I would like to start with a humble warning, that this will be a longer than "usual" post. Hopefully, it will compensate with the amount of information you might deem as interesting. :)
After finishing my first journey into the world of colors in football, by counting which teams play in red & black color combination
, I decided to pursue my next curiosity: How many football teams in the world play in unusual colors?
By this, I was thinking of teams which have a “main” color that is rarely used (grey, brown, purple, pink, etc.) or use an uncommon color combination.
Because of this coronavirus madness that is going on, I was able to spend more hours for this project than I planned, so in the end I was able to go into almost every single league in the world. I checked teams from over 400 divisions, of different tiers, from all continents. Although it’s not an official list, I tried to include as many clubs as possible on it.
Now, you're probably asking yourself "How do you measure how rare or how common is in football a color / combination of colors?"
An exact answer is impossible to give, so I started the study using my own experience as a football supporter, finally finding an useful purpose for the thousands of hours spent on watching football games. Therefore, I used a subjective point of view and excluded the color combinations that I, personally, considered to be the most common in football teams, namely:
- One-color kits: white, black, red, blue, yellow, green
- Most 2-color combinations that contain white or black: white-blue, white-red, black-yellow, black-green, etc.
- Other combinations: red-blue, red-yellow, blue-yellow, yellow-green.
- An exception was the color orange, where I excluded only the orange+black combination, which is much more widespread than all other combinations that include orange.
The selection criteria for the teams were as follows:
- The team should have their main kit in colors which are different than the ones enumerated above;
- The team must have played or been associated with the colors for several seasons;
- The team should be currently active (dissolved clubs were not included).
But enough introduction, let’s jump straight into the list of the most uncommon kit colors in the world of football:
CATEGORY I - Teams with 1 main color 1. Purple (includes purple+white or purple+black) - [73 clubs]
Notable teams: Fiorentina
, Austria Vienna
, Real Valladolid
Other teams (by conference): UEFA (photo gallery here)
- CE Carroi (Andorra), SV Austria Salzburg, Austria Klagenfurt (Austria), K Beerschot VA (Belgium), Etar Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria), NK Dubrava (Croatia), Daventry Town FC (England), Istres (France), VfL Osnabrück, Erzgebirge Aue (Germany), Ujpest, Békéscsaba 1912, Kecskemet TE (Hungary), ACD Legnano, AS Ostia Mare, Gioiese, Casoria Calcio 1979 (Italy), St. Andrews FC (Malta), FC Argeș, ASU Politehnica Timișoara, ACS Poli Timișoara (Romania), FK Graficar (Serbia), KFC Komarno (Slovakia), NK Maribor (Slovenia), Real Jaen, Alameda de Osuna EF, CD Becerril, Atletico Guadalajara, CD Guadalajara, CD Liendo, CD Santurtzi, CD Palencia, La Baneza (Spain) (Spain), Afjet Afyonspor, Hacettepe, Orduspor (Turkey). Rest of the World (photo gallery here):
- COMNEBOL - Club Villa Dalmine, Sacachispas FC, Club Atlético Quiroga (Argentina), Deportes Concepcion, San Antonio Unido (Chile) Defensor Sporting, CA Fenix (Uruguay), Metropolitanos FC (Venezuela).
- CONCACAF - Orlando City, Louisville City FC, Oakland County FC (USA), Pacific FC (Canada), CD Chalatenango (El Salvador).
- CAF - Mountain of Fire and Miracles FC (Nigeria), Mbeya City FC (Tanzania), AS Denguele Foot (Ivory Coast), Fovu Baham FC (Cameroon), AS Sonabel (Burkina Faso).
- AFC - FC Anyang (South Korea), Kyoto Sanga, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Fujieda MYFC (Japan), Heilongjiang Lava Spring (China), Hanoi FC (Vietnam), Nagaworld FC (Cambodia), Persita Tangerang, Persik Kediri, PSGC Ciamin (Indonesia), Al-Ain (UAE), De Abasin Sape (Afghanistan), Perth Glory (Australia).
