Hermann Aichinger

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Country: Brazil   City: Ibirama

Founded: September 20, 1951       Colors: Maroon and white

Stadium:  Estadio de Baixada, Ibirama       Web: atleticoha.com.br

This club, also called Atletico Ibirama, seems to only play in the Santa Catarina State League in Brazil. They have two second division Catarina State Titles. They are named after Mr. Hermann Aichinger, who donated the plot of land where they made their first field.

Hermann Aichinger was born in Germany in 1886. At some point, he immigrated to Brazil and opened a very successful factory that made cigar boxes. He possibly fought for Germany in World War Two. Not much else is known.

As usual, here’s the hymn:


The Fans:




1 De Agosto


Country: Angola        City: Luanda          Founded: August 1, 1977

Colors: Red and Black            Stadium: Estado 11 de Novembro

Web: primeiroagosto.com

Club Desportivo 1 de Agosto play in the 1st division of the Angolan Girabola league. They are sponsored by the Angolan Armed Forces and are known as the “Militares.” They have quite a few titles to their name including 9 championships. The club also sponsors many other sports such as basketball, handball and even chess and sailing.

We suppose that the club is named after the day in 1974 when the FAPLA (Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola) was formed following the coup d’etat which overthrew the Portuguese colonial government. In other words, August 1st is Angolan Armed Forces Day.

Here’s a video from a game in 2014:

Here’s another video about the club’s 35 anniversary. Even if you don’t speak Portuguese, it will give you a great idea about the scope of the club:

Willem II

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Country: Netherlands   City: Tilburg

Founded: August 12, 1896       Colors: Blue, White, Red

Stadium: Koning Willem II Stadion  Web: Willem II

Willem II Tilburg, also known as just Willem II is a Dutch football team that plays in the Eredivisie. Willem II was the first professional champion in 1954-55 in the the old National Football League Championship (NFLC). Previously, the league was an amateur competition. In total, Willem II won three NFLC titles and the KNVB Cup twice. The team spent the entire 1970s in the Eerste Divisie, Holland’s second division. The team’s glory years were prior to the early 1960s. Famous players who have donned the colors of Willem II are Jaap Stam, Marc Overmars, and Sami Hyypia.

Williem Frederik George Lodewijk, better known as Willem II was the King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and The Duke of Limburg (where the stinky cheese originated) from 1840-1849. Born in 1792, He was the eldest son of King Willem I of the Netherlands and Wilhelmine of Prussia. In 1816, Willem II married the younger sister of Czar Alexander I of Russia, Duchess Anna Pavlovna. This marriage was arranged to strengthen the ties between Russia and the Netherlands. Although Duchess Anna was quite a looker (for her time), it seems Willem II liked to swing both ways and there were reports of him helping himself to the male help in the house.

As the Crown Prince and military leader, Willem II was on the losing end of the Ten Days Campaign during the Belgian revolution in 1831. With revolution spreading around Europe in 1848, now King Willem II worried about the fate of the Netherlands so he initiated liberal reforms. Royal power was reduced and, eventually, an elected government would rule the country. King Willem II died in Tilburg in 1849.

Guillermo Brown

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Country: Argentina   City: Puerto Madryn
Founded: January 14, 1945     Colors: Blue and White
Stadium: Estadio Raul Conti  Web: Brown 2000

Club Social y Atletico Guillermo Brown, also known as Guillermo Brown de Puerto Madryn is a team that currently plays in the Torneo Argentino A, which is a regionalized third division. Their titles include a Torneo Argentino A2 in 2007 and 2010 and a B1 in 2003. According to their website, in 2002 they played River Plate at the Estadio Monumental and tied 2 x 2. Their founder was a member of the Argentine Navy and a great admirer of Almirante Guillermo Brown.

Guillermo Brown, also known as William Brown, led a fascinating life. He was born in Foxford, County Mayo, Ireland in 1777. He immigrated to Philadelphia as a young boy along with his father, and soon after they arrived, his father contracted yellow fever and died, leaving young Brown alone. The story goes that Brown was wandering the banks of the Delaware River when a ship’s captain who was passing by took pity on him and signed him on as cabin boy. This would be the beginning of Brown’s illustrious career on the high seas, a career that would take him all over the world and end with his becoming a national hero in Argentina. You may be wondering how a young boy born in county Mayo, Ireland and stranded penniless in Philadelphia became an Argentine national hero? Read on:

Brown spent his youth sailing on many different kinds of ships, and eventually worked his way up to  captain of a merchant vessel sailing between Europe and the Americas. Even though he wasn’t a British citizen, he was press-ganged into the British Navy and made to fight the French during the Napoleonic Wars. Brown escaped the British only to be put in jail by the French. The ever resourceful Brown attempted to escape from French jail many times, finally succeeding in 1809 dressed as a French officer. It was at this time that he decided to leave Europe and sail for Rio de la Plata to try his fortunes.

In Argentina, Brown set up a very successful trading business sailing between Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The Spanish colonial government was trying to block trade from Argentina and destroyed Brown’s ship, an action that would result in Brown’s commission into the Argentine Navy as Commander in Chief of the Argentine fleet. He immediately began to attack the Spanish fleet and had great success. He was responsible for freeing the Rio de la Plata area from Spanish rule and capturing Montevideo for Argentina. Brown never forgot his Irish heritage, however,  and during battle he had the fife and drums play “St Patrick’s Day in the Morning.”

Brown’s career as a naval officer continued though two more wars, and in 1847 he retired. He died in 1857 at 80 years of age and was given full military honors and a state funeral. Brown is definitely an Argentine national hero to this day. In Argentina, there are 1112 streets, 415 schools, 320 parks, 6 towns, 4 stadiums, and a couple of football clubs named after him (more on those later.) The “Master of the River Plate” as he is known led a truly remarkable life.

A little bit about the man:

A little bit about the Club: