ASC Jeanne d’Arc

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Country: Senegal        City: Dakar         Founded: 1923
Colors: Blue and White            Stadium: Stade Demba Diop
Web: ?????

There’s not much out there on the web about this club, but they do seem to be a pretty big club in Senegal, having won 10 Senegal Premier League titles. They’ve produced some players like Abdoulaye Faye, who played for various EPL clubs, Baba Diawara (Getafe), and Birahim Diop, who played in the MLS.  They also seem to have teams in other sports competitions like basketball.

We suppose they are named after Joan of Arc (1412-1431), the French Roman Catholic Saint and Patron Saint of France famous for helping Charles VII in the 100 Years War. As a young girl, she heard divine voices which told her to help reclaim French territory for the king. At the age of 17, she led an army to victory in a number of battles.  At 19, she was captured by the English and burned at the stake. Her offenses included heresy, adultery, and sorcery.

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April 25 Sports Club (4.25체육단)

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Country: North Korea        City: Pyongyang          Founded: 1949

Colors: Red and White            Stadium: Yanggakdo Stadium

Web: Unsurprisingly, no web presence

April 25 Sports Club is one of the most successful clubs in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), North Korea to you and me. It has fourteen league titles split between the old Technical Innovation Contests and the new Highest Class Football League. April 25 has also won three Republic Championships, which is the North Korean version of the League/FA Cup. The team was formed in order to raise the standard of soccer in North Korea to world standards. Kim Jong-il might not have had the best knowledge of how the World Cup works because he, in a speech to the team in 1972, stated that the April 25 Sports Club should win the World Cup in the future. Who knows, this may in fact be true in North Korean sports lore.

The team is named to coincide with the Military Foundation Day holiday. This, however, isn’t the original date the Korean People’s Army (KPA) was founded. That day would be February 8, 1948. The father of North Korea, Kim Il-sung, changed the date because he wanted to recognize the date the anti-Japanese rebel army was formed in 1932. The April 25th date allows the miltary’s founding to have a more Korean origin instead of the Soviet assisted KPA.

Being named after Military Formation Day, April 25 Sports Club belongs to the KPA. This “…..enables the players to copy the loyalty to the leader, and the indomitable fighting spirit and the strong sense of discipline displayed by the soldiers of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army…………. equipping the rank with the revolutionary idea of the great leader and achieving its unity of ideology and will on the basis of this is an important guarantee for winning victory in the games.” – Kim Jong-il

No word on who Kim Jong-un‘s favorite team is, but signs point to him being a Manchester United fan.

 

Military Foundation Day Parade
Military Foundation Day Parade

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Club Atletico Newell’s Old Boys

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Country: Argentina        City: Rosario         Founded: November 3, 1903

Colors: Black and Red          Stadium: Estadio Marcelo Bielsa

Web: newellsoldboys.com.ar

This wonderfully named team has a well documented history. One of the top teams in Rosario, they have 6 AFA Primera Division titles. They are also well known for their youth division teams, producing many famous players such as Gabriel Batistuta, and Lionel Messi (for a short time anyway).

They were founded by Claudio Newell and actually named after Claudio’s father, Isaac Newell (1853 -1907). Isaac Newell was born in Strood, County Kent, England, and at the age of 16 he took a ship to Argentina. He worked as a telegraph operator for the Central Argentine Railway. He later founded a school called the Colegio Comercial Anglicano Argentino, where he was a teacher.

Here’s an awesome video direct from the club outlining the history: “Isaac Newell, El Gran Maestro”

Nuno Tristão Futebol Clube da Bula

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Country: Guinea-Bissau        City: Bula         Founded: 1948

Colors: Yellow and Black       Stadium: Estádio José Ansumane Queta

Web: ?????????

Nuno Tristão FC plays in the Campeonato Nacional da Guine-Bissau. It’s a little difficult to get information on the club, but the staff here at FTNADP were able to piece together some info from various websites. The club has gone through a few name changes. It was founded in 1948 as Nuno Tristão FC, in 1970 it was renamed Bula FC, and in 2007 the name reverted back to Nuno Tristão FC. There isn’t any (readily available) information on the reason for the changes. Some websites still refer to the team as Bula FC. The team may have reverted back because the football365 site for the Campeonato Nacional da Guine-Bissau lists the team as Bula. What we do know is that as Nuno Tristão FC/Bula FC, the team won the Primeira Divisão in the 2013/2014 season and the Taça Nacional da Guiné Bissau (domestic cup) in 1978/1979. If there are any Nuno Tristão FC/Bula FC fans out there that can give us some more (correct) information, please drop us a line by email or twitter.

The namesake of the team, Nuno Tristão, was a Portuguese explorer. He may or may not have been the first European to reach modern day Guinea-Bissau. Historians dispute his claim, but more on that later. One thing that can’t be disputed about Nuno Tristão is that he was a slave trader. It’s odd that a team would name itself after a person who was very active in the slave trade.

In 1441, Nuno Tristão was commissioned by Henry the Navigator (Infante Dom Henrique de Avis, Duke of Viseu) to explore the region past Mauritania. Tristão sailed 320 miles south of his intended target of Rio de Oro and discovered Capo Blanc (named after the white sand). On this journey, Nuno Tristão successfully returned to Portugal with the first set of slaves ever to be captured by the Portuguese. Tristão made three more journeys that took him deeper down the west coast of Africa. Each time he brought back more slaves and opened up the newly discovered lands to other slave traders.