- OFC - AS Manu-Ura (Tahiti).
2. Burgundy (includes burgundy+white, or similar shades: maroon, claret, dark red, wine red) - [74 clubs]
Notable teams: AC Torino
, Sparta Prague
, CFR Cluj
Other teams (by conference): UEFA (photo gallery here)
- FK Sarajevo (Bosnia), Chelmsford City, FC Northampton Town (England), JJK Jyväskylä (Finland), Dynamo Berlin (Germany), AEL Larissa (Greece), UM Selfoss (Iceland), Galway United (Ireland), Reggina, Cittadella, Salernitana, Trapani, Livorno, US Pontedera, Arezzo, Reggio Audace FC, Fano, US Capistrello, AC Morrone, AC Locri, ASD Bovalinese, Borgosesia Calcio, Milano City FC, Union Clodiense Chioggia, USD Breno, Olympia Agnonese, ASD Travestere Calcio, AC Nardo, ASD Citta di Acireale (Italy), FC Džiugas Telšiai (Lithuania), Nardo FK (Norway), CD Fatima, Clube Oriental de Lisboa (Portugal), Rapid Bucharest, Viitorul Ianca (Romania), AC Libertas (San Marino), Heart of Midlothian FC, Stenhousemuir FC (Scotland), NK Triglav Kranj (Slovenia), Independiente de Vallecas, CD Cenicero (Spain), Hatayspor, İnegölspor, Bandirmaspor, Elazigspor (Turkey), Cardiff Metropolitan University FC (Wales). Rest of the World (photo gallery here):
- COMNEBOL - Lanús (Argentina), Jacuipense, Ferroviaria, S.E.R. Caxias do Sul (Brasil), Deportivo Liberacion (Paraguay), Club Atletico Torino (Peru), Carabobo FC (Venezuela)
- CONCACAF - Sacramento Republic FC (USA), Valour FC (Canada), Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica)
- CAF - Manzini Wanderers FC (Eswatini), Generation Foot (Senegal), Moroka Swallows FC (South Africa)
- AFC - Vissel Kobe, FC Ryukyu (Japan), Al Wahda (UAE), Al Markhiya (Qatar), Shahr Khodro FC (Iran), Al Nasr SC (Kuwait), PSM Makassar (Indonesia), Nejmeh SC (Lebanon)
- OFC - Matavera FC (Cook Islands), FC Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands).
3. Orange (includes orange+white) - [54 clubs] --- full photo gallery here ---
- UEFA - HNK Sibenik (Croatia), Blackpool (England) SV TEC (Netherlands), Hapoel Rishon LeZion (Israel), Pistoiese (Italy), FK Banga Gargzdai (Lithuania), Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza, Zagłębie Lubin (Poland), CD Burgos Promesas (Spain), AFC Eskiltuna (Sweden), Alanyaspor, Adanaspor (Turkey), FC Mariupol (Ukraine).
- COMNEBOL - Nova Iguaçu FC (Brazil), Cobresal, Cobreloa (Chile) Envigado FC (Colombia), Universidad César Vallejo (Peru).
- CONCACAF - Houston Dynamo, Rio Grande Valley Football Club Toros (USA), Deportivo Achuapa (Guatemala), Cibao FC (Dominican Republic), Guayama FC (Puerto Rico)
- CAF - RS Berkane (Morocco), FC Nouadhibou (Mauritania), Polokwane City FC (South Africa), Akwa United (Nigeria), Dire Dawa Kenema (Ethiopia), Salitas FC (Burkina Faso), Côte d'Or FC (Seychelles), Fosa Juniors FC (Madagascar)
- AFC - Jeju United FC (South Korea). Shimizu S-Pulse, Omiya Ardija (Japan), Ratchaburi, Sukhothai FC, Nakhon Ratchasima, Sisaket FC, Kasetsart FC, Udon Thani FC (Thailand), FELDA United (Malaysia), SHB Đà Nẵng (Vietnam), Albirex FC Singapore, Hougang United FC (Singapore), Borneo FC (Indonesia), Sporting Clube de Goa, FC Goa, NEROCA FC (India), Saipa FC (Iran), Sanat Mes Kerman (Iran), Brothers Union FC (Bangladesh), Ajman Club (UAE), UMM Salal (Qatar), Al-Hala SC (Bahrain).
