Hello. We’ve been away for a while, but now we’re back with Copa Libertadores 2018. The following teams named after people are in the group stage:
They are all in different groups, and if there is anything we love more than a football team named after a person, it’s two football teams named after people playing each other, so we will keep you posted if any teams meet in the next stage.
Country: Argentina City: Buenos Aires
Founded: 1912 Colors: Blue and White
Stadium: Estadio Alfredo Beranger
Club Atletico Temperley has been around for quite a while, and while most of their time has been spent in lower divisions, they made it to Argentina’s Primera twice before going into bankruptcy in 1991. They came back to the fourth level of Argentine football in 1993 and has since then worked their way back up to the newly expanded first division where they currently play. They have two titles: a Primera B in 1974 and a Primera C in 1994-95. The club is known as La Celeste or Gasolero.
They are named after the city of Temperley in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, which is named after George Temperley, who arrived in Argentina from England in 1838. After working in various businesses, Temperley purchased a plot of land where he started a small farm. This area eventually grew into the city now known as Temperley. Goerge Temperley is also know as being one of the founders of the Rural Society of Argentina. He passed away in 1900.
Here’s a video that shows the city. Looks quite nice:
A great video showing the club’s return to the top:
Country: Ghana City: Kumasi
Founded: 2003 Colors: Green, Yellow, and White
Stadium: Baba Yara Stadium
King Faisal Babes FC plays in the GN Bank Division One League in Zone 2. Little is known about King Faisal Babes FC as they have virtually no web presence. The team dates back to the early 2000’s when it was founded by the fiery Alhaji Karim Grunsah, who is no stranger to controversy. In the short life of King Faisal FC, Grunsah has admitted to bribing referees, slapped a flight attendant, and sued the league which delayed the start of the 2014 Ghanaian Premier League.
The team is named after Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia from 1964 until his assassination in 1975. King Faisal was the son of King Abdulaziz, the first ruler of the newly unified Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. King Faisal is credited with modernizing Saudi Arabia in the areas of education, finance, and religious inclusiveness. He was the first ruler to tackle the subject of education for women. King Faisal, against the objection of many of the country’s hardliners, opened schools for girls around the Kingdom.
It’s hard to find the exact reason why a team from Ghana would be named after the former King of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom’s influence definitely reaches into Africa. There is a King Faisal University in Chad and a King Faisal Hospital in Rwanda. Saudi Arabia has, through the years, invested in Ghana. Maybe Alhaji Karim Grunsah is just a big fan.
Country: Turkey City: Trabzon
Founded: 1998 Colors: Maroon, blue and white
Stadium: Akçaabat Fatih Stadium or Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium
Trabzon 1461 is the feeder club for Trabzonspor (currently ranked 59th in Europe by UEFA.) They play in Turkey’s second division (TFF First League) but can’t be promoted to the Super Lig because in Turkey affiliates are not allowed to play in the same league as their owner clubs. They also play in the Turkish Cup, where they beat both Galatasaray and Fenerbahce away in 2013.
The team is named after the year that the Empire of Trebizond fell to the Ottoman Empire. Trebizond was a Greek successor state, and was known as the last Greek Empire.
Here’s a nice goal against Besiktas:
here’s the “Ultras” doing stuff they probably shouldn’t be:
Country: Argentina City: Banfield, Buenos Aires
Founded: 21 January 1896 Colors: Green and white
Stadium: Estadio Florencio Sola
One of the oldest clubs in Argentina, Club Atletico Banfield has spent 44 years in the Argentine first division, but only have one title (2009). They do have 9 second division titles. They reached the quarter final of Libertadores in 2005. Famous Banfield players include James Rodriguez, Rodrigo Palacio, Mauro Camoranesi, Julio Cruz, Ricardo La Volpe, and none other than the current vice-president of Internazionale, Javier Zanetti.
The club was founded by a group of English settlers in Argentina. The original pitch was a field for grazing next to the train station. They are named after the neighborhood in Buenos Aires which is named after Edward Banfield. Mr. Banfield, born in London in 1837, was a railroad engineer who went to Argentina to help establish the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway.
James Rodriguez starts his career at Banfield:
A young Zanetti:
Country: Hungary City: Felcsut
Founded: 2007 Colors: Blue and white
Puskas Akademia FC is a fairly new team with very little history. It was started as an academy team for Videoton. Puskas Akademia FC has spent three of it’s nine seasons in existence playing in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I, Hungary’s top-flight professional league. It has never finished above tenth. They were relegated following the 2015-2016 season. Probably the most famous Puskas Akademia FC player is Werder Bremen‘s László Kleinheisler. He is part of Hungary’s Euro 2016 team.
While the team may still be in its infancy, the man, Ferenc Puskas, is an absolute legend of the game. Easily one of the best players and scorers of all time. Puskas, a striker, was part of the Mighty Magyars that won the gold medal at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki and were runners-up to West Germany at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. Puskas had 85 caps for Hungary scoring 84 goals.
Puskas started his career at Budapest Honved FC. In twelve seasons with Honved he scored 352 goals, won five titles, and was the top scorer in Hungary four times. During Honved’s 1956 European Cup campaign, the Hungarian revolution broke out and the players refused to immediately return home. Eventually some of the players returned to Hungary, but Puskas declined and in 1958 he signed with Real Madrid. In eight seasons with Real Madrid he scored 225 goals, won five Spanish titles, three European Cups, an Intercontinental Cup, and was the top scorer (Pichichi) in Spain four times.
Pele named him to his FIFA 100. Puskas was also named the #6 best player in the world and the #4 best European player of the 20th century. While not very successful as a manager, Puskas was able to win two titles in Greece with Panathinaikos, a Paraguayan title with Sol de America, and an Australian title with South Melbourne Hellas.
Puskas died in 2006 of pneumonia. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2000.