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Tapiray no. 89 Spain (National side)

Midfielder Xabi Alonso in action in 2009

They might have a bit of blue in their top at times, but current European Champion's Spain, with their red and yellow national flag were always certainties to feature in these pages. As one of the top European teams, they don't need much of an introduction, although their recent European Championship triumph was a long-awaited success for a team that has always promised much, but usually fails to deliver.

They've had a number of fantastic players over the years, none more so than Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stéfano. Their most capped is keeper Andoni Zubizarreta, but current keeper Iker Casillas seems likely to go on to beat that record, while top scorer Raúl (44 goals in 102 games) will be keeping a close eye on David Villa who currently has an ever better scoring record of 31 goals in 49 games. They currently hold the record for the most consecutive wins (15) and recently equalled Brazil's record of 35 consecutive games undefeated.

Links: Spanish FA

Suggested by: John Penman.

Tapiray no. 90 - Tecos UAG (Mexico)

May 2009 on the left and now, no longer in red!

We waited a bit longer than we should have to include this Mexican club, as although they used to play in red, white and yellow kits, within the past couple of months they have changed their name and colours and now play in wine and yellow and are called Estudiantes Tecos - so we'll just include them under their original name!

Tecos are from the city of Guadalajara and are assocaited with the university there (Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara - hence the UAG in their name). They play in the 30,000 capacity Estadio 3 de Marzo (March 3rd Stadium, for the University and team's 1935 date of founding), which is located within the university campus. Since turning professional in the early 70's and winning promotion to the Mexican First Division after just a couple of years, they have remained in the top flight, and have won the championship once in their history.

Links: None

Suggested by: Stephen Logan.

Tapiray no. 91 - NA Hussein Dey (Algeria)

2008 squad photo

Algerian side Nasr Athlétique de Hussein Dey (NAHD) are based in Hussein Dey, a district of the Algerian capital city Algiers. Founded in 1947 they play in the Algerian Championnat National and although a fairly average side nowadays, they were one of the first clubs in Algeria to embrace the professional game and were a strong force in the 1970's/early 80's when they won the Algerian Cup, were runners up in the African Cup Winners' Cup & CAF Cup Winners' Cup, and their players made up half the Algerian international squad. Their fortunes declined in the late 80's and a five year spell in regional leagues has been followed by a few ups and downs, although they are now established again as a top flight club.

Links: nasria.com (French)

Suggested by: Andrew Cameron.

Tapiray no. 92 - Senglea Athletics FC (Malta)

Senglea FC in action

The fourth Maltese team to feature, Senglea Athletics FC are a semi-professional side from the fortified town of Senglea in the east of Malta. They were founded in 1906 as Senegla Shamrocks, and were also called Senglea United before settling on their current name. They currently play in the Maltese Second Division (the third tier in Maltese football) after being relegated last season following a seven-year spell in the First Division. They enjoyed one season in the Premier Division and were also beaten finalists in the national cup competition at the same time (1981) but have spent most of their history plying their trade in the lower divisions.

Links: Unofficial site

Suggested by: Ali Campbell.