Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
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Almondsbury Town A.F.C.
Almondsbury Town Association Football Club was a football club based in Almondsbury, near Bristol, England. Their colours were sky blue and white shirts, with blue shorts and socks. Although Almondsbury boasts a team dating from the 1870s, the date of formation was not known. A local football reporter, David Hughes, from the Evening Post and this discovery came from the Gloucestershire Football Associations list of teams for the 1899–1900 season of which Almondsbury were at the top. The Club colours then were Light and Dark Blue, the original base for the Club which is still there was The Swan Hotel. In 1974 Almondsbury merged with local club, Greenway Sports. It was a merger of convenience for both parties, with the formation of a new club, Almondsbury Greenway, they immediately gained election to the Gloucestershire County League, where they finished runners up in their first season. Five successive championships followed before they were again runners up in season 1981–82. It was during this period that the club achieved its greatest moment, reaching the final of the FA Vase at Wembley Stadium in 1979, season 1982–1983 saw the club promoted to the Hellenic League where, in their first season, they finished a worthy second to Moreton Town. The following year the roles were reversed, with Almondsbury Greenway not only winning the championship, after ten seasons of finishing in the top two of any league in which they competed, a lean spell inevitably followed. After relegation to the Hellenic League Division One it was realised that total independence was essential to the future progress. The new ground was completed for the 1988–89 season and the off the efforts were rewarded by clinching the Division One title. At the end of season 1992–1993, following a period of financial difficulties and it was, however, allowed to continue under yet another name, Almondsbury Town Football Club. After a period of eighteen months, Oaklands Park was finally purchased by the Gloucestershire Football Association for their new headquarters. With new appointments made to the management team in 2005, the club progressed both on and off the field. In 2007–08 the club had very successful season but lost out on promotion to the Southern League to North Leigh by a goal difference of two after both teams finished on 96 points. Runners up spot was achieved in the Hellenic League Cup Final after a 2–1 defeat by Hungerford Town. 2008–09 saw The Almonds finish in 4th position,6 points behind the eventual League Champions Hungerford Town and this time though, the Almonds went one better than last season and secured the SBJ Insurance Brokers League Challenge Cup with a 1–0 victory over Carterton
APOP Kinyras FC
APOP Kinyras Peyias was a Cypriot football club from the village of Peyia of Paphos District. The club formed in 2003 following the merger of lower division outfits APOP Peyias FC, the clubs name APOP means Athlitikos Podosferikos Omilos Pegeias and Kinyras name coming from the mythical king Kinyras who was the founder of Paphos. In the summer of 2012, after a bankruptcy the club was dissolved. In July 2009, APOP Kinyras become the first team from the Paphos region to play in a UEFA competition, the clubs started their history in the 3rd division on the 2003/04 season where they promoted to Second Division as Champions. The following season won the second division championship and they were promoted as Second Division Champions to the Cypriot First Division for the first time in their history. However, the team finished 12th in the 2005–06 season and they were relegated back to the second division, in 2007 the team won the Second Division championship and they were promoted to First Division for the second time. They finished 8th in the 2007–08 first division championship and in the 2008–09 season finished seventh, after the success, the team became the first club from Paphos to win a major trophy since the foundation of the Cyprus Football Association in 1934. In their first European game APOP Kinyras played in Vienna on July 30,2009, in 2011, after 4 consecutive seasons in the first division, a record for the club, they were relegated back to the Cypriot Second Division. In 2012, in after a lot of scandals the club was relegated by CFA and UEFA from the Second to Fourth Division, the same year, after a large bankruptcy the club was dissolved. The clubs colours were yellow and blue, the clubs home was Peyia Municipal Stadium which has capacity of 3,828 spectators. In 2007 expansions have made in Pegeia stadium and APOP/Kinyras was allowed to use the Peyia Municipal Stadium
