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Tapiray no. 41 - U.S. Catanzaro (Italy)

From 2005/06 season

A lower league side in Italy, Catanzaro were founded 1929 and have never reached the dizzy heights of Serie A. But after 12 years down in Serie C2, successive promotions in 2002/03 and then from Serie C1 in 2003/04 brought them into Serie B, where they have been averaging home crowds of about 9,000.

Although they currently play in red and yellow stripes, Catanzaro aren't as 'traditional' as Thistle in this respect and, particularly in recent years, have played in various guises, everything from predominatly red, yellow or blue strips, white with red shorts, red and yellow halves just like our 'jester' top, red and yellow hoops, a strange gold kit, and even a retro-style plain red and yellow stripes with black shorts.

Links: Official site

Suggested by: Forbes Crawford, Steve Gabb, Martin De Cecco, Adam Lockyer

Tapiray no. 42 - Deportivo Pereira (Colombia)

2004/05 home top

2004/05 home topDeportivo Pereira are a Colombian team from the city of Pereira (population 570,000). Founded in 1944, they play in the 35,000 capacity Estadio Hernan Ramirez Villegas, which is the main building in the "Villa Olimpica" neighborhood, and has hosted major football matches from the Copa America and several international tournaments.

They are one of 18 teams that play in Colombia's top league, the Copa Mustang, and although they currently sit in a healthy 4th place (May 2006) they've never been champions of their domestic league.

Links: Unofficial site

Suggested by: Jim Whitson

Tapiray no. 43 - Aramaeer Heilbronn (Germany)

In action from 2005

Possibly the most obscure team yet, Aramaeer Heilbronn, from Heilbronn (population 120,000) in the south west of Germany nearStuttgart. They play in the Kreisliga B on a local level, which is the 9th (and bottom) division in the German pyramid system.

The club is part of the cultural network of the Aramaic community in Germany. They are an ethnic and religious minority from Turkey, claiming to have an enormously long history (Jesus spoke Aramaic), and they are Syric-Orthodox Christians. Many have fled to Germany because of persecution in Turkey.

Links: Official website

Provided by: Stefan Dietrich

Tapiray no. 44 - Sant Andreu (Spain)

Team captain before a game in 2005

A lower league Spanish side, Sant Andreu come from the outskirts of Barcelona and like a number of teams from this area, their red and yellow colours come from the Catalonian flag. They were formed in 1907 and most of their time has been spent in the Spanish third division although their strongest period came in the 50's and 60's when they were one of the top sides in the second division.

In the 2004-05 season they were promoted from their regional third division group onto the second division B which is the third tier in the Spanish football pyramid. They play in the Camp Municipal Narcís Sala, which has a capacity of 18,000, but their crowds don't reach normally the 3000 mark. There are 9 clubs from Catalonia in their division this season, but Sant Andreu's derby games are against Terrasssa and Barca's nursery side Barcelona B.

Links: Official website

Thanks to: Mario Iglesias and GrantB