- OFC - AS Lössi (New Caledonia)
4. Pink (includes pink+black) - [7 clubs]
5. Cream - [3 clubs] Universitario
, Universidad Tecnica Cajamarca
, Leon de Huanuco
(all from Peru).
6. Grey - [5 clubs]
7. Brown (includes brown+white) - [7 clubs]
CATEGORY II - Teams with 2 main colors 1. Green + Red [34 clubs]
Notable teams: Lokomotiv Moscow
, Maritimo Funchal
Other teams (full photo galllery here
- UEFA - CS Sedan Ardennes, US Lusitanos Saint Maur (France), Alba Adriatica, Union Feltre (Italy), Speranța Drochia (Moldova), SP Cailungo (San Marino), Amio SD, Laracha CF, Apurtuarte Club, CF Jacetano (Spain), Amed SK, Karşıyaka S.K., Diyarbakirspor (Turkey)
- COMNEBOL - Club Agropecuario, Sportivo Atlético Club Las Parejas (Argentina), Portuguesa RJ, Pato Branco EC (Brazil), Boston River (Uruguay)
- CONCACAF - AD Carmelita, AD Guanacasteca (Costa RIca), SV Robinhood (Suriname)
- CAF - Stade Tunisien (Tunisia), MC Alger, JSM Bejaia (Algeria), Africa Sports d'Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Teichman City FC (Ghana), Canon Yaounde (Cameroon), Defense Force SC (Ethiopia), AS Pikine (Senegal), Masters Security FC (Malawi).
- AFC - Lokomotiv Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Adamstown Rosebud FC (Australia).
2. Green + Blue [16 clubs]
Notable teams: Seattle Sounders
Other teams (full photo gallery here
- UEFA - Seravezza Pozzi Calcio, Feralpisalò (Italy), FK Zemun (Serbia), CD Berceo, SD Ordenes (Spain), Çaykur Rizespor
- COMNEBOL - Atletico Guanare (Venezuela)
- CONCACAF - Hartford Athletic (USA), Santa Tecla FC (El Salvador), Deportivo Mixco (Guatemala), Montego Bay United (Jamaica)
- CAF - Misr Lel Makasa (Egypt)
- AFC - Shonan Bellmare (Japan), Samut Prakan City FC (Thailand), Al Shoula FC (Saudi Arabia).
3. Blue + Azure
(or any other combination of two shades of blue) [28 clubs]
Notable teams: Zenit St. Petersburg
, Sydney FC
Other teams (full photo gallery here
- UEFA - Rukh Brest (Belarus), Wycombe Wanderers FC (England), AC Le Havre, Trelissac Foot (France), Avondale United FC (Ireland), UC AlbinoLeffe, Calcio Lecco 1912 (Italy), Zejtun Corinthians (Malta), Portstewart FC (Northern Ireland), Stabaek (Norway), Progresul Spartac Bucharest (Romania), OFK Bačka (Serbia), Florida CF (Spain), Husqvarna FF (Sweden), Adana Demirspor, Ankara Demirspor (Turkey), Cambrian & Clydach Vale (Wales)
- COMNEBOL - Macará (Ecuador)
- CONCACAF - Sporting Kansas City, El Paso Locomotive (USA), Municipal Perez Zeledon (Costa Rica)
- AFC - Sorrento FC (Australia), Electricite du Cambodge (Cambodia), Punjab FC (India), Karachi Port Trust FC (Pakistan), Naft Al-Junoob SC (Iraq).
