Steve Biko FC

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Country: Gambia     City: Serrekunda

Founded: 1978         Colors: Yellow and white

Stadium: Serrekunda East Mini Stadium      Web: Steve Biko FC

Steve Biko Football club, also known as the “Bakau Giants Killers”  is from the Bakau area of Serrekunda, Gambia. They won the Gambian FA Cup in 2000 and have spent time in various divisions. They are currently in the second division of Gambian football.

They are named after Stephen Bantu Biko, the South African student leader, anti-apartheid activist, and one of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement. Biko was born in 1946 and started his political work at an early age. His family sent him to a boarding school, which he was expelled from due to his political beliefs. He later studied medicine at Natal University, and he was expelled from that institute for the same reasons. After that,  became president of the Black People’s Convention, but his struggles continued, as he was “banned” by the South African government. This meant that he was not able to speak in public, write, or speak to the press. He was arrested in 1977 during a police road block and subsequently taken to a location where he was tortured during an interrogation which lasted 22 hours. Biko never recovered from this ordeal and he died shortly after being transported to Pretoria Prison.

Already a hero, over 10,000 people attended his funeral. He’s known today as an important leader in South African’s struggle against apartheid who was able to guide student discontent into a political force. Additionally, it was Biko who coined the phrase, “Black is beautiful.”

Here is a great 30 minute clip of a Steve biko game from 2012 (warm up and all!).

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O’Higgins FC

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Country: Chile      City: Rancagua Founded: April 7, 1955          Colors: Sky Blue Stadium: El Teniente       Web: OHigginsfc

O’Higgins Futbol Club, also known as La Celeste, has a few titles in Chile: 2 Primera B titles, a 2013-14 Apertura, and 2o14 Supercopa de Chile. They’ve qualified for 4 Libertadores and were once managed by Manuel Pelligrini. They were formed after the merger of local clubs and named after the Chilean military hero of Irish ancestry, Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme.

Bernardo O’Higgins was born in Chillan, Chile in 1778. He was the illegitimate son of Ambrosio O’Higgins, an Irish Military Governor for the Spanish Empire in Chile. Bernardo never met his father but was financially supported by him throughout his life. This included being sent to London to study. It was in London that he was first exposed to ideas of independence and nationalism that he would later bring back to Chile. When his father passed away, Bernardo returned to Chile to take charge of the land he inherited. He then became involved in the revolt against the Spanish Royalists. His first military experiences were not that successful, probably due to his poor health and lack of military training. But through perseverance, he succeeded, and after fighting alongside General San Martin in the Andes, he became the Supreme Director of Chile. As leader, he established colleges, libraries and hospitals. He also curtailed some of the privileges of the Chilean elite, an action that would lead to a loss of support, a coup, and his agreement to step down. He ended up in Peru, where he died in  1842. His remains were eventually returned to Chile where he is buried in the Citizen’s Square in  Santiago. Here’s a song about O’Higgins written by Pablo Neruda:

Copa America Alert!

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Copa America Players who play on club teams named after people:

1. Jaime Ayovi (Ecuador) – Godoy Cruz

2. Milton Casco (Argentina) – Newell’s Old Boys

3. Marcos Caceres (Paraguay) – Newell’s Old Boys

4. Martin Silva (Uruguay) – Vasco da Gama

5. Pedro Gallese (Peru) – Juan Aurich

6. Christian Ramos (Peru) – Juan Aurich

7. Jair Cespedes (Peru) – Juan Aurich

8. Salomon Libman (Peru) – Cesar Vallejo

9. Pedro Requena (Peru) – Cesar Vallejo

10. Hansell Riojas (Peru) – Cesar Vallejo

Peru tops the list with 6 players who play on teams named after people, so FTNADP officially supports Peru in the 2015 Copa America.

Colo Colo vs Newell’s Old Boys

Club Atletico General Lamadrid

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Country: Argentina       City: Villa Devoto, Buenos Aires
Founded: May 11, 1950          Colors: Blue and White
Stadium: Estadio Enrique Sexto        Web: lama.com.ar

General Lamadrid currently plays in the Argentine Primera C, which is a regional 4th division competition. They have two titles: Primera C in 2010-11 and Primera D in 1977.  They are famous for having 18 players sent off in one match because of a brawl with opposing fans in 2009. The club also offers other sports, such as handball, taekwondo, volleyball and boxing.

They are named after Gregorio Araoz de Lamadrid, born in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina in 1795. He joined the military in 1811 and fought under General Belgrano and General Martin in the Argentine War of Independence against royalists who were loyal to the Spanish monarchy. Later, as a general, he commanded troops in the Argentine Civil War on the side of the Unitarians, who wanted a centralized government based in Buenos Aires.

He’s remembered as a skilled and courageous fighter. One story goes that he once stumbled upon a platoon of 15 mounted Federal soldiers during the Civil War, taking them on single-handedly. After suffering a broken nose, broken ribs, a knife wound to the stomach, and a flesh wound from a gunshot to the head, he was left for dead, only to survive and escape to safety. It was this incident that earned him the nickname, La Madrid inmortal, or the immortal Lamadrid.

He died in 1857 and is buried at the San Miguel de Tucuman Cathedral.

Here’s a nice video posted by a fan:

Match Alert – Name vs Name

J.J. Urquiza vs Club Atletico General Lamadrid

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Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina

League: Primera C

When: June 2, 2015 @ 3 pm

Stadium: Estadio Ramón Roque Martín

Team websites: J.J. UrquizaClub Atletico General Lamadrid

Listen live: Artaxradio.com

Who is J.J. Urquiza?: Justo José de Urquiza y García was the third president of Argentina from 1854-1860. Under his governance, Argentine foreign relations improved, a plan for railroads was introduced, and public education was promoted.

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Who is General Lamadrid?: Gregorio Aráoz de Lamadrid was a successful military officer who fought in the Argentine War of Independence against the Spanish monarchy. Later, he was one of the most important generals in the Argentine Civil Wars.

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Connection: In 1851, General Lamadrid was contacted by Urquiza to command one of the main wings of his “great army” that would end the Rosas period in the Battle of Caseros on February 3, 1852.

FTNADP prediction: J.J. Urquiza wins 2-1.