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Tapiray no. 73 - Perpignan Canet FC (France)

Perpignan senior team

From the town of Perpignan is a team very much in the shadow of its two bigger neighbours. However, unlike Thistle, it's not other football teams that Perpignan Canet have to contend with, but two rugby clubs. Perpignan is very much a rugby stronghold and the two big professional teams in the town are USA Perpignan (union) and Catalan Dragons (league).

The football team we feature here are very much an amateur side, and the only thing they have in common with their professional neighbours is that they also take their colours from the Catalan flag (the town of Perpignan is in the Northern Catalonia region of France near the Spanish border). Founded in 1934 as Club Olympique Perpignan, they play in the regional Languedoc-Roussillon league, roughly the 7th tier of French football.

Links: Official site (French)

Suggested by: Adam Lockyer.

Tapiray no. 74 - Football Club Igea Virtus Barcellona (Italy)

2008 home kit

An Italian football club, Igea or Barcellona as they are more commonly known, are from the small town of Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto in Sicily. They were founded in 1964 as Associazione Sportiva Nuova Igea, and changed to their current name 1993.

They play in the 5,000 capacity Stadio Carlo Stagno D'Alcontres and are currently in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (formerly known as Serie C2), which is the fourth division of Italian football. Their best ever season came in 2001-02, when they finished 2nd, but in recent years they have been struggling to avoid relegation.

Links: Official site (Italian)

Suggested by: Ian K Jack & Andy Carter.

Tapiray no. 75 - Tyresö FF (Sweden)

2008/09 kit

Tyresö FF are a semi-professional Swedish football club from the municipality of Tyresö near Stockholm. They were founded in 1971 and play in the Division 3 Södra Svealand, which is the 5th level of the football league system in Sweden.

They play in the 3,000 capacity Bollmoravallen stadium, and apart from the fact they also have a women's team, that's all the information I can unearth on them!

Links: Official site (Swedish)

Suggested by: Adam Lockyer.

Tapiray no. 76 - Ravenna Calcio (Italy)

Ravenna in action in 2008

Ravenna Calcio are an Italian side from the town of Ravenna near Rimini on the Italian Adriatic coast. They play in the 12,000 capacity Stadio Bruno Benelli, and are currently mid-table in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione (the third division, formerly known as Serie C1).

Founded in 1913 as Ravenna, they've spent most of their history in the third tier (and below) of Italian football, although in the 1990's they twice made it to Serie B before financial problems hit them in 2001 and consequently their league status was revoked by the Italian FA. They reformed as Ravenna Calcio and four promotions in six years helped them back to Serie B, although this time they lasted just the one season.

Former Italian international striker Christian Vieri is their most famous former player, at the age of 21 he spent one season with them in Serie B, but his 12 goals weren't enough to keep them up.

Links: Official site (Italian)

Suggested by: Stef Robb & Martin De Cecco.