His last journey proved to be dangerous and he was killed along with his entire crew. This is where the legend of Nuno Tristão gets murky. Tristão, until the 1940’s, was credited with being the first European to step foot in Guinea-Bissau (then the Kingdom of Gabu). Some historians have credited Alvise Cadamosto with discovering Guinea-Bissau a year ealier, but he doesn’t have a team named after him, so he doesn’t warrant further mention.

Whether or not Nuno Tristão did indeed step foot in Guinea-Bissau depends on where he was killed. There are three separate theories. One is that he was killed on the Nunez River. If that’s true, he was in Guinea and not Guinea-Bissau. Another account has him being killed on the Geba River which is in Guinea-Bissau. A third, and most credible account, has Tristão being killed in the Sine-Saloum Delta in Senegal, nowhere near Guinea-Bissau. I guess we can never truly know.

Either way, a statue of Nuno Tristão stands in Cacheu, Caminho de Escravos in the northwest of Guinea-Bissau. He was also on the Portuguese 100 Escudo coin.

 

 

Club Juan Aurich

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Country: Peru    City: Chiclayo          Founded: 1922             Colors: Red and White
Stadium: Estadio Elias Aguirre      Web: Juanaurich.net

“Juan Aurich” clubs have existed in different forms since 1922, often being closed for financial reasons after relegation:
1922 – 1992: Juan Aurich
1993 – 1996: Aurich-Canana
1996 – 2004: Juan Aurich Chiclayo
2005 – Present: Juan Aurich

The Club was founded by workers of the Hacienda Batan Grande and named after the hacienda’s owner, Juan Aurich Pastor. He was born on September 3, 1867 in Lambayeque and is said to have grown up on the hacienda that he would later come to own.  At the time, he was one of the biggest  businessmen in Peru. He’s also described as a politician, conservationist, and visionary although not without some controversy.  You see, the area where the hacienda existed was home to the extensive archeological remains of the Lambayeque or Sican culture, which are said to have been systematically looted and sold since the early 1900s.

Juan Aurich passed away in 1935, and his family eventually lost control of the hacienda in an agrarian reform moment in 1973. The area is now a historical protected park called, “Santuario Historico Bosque de Pomac.”

Club Sportivo 2 de Mayo

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Country: Paraguay                              City: Pedro Juan Caballero
Founded: December 6, 1935              Colors: Blue and White
Stadium: Monumental Rio Parapiti       Web: facebook.com/dosdemayo

This club, nicknamed “El Gallo Norteno”, currently plays in the Paraguayan second division. According to our sources, they were formed in 1935 when Paraguayan soldiers from Infantry Regiment No.1, 2 de Mayo (the date is part of the regiment’s name) returned after fighting in the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia.  The club was created as a homage to those brave soldiers and the infantry regiment they served in.

Now – a bit about the Chaco War. This war lasted from 1932 – 1935 and was fought over control of The Chaco Boreal, or the Grand Chaco and the oil that was thought to be there. The territory nominally belonged to Bolivia but was inhabited by Gaurani speaking people with loyalties towards Paraguay. In reality, the Chaco was an extremely arid, inhospitable land, and the war was called “The War of the Thirst.” These were two of the poorest countries at the time fighting one of the bloodiest wars to happen on the continent with very high casualties on both sides. Although Bolivia had more resources, Paraguay is generally seen to be the victor, claiming two-thirds of the disputed territory in the end.

Club Sportivo 2 de Mayo Anthem:
“Blanco y azul, blanco y azul
Son los colores que defiende nuestro club
Igual no hay, igual no hay
En La Republica heroica del Paraguay”

Here’s a decent video of 2 de Mayo against Olimpia:

Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo

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Country: El Salvador       City: Usulután          Founded: September 17, 1923

Colors: Red and White            Stadium: Estadio Sergio Torres

Web: www.la-firpo.com

Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo is a ten time winner of the El Salvador Primera Division. In 1995, it was runner-up to Tecos in the CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup. The team was renamed after a famous Argentine boxer shortly after its inception.

Nicknamed “The Wild Bull of the Pampas”, Luis Ángel Firpo was quite successful as a boxer. He had a career record of 32-4-2 with twenty-six knockouts. Firpo is probably best known for his fight on September 14, 1923 against Jack Dempsey at the Polo Grounds in New York. This fight saw Luis Ángel Firpo become the first South American to fight for the heavyweight title. Esteemed boxing historian, Burt Sugar called the bout one of the best of all time. Firpo went toe to toe with Jack Dempsey, even knocking him out of the ring in the first round. It’s said that when Dempsey went through the ropes, he hit his head on a typewriter at ringside. Dempsey was helped back into the ring and went on to knockout Firpo in the second round. Three days after the fight, the founders of the club changed its name from Tecún Umán to Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo.

After retirement, Firpo became a rancher and managed boxers. He and Jack Dempsey even went on to become friends and co-managed Abel Cestac. In 2003, Ring Magazine named Luis Ángel Firpo in their top 100 greatest punchers of all time.