Arte Takasaki were a football club based in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, formerly of the Japan Football League. Their team colours were black and red, Arte means art in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. The club was founded as Makkī F. C. Kantō in 1996, educational Corporation Horikoshi Gakuen took over the club in 2000. The reorganised club was briefly called Gunma F. C. Fortona, the club won all the games in the 2000 Gunma Prefecture League Division 2. They won the 2001 Division 1 championship again without dropping any point and they won the Kanto Regional League Division 1 in 2003 and gained a JFL status in 2004 after winning the play-off. In 2005, they dropped Gunma from their name and it is widely believed that this was a move to appeal more to people in Takasaki area rather than whole Gunma after Thespa Kusatsu became the first J. League side in the prefecture. In January 2006, they adopted new name Arte Takasaki, the 2007 season has taken a new tumble for them, already guaranteed a last place finish, and will need to rely on at least one teams promotion to J2 to avoid relegation. Losing to Gifu on the last day of the season 2–0, they were guaranteed a reprieve that was made official once Gifu. In 2008, they fared not much better, finishing with only Mitsubishi Mizushima below them, after many financial problems, the club was excluded from Japan Football League in January 2012. They played their games mainly in Takasaki Hamakawa Athletic Stadium but also use Shikishima Athletic Stadium and Shikishima Soccer. The club tried to persuade the governments concerned to build a soccer-specific stadium on the former Takasaki Horserace Track site. To commemorate Kosuke Kato who died of an attack during a practice session in February 2005
Club Deportivo Badajoz is a Spanish football team based in Badajoz, in the autonomous community of Extremadura. Founded in 1905 and refounded in 2012, it held home games at Estadio Nuevo Vivero, with a 15, subsequently playing most of their history between the third and second divisions, the club achieved a consistent stay in the latter level during the 90s. Never quite good enough to reach La Liga,11 seasons in the division came to an end in 2004, with relegation to Segunda División B. In 2006, Badajoz was saved from folding by the president of a club from the city, AD Cerro de Reyes. On 1 July 2012 Badajoz was relegated to division four, due to a €70,000 debt contracted with its players during the 2011–12 season, being later disbanded through a liquidation process. After the dissolution, the club was refounded by the supporters with the name of Club Deportivo Badajoz 1905, CD Badajoz plays at Estadio Nuevo Vivero, which had a capacity of 15,200, expandable to 30,000. The stadium hosted two full internationals for the national team,20 seasons in Segunda División 17 seasons in Segunda División B32 seasons in Tercera División As of 2014 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Not to be confused with OFK Beograd. FK Beograd is a club based in Belgrade, Serbia. Until the mid-1990s they competed mostly in lower leagues, in the season 1996–97 they achieved promotion into the Second League of FR Yugoslavia. In 2000 they achieved promotion to the First League of FR Yugoslavia but they let Sartid Smederevo play instead and they competed in the second national tier until 2004 when they were relegated. Since then they have competed in the tier, the Serbian League Belgrade. 1 Championship abandoned officially on May 14,1999 due to the NATO attacks in FR Yugoslavia, krlja Radović Rus Vuković Miloš Stojiljković Official website Club profile and squad at Srbijafudbal
Bethesda Athletic F.C.
Bethesda Athletic F. C. is a football club based in the Welsh town of Bethesda, in northwest Wales. Bethesda Athletic was formed in 1946, although in 1919 a team known as Bethesda Comrades was playing in the North Wales Coast League and this name changed to Bethesda United and during the 1930s Bethesda Victoria were involved in North Wales football circles. Victoria won the North Wales Combination and NWCFA Cup in 1931-31, Athletic also enjoyed some good runs in the Welsh Cup, the English F. A. Cup, and the English F. A. Trophy. A long Welsh Cup run in 1960 saw wins over Nantlle Vale, Penmaenmawr, in 1976 they beat Oswestry Town but were knocked out by Bangor City at Farrar Road. The score was 4-2 goals from Broadhead, Olney and John Hughes for Bangor, Bangor Eales, McClelland, Lunn, Elliott, Lawther, K. Williams, Atherton, Broadhead, Olney, J. Hughes, D. In 1974 Bethesda knocked out South Liverpool in the Qualifying rounds of The FA Cup but were beaten by Rhyl in a second replay after two drawn matches. In 1990 when fellow Welsh Alliance members Fflint, Conwy, Porthmadog and Connah’s Quay joined the newly formed Cymru Alliance, nine years later, and after two successive championships and upgrading their ground, Bethesda stepped up to the second tier of Welsh football - the Cymru Alliance. Bethesda Athletic disbanded and resigned from the Welsh Alliance league in September 2012 due to various circumstances, Bethesda returned for 2013/2014 season but finished bottom of the Welsh Alliance league 2 with just 6 points
Bloxwich United A.F.C.
