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Tapiray no. 45 - Andorra (national team)

Strip from 2005

Andorra is a principality situated in the East Pyrenees between France and Spain and has just 66,000 inhabitants, making it one of the smallest members of FIFA. They are also one of the youngest countries in international football, having only joined FIFA in 1996.

They've participated twice in each of the qualifying rounds for the European Championships and World Cup, not surprisingly with little success. But although they finished bottom of their World Cup 2006 qualifying group, a 1-0 home win against Macedonia in October 2004 was their first ever competitive victory and they followed that up with draws against Macedonia and Finland. For the Euro 2008 qualifiers, they've unfortunately ditched the red and yellow strip pictured here, and instead now sport a predominately red strip with a yellow and blue band across one shoulder.

Links: Andorra Football Federation

Suggested by: Douglas MacKay

Tapiray no. 46 - Messina (Italy)

Football Club Messina Peloro SRL are an Italian club based (funnily enough) in the Sicilian city of Messina (population 250,000). Known as the Biancoscudati (white shields) due to their predominantly white shirts with red, yellow and black flashes (it is their second choice kit which is red and yellow to reflect the city's colours), Messina were founded in 1900 as Messina FC and have changed their name several times settling on their current name in 1996, after they were relegated to the Eccellenza regional league following financial problems.

After a remarkable five promotions in eight seasons, they returned to Serie A in 2004 after an absence of 39 years, but although they stayed up in their first season, in 2006 they only avoided the drop as a result of Serie A's match-fixing scandal,keeping their place in the league at the expense of Juventus.

Messina's most famous player is Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci. The bug-eyed Italia 90 Golden Boot winner played for the club between 1982 and 1989 before moving to Juventus for £3.5m. A fee which remains a club record to this day.

Links: Official website

Written by: Ross Nisbet

Tapiray no. 47 - Siggiewi F.C. (Malta)

The U16 squad

An amatuer team from the Maltese Third Division, Siggiewi FC (from the town of the same name) were founded in 1945, a totally obscure addition to TAPIRAY, so much so that's about all we can find about them! They also run two youth teams and it's the U16 side that are pictured here.

Links: Youth team website

Thanks to: Knut A. Berg

Tapiray no. 48 - Beijing Ba-Yi (China)

BaYi home top from 2000

A former Chinese league side - we've taken that long to add them to the site that they are now defunct! - they were formed in 1951 by the People's Liberation Army and were originally based in Beijing.

However, when the Chinese Super League was formed in 1994, Bayi moved its home city almost every year (and therefore changed their name) for financial reasons, and they were eventually disbanded by the army in 2003.

Suggested by: Michael McLaren