Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Boys In Black And White




Neftçi Baku

R Charleroi SC
VC Eendracht Aalst 2002

PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv

Frenaros FC 2000

Czech Republic
FC Hradec Králové


Køge Boldklub

Ashington AFC
Askern Villa FC
Atherton Collieries AFC
Bath City FC
Brigg Town FC
Chipping Norton Town FC
Chorley FC
Cinderford Town AFC
Coalville Town FC
Congleton Town FC
Corby Town FC
Dereham Town FC
Dick, Kerr's Ladies FC
Dorchester Town FC
Eastwood Town FC
Forest Green Rovers FC
Glapwell FC
Grimsby Town FC
Hayling United FC
Heybridge Swifts FC
Kendal Town FC
Maidenhead United FC
Notts County FC
Norton United FC
Penzance AFC
Retford United FC
Rochdale Town FC
Shepshed Dynamo FC
Sherborne Town FC
Spennymoor Town FC
Stafford Rangers FC
Stone Old Alleynians FC
Tipton Town FC
Tooting and Mitcham FC
Tow Law Town FC
Whickham FC

FC Warrior Valga

Faeroe Islands

Tvøroyrar Bóltfelag


Turun Palloseura

Angers Sporting Club de l'Ouest



Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur

Ascoli Calcio 1898
ASD Battipagliese
AS Biellese 1902
US Massese 1919
AC Siena
Udinese Calcio


Isle of Man

Jeunesse Esch

Hibernians FC
Rabat Ajax FC

The Netherlands
Heracles Almelo

Northern Ireland
Wakehurst FC

Melhus IL
Nymark IL
Randaberg IL
Valestrand Hjellvik FK

CD Nacional
Portimonense SC
Sporting Clube de Espinho
Varzim SC

FC Astra Ploiesti

Arbroath Victoria FC
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
Beith Juniors
Dunbar United FC
Elgin City FC
Dunfermline Athletic FC
Fraserburgh FC
Pollok FC
St Mirren FC
Wick Academy FC

FK CSK Pivara
FK Palic Koming
FK Partizan Belgrade
FK Sindelic Niš

ND Mura 05

CE Alaior
CF Amposta
CD Badajoz
UD Badajoz
Cartagena FC
FC Cartagena
CD Castellón
UM Escobedo
Haro Deportivo
Unión Deportiva Vecindario
CD Victoria

Landskrona BoIS
IF Sylvia

SC Young Fellows Juventus

Altay SK
Besiktas JK
Nazilli Belediyespor

Ammanford AFC

Elements Cefn Druids AFC

Flint Town United FC
Llandudno FC
Llanfairpwll FC
AFC Llwydcoed


Club Atlético Chaco For Ever
Club Cipolletti
Club Atlético Claypole
Club Atlético Central Córdoba
Gimnasia y Esgrima de Mendoza
Club Atlético Estudiantes
Club Atlético Fénix
Club Social y Deportivo La Emilia

Oruro Royal

Agremiação Sportiva Arapiraquense
Amapá Clube
Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas
Ceará Sporting Club
SC Corinthians Paranaense
SC Corinthians Paulista
Estrela do Norte Futebol Clube
Clube Atlético Mineiro

Club Libertad

Club Sportivo Miramar Misiones
Montevideo Wanderers

Zamora Fútbol Club


PHC Zebras


Dominican Republic
Escuela de Jorge Bauger


Diriangén FC

Tauro FC

Rochester Rhinos


ES Sétif


Mochudi Centre Chiefs

Tonnerre Kalara Club de Yaoundé

Cape Verde

DR Congo
TP Mazembe


Al Madina

AS Real Bamako

Wydad Fez

Armee Patriotique Rwandaise FC

Club Sportif Sfaxien

Highlanders FC




Saba Qom FC

Tonan Maebashi SC
Vissel Kobe

Singapore Magpies

South Korea
Seoul United


Adelaide City
Fremantle United
Hobart Zebras
Whittlesea Zebras FC

New Zealand

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Clube Atlético Colatinense (Brazil)

Another club from the state of Espirito Santo, Clube Atlético Colatinense, known as CAC to the locals, play in the same Campeonato Capixaba as Estrela do Norte. As a club they are so young that they still have fluff on their chins, being formed in the city of Colatina in 2005. After many years of the city skirting with some budding football club or another, and a congregation of city elders and local businessmen decided that it was finally time to end their city's lack of a competative team and form the club.

