King Faisal Babes FC

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Country: Ghana                         City: Kumasi

Founded: 2003                          Colors: Green, Yellow, and White

Stadium: Baba Yara Stadium

Web: ????

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:

 

Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba

 

Country: Argentina                      City: Godoy Cruz

Founded: 21 June 1921                          Colors: Blue and white

Stadium: Estadio Feliciano Gambarte

Web: clubgodoycruz.com

Club Desportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba is one of our favorite teams because they are actually named after two different people! They were founded in a bar in 1921 by a group of friends. They’ve spent most of their time in regional leagues where they won quite a few titles. They reached the Argentine second division in 1994 and the first division in 2006. They made their Copa Libertadores debut in 2011. Their nickname is the “Bodoguero”, or “the wine producers” due to the large amount of wine that is produced in the region.

Lets start with Tomas Goday Cruz (1791 – 1852) – an Argentine politician and businessman from the Mendoza region. He was elected to the state congress at just 24 years of age and later served as governor of Mendoza province. His business interests included a gunpowder factory and silkworm cultivation.

Now on to Antonio Tomba. It’s a little more difficult to find information about him, but from what we can piece together, he was an Italian immigrant to Argentina. He was born in Valdangno and may have fought along with Garibaldi as a young man. He immigrated in 1824 to Mendoza, where he started a successful vineyard. At the age of 50, he planned to return to Italy, but he died on the high seas before he got there. The vineyard doesn’t seem to exist anymore, but you can read about it here.

The fans doing their thing:

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A tribute:

Footballers Named After Food: Brazil Edition

Continuing with footballers named after food, we go to Brazil with our top 5 Brazilian footballers named after food:

  1. Caju – Caju, or “Cashew” in English, had a long career playing for many Brazilian teams in the 70’s and 80’s. He also had a spell with Olympique de Marseille. He had many caps for the Brazilian national team and played in the 70 and 74 World Cups along with Pele and Rivelino. He got his nickname when he returned to Brazil from the United States with died red hair.

 

2.  Cacau – You might know Cacau, or “Cocoa” in English, from the German National team, especially the 2010 World Cup. Born in Brazil, he went to Germany at a young age and has played for such clubs as VfB Stuttgart  – which is actually named after a date, 1893, but more on them later.

 

3.  Jefferson Feijao – Feijao means “beans” in English, and Jefferson Beans had a long career playing for a number of clubs in Brazil like International, Goias, and Botafogo. He also played in South Korea for Daegu FC and in China for Liaoning.

 

4. Junior Pipoca – Junior “Popcorn” has played for over 20 different clubs! He’s had stays at Union Espanola in Chile, Cordoba in Spain, Ajaccio in France, Derby and Watford in England, Malmo in Sweden, Copenhagen in Denmark, and a bunch of Brazilian teams. He’s currently with Jauzeirense.

 

5. Rodrigo Arroz – Rodrigo “Rice” has been with a number of lower-division Brazilian clubs and had a short spell in India with the Kerala Blasters. He could possibly be related to Barry Rice, but that’s not confirmed.

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.

 

 

General Caballero Sport Club

Country: Paraguay                          City: Asuncion

Founded: September 6, 1918       Colors: Red and white

Stadium: Estadio Hugo Bogodano Vaceque  Web: General Caballero FB

This club, who’s full name is General Caballero Sports Club de Zeballos Cue, seems to have spent most of their time in Paraguay’s 2nd division. As a matter of fact, they have 6 2nd Division titles. They were promoted in 2015 to the 1st division, so we’ll keep an eye on them to see how things go. Salvador Cabananas may or may not have briefly played for them in 2013.

We assume that they were named after Bernardino Caballero de Anasco y Melgarejo, who was the president of Paraguay from 1881-1886. Caballero fought in the War of the Triple Alliance and is considered a war hero in Paraguay. He was captured by the Brazilian forces during the war. During his capture, he became quite friendly with the enemy and he was able to use these ties later in his political career. He became president in 1880 after a military coup.

He is considered a national hero in Paraguay. He fathered around 90 children and you can still find many of his descendants in Paraguay today.

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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.