Soccer logos and crests are very important to a lot of people. They are, essentially, the symbol which represents your team, and as such, it is important to get it right. Badge and logo changes can be the cause of much uproar and contention, with supporters often preferring the old design to the new one, as was the case with Everton quite recently, whose new logo that the board approved of lasted just a season following major complaints.
Your club crest will typically be found on your shirt, on your stadium, on club advertising, everywhere. Most teams change their logo every so often, typically once a decade, although some retain classic designs. Often the new badge is nothing more than a re-vamp, just to keep things fresh, but occasionally wholesale changes are made. Clearly soccer logos are hugely important then, to both a club's supporters and marketing teams, for very different reasons.
Historic logos such as those used by A.C. Milan and Real Madrid are some of the best known and most marketable in the world, but what about those logo's that are just a little bit different. This is a list of some of the weirdest and strangest soccer logos out there, but only includes those still in use, thus ruling out some classic 1970s designs and Columbus Crew's recently removed badge. Here are the top 15 weirdest soccer logos:
15 Rochester Rhinos (U.S.)
14 Universitario (Peru)
13 K.A.A. Gent (Belgium)
12 A.F.C. Bournemouth (England)
11 Cobresal (Chile)
10 Falkirk (Scotland)
9 Pumas (Mexico)
8 Carolina Dynamo (U.S.)
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but you have to draw the line somewhere. There is a history in soccer of teams pinching other teams' logos when they're struggling to come up with their own design, such as Brampton City United's rip off of Manchester United's badge and Ibstock United's bizarre copying of Hereford United's logo. Carolina Dynamo is the worst of the lot though.
7 Matlock Town (England)
6 Independiente Santa Fe (Colombia)
5 FC Avenir Beggen (Luxembourg)
4 Sampdoria (Italy)
3 FC Santa Claus (Finland)
2 Bohemians 1905 (Czech Republic)
Why does a team in the Czech Republic have a picture of a kangaroo as their logo you ask? Good question. Well, in 1927, Bohemians went on a tour of Australia (it's all coming together now isn't it), and once the tour was over, the Australians gave the Bohemians two kangaroos as a gift. The Prague-based club had no home for the animals and gave them to Prague Zoo, but the legacy stuck.
1 Free State Stars F.C. (South Africa)
Top of this list as the weirdest logo in use in world soccer today, is that of South African team Free State Stars F.C. The Free State Stars play in the ABSA Premiership, the top flight of South African football, in a 20,000 seater stadium. Their logo is difficult to explain. The reasoning behind it is equally unknown. It appears to be a Dalek holding some form of stick/baton/weapon. The Stars have had mixed fortunes in recent years, fluctuating between the first and second tier, but have had international stars such as Jonathan Mensah and Siphiwe Tshabalala play for them.
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