They chose the name part to promote the city's name across the rest of the state - and indeed the wider country if they subsequently did well - but also to pay tribute to an older, now defunct local team of the same name (and hopefully pick up a few of their old fans along the way). Not short of ambition, they took on their state champions Vitória FC in their first friendly game, and beat them by a rather resounding 4-1 (although it's not known if Vitória played a full-strength squad that day - but we don't want to wee on CAC's fireworks). They subsequently went on to become second division champs in their first season, and have been plucky mid-table battlers ever since.

They play in the Estadio Justiniano de Mello e Silva, on the muddy banks of the fast flowing Rio Doce and overlooked by crumbly tree-lined mountains It's not stated how many it holds, but it's one of those grounds that has a massive sloping stand down the one side of the pitch and nothing much else, so by the looks of it around 10-12,000.

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Estrela do Norte Futebol Clube (Brazil)

Estrela do Norte Futebol Clube, which translates rather delightfully as the North Star Football Club, are based in the quarry city of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim from the small state of Espírito Santo on the coastal south East of Brazil. They're pretty long in the tooth as far as Brazilian football goes, and were formed in 1916, and now plough their footballing furrow in the top flight of the state league, the Campeonato Capixaba.

But despite their longevity they've never quite made it to the top of the state tree, having been runners up on five occasions - with four of these in consecutive years in between 2003 and 2006. Strangely after all these efforts they were relegated in 2007, but have climbed their way back up to the top flight, and are still hoping on that debut league win.

They've been no slouches in other trophies though, having won the Copa Espitito Santo three times, the State Second Division twice, and the old pre-professional league, the Campeonato Sulino Capixaba six times in the fifties and sixties. Their fans, the Torcida Estrelense, are noted as being among the most happily rabid in the country, and the relative cosiness of their ricketty ground, 12,000 capacity Estádio Sumaré is more than made up for by the pure racket their punters make. They are currently ranked at 134th in the Brazilian football league system by the local FA, but you try telling the fans that they're only the 134th best team in Brazil!

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Ceilândia Esporte Clube (Brazil)

Ceilândia Esporte Clube - or CEC to the locals - are from the relatively new city of Ceilândia in the Distrito Federal, some sixteen miles from the capital Brasília. Despite having only been formed in 1979, they are one of the oldest clubs in the region. They play their football in the Campeonato Brasiliense, the equivilent of a state league for team from within 200km from Brasília. It's not a state as such, but you know what kind of geographical confusement these Federal Districts can cause!

The team were founded out of the ashes of the Don Bosco Sports Clube, an outfit formed in 1963 which was based in what was then a shanty village (or Favella) on the outskirts of the country's new capital. But in 1971 the Governor of the Distrito Federal started to get a bit nervy about all these undisirables flocking to the rims of his nice new city, so he set up a spartan new town for these migrants - mostly from the North Eastern part of the country, and called it Ceilândia - the Cei standing for Centro de Erradicação de Invasões or Squatters Eradication Centre! 

What sounded a little like nothing more than a refugee camp soon built itself up into a town bigger than Brasília itself, and it was to here that Don Bosco moved - gradually becoming the best team in the city. When professional football came to the District in 1977, it was clear that the club would have to go full time. But up to that point they existed on the pitch only as a raggle taggle confederation of players, rather than an official club with directors, rules and a constitution. So they kept their black and white strip, but changed their name to the rather more cumbersome Dom Bosco Esporte Clube para Ceilândia Esporte Clube - which in time became shortened to CEC.

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