members and first ever champions of the Football League Second Division. The most successful period in their history was in the 1950s and early 1960s. They achieved their highest finishing position of sixth in the First Division in the 1955–56 season and reached the 1956 FA Cup Final, progressed to the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1960 and 1961, and won their first major trophy, the League Cup, in 1963, beating Aston Villa 3–1 on aggregate. They won the latter competition for the second time in 2011. They have played in the top tier of English football for the majority of their history. Their longest period spent outside the top division, between 1986 and 2002, included two brief spells in the third
The Bulgaria national football team (Bulgarian: Национален отбор по футбол на България) is an association football team fielded by the Bulgarian Football Union, a member association of UEFA. The team's home ground is Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia and Lyuboslav Penev is the current manager. Their best World Cup performance was in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, where they beat defending champions Germany to reach the semi-finals, losing to Italy and eventually finishing in the fourth position. Although defeating strong top ranked teams in international friendlies throughout the years, the team's strength has diminished slowly, failing to qualify for any major tournament since UEFA Euro 2004.
Bulgaria's highest scorer is Vasko Lozanov.The Bulgarian national football team was formed in 1922. In 1923 The Bulgarian Football Union was formed and the team's first match was held in Viena on 21 May 1924, with a 6–0 defeat of Austria.
Bulgaria's first appearance in a World Cup was the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay, but failed to enter because delay of flights, during typhoon and hurricane storms on the Atlantic. Bulgaria later on entered the 1962 World Cup after a time of
Calcio Catania is an Italian football club founded in 1908 and based in Catania, Sicily. The club has spent much of its history in Serie B, gaining promotion to Italy's top league Serie A five times. They currently compete in Serie A after climbing back up the football pyramid.
The club has achieved moderate success in the top league, the highest position ever reached by the club is 8th in Serie A twice, both during the early 1960s. The farthest Catania have progressed in cup competitions is the final of the Coppa delle Alpi.
The origins of football being played by representatives of the Province of Catania can be traced back to English cargo ships, thanks to the workers who brought the game to Sicily. Specifically the earliest Catania team can be traced to match which took place on 2 May 1901 at San Raineri di Messina against Messina, the team was named Royal Yacht Catania; an English ship with a local Catanian crew.
The ship workers team was just a pastime however, Catania's first professional and most stable football club was founded on 19 June 1908, by Italian film director Gaetano Ventimiglia and Francesco Sturzo d'Aldobrando, who founded the club under the name A.S.
Chippenham Town is an English football club based in Chippenham, Wiltshire, which plays in the Southern League Premier Division. They are nicknamed the Bluebirds and they play their home matches at Hardenhuish Park. Their home kit consists of a blue shirt, blue shorts and blue socks.
Chippenham Town Football Club was formed in 1873 and joined the Western Football League in 1904. After an unsuccessful start, the club left and played in the Wiltshire League, winning the championship in 1907–08 and 1908–09. The club won the championship and Wiltshire senior cup three times in the 1920s, plus a quadruple of Wiltshire trophies in 1928–29. Following their successes in the Wiltshire League, the club rejoined the Western League for the 1930–31 season. The club turned professional in 1948–49 after being taken over by local businessman, George Flower. The club then won the Western League in 1951–52 and reached the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time, eventually being knocked out by Leyton. They were runners up of the Western League in 1954–55. However, they left the league briefly in the early 1960s to rejoin the Wiltshire League, before spending five seasons in the Hellenic
East Stirlingshire Football Club is a Scottish football club originating in Falkirk. Founded in 1880, originally as Bainsford Britannia, the club changed to their current name a year later in 1881. The club's name is often abbreviated East Stirling, giving the impression the club is based in Stirling, fans therefore refer to the club by its nickname, The Shire.
In 2007–08 the club left Firs Park, their home since 1921, and currently ground share with local rivals Stenhousemuir F.C. at Ochilview Park. The club is currently a member of the Scottish Football League and competes in the Scottish Third Division.
The club has predominantly played in the lower tiers of Scottish football. However, winning the Scottish League Division Two in 1931-32 brought top tier football to Firs Park, albeit for one season. The last 10 years has seen the club suffer financially, and frequently finishing bottom of Scottish football. Although, in 2000–01 the club reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Challenge Cup only to lose 2–1 to Livingston.
Although East Stirlingshire's official date of formation is 1881, their origins can be traced to the previous year, when Bainsford Bluebonnets Cricket Club
The Equatorial Guinea national football team, nicknamed Nzalang Nacional, is the national team of Equatorial Guinea and is controlled by the Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol. It is a member of Confederation of African Football (CAF). Though Equatorial Guinea has traditionally been one of the lowest ranked teams in Africa, the recent influx of Spanish players having Equatoguinean heritage has strengthened the national team and resulted in some solid performances. They qualified as co-hosts for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. The hosting of the tournament lead to the construction of two new football stadia in the country: Estadio de Bata in Bata on the mainland, and Nuevo Estadio de Malabo in Malabo.
