Colo-Colo

Country: Chile       City: Santiago         Founded: April 19, 1925 Colors: Black and White

Stadium: Estadio Monumental David Arellano                            Web: www.colocolo.cl

You’ve all heard of Colo-Colo, one of the most popular teams in Chile, winner of 30 league titles, one Copa Libertadores, and never relegated. But did you know that they are named after a person? Who was Colo-Colo? Actually there are few historical details about him, but he is frequently mentioned in Chilean literature. We do know that he was a Mapuche Cacique, or chief. The Mapuche are a group of indigenous inhabitants of Chile and Argentina. He was a Leader in the Arauco War in which the indigenous populations of Chile fought against the Spanish conquest. He is rumored to have been a great speaker and leader. He most likely died sometime around 1555.

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Clube 15 de Novembro

Country: Brazil        City: Campo Bom          Founded: November 15, 1911

Colors: Green, Yellow, and White

Stadium: Sady Arnildo Schmidt     Web: 15 de Novembro

In this case, the 15th of November is significant for two reasons. Probably the most important thing to have happened in Brazil on November 15th is that it was declared a republic on this day in 1889. Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca led a coup that toppled Emperor Pedro II. This saw Marshal de Fonseca become the first president of Brazil, thus ending seventy-four years of imperial rule by the House of Braganza.

November 15th is also the day the club was founded. What a coincidence! This has nothing to do with Clube 15 de Novembro, but on the same day the club was formed, Yuan Shih-kai became Prime Minister of China.

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General Diaz

Country: Paraguay        City: Luque          Founded: November 22, 1917

Colors: Black and White            Stadium: Estadio General Adrian Jara

Web: www.generaldiaz.com

We assume that this club is named after Jose Eduvigis Diaz, a Paraguayan General who fought in the War of the Triple Alliance against the allied countries of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. He was born in 1833 and after joining the armed forces, rapidly ascended through the ranks. He is most famous for commanding the Paraguayan forces in the Battle of Curupayty in 1866, where the enemy forces suffered a humiliating defeat. A few months later, he was seriously wounded while fishing in a canoe and had to have his leg amputated. He passed away shortly thereafter in 1867. He is featured on the 100 Guarani coin and is considered a military hero in Paraguay.

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