For the club that existed between 2001 and 2002, see Bloxwich United F. C. Bloxwich United A. F. C. was a football club based in Bloxwich, England. Prior to 2008 the club was called Birchills United, in the 2007–08 season, they were champions of the West Midlands League Division One. The club resigned midway through the 2012–13 season and folded, the club was formed by Michael Moseley, Steve Hinks, Jason Moseley and Ian Mason in 2006. Starting life as members of the Wolverhampton Combination, they won all 20 league games as well as the Baker Cup, agreeing a deal to play at the Old Red Lion Ground in Bloxwich in the summer of 2007, they were accepted into the West Midlands League. Getting a place in the First Division because of their facilities, for the start of the 2008–09 season the club changed its name to Bloxwich United. In 2009, former Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Cooke signed for the club, West Midlands League Premier DivisionRunners-up 2008–09, 2009–10 West Midlands League Division OneChampions 2007–08 FA CupExtra Preliminary Round 2011–12 FA Vase Fourth Round 2010–11
FC Bremerhaven was a German association football club located in Bremerhaven, Bremen. The club was founded 1 June 1899 and soon merged with VfB1899 Lehe to become FC Bremerhaven-Lehe which was represented at the founding of the German Football Association at Leipzig in 1900. In 1917 FC merged with SC Sparta Bremerhaven to become Bremerhaven-Lehe SC Sparta until, in 1919, after World War II occupying Allied authorities ordered the disbanding of most organizations in Germany, including sports and football clubs. A combined Bremerhaven side was formed late in 1945 as SG Lehe-Nord which was renamed ATS Bremerhaven in 1947, two years later in 1949 SC Sparta Bremerhaven re-established an independent club out of ATS, followed by the re-establishment of VfB Lehe in 1953. ATS took on its identity as FC Bremerhaven in 1992. The clubs best recent appearances have been in the Regionalliga Nord in 1994–95 and 1999–2000 and in the Oberliga Niedersachsen/Bremen through the late 90s and in 2000–01 and they currently play in the Bremen-Liga, where they finished first in 2007–08 but were denied a Regionalliga licence. The club was dissolved on 30 June 2012, its football section joined Sparta Bremerhaven, which continues to play in the Bremen-Liga
A. C. Carpenedolo was an Italian association football club, based in Carpenedolo, Lombardy. A. C. Carpenedolo was founded in 1957, in the Serie C2 2007-08 regular season, Carpenedolo finished second in Girone A, and qualified for the promotion playoffs. At the end of the 2009-10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season the club was relegated to Serie D. It in the season 2010–11, from Serie D group D relegated, in the play-out, to Eccellenza Lombardy, but August 5,2011 it was later readmitted to Serie D to fill vacancies. In 2012 the sports title of the club was moved to Montichiari as F. C. Atletico Montichiari, in order to be a spiritual successor of A. C. Montichiari
S.S.D. Castel San Pietro Terme Calcio
Castel San Pietro Terme Calcio was an Italian association football club, based in Castel San Pietro Terme. In the season 2010–11 it was relegated from Serie D group D to Eccellenza Emilia–Romagna, the next season it finished 16th in group B and beat Faenza Calcio in the relegation playout, but was excluded from future editions of Eccellenza and subsequently folded. The club was founded in 1932 and was admitted to the Emilian leagues in 1934, Castel San Pietro played 2005/2006 in Serie C2/B, ending second-last placed, and then was relegated after playoffs. The teams colors were yellow and red
Asociación Deportiva Ceuta was a Spanish football team based in the autonomous city of Ceuta. Founded in 1996, its last ever season was 2011–12 in Segunda División B, holding home matches at Estadio Alfonso Murube, agrupación Deportiva Ceuta, another team from the city, was founded in 1972 and folded in 1991. The club played once in the Segunda División, in 1980–81, on 1 July 2012, Ceuta was relegated to the Tercera División for unpaid wages to its players. After 2011–12 season, the club was relegated to Regional Preferente de Ceuta due to unpaid wages from the previous season. Shortly after, club was disbanded with a €600,000 total debt, the Ceuta-Melilla derby was between Ceuta and UD Melilla. The two clubs travelled to each other via the Spanish mainland to avoid entering Morocco,14 seasons in Segunda División B2 seasons in Tercera División Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, official website Futbolme team profile Unofficial website
Chirag United Club Kerala