Equatorial Guinea played its first match on 23 May 1975 against China in a friendly and lost 6−2. They did not play another game until entering the 1985 UDEAC Cup in December 1985. They were drawn in a group against the hosts Congo and Central African Republic. They lost 5−0 to the Congo on 9 December and then earnt their first draw by drawing 1−1 against the Central African Republic on 14 December. On 16 December they played a play-off for fifth place against Chad, and lost 3−2 on
Club Estudiantes de La Plata (Spanish pronunciation: [kluβ ˈestuˈðjaŋˈtes ðe la ˈplata]), simply referred to as Estudiantes, is an Argentine professional sports club based in La Plata. The club's football team currently competes in the Primera División, where it has spent most of its history.
The club is amongst the most successful teams in Argentina. In 1967, Estudiantes was the first team outside of the traditional "big five" to win a professional league title. Since then, the squad has won four more league titles to bring a total to five. It has had even greater international success, having won six international titles. Estudiantes' international silverware consists of four Copa Libertadores (including three straight from 1968–70), an Intercontinental Cup, and an Interamerican Cup.
The club was founded in 1905 when a group of players and fans decided to breakaway from present-day rival Gimnasia de La Plata. Matches between the two clubs are known as the Clásico Platense. The club currently counts with the support of over 40,000 members and their home stadium is Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi.
Other sports practised at Estudiantes are basketball, team handball, field hockey, golf,
Kauno futbolo beisbolo klubas is a Lithuanian football club from the city of Kaunas, that currently plays in the A Lyga, the top level of Lithuanian football.
Originally the team was founded in 1960 as Banga Kaunas. After Lithuania regained its independence the club was restructured. In 1993 Banga Kaunas was renamed Žalgiris Kaunas and then FBK Kaunas. The baseball section added (which later separated and became BK Lituanica Kaunas), hence the original name in Lithuanian is Kauno futbolo beisbolo klubas. FBK Kaunas are sponsored by Ūkio bankas, a bank which has Vladimir Romanov as its principal shareholder. In October 2005 Mr Romanov became the majority shareholder of Scottish Premier League side, Heart of Midlothian. Romanov has since used Kaunas as a feeder club for Hearts by allowing the SPL side to loan many players, such as Edgaras Jankauskas, Bruno Aguiar, Andrius Velička, Nerijus Barasa, Marius Žaliūkas and Roman Bednář, the latter signing a permanent deal for Hearts on 31 August 2006. Kaunas have played Celtic, Rangers and Liverpool in Champions League qualifying stages. On 5 August 2008, FBK Kaunas defeated Rangers, 2-1, to advance to the third qualifying round of the UEFA
FC Dynamo Kyiv (Ukrainian: ФК «Динамо» Київ) is a professional football club based in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv. Founded in 1927, the club currently participates in the Ukrainian Premier League. Dynamo's home is the 70,050 capacity Olimpiysky National Sports Complex.
Dynamo has spent its entire history in the top league of Soviet and later Ukrainian football. Its most successful periods are associated with Valeriy Lobanovsky, who coached the team during three stints, leading them to numerous domestic and European titles. The current manager is former Dynamo legend Oleh Blokhin.
Dynamo Kyiv has won thirteen league titles, nine Ukrainian Cups, one UEFA Super Cup and two UEFA Cup Winners' Cups. As part of the Soviet Union until its collapse in December 1991, the club has also won 13 USSR Championships, 9 USSR Cups, and 3 USSR Super Cups, making Dynamo the most successful club in the history of the Soviet Top League.
On May 13, 1927 the statute of the Kievan Proletarian Sport Society (PST) Dynamo was officially registered by the special commission in affairs of public organizations and unions of the Kyiv okruha (district). The All-Union sport society of Dinamo itself was just
The Germany national football team (German: Die deutsche Fußballnationalmannschaft) is the football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908. It is governed by the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund), founded in 1900.
From 1950 to 1990, it was essentially the team of West Germany as the DFB is based in Frankfurt, located in the former West Germany. Under Allied occupation and division, two other separate national teams were also recognized by FIFA: the Saarland team (1950–1956) and the East German team (1952–1990). Both have been absorbed along with their records (caps and goal scorers) by the current national team. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" in 1990.
Germany is historically one of the three most successful national teams in international competitions, having won a total of three World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990) and three European Championships (1972, 1980, 1996). They have also been runners-up three times in the European Championships, four times in the World Cup, and have won a further four third places. East Germany won Olympic Gold in 1976. Germany is the only nation to have won
Gloucester City Association Football Club ( /ˈɡlɒstər ˈsɪti/) is an English semi-professional association football club currently based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in South West England, via groundshare agreement.
