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  1. GROUP B 1. Racing Club de France Status: Active in National 3 (Fifth Tier) League Titles: 1x Runners Up: 2x Racing was founded in 1882 as a multisport organization in Paris, France. It was one of the founding members of Ligue 1 and is one of the oldest football clubs in France. It won 1 domestic title and finished second twice. While in the top flight until the 1960's, the club slid down to the second division. In 1982, a plan was hatched by a wealthy industrial to create a second big team for the Capital. Racing merged with Paris FC and became Racing Paris 1. In 1984, the club moved to the top flight after a lengthy absence. After parting with Paris FC, the club took on it's original name again. Racing had a few season in Ligue 1, before financial woes made them request relegation to the third tier. While climbing the ranks again Racing almost found itself back in the second tier by 2004 and a resurrection seemed plausible, but continued mismanagement cut the dream short and Racing was relegated to the fourth tier. A season later saw them play in the National 3, France's third tier of amateur football, and the fifth tier on the national football pyramid. 2. Preston North End Status: Active in The Championship (Second Tier) League Titles: 2x Runners Up: 6x Founded in 1880, Preston was one of the founding members of the football league and where during the beginning of the professional game in England one of the first top sides. It won the league during it's inaugural year, becoming the first champions of England and by extension the first of it's kind in the world. During that season it also won the F.A Cup. Being the first club who did the double, it won the latter without conceding a single goal and where the original Invincibles long before Arsenal claimed that title. After that period the Lilywhites did not have any more succes until 1937 when the club won it's second F.A Cup. Until the 1960's the club was a regular in the top flight but began slipping down the pyramid ever since. It has spend 19 of the 47 seasons since 1970 in the bottom two divisions of English Football and was on the verge of folding due to financial mismanagement. Since 2015, the team established itself as regular in the EFL Championship. 3. R.A.P Amsterdam Status: Defunct since 1914 League Titles: 5x Runners Up: 3x R.A.P was founded in 1887, as members from three Amsterdam cricket clubs, RUN, Amstel, Progress formed a new football club R.A.P. They where the first team to win the Dutch Championships during the amateur era and during this time assumed their dominance by winning the title 4 more times and it won the domestic cup once. Just before the start of WWI, R.A.P found itself in dire straits and merged with fellow Amsterdammers Volharding and became VRC. After a few seasons this club abandoned football all together and focused on Cricket. 4. Kjøbenhavns Boldklub Status: Active in Københavnsserien (Fifth Tier) League Titles: 15x Runners Up: 13x KB is one of the oldest football clubs on the continent, with roots dating back to 1876, when the sport was first played. They are still to this day the record title winners in Denmark with 15 won. In 1991 KB and B 1903 merged their professional football teams and became FC Copenhagen, Who have become a top club in their own right. With 12 titles they are set to overtake KB's old record.
  2. Atleti, Dortmund and Monaco it is! Could be a worse draw. Hoping that we can grab some points tho since our last CL campaign wasn't the greatest ever.