Chirag United Club Kerala, formerly Viva Kerala Football Club, was an Indian professional football club based in the city of Kochi, Kerala India. The club was formed in 2004, as Viva Kerala FC. They played in the I-League, the top tier of Indian Football, Chirag United Club Kerala was formed on 8 August 2004. The club officially took off on 19 August in a ceremony at the FACT grounds, the club was formed by group of businessmen who felt the need for the states representation in countrys top football league, the National Football League. Viva Keralas name is the result of a contest, won by Dr. P Ramakrishnan of Ernakulam, in 2007 the opportunity for a NFL spot came in the way of Second Division NFL. Viva surprised everyone by finishing second in its group and qualified for the final phase, in the final phase, Viva Kerala finished as runners-up of the Second Division NFL to book their place in the I-League 2007–08 on 6 April 2007. The club were relegated back to 2nd division at the end of I-league 2007–08. Then the next season Viva Kerala were promoted back to the I-League for the 2009–10 season, in 2010 it was announced that I-League clubs needed to complete the AFC club licensing criteria. In order to do so, Viva had signed P. K Kunhikrishnan as the new Head coach, then in August 2011 it was announced that Chirag Computers would be the new majority owners and with doing so changed the club name to Chirag United Club Kerala. Chirag were knocked out of the Federation Cup in the stages after losing all three group D matches. Following this the coach, K. P. Kunhikrishan was replaced by Sri Lankan coach Pakir Ali, but following poor run in I-League, Pakir was sacked in February and Biswajit Bhattacharya was appointed as the technical director and was put in charge of the team. Chirag finished 12th in 2011–12 I-League season but ended up being relegated as Pailan Arrows who finished 13th were exempted from relegation as they are a developmental team. Reports also suggested that the failed to pay their players salary due to sponsorship amount not being released from Chirag Computers to the club. The Chirag Crest is a background with a coconut tree behind in the background with the words Chirag United Kerala on the front. Ever since their creation Chirag United Kerala have played in multiple stadiums and they then after getting bought by Chirag Computers decided to move to the Kaloor International Stadium in Kochi which boasts a capacity of 75,000 and has working floodlights. In 2011–12 season of I-League, Kaloor International Stadium in Kochi will host 8 matches and 5 matches will be hosted by University stadium in state capital Trivandrum, the club sense founding was ran by Musli Power X-tra mainly due the Power X-tra being major sponsors of the team. In July 2011 after not signing for then Viva Kerala, Chirag Computers came in and brought full stake in the club, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules
The DVV Coburg was a German association football club from the town of Coburg, Bavaria. Coburg became part of Bavaria in 1920, after the First World War, the club was formed in 2000, when VfB Coburg merged with local side DJK/Viktoria Coburg. Of the three clubs, VfB was by far the most notable, spending 21 seasons in the tier three Fußball-Bayernliga from 1952 to 1984, the club also made a single appearance in the DFB-Pokal in 1977–78, losing 3–0 at fellow amateurs TuS Langerwehe. DVV was disbanded on 30 June 2012, having declared insolvency in June 2011 owing Euro 118,000 to the German tax department, the club was succeeded by FC Coburg, which took over the league place of DVV. The club was formed in 1907 as Coburger FC before becoming VfB sometime before 1920 and they were joined by FC Germania Coburg in 1923 and by FC Viktoria Coburg in 1933. As FC they took part in the round of the regional central German league in 1914. Historically part of the state of Thuringia, Coburg voted in a plebiscite in 1920 to join the state of Bavaria. However, VfB continued to compete as part of central region football and again in 1929 took part in the VMVB playoffs, germanys historical regional leagues were replaced by 16 new regional top-flight divisions in 1933 and Coburg finally became part of Bavarian competition. The team won promotion to the Gauliga Bayern for a season in 1936–37. They failed in attempts in 1938 and 1941. Early in 1942, during World War II, they were merged with the military club Wehrmacht SV Coburg to play as the wartime side Kriegspielgemeinschaft Coburg. As the war progressed play in the Gauliga Bayern was broken up into a number of small local divisions before being abandoned in late 1944 as the conflict overtook the area. The club became a member of the Amateurliga Nordayern, the division of the Bayernliga, in 1952, playing the next ten seasons in the league until 1962. In this era, the club achieved two fourth-place finishes as its best result, in 1957–58 and 1958–59, as a newcomer, the club took out the league championship in 1967 and earned another promotion. After a third-place finish in the Landesliga in 1971–72, the won the league the following year and was romoted once more. Coburg was back in the Bayernliga for five consecutive seasons again but, except for the first year, in the Landesliga, from 1978 to 1982, VfB played a leading role, improving season by season, and earned promotion again at the end of the 1981–82 season. Back for its last stint in the Bayernliga, Coburg finished tenth in 1982–83 but came 19th in the following year, the club was still a strong side in the Landesliga after 1984, finishing in the top half of the league for the next four seasons. At the end of the 1988–89 season however it fell to regional play and it spent three seasons there before returning to the Landesliga in 1992
Dalian Shide F.C.
