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Stalybridge Celtic, Bower Fold

Stalybridge is a town nestled in the foothills of the Pennines to the East of Greater Manchester, historically part of Cheshire. One of the first centres of textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution when a water-powered cotton mill was first built there in 1776, the town is home of former Football League club Stalybridge Celtic…. Continue Reading →

Hansa Rostock, Ostseestadion

Rostock is the third largest town on Germany’s Baltic Coast after Kiel and Lübeck, the former East German port with a population of just over 200,000 is probably most famous for being a member of the Hanseatic League. The League was a commercial and defensive group of merchant guilds in cities across Northern Europe running… Continue Reading →

Hitchin Town, Top Field

The market town of Hitchin around 40 miles North of central London is your typical small Home Counties town. A leafy suburbia set in North Hertfordshire, the tow has a population of around 33,000 and has a long history of football. Hitchin FC were formed in 1865 and competed in the inaugural FA Cup in… Continue Reading →

Ijsselmeervogels, Sportpark de Westmaat

Spakenburg is a village in the centre of the Netherlands with a population of just short of 20,000. The fishing village is unremarkable, seemingly normal until Derby Day comes around. Be it Ijsselmeervogels in their 8,000 capacity ground or Spakenburg in their 8,500 capacity ground, Derbies are fiercely contested and always sold out. On Derby… Continue Reading →

FK Dukla Praha, Stadion Juliska

When Half Man Half Biscuit released All I Want For Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit in 1987, the Czechoslovakian giants were already well known due to their exploits in European competition. The previous season, the Army club of Czechoslovakia had reached the semi-finals of the Cup Winners Cup losing 4-1 on aggregate to… Continue Reading →

Genoa, Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Genoa the 9 times Champions of Italy are the country’s oldest active football club. Formed in 1893 as the Genoa Cricket and Athletic Club the club initially focused on, surprisingly cricket and athletics. It was however under the guidance of James Richardson Spensley football came to prominence. Richard Spensley took the role as Player Manager… Continue Reading →

Dynamo Kyiv, NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium

Soviet Giants Dynamo Kyiv were formed in 1927 as part of the Dynamo Sports Society as the club of the GPU – Soviet Political Police. The GPU was the predecessor of the KGB, the USSR’s famed security agency from 1954 to the fall of communism in 1991. The club is synonymous with the “Death Match”… Continue Reading →

Valencia, Mestalla

Valencia are arguably Spain’s third biggest club, with 50,000 season ticket holders and 20,000 supporters on a waiting list for season tickets. Formed in 1919 the club really started achieving success on a national scale after the Spanish Civil War. The club in the 1940’s won three La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey… Continue Reading →

Vasco da Gama, Estádio São Januário

Much like their cross city rivals, Vasco were formed as a rowing club in 1898 opening up their sporting club to football 17 years later. Named after the Portuguese explorer, Vasco have a large support base in the Portuguese community around Rio. The Gigante da Colina were at the forefront of the battle for diversity… Continue Reading →

Flamengo, Maracanã

Flamengo the current Champions of South America were formed initially as a bit of a rubbish rowing club. In 1895 a group of rowers decided to enter a rowing competition as a way to impress the posh lasses of Rio. The lads managed to cobble together enough money to buy a boat that was so… Continue Reading →

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