  3. Here is the first post to kicks things off! GROUP A 1. F.B.C TORINESE Status: Defunct since 1906 League Titles: 0x Runners Up: 1x Founded in 1894, this was the fourth football club to come out of Turin and played in amber and black stripes. The Ambraneri participated in Italy's first football championship and where a very successful club during this period, reaching the semi-final twice and finishing runner-up once. Although the club never became champions in their own right, successor club Torino went on to win several titles. 2. VfB LEIPZIG Status: Defunct since 1946 League Titles: 3x Runners Up: 2x Founded in 1896, VfB was part of the original 86 clubs that formed the German Football Association in 1900, which coincidentally took place in Leipzig. They didn't have to wait long for their first succes since they where crowned as the first Champions of Germany. Between 1903 and 1914, VfB added two more titles to their tally and reached an other two finals. In the period leading up to the second World War, the club was unable to replicate their earlier succes. They did however managed to capture the Tschammerpokal, known today as the DFB-Pokal in 1937. After the war, the club was dissolved, but several members did go on to form Lokomotive Leipzig, one of the top sides in the DDR. 3. POLONIA WARSAW Status: Active in the Liga III (Third Tier) League Titles: 2x Runners Up: 1x Founded in 1911, Polonia is the oldest sports club in Warsaw and has clubs active in Football, Athletics, Basketball and Swimming. Polonia played it's first match on the 19th of november 1911 against local side Korona, which they lost 3-4. The first Warsaw derby against fierce rivals Legia was held in 1917 ending in a 1-1 draw. In the ruins of the Polish capital, the Blackshirts won their their first ever title in 1946. In 1952 they managed to win the Polish Cup. During this time the club's name was changed to Kolejarz (Railroad worker) as the team was now tied to the Polish National Railways. It is in this period that Polonia slipped to the lower leagues only to re-emerge in 1992. Now back in the top flight the team re-established itself and won a second Polish title in 2000 and a Polish cup the next years. Everything looked up for Polonia but ownership issues and financial woes led to the Club declaring bankruptcy in 2013. 4. HSK GRADANSKI Status: Defunct since 1945 League Titles: 5x Runners Up: 2x When Croatia was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Gradanski was founded in 1911 as a response to the rumors that a Croatian club could participate in the Hungarian Football League. While they mainly played friendlies during the early years, the club really came to it's own with the inception of the Yugoslav Football League in 1923. During this time, The Citizens became the most popular club in Zagreb and manged to win 5 league titles. After the second world war the club was disbanded and many of the playes went on to play for newly established side Dinamo Zagreb, which later adopted Gradanski Colours and Nickname and later even it's crest.
  4. That's actually a great idea, because I've been struggling to find some Spanish teams to work with, thanks!
  5. Hi Everybody, After much consideration I've decided to open up a topic dedicated to the defunct or forgotten champions of Europe. Most entries will be of clubs that are no longer active but where once prominent clubs in their home country. I will also include some still existing clubs but they have to play in the lower divisions of their respective country. All entries will have revamped crests and kits but also a bit of history, mostly who they where and what happend to the club. The entries will be presented in a group of 4 teams, just like our modern Champions League so because of that updates will be slower, but once the series kicks off there will be a good amount of teams from the very start. I will also still update my Belgian Defunct Clubs series. INDEX 1.INTRO & SUMMARY 2.GROUP A (TORINESE,LEIPZIG,POLONIA,GRADANSKI) 3.GROUP B (RACING, PRESTON NORTH END, R.A.P AMSTERDAM, KB)
  6. No new team today, but instead here's a small draft of one of my ideas that I posted earlier. A Champions League of defunct clubs from all over Europe. It will include teams that all have been champions of their domestic league (or at least finished in one of the eligible places to enter). I've already got some teams from France, Germany, Italy and I'm working on how I could make it work and maybe putting this series on hold. And as an extra, here's Daring third kit with Champions Cup Patches
  7. So we've reached the half-way mark, and for this one we are heading south! RCS Verviétois Royal Cercle Sportif Verviétois was a Belgian footballclub from Verviers, Liege. It was founded in 1896, and was one of the oldest clubs in the country and had matricule number 8. It played in green and white. It had several stints in the top flight during it's early days but soon found itself bouncing between different tiers. During the late fifties and early sixties the club played in the top flight, but never returned after. The Logo I think this the first one that I didn't attempt a remake of the original. I tried to incorporate the ram mascot into a traditional shield style and also tried to use the striped pattern. The Kits Since the club spend a lot of seasons in the lower divisions there is not a lot of material to work with so I went with my gut. The home has a white upper part and the base shirt is green. It has a neat mandarin collar and is worn with white shorts and green socks. The away is orange and blue and features a ram matermark it is worn with orange shorts and socks. The kit supplier is Spanish brand Joma and the sponsor is telecom company VOO. What happend to the club? During the late 90's the club was in the provincial levels, in 2000 the club merged with Dison sport and changed it's name to RES Dison-Verviers. In 2013/14 season the club finished second in the third division but did not go up due to financial problems, it played one more season in the third tier before the club folded. A new club was founded at started play in the ninth tier of Belgian Football, which is also the lowest tier. Map Also here's a quick overview of all the logo's that are done to this point!
