Malatyaspor are a Turkish Second Division side from the town of Malatya in southeastern Turkey. Last season they finished bottom of the TFF First League and so will play in the third tier of Turkish football in 2009, the first time in 30 years they've dropped to the bottom league in Turkey. It's their second relegation in four years after they were relegated from the top division, the Süper Lig, in 2006. That was one of two spells they've had in the Süper Lig, and their highest ever league finish was back in the late eighties when they finished third behind Besiktas and champions (and fellow TAPIRAY) Galatasaray.
Suggested by: Tommy McMillan, Stephen Logan & Martin De Cecco.
he Mozambique national football team is another entrant that's a bit of a stretch, as although they sometimes play with a bit of yellow in their kit, their colours are simply red and black (as you can see from this recent photo of their U20 team). However, the old style 1980s shirt pictured here, gives them a good enough shout to be included in TAPIRAY! Nicknamed 'the Mambas', they only gained independance from Portugal in the mid-70's and since their foundation in 1978, they've never qualified for the World Cup Finals, but have made it to the African Nations Cup three times in their short history. The most famous player from this former Portuguese colony is none other than Eusébio, who although born in Mozambique, spent much of his life in Portugal with Benfica and of course represented the Portuguese national side.
Suggested by: Richard (Sheffield).
Nicknamed the Red Devils, the Belgian national football team have always played in a predominantley red strip, but with their red, yellow and black national flag, they are probably the easiest national side to pick for inclusion in TAPIRAY. They are currently ranked a rather lowly 63 in the Fifa rankings (Scotland are 24th), but they have been as high as 16, however the golden age of the Belgian national side came before those rankings were introduced, in the 1980's to early 1990's.
They finished as runners-up in the European Championships back in 1980 but it was the World Cup where they impressed. They qualified for the World Cup finals six times in succession from 1982, with a fourth place in the 1986 Mexico World Cup (losing 0-2 to eventual champions Argentina in the semi-final) their best ever finish. They were strong performers in subsequent finals, although they never made it to the latter stages again. Notable players during this spell were Michel Preud'homme (elected best keeper of the 1994 tournament) and midfielder Enzo Scifo, who was voted best young player of the 1986 tournament and second best player of the 1990 finals behind German legend Lothar Matthäus. They have failed to qualify for the last three European/World Cup Finals and currently lie 4th in their WC 2010 qualifying group and look destined to miss out again.
Links: Belgian FA
Suggested by: W.T.Ferguson.
FK Radnicki Obrenovac is a football club from the town of Obrenovac, in Serbia. Most people have probably heard of Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade (from their days of representing Yugoslavia in European competitions), and as Obrenovac is just 30km south of the Serbian capital and with a population of less than 80,000, understandably it's football team are mere minnows in comparison. They play in Serbia's third league the Srpska Liga, and although their home kit is mainly red, this graphic of their club badge and their third kit shows why they merit inclusion in TAPIRAY.
Suggested by: Stephen Logan.