Dalian Shide was a former professional Chinese football club based in Dalian, Liaoning province, China who played in Chinas football league system between 1955 to 2012. Their home stadiums were the 55,843 capacity Dalian Peoples Stadium, the club won their first major silverware when they won the 1992 domestic cup title. The tycoon Xu Ming and the Shide Group would go on to take over the club rename it Dalian Shide, the club was founded as Dalian Shipyards in 1955. After the 1982 season the local Dalian government took over its ownership, the club immediately became a major force within the second tier and eventually win promotion to the top level in 1984 when they won the division title. Soon afterwards the Chinese Football Association started to demand full professionalism, Dalian went on to be one of the first fully professionalised clubs in China on July 3,1992. They gained sponsorship in 1993 from the China Hualu group and then the Dalian Wanda Group on March 8,1994 who changed the name to Dalian Wanda FC. With Wang Jianlin and the support of his company the Dalian Wanda Group taking full ownership of the club. On January 9,2000 Wang Jianlin sold Dalian to Xu Ming and the Shide Group for 120 million Yuan, the new owners brought in Serbian Milorad Kosanović as their new manager and win another league title in the 2000 league season. In 2008, Dalian Shide selected a number of players from its academy to play in a team in the S. League in Singapore. On 14 February 2010, Zhang Yalin died of lymphoma in Dalian, Liaoning, aged 28, on 30 November 2012, Dalian Shide were acquired by Aerbin Group and merged into Dalian Aerbin F. C. In 1997 the club moved to the recently built 31,000 seat multi-use Jinzhou Stadium in Dalian,26 – Zhang Yalin, Midfielder, 2000–2009 posthumous. The number was retired in March 2010, managers who have coached the club and team since the team became a professional club back in July 3,1992 All-time honours list including amateur period. ^3, Deduct 3 points for abandoning a match in protest of a referees call
Daventry United F.C.
Daventry United Football Club was an association football club based in Daventry, England. The club played in the United Counties League Premier Division, the club was established in 1968 as Ford Sports Daventry and were one of the youngest clubs in the United Counties Football League in which they played since joining in 1977. They started in the Central Northants Combination where they had success with both the 1st and 2nd teams, in years they had to hire council pitches. In 1972 they moved to Royal Oak, in 1977 they finally joined the United Counties League. In 1979 they were promoted to Division One, Daventry United had reached the Third Round of the FA Vase twice in their history and after many years of hard work and recruiting better players they made it into the Premier Division in 1996. They had their best FA Cup run in 1998–99 under the coaches Richard Green and they eventually lost to Sutton United in a very hard fought match. Thereafter, The Motormen played in the United Counties Football League Premier Division until 2007 and they were relegated to Division One following the accepted promotion for AFC Kempston Rovers. The 2008–09 season saw them eventually claim promotion, after finishing runners-up on 64 points,12 points behind winners Peterborough Northern Star, after the Ford Motor Company withdrew the use of Royal Oak in 2010, the club had been ground sharing at Community Park. The club folded at the end of the 2011–12 season
FC Enerhetyk Burshtyn
FC Enerhetyk Burshtyn was a professional Ukrainian football club based in Burshtyn, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast. The club was formed in 1948 and was previously called Avanhard, the club played in the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast league and in the 1990s and after steadily improving they won the Oblast Championship in 1998. They also entered the Ukrainian Amateur Championships and were undefeated champions in that season, the club was granted entry into the Ukrainian Professional Leagues in the next season in the Ukrainian Second League. They competed in the Ukrainian First League struggling most of the time, with 2 games to play in the 2011–12 Ukrainian First League season the club president announced that due to insufficient funds the club would withdraw from the PFL. They had a farm-club FC Enerhetyk-Halychyna-2 Halych which plays in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast championship, the colors of the team were red and black
FC Dorostol Silistra
FC Dorostol is a Bulgarian football club based in Silistra, who currently plays at the Third League, the third division of Bulgarian football. Its home stadium Louis Ayer has a capacity of 12000 seats, club colors are blue and white. The club was founded in 1945. However it exists informally from 1902, which makes it the oldest Bulgarian football club, as of January 21,2012 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
FC JAX Destroyers