  8. We have a 16 team league, so there are a lot of smaller teams which I feel eh about. If I had to go with one of the top 6 teams here it has to be Standard or Genk maybe. Anderlecht still are our most hated rivals, followed by Gent (who have made hating on FC Bruges part of their identity since they have no real history to speak of.) and the new addition to the Belgian Pro League, AS Monaco's U-21 side Cercle Brugge.
  9. So, no teams for today but instead here are some matchday graphics! We are almost halfway on the project and I've been thinking on what I could do next. I have three ideas that might work but I can use some feedback on which idea is better. Champions League style project, made up of defunct teams from all over Europe Teams from fictional cities, mostly of locations from videogames, book, movies etc.. World Cup style project, but with countries that no longer exist. I.E Austria-Hungary, Gran Columbia etc..
  10. KSV Waregem Koninklijke Sportvereniging Waregem was a Belgian Football Club hailing from Waregem, West Flanders. It was founded in 1925 and it's colors where red and white. The club played it's home games at the Regenboogstadion. In 1946, the club merged with an other club from the region, Red Star Waregem and adopted KSV Waregem as it's offical name. From 1966 until 1996 the club played 28 years in the Belgian top flight, with only two seasons spent in the second division. The club had some European succes during it's time. The Logo Originally I wanted to go with the logo used during the 90's, because I like the simplicity and typography of it, but eventually decided against it because I couldn't make any changes to the existing design. So i went with the one used before. I used red and white as my primary colors and used gold as a third color. I included more text and replaced the ball with a more traditional representation. The Kits I modeled the home kit after the one used in 85-86, like then the kits are manufactured by puma so I tried implementing the style that the brand used now. The home kits is red with white sleeves and a white band running across the chest, it is worn with red shorts and red socks. The away is something more modern and is loosely based on West Brom's away kit. It's black with neon pink and a geometric pattern, it also boasts a monochrome club badge. It is worn with black socks and shorts. The sponsor is local beer brand Bavik. What happend to the club? In 1996, the club played it last season in the top flight, eventually they slid down to the fourth tier due to financial problems. In 2001 the club ceased to exist and the remnants merged with Zultse V.V to become SV Zulte Waregem who now play in the top flight. Map
  11. KSK Beveren Koninklijke Sportkring Beveren was a Belgian football team from Beveren, East Flanders. It was founded in 1935 and it's colors are blue and yellow, which is a nod to the coat of arms of the town. Until 1949, the team was active in the provincial leagues but managed to climb up to the third division. The club reached the first division for the first time in 1967. In the mid 70's the club became a regular in the highest tier. With the Belgian national team legend Jean-Marie Pfaff in goal, the club won the Belgian Cup in 1978 and became champions of Belgium the next season. In 1983 the club won it's second Belgium Cup, and in 84 it had a second domestic title, making the club a top team during this time. From the late eighties to the early nineties the club had up and downs but never reached the heights it once did. In 2001 the club had a renaissance with help from Ivorian players. Yaya Toure, Gervinho all played for Beveren before going to England. The Logo I kept the overall look of the logo but added the town's coat of arms in the center of the ball, since that was the main feature of the club's logo in the modern age. I also used dark blue instead of gold for the details. The Kits The home kits is yellow with a blue accent running across the sleeve and shoulder and is based on the one worn in the 86-87 season. It is worn with blue shorts and yellow socks. The away shirt is white with yellow and blue stripes running down the shirt and is based on the one worn in the 98-99 season. It is paired with white socks and white shorts that have blue and yellow accent. The kit supplier is the French Brand Le Coq Sportif and the main sponsor is Japanse electronics company Pioneer. What happend to the club? During the 09/10 season the club was in the second division, after always managing to avoid relegation. During that season it was announced that the club did not renew it's license to continue play in the second division. It went down willingly to the third tier at the end of that season despite the outcome of results on the pitch. In the 10/11 season the club merged with Red Star Waasland, but the new club did not get approval of the Belgian F.A. Many Beveren fans do not recognize Waasland-Beveren as the successor club and started their own club in the provincial leagues called Yellow Blue SK Beveren. Map