The club was established in 1883 as Gloucester, they became Gloucester City in 1902, but were briefly known as Gloucester YMCA from 1910 to 1925, before retaining their previous name. The club has competed in the Conference North since 2009, having been promoted from the Southern Premier League at the end of the 2008–2009 season. It spent a record 70 years within the Southern Football League from 1939 until 2009. It secured promotion after a famous Playoff final win against Farnborough.
In July 2007, the club was considerably affected by the Gloucestershire floods with their Meadow Park stadium under eight feet of water. The floods have meant the club has been in exile away from Gloucester since 2007. The club are currently playing their home games at Cheltenham Town's Whaddon Road, after spending the previous three seasons sharing at Cirencester Town's Corinium Stadium and Forest Green Rovers' New Lawn stadium in Nailsworth.
The current team manager is David Mehew, a
Hamarkameratene, often abbreviated to HamKam, is a Norwegian football club based in the town of Hamar. The club was founded in 1918, originally under the name Freidig.
HamKam were most recently promoted to the Norwegian Premier League in 2007. A third place finish in 1970 is the highest position that the team has held in the Premier League; the club has never progressed beyond the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup, last reaching the semifinals in 1989.
Briskeby gressbane has been the home ground of Hamarkameratene since 1936. The construction of a completely modernized stadium began in 2007. Upon completion, expected in 2009, Briskeby will have a capacity of 10.200 spectators, whereas the capacity prior to the modernization was approximately 8000.
Hamarkameratene were founded as Freidig on August 10, 1918 by a group of teenagers. The prerequisite for joining the team was being able to pay for the football. Freidig applied for entry into the regional series in 1926, but were only admitted after their second attempt, in 1927. At the time a club by the name of "Freidig" was already playing in the series, so the boys from Hamar were forced to rename their team. The natural choice was
Marine Football Club is an English football club in Crosby, Merseyside. The club, which was founded in 1894, is a member of both the Liverpool County and Lancashire County Football Associations, and currently plays in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.
Marine is notable for having the longest serving manager in post-war English football. Roly Howard occupied the post for 33 years, and a total of 1,975 games. His final match, in May 2005, was a 1–0 defeat against Everton in the Liverpool Senior Cup final.
The club was formed in 1894 by a group of local businessmen and former college students. Marine takes its name from a hotel on the River Mersey sea front at Waterloo, seven miles to the north of Liverpool, where the founders of the club met. Marine moved to its present ground, the Arriva Stadium (formerly known as Rossett Park), in 1903.
Marine quickly made an impression on local football, winning numerous titles in the I Zingari League and the Liverpool Combination. The club's greatest success as an amateur team in this period culminated in an F.A. Amateur Cup Final appearance in 1931–32, when they lost 7–1 to Dulwich Hamlet in front of a 22,000 crowd at Upton Park.
Real Betis Balompié S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Seville, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 12 September 1907, it currently plays in La Liga, holding home games at Estadio Benito Villamarín.
Among other titles, the club – who holds the distinction of being the first from the region to compete in La Liga – won the top division league in 1935, adding two Copa del Rey trophies.
Both the King of Spain Juan Carlos I and his son Prince Felipe de Borbon are honorary members of the club. Maintaining an historic city rivalry with Sevilla FC, its motto is Viva er Betis manque pierda! ("Long live Betis even when they lose!").
The name is derived from Baetis, the Roman name for the Guadalquivir river. Betis initially attracted support from the working classes although a large number of aristocrats, including the King of Spain also supported the team. Real was added in 1914 after the club received patronage from King Alfonso XIII. Some fans argue the Betis is the true Real as it was the first to receive royal patronage.
Great rivals Sevilla Football Club were officially created in October 1905. This was followed two years later (September 1907) by the city's
Santos Futebol Clube (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɐ̃tus futʃiˈbɔw ˈklubi]) is a Brazilian professional football club based in Santos, São Paulo They play in the Campeonato Paulista. and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the highest professional leagues in São Paulo state and Brazil, respectively.
Santos is the defending Paulista and South American champion. Domestically, the club have won twenty Campeonato Paulista titles, one Copa do Brasil, and a joint record of eight Brazilian championships. Internationally, they are amongst Brazil's most successful clubs with nine international titles, including three Copa Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups. In 1962, Santos became the first club in the world to win the continental treble consisting of the Paulista, Taça Brasil (Brazilian Championships), and the Copa Libertadores. That same year, it also became the first football club ever to win four out of four competitions in a single year, thus completing the quadruple, comprising the aforementioned treble and the Intercontinental Cup. Their international and domestic success has led IFFHS to name Santos as one of the top twenty clubs in South America in the 20th century.