4. Orange + Blue [24 clubs]
Notable teams: Montpellier
, Istanbul Bașakșehir
Other teams (full photo gallery here
- UEFA - OFC Sliven 2000 (Bulgaria), Braintree Town FC, Mansfield Town FC (England), Lions Gibraltar FC, ASD Czarlins Muzane (Italy), Aalesunds FK (Norway), AE Roses (Spain)
- COMNEBOL - Duque de Caxias (Brazil), Academia Puerto Cabello (Venezuela)
- CONCACAF - FC Cincinnati (USA), Lobos UPNFM (Honduras)
- CAF - Real Kings FC (South Africa), Sunshine Stars (Nigeria)
- AFC - Albirex Niigata (Japan), Queensland Lions FC, Riverside Olympic (Australia), Wellington United (New Zealand), Thai Port FC (Thailand), Al Fayha (Saudi Arabia), Al Karamah SC (Syria), Homenetmen Beirut (Lebanon)
- OFC - AS Dragon (Tahiti).
5. Orange + Green [5 clubs]
6. Orange + Grey [2 clubs] AFC Odorheiu Secuiesc
(Romania), Forge FC
7. Orange + Purple [1 club] - FK Armavir
8. Purple + Yellow [6 clubs]
9. Claret + Yellow / Amber [4 clubs]
10. Claret + Gold [2 clubs] Deportes Tolima
(Colombia), Stellenbosch FC
11. Claret + Blue [22 clubs]
Notable teams: Aston Villa
, West Ham United
Other teams (full photo gallery here
- UEFA - Enosis Neon Paralimni FC (Cyprus), Scunthorpe United, Weymouth FC (England), Argja Bóltfelag (Feroe), Glacis United (Gibraltar), Cobh Ramblers FC, Drogheda United (Ireland), USD Vipo Trento, FC Rieti (Italy), Gzira United (Malta), Veles Moscow (Russia), Keith FC (Scotland), Pontevedra CF (Spain), AC Bellinzona (Switzerland), Colwyn Bay FC (Wales)
- CONCACAF - Colorado Rapids (USA)
- AFC - APIA Leichhardt FC (Australia)
- OFC - Nasinu Masters FC (Fiji)
12. Claret + Green [1 club] - Ciudad de Plasencia CF
13. Pink + Blue [5 clubs]
14. Brown + Blue [1 club] - Al-Kawkab FC
15. Brown + Yellow [2 clubs] Trujillanos FC
(Venezuela), Ohod Club
16. Brown + Amber [1 club] - Sutton United
17. Grey + Red [4 clubs] UEFA - Cremonese
(Italy), Pembroke Athleta FC
(Malta), Strommen IF
(Norway), Club Esportiu Jupiter
18. Grey + Blue [2 club]
19. Lime Green + Black [10 clubs]
20. Lime Green + White [1 club] - Pirata FC
CATEGORY III - Teams with 3 main colors 1. Blue + Yellow + Red [3 clubs]
2. Blue + Yellow + White [1 club] - CA Bella Vista
3. Blue + Yellow + Black [1 club] - Real Sport Clube
4. Blue + Green + White [1 club] - St. Louis FC
5. Blue + Orange + White [2 clubs]
6. Orange + Green + Black [1 club] - Venezia
7. Orange + Green + White [1 club]
- Deportivo Masaya
8. Green + Yellow + Black [1 club]
- GKS Jastrzębie
9. Green + Yellow + Red [4 clubs]
10. Green + Red + White [13 clubs]
Notable teams: Fluminense
11. Green + Red + Black [11 clubs]
12. Green + Black + White [2 clubs]
13. Green + Burgundy + White [2 clubs]
14. Red + Orange + Black [1 club]
- Nagoya Grampus
15. Red + Yellow + Black [8 clubs]
16. Claret + Blue + Yellow [1 club] - Madureira EC
17. Pink + Blue + White [1 club] - Yangon United
Category IV - Teams with 4 main colors 1. Red + Yellow + Green + White [4 clubs]
2. Red + Yellow + Blue + White [1 club] - ASDC Verbania
3. Red + Yellow + Blue + Black [1 club] - Coras de Nayarit
Here they are. 454 teams from across the entire the world, from Feroe Island to Papua New Guinea or the 4th Italian league. This should be about it. However, if there are by any chance teams that I might have missed, please feel free to leave a comment and I will add them on the list.
Thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed it!
If anyone ever wanted more information about Estelí here it is. Everything you could ever want to know.
Estelí (Spanish pronunciation: [esteˈli]), officially Villa de San Antonio de Pavia de Estelí is a city and municipality within the Estelí department. It is the third largest city in Nicaragua, an active commercial center in the north and is known as "the Diamond of the Segovia"; this name being created by Oscar Corea Molina in his radio show "Trampolin 43"
Located on the Pan-American Highway, 150 km north of Managua, Estelí is a fast-growing and progressive city of about 119,000 people. It enjoys a pleasant climate throughout most of the year due to its location in the north central highlands at a mean elevation of 844 m above sea level. The city is also surrounded by forested mountains of pines, oaks, and walnuts, and plateaus that go up to 1600 m above sea level, some which are protected as natural reserves.
Estelí was the scene of heavy fighting in the civil war against the Somoza government from 1978 to 1979. The city was heavily air-bombed by the regime's National Guard, which reduced many of the city's buildings to rubble. The human casualties were around 15,000; many of them were youths massacred on suspicion of being part of the insurrection. The city was rebuilt but some structures still show bullet holes.
Economy & Tourism
The land around Estelí is perfect for growing tobacco for use in cigars, and the town became a refuge for Cuban cigar makers after the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Award winning cigars have made Estelí one of the most important cigar-producing cities in the world. Estelí also has many language schools. Restaurants and hotels cater to tourists traveling to nearby natural reserves and other parts of the region. Natural Reserves around the area include Miraflor, Tisey-Estanzuela, Las Brisas-Quiabuc, Tomabú, Tepesomoto, and Moropotente.
According to the World Bank and International Finance Corporation's Municipal Scorecard 2008, which complements the annual Doing Business report, the municipality of Estelí ranks 1st and 2nd, out of 143 municipalities in ten Latin American countries, in quality and efficiency to obtain a construction permit and municipal operating license respectively. Esteli has improved its performance from the Municipal Scorecard 2007, where it ranked 5th out of 65 municipalities in five countries.
Estelí has the best water supply system in the country with near-full population coverage. It also has an extensive sewage disposal coverage.
At least three airfields have been built in Esteli throughout history, although none exists today. One of the first airfields documented played the role of alternate airport from 1930-34 when TACA established the service to carry passengers with an El Salvador-Tegucigalpa-Danli-Ocotal-Esteli-Managua route. La Thompson, which is three miles north of Estelí, is where the second airstrip was built and used by a company named "Thonsson Corwell" to help complete a stretch of the Pan-American Highway. The third airfield was built in the north end of town in the 1980s but has now been urbanized.
In 1940 efforts were made to expand Nicaragua's railroad from El Sauce to the north via Estelí. Thirteen kilometers of rail, the town of Río Grande, and a railroad bridge were built with the intention of taking the rail up to Esteli along the Aquespalapa or Villanueva river, which originates in the Quiabuc mountains; however, the project was abandoned.
Bachiller Oscar Corea Molina is the creator of the nickname "El Diamante de la Segovia."
Estelí is home to one of the most successful and most popular football clubs in the country, the Real Estelí, nicknamed "El Tren del Norte" ("The Train of the North"). They play their home games at the Estadio Independencia, a name created by Oscar Corea Molina.
