Founded in 1921, in the small French town of Martigues about 40km west of Marseille on the Mediterranean coast. They currently play in the French CFA leagues (outside the top two professional divisions) against other 'amatuer' sides and the reserve sides of top flight clubs like Monaco and Marseille.
The high points in their history have been two quarter-final appearances in the French Cup, the most recent in 2003 when Paris St Germain denied them the chance to play in their first ever semi-final, and they won the CFA Second Division on one occasion back in 1992. Their most famous player is probably former Manchester City star Ali Benarbia, who started his career with Martigues in 1988 before going on to play for Monaco and Paris SG.
Links: FC Martigues Forever
Suggested by: Fiona Clark, Stephane Charrier, Stephen Mulrine, Ian Jack, Martin de Cecco, Adam Lockyer
Gozo is a tiny island on the North West coast of Malta, 9 miles wide with a population of around 25,000, but amazingly it has enough football teams to fill two leagues! Football is the most popular sport on the island, and the Gozo Football Association was founded in 1936 with the first competitive league taking place that same year.
Zebugg Rovers first played in the Gozitan 2nd division in 1976/77, finishing in last place, having won only one game all season (ring any bells!!?). However, they've risen from the depths to a mighty 2003/04 season, where they won the Noel Vassallo Cup, the Freedom Day Cup and were crowned champions of the Gozitan First Divison, losing only two games all season (so there's hope for the Jags yet!).
Official website: www.zebbuggozo.com
Suggested (and written by): Steve Slack
A club from the South American country of Ecuador, Aucas (or Sociedad Deportiva Aucas to give them their full title) were founded in 1945 and are one of four teams from the capital city Quito. They are known as the "oriental team" or the "people's idol", and their 25,000 capacity stadium Chillogallo is known as the "Southern cauldron".
Their only major trophy was the Quito championship in 1959 but they have recovered from a bad spell in the 80's, and are now pushing for the title along with Barcelona and Emelec. Apparently their fanbase comes from the working class people of the capital compared with the other teams in the city, Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito (known simply as Liga) are usually the top team, they are the current champions and are also in the next phase of Copa Libertadores, the major club tournement in South America.
Official site: www.aucas.com
Suggested by: Stephen Canale, Michael McLaren & additional info from Mario Iglesias
Spanish La Liga side Valencia usually have a predominately white strip, but their club badge features red and yellow, inspired by the flag of the Valencian Community, and in season 2004/05, to honour the 25th anniversary of their Copa del Rey win over Real Madrid in 1979, a decade in which they wore red and yellow, their away kit reflected those colours.
Founded in 1919 they have played in their famous Mestalla stadium (capacity 55,000) since 1923. Apart from a spell in the early 80's when financial difficulties contributed to their relegation to the Second Division, Valencia have always been one of the top Spanish sides. They have six domestic league and cup titles, the most recent in 2004 when they pipped Barcelona for the league title. They have had a fair amount of success in Europe too, and made it a league and cup double in 2004 by winning the UEFA Cup, defeating Marseille in the final, and also won the European Super Cup, defeating Porto in August 2004.
Official site: www.valenciacf.es
Suggested by: Stuart Robertson, Alasdair Shaw, Alasdair Macdonald