FC JAX Destroyers were an American soccer team based in Jacksonville, Florida, United States from 2011 to 2012. The organization had mens and womens franchises in the United Soccer Leagues, a team in the USL Premier Development League. They played their games at the Jacksonville University soccer field. The team was founded in 2010 by FC JAX Soccer to fill a gap in organized mens and womens soccer in Jacksonville. The organization was announced on April 21,2011 with plans for mens and womens franchises in the United Soccer Leagues. The mens team played from 2011–2012 in the USL Premier Development League and they played their home games at the newly renovated soccer field at Jacksonville University. Their first competitive game was on May 13,2011, a 3–1 loss to Mississippi Brilla, the womens team played in the W-League, the second tier of womens soccer in the American Soccer Pyramid, in the 2012 season. Their first game was on May 19, however, FC Jax Destroyers withdrew from the United Soccer Leagues before the 2013 season. Aidan Davison Eric Dutt Marc Osterberger Womens coach D. B, milne Field at Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida Official site Official PDL site The Gunners
FK Balkan Skopje
FK Balkan was a football club based in the city of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. The club was founded in 1921 and they played seven seasons in the Macedonian First League and finished third on two occasions, in 1992–93 and 1993–94. In 2012, the club was dissolved for the financial reasons, the main club rival was Sloga Jugomagnat, who shared the ground with them. Macedonian Republic League, Winners,1990 Club info at MacedonianFootball Football Federation of Macedonia Website
Foolad Mahan FSC
Foolad Mahan Sepahan Isfahan Futsal Club is part of Foolad Mahan Sepahan Sports Club in Iran. Foolad Mahan hosted the first AFC champions league tournament during March 4–12,2010, the club was originally known as Post Isfahan. In the 2007–08 Iranian Futsal Super League it was renamed Foolad Mahan due to change of sponsorship and they have been champions of the Iranian Futsal Super League twice, and have also won the AFC Futsal Club Championship once. The table below chronicles the achievements of the Club in various competitions, goals All-time Most Appearances, Player who has won most titles, Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, for details on former players, see Category, Foolad Mahan FSC players
Gap Hautes-Alpes Football Club was a French semi-professional association football club based in Gap, the capital city of the Hautes-Alpes department. The club was formed in 1970 as a result of a merger between Sporting Club Olympique Gapençais and CSL Louis Jean. In the clubs last season of play in 2011–12, the team finished bottom of the Championnat de France amateur Group C. The club achieved promotion to the Championnat National following the 2009–10 season, on 29 May 2000, Gap changed its name to its current version. Gap played its matches at the Stade Municipal de Gap located within the commune. The team was last managed by Patrick Bruzzichessi, in June 2012, the club was dissolved, having gone into receivership in December 2011 with debts of around €700,000. The following month a new club named Gap Foot 05, playing at the tier of the French football pyramid, was formed. Championnat de France amateur Champions,2010 Championnat de France amateur 2 Champions,2003 Division dHonneur Champions,2001 Official website
1. FC Gera 03
FC Gera 03 was a German association football club located in Gera, Thuringia. The club withdrew from the NOFV-Oberliga Süd during the 2011–12 season, the club was founded in 2003 through the merger of TSV1880 Gera-Zwötzen and SV1861 Liebschwitz. The club is made up largely of players who used to play in higher divisions wityh a large number coming from the two most successful Thuringian clubs, FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt and FC Carl Zeiss Jena, Gera won the Landesliga Thüringen in 2006–07 and gained promotion to the Oberliga. It lasted for three seasons in the Oberliga, was relegated in 2010 and won promotion back up in 2011. The club withdrew from the league during the 2011–12 season for reasons, became insolvent. Geras most notable success to date was their advance to the final of the 2007 TFV-Pokal where they lost to FC Carl Zeiss Jena. Despite their losing appearance the team qualified for the 2006–07 German Cup as Jena had already earned their place in that competition through their promotion to the 2. FC Kaiserslautern in the round and lost 0,2. FC Gera 03 play in the Stadion der Freundschaft which has a capacity of 16,800 spectators and they share the venue with 1. The best known footballer to have played for Gera 03 was Marco Weißhaupt, who went on to play in the Bundesliga for Hamburger SV, SC Freiburg, the club also has a womens football team, which plays at the Regionalliga level. The clubs honours, Thüringenliga, Winners, 2006–07, 2010–11 Thuringia Cup, Winners, 2006–07 Runners-up, 2005–06 Official Site
Gold Coast United FC
Gold Coast United FC was a professional soccer club based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It was officially announced as a team for the A-Leagues 2009–2010 season on 28 August 2008. It was the bid accepted by the league, with an unrelated bid known as Gold Coast Galaxy FC preceding it. The club was owned by Clive Palmer, the wealthiest man in Queensland until the FFA took over the clubs A-League licence in February 2012. In their first two A-League seasons, Gold Coast were one of the strongest clubs in the A-League, finishing in the top four on both occasions and making the finals series. Although in their season, the teams form dropped due to off-field instability surrounding player contracts, coaching staff. Since their inception, Gold Coast were criticised about their low attendance, in their first season, they averaged close to 5,500 people and in their second season, they averaged just under 3,300 people per game, making them the lowest attended team. On 29 February 2012, the FFA revoked Palmers Gold Coast United A-League licence, the Galaxy was strongly expected to join in the 2008–2009 season along