  12. KFC Winterslag Koninklijke Football Club Winterslag was a Belgian football team from Winterslag, Limburg. The club was founded in 1923 and like it's crosstown rival THOR, it also had ties to the local coal mine. After WWII, the club first made into the national division. Starting in the third tier of national football in 1946, eventually the club reached the second tier and stayed up for three seasons until they went down again. During the 1970's the club was on the rise, working their way up the footballing ladder. In 1974, Winterslag reached the top tier of Belgian football for the first time in it's history and from 1976 on the club became a regular in the top league. During the early 80's the club had a brief successful spell in Europe, managing to knockout Arsenal from the tournament. The logo Like I did with the other logos, I tried to keep as much of the original intact. Logo's like the original where really fine examples of classic Belgian football logo design, it also reminds me of Club Brugge's retro logo, so maybe that why I have a soft spot for stuff like this. I've added an elegant stylized crown in the mix and also redid the color scheme of the ball. Kits The Kits The home kit is based on the shirts worn in the 1980/81 season and has a distinct retro collar and black details in the sleeves with gold elements used throughout the kit to create a consistent look. It is paired with black shorts and hooped socks. The away kit has a black and red lines running trough the width of the shirt and sleeves and boasts a mandarin collar, it is worn with white shorts and white socks. The manufactures is Macron and the sponsor is LUCA School of Arts, which has a campus on the former Winterslag mine site. What happened to the club? Unlike it's rival THOR, Winterslag managed to stay in the first division of Belgian football during the eighties. but do to financial restraints the club merged with THOR to become KRC Genk, which are now among the G5 (Grote Vijf or Top Five) clubs of the Belgian Pro League. Map
  13. First of all, I'd like to thank everybody for their kind words and feedback on the project! Over the course of the next few weeks, I'm going to try to update the post to include each teams kits, since I found some templates I can use. THOR Waterschei Koninklijke Waterschei SV THOR was a Belgian football team hailing from Genk, Limburg. It was founded in 1919 by workers of a mine company. To protest Francophone rule of the mine, they named their club Tot Herstel Onze Rechten what means as much as until our rights are restored. The club colors of black and yellow where also a nod to the Flemish flag. They reached the highest level of Belgian Football in 1954 but where relegated in 1956. Until 1978 the club played in the second division but during the late seventies trough the early eighties the club had a renaissance, becoming a regular in the first division and winning the Belgian Cup in 1980 and 1982. During this time they also had several European campaigns. Logo For this one I didn't really change much since I liked the simplicity of the original. I just simplified some elements but that's about it. The lettering was also something I really wanted to keep, since it's the centerpiece of the original. Kits The home kit is modeled on the one THOR wore during it's heyday. It's yellow with several black accents, most notably the black retro v-neck. The shirt is supplemented with yellow shorts and black socks. Like during those time the kits are supplied by Adidas. The away kit is much more modern as it features the 18/19 Adidas away pattern. The kit is blue with yellow accents. It is worn with blue shorts and blue socks. What happened to this club? While the club was financially stable and a fixture in the top tier in Belgian football, it became involved in the match fixing scandal also known as the Bellemans Affair in which Standard de Liege gave all THOR players 30.000 Francs to lose the last game of the season, and let to Standard becoming Champions. In 1986 the club went down to the second division again and in 1988 the club merged with KFC Winterslag (Wich will be included in this series) to become KRC Genk. The resulting club went on to have a decent amount of succes. Map
  14. I got my hands on some good templates, so I decided to try my had at making kits. Here's Racing Club's striking pink/black away kit made by Umbro.