“football is war”, which is a classic saying of Michels, the late famous Dutch head coach. From Michels’ words, we can vividly realize that football match is full of cruelty like war. Compared with Michels’ famous words, some teams in world football are really related to the army, because they are basically funded and established by the military of a country, and the names of the teams are “outstanding achievements”.
7. Singapore Armed Forces
Singapore Armed Forces Football Club
in this year’s Asian Champions League, the name of one team is particularly eye-catching, that is, the Singapore Armed Forces. Although the team is at the bottom of this year’s Asian Champions League group G, they are the “leading brother” in Singapore. The predecessor of the armed forces is a comprehensive sports club. Before the establishment of the Singapore professional league in 1996, they won three domestic titles (1978, 1981 and 1986) and three Cup titles (1975, 1984 and 1986). Since the advent of the professional league, the armed forces has never fallen out of the top four, and has won the championship seven times to become the best team in the Singapore League. It is worth mentioning that the chairman of the armed forces club is still a colonel.
6. Royal Thai Air Force FC
in 1915, the Thai Air Force was established. In 1937, the Thai Air Force founded the Royal Air Force football team. The unique military background has attracted a large number of talents. The strength of the Royal Air force is significantly higher than that of its opponents. It has won the Royal cup of Thailand for 16 times in history. It is the team that has won the championship the most times. From 1957 to 1963, it created the great cause of seven consecutive titles of the league. After the Thai Super League came out in 1996, the Royal Air Force won the championship in 1997 and 1999. However, after the end of the 2003-2004 season, the Royal Air Force was unfortunately relegated to the Serie A and is still working hard to upgrade.
5. China’s Bayi team
in 1951, the Sports Industry Brigade of the Chinese people’s Liberation Army established the Bayi Football Team in Beijing. The team name comes from the founding date of the people’s Liberation Army – August 1, which is the earliest professional football team since the founding of new China. At the beginning of the establishment of the team, all adult members of the Bayi team were soldiers with military ranks and were subject to military management. Players such as Li Fusheng, Jia Xiuquan and Hao Haidong are representatives who grew up under the banner of the Bayi army. The tenacious fighting spirit made this military team achieve good results. It won the first National Games championship in 1959 and the National League Championship in 1981 and 1986. On December 26, 2003, the Bayi Football team announced its dissolution after the relegation of the last generation a, and the Bayi Football Team no longer exists. After the demotion, the Bayi team experienced several equity and team name changes, such as Bayi Jinsui, Bayi Zhenbang and Bayi Xiangtan. At the end of 2003, Shanghai Hengyuan Football Club acquired the youth team under the age of 19 of Bayi team and set its home in Nanchang Bayi stadium. The team name was changed to Nanchang Bayi Hengyuan football team.
4. Moscow torpedo team
FC Torpedo Moscow
in 1924, the workers of a torpedo Arsenal in Moscow formed a football team, and the name of the team continues to use the weapon “torpedo” produced by the arsenal. Today, it is on the team emblem“ Торпедо” (Russian torpedo) the logo is still eye-catching. After years of development, “torpedo” gradually showed great power. Before the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the torpedo team won three league titles (1960, 1965 and 1976). In 1960, the torpedoes won the league and cup double, and the team’s players Valentin Ivanov and metlevelli also participated in the first European Cup as the national team’s striker Gemini. Ivanov scored twice in the semi-finals, and the Soviet Union won Czechoslovakia 3:0. In the final, in the case of falling behind 0:1, mettleveli equalized the score in the 49th minute to help the team turn defeat into victory 2:1. In recent years, the strength of the torpedo team has declined significantly. In 2006, this old team was unfortunately demoted from the Russian Super League, and now it has been reduced to the fourth level league in Russia.
3. Sofia central army
PFC CSKA Sofia
on May 5, 1948, the then Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party established the Sofia Central Army. Relying on a strong political system, the team quickly recruited a large number of excellent players. In 1948, Sofia central army won the league title from Sofia Levski, the last two champions, and began to dominate bulgarian football. So far, the army team has won the League Championship 31 times, ranking first among all teams. In the first round of the Champions League in 1973-1974, the army team was a big surprise. It eliminated Ajax, the previous three champions, 0:1 away and 2:0 at home. The two most famous stars in bulgarian football history came from the team – in the 1989-1990 season, stoychkov won the European golden boot award with 38 goals, and has established his position in the Jianghu since then; In 1998, Berbatov made his career debut in the central army of Sofia. Ten years later, he joined Manchester United for £ 30.75 million, setting a record for the transfer fee of Bulgarian players.
2. Belgrade guerrillas
there are many football teams named after guerrillas in Eastern Europe, among which the most famous is Belgrade guerrillas. During the “World War II”, the Yugoslav guerrillas were regarded as the most active and courageous fighting team against the “Nazis” on the European battlefield. The classic war films “bridge” and “Walter defending Sarajevo” truly reproduce that history. On October 4, 1945, the Yugoslav people’s Army established the Belgrade guerrilla football team. The team’s style of play is the same as the team name and inherits the heroic and tenacious style of the guerrillasThe team not only won the League Championship 21 times (including before and after the disintegration of Yugoslavia), but also created many firsts: bravely won the first club league title of Yugoslavia after the war in 1947; In 1966, it became the first Eastern European team to reach the European Champions League final… It is worth mentioning that in 1988, Chinese players Jia Xiuquan and Liu haiguang joined the team by means of public study abroad.
1. Moscow Central Army
PFC CSKA Moscow
in 1911, a ski club named “olls Moscow team” was established in Moscow, and the team gradually developed into a comprehensive sports club. In 1928, at the initiative of the Soviet Union, the Ministry of defense established a football club called the Moscow Central Army, whose predecessor was the “olls Moscow team”. After World War II, with the influence of the army, the central army recruited a number of top players. Because the ranks of the main players are above lieutenant, the team is also known as “Lieutenant corps”.
in 1949, the “Lieutenant corps” won the League Championship from 1946 to 1951. In 1952, the Soviet team with the central army as the main body participated in the Helsinki Olympic Games, but the poor record made the Soviet leadership feel ashamed. On August 18, the Committee of ministers signed executive order No. 793 and dissolved the team. Although the team was rebuilt two years later, it failed to recover in the following decades. After the opening of the Russian Super Screen in 2001, the economic recovery ushered in a new life for the team. With the support of the behind the scenes boss Abramovich, the army team won three league titles (2003, 2005 and 2006), won the European Union cup in 2005 and became the first Russian team to reach the top of the European war. Today’s army team has become a window of Russian football. The media wrote: “the new Red Army revitalizes Russian football!”.