with North Queensland Thunder, expanding the league to ten teams. Although the Galaxy bid appeared to have support, the Thunder bid appeared much less secure. The FFA determined on 11 March that neither team would be granted entry in the best interests of the league, without entry into 2008–2009 season, the players became free agents and could still sign for the 2009–2010 season depending on the terms of their next club contracts. The franchise was also linked at times with signing Nwankwo Kanu as their marquee player, the name Galaxy was an interim name and it was always undetermined whether or not that name would be used by the club as a permanent name. Galaxy was said to have ties to American Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy, indeed, in February 2008 there was even talk of David Beckham turning out for a pre-season match. The Galaxy consortium had planned to market the club deep into Northern New South Wales, once the FFA had decided not to have new franchises in 2008–2009, the focus turned to 2009–2010. The club was 70 percent owned by Clive Palmer, the richest man in Queensland, and the other 30 percent was owned by 3 unidentified men. On 3 June 2008, Fred Taplin announced that the Gold Coast Galaxy had dropped out of the race for the Gold Coast licence, the same day, FFA chief Ben Buckley confirmed that the Palmer consortium had succeeded in securing the franchise. On 6 June, Palmer signed a agreement with the FFA to field a team in the 2009–2010 season. The press conference was held at Robina Stadium, further reinforcing the suggestion that the new franchise will play at the 27,000 capacity stadium, Palmer declared that he would build a side capable of winning the League in its first season. On 9 April 2010 it was reported that Clive Palmer had ended his support of Gold Coast United
Goyang KB Kookmin Bank FC
Goyang KB Kookmin Bank FC was a South Korean football club based in the Seoul satellite city of Goyang. It played in the National League, the tier of Korean football. The club was dissolved in November 2012. Kookmin Bank FC was initially founded on September,1969 and competed in the amateur football competitions at the time. The clubs stay in the ranks was a short one. When it came in 8th out of the eight teams in 1984 the decision was made for the club to return to the amateur ranks, upon returning to the amateur ranks, the club returned to winning ways and managed Presidents Cup triumphs in 1986,1990 and 1995. It also won the 3rd edition of the Industrial Amateur Football championship in 1993, the financial crisis that struck South Korea in 1997 saw the club temporarily wound up, with the official decision to pull the plug on the team coming on December 31,1997. After two years out of the game, Kookmin Bank reconstituted their club on February 28,2000, organised league football at amateur level came about in 2003 with the establishment of the National League, a competition with ten members, of which Kookmin Bank were one. They defeated the team of military side Sangmu 5-4 on aggregate in the playoff final to win the league. They retained their crown in 2004 with a 4-1 aggregate win over Gangneung City FC after having again won the first stage of the league season. It was planned that, subject to meeting certain financial requirements, however Goyang Kookmin Bank caused controversy by winning the league but declining to move up. Team owners Kookmin Bank cited a Korean law where banks in Korea were not allowed to be involved in profitable ventures outside of banking which of course a professional team could be. However the more likely reason is the financial losses that most K-League teams endure each year as the league struggles for sponsorship money. On top of that any National League champion seeking promotion from the tier is required to pay an entry fee of around 2 million US dollars simply to join the league. Goyang Kookmin Bank received several threats from the League ranging from being out of the competition, to fines. In the end the side received a points penalty, to be split into ten point deductions in the first. As of 1 March 2012 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. List of football clubs in South Korea KB Kookmin Bank FC Anyang Goyang KB page at the National League website Goyang KB at ROKfootball. com
Grand-Lancy Football Club was a Swiss football team from Grand Lancy, they last playing in Liga 1. The 3rd tier in the Swiss football pyramid Group 1, the club was formed in 1943, they finished 2008/2009 season in 1st position resulting in Promotion to 1. In 2011 they reached the 2nd round of the Swiss Cup where they play against FC Luzern of the Swiss Super League. In summer 2012 was dissolved by Swiss Football Association, after the bankrupt of the club, the new club was founded with plays of Lancy Sports and Grand Lancy, as FC Lancy
Guerreros Acapulco was a Mexican football club that played in the Segunda División Profesional. The club was based in Acapulco de Juarez, Guerrero, Guerreros de Acapulco was formed by Grupo Pegaso which played in Cancún, Quintana Roo. They soon moved to Acapulco, Guerrero and then again to Oaxaca de Juárez. In the teams first three years they played at Unidad Deportiva Acapulco in Acapulco, Guerrero, however, the team and the state government were unable to agree on the teams business. The state government of Oaxaca had agreed to help them move, after one season, Guerreros de Acapulco disbanded in 2012. Salvador Carmona 2009-2012 Mario Pichojos Perez 2012 Estadio Unidad Deportiva Acapulco Estadio Benito Juárez Football in Mexico Official Page
Hatfield Main F.C.
