The Mellow Yellow of Welly

Wellington Football clubs

Football in Wellington is complicated. 3 professional and semi-professional clubs who play in black and yellow represent the Kiwi capital in competitions spread across 2 countries, while partisan fans of various Winter regional league clubs put aside their historical rivalries to support all 3 black and yellow clubs indiscriminately during the Summer months.

Of those 3 clubs, you are likely to know Wellington Phoenix FC. The Continue reading

Why The All Whites?

New Zealand retro Football

Think of New Zealand and you think of Rugby.

The rugged, antipodean, Anglophone country has become synonymous with egg-ball in a way that no other nation has with its national sport. To many people, New Zealand simply means Rugby. It isn’t difficult to understand why. 15 tattooed giants screaming from their very core while eyes pop and tongues shake. The vivid and frightening All Blacks, their Haka and their success have influenced the way we think of and define Kiwi culture. That iconic uniform and the conspicuous colour reference in the team’s nickname leads us to see black as the national colour, which it is. However, the New Zealand Men’s national Football Team are the Black Sheep Continue reading

Why Persija’s Victory Over JDT Matters

Malaysia vs Indonesia

On the 10th of April, Persija Jakarta and Johor Darul Ta’zim FC played against each other at the Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta in the group stage of the AFC Cup. Besides promising an exciting clash on the field, the fixture represented more than just the meeting of two big Football clubs.

JDT FC is the current dominant force within Malaysian Football. The club from Continue reading

Chivas Nos Ama

Chivas Football fans

“Chivas Loves Us”. But only if you’re Mexican.

FBTG traditionally skips the league dominators. There is usually enough literature dedicated to them and we prefer writing about the smaller clubs hiding more obscure stories anyway. However, we are breaking the habbit in the case of Mexico.

Club Deportivo de Guadalajara, more commonly referred to as Chivas “the Goats”, is the most popular Football club in Mexico. Its  Continue reading

A Tahitian Football Club for Astronomers

AS Venus Auckland City FC

If you were to use the number of consecutive continental Champions’ League finals victories to identify the world’s most successful Football club, it would not be Real Madrid, but Auckland City FC. The Navy Blues have won 9 OFC Champions’ League finals in total, 7 of those consecutively. Of course the lower calibre of Football played in Oceania compared to pretty much every other continent distorts that statistic quite a bit, but it is a fun fact nevertheless. Auckland City FC are now in search of their 10th OFC Champions’ League cup having begun their campaign in Group C against Tahitian opponents AS Vénus Continue reading