King Faisal Babes FC

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Country: Ghana                         City: Kumasi

Founded: 2003                          Colors: Green, Yellow, and White

Stadium: Baba Yara Stadium

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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.

 

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Puskás Akadémia FC

 

Country: Hungary                      City: Felcsut

Founded: 2007                           Colors: Blue and white

Stadium: Pancho Arena          Web: Puskas Akademia

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.

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The man:

 

PFC Botev Plovdiv

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Country: Bulgaria                            City: Plovdiv

Founded: December 12, 1912       Colors: Yellow and Black

Stadium: Stadion Komatevo        Web: Botev Plovdiv

PFC Botev Plovdiv play in the Bulgarian A Football Group, the country’s top flight. For being Bulgaria’s longest uninterrupted football team, they don’t have much to show for it. Botev Plovdiv has two A Group titles, one in 1929 and the second in the 1966-67 season. They won the Bulgarian Cup in 1962 and 1981. In Europe, Botev Plovdiv did manage to make it to the quarterfinal of the 1962-63 Cup Winners’ Cup, but they lost 5-1 on aggregate to Atletico Madrid. The fans of the team are called Bultras.

The team is named after Bulgarian poet, journalist, revolutionary, and all-around good guy, Hristo Botev. Botev, born in 1848, was the son of Botyo Petkov. Boyto was influential in the movement against the Ottoman occupation of Bulgaria and was also a major influence on young Hristo.

After being educated in Odessa, Botev returned to Bulgaria in 1867 to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a teacher. Later that year he was exiled to Romania after speaking out against the Ottoman authorities. During his exile, Botev worked as a school teacher, published his poems in various newspapers, became and editor, and was involved in the Bulgarian revolutionary movement. After the death in 1873 of Vasil Levski, leader of the Bulgarian Revolutionary Central Committee (BRCC), Botev called for an uprising. 1875 saw him elected president of the BRCC. In 1876 he was shot in the chest and killed by an Ottoman sharpshooter. Two years later, the Russo-Turkish War came to an end and the Treaty of San Stefano gave birth to The Principality of Bulgaria. Full independence came in 1908.

 

 

Prince Louis F.C.

Country: Burundi                         City: Bujumbura

Founded:  1961?                            Colors: Red and White

Stadium: Prince Louis Rwagaswore Stadium              Web: Facebook????

Prince Louise F.C. has won the Burundi Premier League twice (1976 and 2001). They also have a couple of appearances in CAF competitions. Their most famous player is probably Mohamed Tchite, who’s played for various Belgian clubs.

The team is named after Crown Prince Louise Rwagaswore, Burundian nationalist and former Prime Minister. He was assassinated in 1961 shortly after taking office. He’s a national hero in Burundi.

The 54th Anniversary of his assassination:

Here’s a nice video of the team in action:

The line-up

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Deportivo Walter Ferretti

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Country: Nicaragua   City: Managua

Founded: 1987       Colors: Red, Black

Stadium: Estadio Olimpico del IND Managua  Web: ???

 

Deportivo Walter Ferretti is a fairly new team. The club was founded in 1987 as part of the Nicaraguan Army. It was named for Sandinista, Walter Ferretti after his death in an automobile accident in 1988. They play in the Primera División de Nicaragua. In their short existence they have won five league titles and have been runners-up six times. The club doesn’t have a big web presence, but they seem to be very active on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

Walter Ferretti was a member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional or FSLN). He was an important part of the Nicaraguan government after guerrillas had taken over the country in 1979. In his time with the Sandinistas, Ferretti was a member of the FSLN Assembly, he commanded a battalion of elite Tropas Pablo Ubeda (the Ministry of Interior’s Special Forces Troops), and was Chief of the Sandinista Police. He spent part of his life in San Francisco.

 

 

 

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.

FC Carl Zeiss Jena

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Country: Germany   City: Jena

Founded: May 13, 1903       Colors: Blue, White, Yellow

Stadium: Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld  Web: FC Carl Zeiss Jena

 

FC Carl Zeiss Jena currently play in the Regionalliga Nordost, the fourth tier of German football. The team was formed by the workers at the Carl Zeiss AG factory. FC Carl Zeiss Jena, then known as Fussball-Club der Firma Carl Zeissplayed most of its early years in the Meister Gauliga Thüringen; a regional competition in the Thuringia region of Germany where the city of Jena is located. The team has undergone many name changes over the years. FC Carl Zeiss Jena is its latest, and hopefully final, of the twelve different names it has assumed over the years.

FC Carl Zeiss Jena began its life outside of Thuringia in the old, Nazi sponsored Gauliga Mitte in 1933. It was the highest level of German football under Nazi rule. FC Carl Zeiss Jena, then 1. SV Jena 03, won four titles and finished runner up twice during the eleven years of the league’s existence.

After the establishment of East Germany in 1949, a new league was formed. SG Carl Zeiss Jena was a founding member of the original DDR Liga II in 1950. It won promotion to the DDR Oberliga the following year and had some success, winning the East German Championship three times, before German reunification. It’s greatest success on the European stage was its 2nd place finish to Dinamo Tbilisi in the 1981 Cup Winners Cup. In 2009, FC Carl Zeiss Jena almost went bankrupt.

Carl Zeiss, born in Germany in 1816, was a maker of lenses used in early cameras and microscopes. As a boy, he was very interested in mathematics and science. He opened a shop in 1846 that sold telescopes and microscopes. During this time, he tinkered with making his own microscopes. He achieved some success and was able to move to a larger shop. This was the beginning of Carl Zeiss Jena which is now known as Carl Zeiss AG. Today, Carl Zeiss AG is on the cutting edge of optics and creates lenses for NASA, cameras, and important medical technology.

Carl Zeiss also had other achievements outside of the world of optics. He, along with his Ernst Abbe, changed the plight of workers in Germany. They pioneered the eight hour work day and introduced social insurance. This insurance guaranteed free medical care to every employee at the Carl Zeiss Jena factory. Zeiss and Abbe were regarded as socialist heroes by the East German regime.