Hatfield Main F. C. was an English football club based in Hatfield, South Yorkshire. The club was formed in the 1920s, entering the FA Cup for the first time in 1929 and they spent their early years in local Doncaster leagues. In 1955 they joined Division Two of the Yorkshire League, after finishing fourth in 1961–62 they were promoted to Division One, but were relegated at the end of the following season. In 1963–64 they finished second in Division Two and were promoted again, in 1972–73 they were promoted back to Division One, but were relegated back to Division Two at the end of the 1976–77 season. When the Yorkshire League merged into the Northern Counties East League in 1982, Two seasons later they were transferred to Division One Central, and in 1985–86 were placed in Division One. After finishing third in 1986–87 they were promoted to the Premier Division and they finished as runners-up in 1988–89, but the following season they finished bottom and were relegated. In 1994–95 they won Division One and were promoted back to the Premier Division, in 1998 they finished bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated. In 2003 they pulled out of the NCEL and rejoined the Doncaster & District Senior League and they won the Division One title in 2004 and won promotion to the Premier Division, and in 2005 they joined the Central Midlands League. Hatfield spent five years in the CMFL, in time they won promotion to the Supreme Division. After two further years in the D&DSL the club resigned, and disbanded after nearly 90 years of existence, the Welfare Ground is now used by Dunscroft United in the D&DSL. Best FA Cup performance, 2nd Qualifying Round, 1930–31, 1968–69, 1972–73 Best FA Trophy performance, 2nd Qualifying Round, 1973–74, 1975–76 Best FA Vase performance, 4th Round, 1983–84, 1987–88
U.S.D. Irsinese Calcio Matera
Irsinese Calcio Matera was an Italian association football club located in Irsina, Basilicata. The club was founded on July 22,2009 when Fortis Murgia Irsina acquired the title of Azzurra Tricarico in Eccellenza Basilicata. In the 2009–10 season Fortis Murgia won this league and the Coppa Italia Eccellenza and was promoted to Serie D where it played its matches in Altamura. In summer 2011 the club merged with Real Irsina, a club playing in Promozione Basilicata, on 16 December 2011 it was renamed U. S. D. In summer 2012 its sports title of Serie D was transferred to Matera Calcio and its colors were white and blue. It played at the Stadio XXI Settembre - Franco Salerno, in Matera, which has a capacity of 8,500
NK Karlovac was a Croatian football club based in the town of Karlovac. Karlovac played their matches at Stadion Branko Čavlović-Čavlek. Traditionally lower-level minnows, the clubs most successful period in the Yugoslav football league system was in the 1970s when they competed in the Yugoslav Second League. After the breakup of Yugoslavia and the formation of the Croatian football league system in 1992 Karlovac spent most of the playing in Druga HNL and Treća HNL, second. Led by manager Igor Pamić, Karlovac won consecutive promotions in the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons, after sixth place in debut season in 1. HNL and equally good second season, financial troubles during 2011–12 season hit Karlovac hard and they faced relegation to second division but due to financial irregularities, Karlovac was suspended by Croatian Football Federation. In summer of 2012, NK Karlovac 1919 was founded as a successor club, founded in 1919 as NK Borac, they changed their name in 1920 to NŠK Karlovac. This lasted until 1941 when they merged with local sides to form ŠK Velebit. Following World War II Velebit was disbanded and re-established as FD Udarnik, Igor Pamić Srećko Lušić Damir Petravić Krešimir Ganjto Sanjin Lucijanić