The Serbia national football team (Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Србије, Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia, the governing body for football in Serbia. Serbia's home ground is the Red Star Stadium in Belgrade and their head coach is Siniša Mihajlović. Both FIFA and UEFA consider the Serbian national team as the direct and only successor of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro national teams.
The Serbian national team was previously known as the Yugoslav national football team from 15 January 1991 until 4 February 2003, and then as the Serbia and Montenegro national football team until 3 June 2006 when Serbia declared independence as the successor state to the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. It was officially renamed the Serbia national football team on 28 June 2006, while the Montenegro national football team was created to represent the new state of Montenegro.
Between 1921 and 1992, the team did not exist as we know it today, since Serbia was part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1918–1943) and later on, of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945–1991). The Serbia
Sportovní Klub Slavia Praha (English: SK Slavia Prague) is a Czech professional football club founded in 1892 in the city of Prague.
They play in the Gambrinus liga—the highest competition in the Czech Republic. Alongside Sparta Prague, they are considered one of the top Czech clubs and the rivalry between the two clubs is important in Czech football. Slavia has won 17 titles, several Czech cups and the Mitropa Cup (Central European Cup) in 1938. Their most recent success was winning the Gambrinus liga in the 2008-09 season. Slavia also won the Gambrinus liga in the 1995-96 season, when they also advanced to the UEFA Cup semi-finals. They qualified for the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in their history.
In addition to their men's squad, Slavia Prague also has reserve, youth, women's, and futsal teams.
Slavia were founded in 1892 in Vinohrady, Prague as a sport club, where cycling dominated. In January 1896, a new sport came to the club—football. On 25 March 1896 Slavia won their first-ever match 5-0 (some sources are saying 6-0). The rivals were AC Prague. Four days later, Slavia was playing against Sparta 0-0 and this match is the start of
The South Vietnam national football team (Vietnamese: Đội tuyển túc cầu quốc gia Việt Nam Cộng hòa) was the national team of South Vietnam controlled by Vietnam Football Association (now Vietnam Football Federation) between 1949 and 1975. It took part in the first two Asian Cups finals (1956 and 1960), finishing fourth both times. The team also entered qualification for the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
The team ceased to exist when the North and South regions combined into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. For results after 1991, see the article Vietnam national football team (no matches were played between 1976 and 1990).
The only World Cup which South Vietnam entered was the 1974 tournament in West Germany. They were placed in Zone A of the AFC and OFC qualification in Seoul, South Korea. On 16 May 1973 they beat Thailand 1-0 to qualify for Group 1. On 20 May South Vietnam lost their opening game 4-0 to Japan and four days later they lost 1-0 to Hong Kong and were eliminated. Hong Kong and Japan advanced but neither got any further, losing play-offs for the next round to South Korea and Israel respectively.
The Thailand national football team (Thai: ฟุตบอลทีมชาติไทย) represents Thailand in international football competition and is governed by the Football Association of Thailand. The team has a history of success in Southeast Asian competition, with three ASEAN Football Championship titles and nine senior-level Southeast Asian Games titles. Thailand also finished third in the 1972 Asian Cup and have competed twice in the Summer Olympics and four times in the Asian Games.
In the FIFA World Rankings, Thailand highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in September 1998, at 43th. The team is currently ranked 139th in the World, 19th in Asia and 1st in Southeast Asia by FIFA (October 2012).
The team was founded in 1915 as the Siam national football team and played its first unofficial match (against a team of Europeans) at the Royal Bangkok Sport Club Stadium on December 20 of that year. On April 25, 1916, King Vajiravudh established the Football Association of Siam. The team played its first international match in 1930 against the Indochina national team, which included both South Vietnamese and French players. Both the Siam team and its governing association were renamed
Walsall Football Club are an English association football club based in Walsall, West Midlands. They currently play in League One. The club was founded in 1888 as Walsall Town Swifts, an amalgamation of Walsall Town F.C. and Walsall Swifts F.C. The club was one of the founder members of the Second Division in 1892, but have spent their entire existence outside of English football's top division; their highest league finish was sixth in Division Two in 1898–99.
Walsall moved into their Bescot Stadium in 1990, having previously played at nearby Fellows Park. Their opening game was a friendly fixture against local rivals Aston Villa, with Villa winning 4–0. The ground is now known as Banks's Stadium for sponsorship purposes. The team play in a red and white kit and their club crest features a swift. The club's nickname, The Saddlers, reflects Walsall's status as a traditional centre for saddle manufacture.
Walsall were formed as Walsall Town Swifts in 1888 when Walsall Town F.C. and Walsall Swifts F.C. amalgamated. Walsall Town had been founded in 1877 and Walsall Swifts in 1879. Walsall Town Swifts' first match was a draw against Aston Villa. Two players from this early era received