It is also home to a professional baseball team, Estelí, which makes it one of only three cities in the country with both a professional football (soccer) and baseball team. During the 1970s, Estelí participated in the "Roberto Clemente" baseball tournament and had one of the best baseball teams in the country with the help of one-time big league players like Porfi Altamirano and Albert Williams
Due to its altitude Estelí can be quite chilly at night or in the morning and even cold in winter. Thus, like all northern mountainous regions of Nicaragua, Estelí's gastronomy consists of a hearty mountain diet of beef, game, veal, rabbit, geese, sausages, and heavy soups like albóndiga, queso, res, etc. There's a high consumption of milk products like smoked or spicy cheeses like ahumado and picante, and regional corn-based dishes like delicious montucas, salty-sour repochetas, and semi-sweet güirilas. For breakfast, chorizo, refried beans, sour cream, and home-made style bread are more common and black coffee is the king of drinks any time of the day. Though illegal, cususa (a clear alcoholic drink) is also consumed, especially on the outskirts of the city or in small cantinas (bars).
- Dr. Larry J. Molina Irías. Two times award winning of the presidential medal for being the best student of Nicaragua. Dentist and orthodontist. Dr Molina is a Medical missionary, he has done missions in Africa and around the country of Nicaragua. Dr. Molina Owns a private clinic in Estelí, Nicaragua located from the banks corner 3 and half blocks east.
- Pedro X. Molina. Award-winning cartoonist. Recently won first place in the Concours international d'arts visuels Juste pour rire in the category of « Dessin humoristique », etc. Adolfo Altamirano Castillo. Diplomat, politician. Signator of the Harrison-Altamirano Treaty of 1905 between Nicaragua and Great Britain which closed the chapter on Great Britain’s claims to the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua.
- Don Juan Carlos de Vílchez y Cabrera, bishop of Leon and responsible for the completion of the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary of León, Nicaragua. Born in Pueblo Nuevo. Oscar Corea Molina, Born in Esteli, Nicaragua. Owner and Founder Of Liceo Samuel Meza and Instituto Rio Piedra, He is also a Radio Personality who created the number one radio show "Trampolin 43" In Radio Onda Segoviana, secretary treasure of Lions Club International, he currently lives California USA.
- Clara Isabel Alegría Vides, born in Esteli, is a Nicaraguan poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist who is a major voice in the literature of contemporary Central America. She writes under the pseudonym Claribel Alegría. She was awarded the 2006 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
- Isning Gamez, born in Esteli, is TV commercial producer. He is a recipient of multiple awards including Emmy, AP and ADDY.
- Mauricio J. Corea, born in Esteli and raised in California, is an entrepreneur, publisher and founder of DECISIONES La Revista.- Media Impressions as of 2015.- 65,000
- Frank Pineda, born in Estelí, Nicaragua, is a Nicaraguan filmmaker, producer, director of photography, and cameraman. He was a founding member of INCINE, the Nicaraguan Institute of Cinema, (in Spanish Instituto Nicaragüense de Cine) and co-founded with his partner, the French filmmaker Florence Jaugey, Camila Films (Nicaragua) an independent film production company.
- Marlon José Moreno, born in Esteli and raised in Canada, is an entrepreneur, publisher and founder of two independent magazines in Toronto. He received in 2012 the "Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for his contribution to the media industry.
- Fernando Silva, born in Esteli and raised in USA, is a Senior DBA at a fortune 100 Company.
- Ramón Otoniel Olivas, Nicaraguan international footballer and national team manager.
- Pietro Carlos, born in Esteli, is one of the top managers in the music business. He has managed artists such as Willie Colon, Julio Iglesias, Cristian Castro, Xuxa, Joey Montana, Laureano Brizuela, etc. He was also vice president of the record company EMI Televisa, based in Miami.