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  1. Ships with clubs, but not on a table: Wait what? How did that happen? Well for one of two reasons: 1. I have overlooked a club or have no way of following its results. Tell me. 2. The club ranks below a national level. The moment a league level gets divided from "whole country" to "South Division/North Division" or something like that, the club is out. That's too low for my taste, standards and managing skills. That's the line I draw. 1. Surcouf - US Saint Malo Chosen for: First case of "associating a region with a namesake". Robert Surcouf was born and died in Saint Malo and reportedly called in whenever he could. They also built him a statue, so the love was/is mutual. Brief history until Sep. 1939: The club was founded in 1902. Founded on initiative of a former French player of the english Blackpool FC, so he could continue at home I suppose. They won their first Bretagne Cup in 1905, after the opponent refused to play extra time to decide the drawn match. They dominate the Bretagne league thereafter until 1914. The first World War brings football* in France to a stop. After the matches are resumed, USSM has lost its dominant role and enters professional, nationalised football in the first season of the Division 2 (2nd league) in 1933-34. They have it rough, achieve nothing and even have to fold from the competition. With the outbreak of hostilities in Sep 1939 all football activities are halted in France. Achievements until Sep 1939: Bretagne Champion 1905-1907 and 1910-1914. (8 titles) 2. Duca d'Aosta - Valle d'Aosta Calcio Chosen for: In case it isn't obvious, one is the Duke of the Aosta Valley (at least by name) and the other is the football* club of the Aosta Valley. It fits, ja? Brief history until Sep. 1939: The club was founded in 1997, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 3. Киров - Dynamo Kirov Chosen for: Dynamo Kirov is the club of the city of Kirov after which the ship Kirov is named. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Dynamo Kirov was founded in 1923 as Dynamo Vyatka, since the city of Yatka was renamed to Kirov only in 1934. Dynamo Vyatka played only on amateur level, but Dynamo Kirov managed to play in the lowest professional level in 1937. Next season they were back to amateur level, where they remain in 1939. Achievements until Sep 1939: none 4. de Ruyter - VC Vlissingen Chosen for: Vlissingen is the birthplace of Michiel de Ruyter and he lived pretty much his whole life in the city. So I looked up the local club and it's the VC Vlissingen. Sadly a 5th tier club. Brief history until Sep. 1939: VC Vlissingen was founded in 1912 and since then played mostly in the 'Tweede klasse' (second class), some few season were spent in the 'Deerde klasse' (third class) which in 1939, I believe was actually their actual level, since the three leagues aren't existing in 1939. Currently they play in the second class. Achievements until Sep 1939: none 5. Rawalpindi - Pakistan Army FC Chosen for: Rawalpindi is in modern Pakistan. And Pakistan has Premier League (PPL)..... which is held in highly irregular intervals. Rawalpindi has two football clubs in the PPL: Pakistan Army FC and Khan Laboratories FC. The latter is much younger, only founded in 1995, compared to PAFC in 1950 and Rawa always comes off as a fighting spirit. So the PAFC seems much more fitting for her. Sadly in 2019/2020 there seems to be no PPL season for internal reasons. It's bad from a football point of view. So I terminated her for the time being. Brief history until Sep. 1939: the club was founded in 1950, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: none
  2. Clubs of the INPF2 table: 1. Arizona - Phoenix Rising FC Chosen for: Well Arizona is a state, so I chose the highest playing soccer* club in the state. And that's PRFC. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 2014, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 2. 長門 - Renofa Yamaguchi FC Chosen for: 長門 (Nagato, the ship) was named after the old province of 長門国 (Nagato, the province). In modern day Japan, 長門国 (Nagato, the province) was erased and became a part of Yamaguchi prefecture. 長門市 (Nagato, the city) has no soccer* club I could reasonably find, so I went for the club of the prefecture capital the city is in today: Yamaguchi. Brief history until Sep. 1939: The roots of Renofa Yamaguchi FC actually date back to the "Yamaguchi-ken Sakkā Kyōindan" (teachers soccer club of Yamaguchi prefecture), but that one was founded in 1949. Ten years late. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 3. 加賀 - Zweigen Kanazawa Chosen for: The ship Kaga was named after the old province of Kaga. Today it is part of the Ishikawa prefecture. Both the modern prefecture and the old province had Kanazawa as capital since the Edo-era. And since Zweigen Kanazawa was the only soccer* club I could find in the area, it was settled. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded as Kanazawa Soccer Club in 1956, got its current name in 2004, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 4. Hood - Coventry City FC Chosen for: Come on guys. The mighty Hood and not in this thing? She was actually the reason, why I decided to use strong personal namesake connections to a place for allocating clubs to ships. It would've broken @Wellington99 heart, if I hadn't done it. Soooo HMS Hood was named after Admiral Samuel Hood, 1. Viscount Hood of Whitley. And the Whitley in question is today a suburb of Coventry. So there you have it, Coventry City. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Coventry City was founded in 1883 as Swingers FC and changed its name in 1898. They did not play in a football league until 1908, when they were accepted in the 'Southern League' a third level league. During The Great War football in Coventry ceased to be played but a somewhat formidable performance in the ragtag local league in the season 1918-19 gained them a spot in the Football Leagues second division the following season. A corruption scandal over fixed matches shook the club in 1923 and the club slumped into third division. Since 1931 it went slightly upwards and finally in 1936, being a solid team until the start of the war in 1939, when football in Coventry is stopped again. Achievements until Sep 1939: none 5. Béarn - Pau FC Chosen for: Pau was the capital of the historical province of Béarn and is capital of the Basses-Pyrénées departement, which was formed in 1790. So choosing its football* club seemed natural. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Pau FC was founded in 1920 as Bleuets de Notre-Dame de Pau (Cornflowerd of our lady of Pau), since Bleuets are one of the first flowers to bloom on a bombed out battlefield. Bleuets are also worn in France like Poppies in England in memory of the Great War. Although football wasn't played by that club until 1923. Recemtly Pau has joined the Pyrenne district league in 1935-1936, but nothing to show has come of it. Achievements until Sep 1939: none. 6. Exeter - Exeter City FC Chosen for: Well the ship is named Exeter, the football* club is named Exeter City FC and comes from the city of Exeter, the ship is named after. Perfect match? Yes! Brief history until Sep. 1939: Exeter City FC was founded in 1904 by fusing two other local clubs together and already became professional in 1908, replacing a totally insignificant club named "Tottenham Hotspurs" (Who? I got nothing.) from the second southern league in England. They made a famous South America tour in 1914, where they played the Brazilian national team among others and the legendary Brazilian player Arthur Friedenreich lost two teeth, courtesy of Exeter City FC. In 1920 they were invited to join the Football league in the Third Division. There ECFC is stuck pretty much in midfield, achieving nothing. Achievements until Sep 1939: none. 7. Admiral Graf Spee - CA River Plate Chosen for: River Plate is, where AGS still lays around. And since I couldn't see my only known reader witout his favourite ship getting a club..... y'know. Why not? So South America gets in at least. That's a nice Bonus I think. Brief history until Sep. 1939: CA River Plate was founded in 1901in the neighbourhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires. The name was chosen during a merger between two football* clubs. Legend has it they saw boxes used as goals by dock workers in the Buenos Aires Port reading "The River Plate" and since no one understood english the "enigmatic writing" was taken as a name. It took them a while to get a "proper" field, but after they had one, they joined the AFA (Argentinian Football Association) and played their first league match in 3rd division in 1905. Coincidently the year their future arch rival Boca Juniors was founded. In the following years the club was troubled by being forced to change fields every other year by always different circumstances. After getting promoted ater only one season to 2nd division, CA moved finally to 1st division in 1908. Their top division debut was in May 1909. In 1914 River Plate won the Argentinian Jockey club Cup, which allowed them to play the Uruguayan club Bristol FC for the Tie Cup, which they also won. The first national championship was won in 1920. In 1923 River Plate left Boca and moved to a new stadium, named Alvar y Talge in the Recoleta district, which they rented from a railway company. In 1931 football in Argentina was professionalised and CA River Plate immediately put huge sums out for players, earning them the nickname "Los Millionarios". After this move they are one of the super powers in Argentinian football starting in 1932, where they won the league, two national cups and the Copa Aldao (or Copa Rio de la Plata) against Uruguayan champions several times until 1939. In 1938 CA River Plate finally moved to the "El Monumental" stadium in the Nunez district of Buenos Aires. they will not leave it for a long time. Achievements until Sep 1939: National Champions 1920, 1932, 1936, 1937; Jockey Cup 1914; Tie Cup 1914; Copa de Competencía 1932; Copa d'Oro 1936; Copa Ibaguren 1937, Copa Aldao 1936, 1937 (11 titles) 8. Dunkerque - USL Dunkerque Chosen for: Dunkerque has a football team on natinal level, USL Dunkerque. No contenders, easy choice. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded in 1909 (*breathes heavy*) as Stade Dunkerquois, went through a few namechanges and got professionalised as Olympique Dunkerque in 1930. They reached 2nd Division by 1939. Achievements until Sep 1939: none. 9. Scharnhorst - Hannover 96 Chosen for: Since Scharnhorst was named after Gerhard von Scharnhorst, who was born and lived a good part of his life near Hannover, I figured Hannover 96 (Or Hangover 69, if you want to mock it) would fit. Brief history until Sep. 1939: As the name suggests, the club Hannover 96 was founded in 1896, although it went through a few fusions and changes until 1913. It actually started as a Rugby Football club, as it was common back then in the Kingdom of Hannover and the Heidelberg area. But unlike in the Heidelberg region, in Hannover the clubs soon switched to "Association Football", the "normal" football. In 1901 they fielded the first recorded foreigner in German football, a Swiss. Their pitch from the beginning to 1939 is the "Radrennbahn am Pferdeturm" (the cyclist way at the horse tower). The first attempts to make the club a "proper" football club (German football is amateur sport until 1939 and long after) began in 1905 and soon the club dominated the Hannover region, but couldn't get past its rival Eintracht Braunschweig to reach more than regional level. This only changed very recently Hannover got its first full time coach in 1932 and fielded two national squad members in 1935. It all accumulated in the surprise victory in the finale for the German championship in 1938. They won against the current champion of 1939. Achievements until Sep 1939: German Champion 1938 (1 title) 10. Парижскую коммуну - Red Star Paris Chosen for: I felt somehow Soviet ships were underrepresented and Parishskuyu Kommunu (lit. ger. transcript) gave me a perfect excuse with her name, when I found a club named "Red Star Paris" in Paris. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded in 1897 as Red Star Club Français de Paris, a red star as sign was chosen to show affiliation with the workers. Fits like a glove, no? Red Star played the regional Paris leagues, rising to first division in 1904 and won the national USFSA cup** in 1909. After the unification of French football under the FFF Red Star won the national FFF-Cup 4 times in 1921-23 as Red Star Amical Club and in 1928 as Red Star Olympique (they fusioned with other Parisienne clubs). In the early years they played on the Champ de Mars but had to move soon after, when someone decided they needed some space for flats. Since 1909 they play in the Saint-Ouen-Stadium north of Paris. **France had several footbal lassociations until the FFF came around. Achievements until Sep 1939: USFSA Cup "Coupe Marnier" 1909; FFF-Cup 1921, 1922, 1923 and 1928 (5 titles) 11. Gneisenau - 1. FC Magdeburg Chosen for: Okay, Gneisenau is probably a rather far fetched example, but maybe provides an entry for other "missing" Walküren. As I mentioned above, it more or less started with Hood to see if I could associate human namesakes with places. Now, just to add a few Kriegsmarine Schiffe (and piss of Wellington in the process) I checked the human namesakes of German ships a bit more intense. ... Yeah. Graf Neidhardt von Gneisenau was a bit of a hassle. Gneisenau is a castle near Linz in Austria 1939 Germany. Which would put the Linzer ASK on the map. But when the namesake of the ship was born they had given up the castle almost 200 years ago.... August Neithardt von Gneisenau (ANG) was born in Schildau, Saxony, which is close to Leipzig, but it was a mere coincidence. ANG was born during a military campaign. then there would've been a funky reason to associate Gneisenau and not Saguenay with Montreal Impact.... but no. To cut to the chase: The problem with this man is, he was on the move a lot. So I decided I'd choose his last resting place, a mausoleum in the county Börde, Saxony-Anhalt, next to Magdeburg. Et voila. 1.FC Magdeburg it is. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Sadly 1. FC Magdeburg was only founded in 1965, and although it is a GDR legend even in the west, it is not existing in 1939. Achievements until Sep 1939: none. 12. Canarias - CD Tenerife Chosen for: This was the most complicated one. Because the Islas Canarias have two capitals with the two best teams. Tenerife and Las Palmas. Both play Segunda Division. Buuut CDTenerife was founded more than twenty years earlier in 1922, so it has a history in 1939. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded in 1922 it has a history in 1939, but only plays in regional leagues until then. In 1927/28 the regional league of the whole Canary Islands s founded and CD Tenerife wins the championship in the 1931/32 season. Achievements until Sep 1939: Canary champion 1931/32 (1title) 13. 青葉 - Kyoto Sanga Chosen for: The mountain Aoba is in Mizuru City, which has no notable soccer club, but is in Kyoto province and the highest ranking Kyoto club is Kyoto Sanga FC. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It is by a long shot the oldest club in Japan, founded in the same year as the previous entry, 1922! Eleven years older than FC Tokyo. Founded as 京都紫郊 Club (Kyoto Purple Club), they keep purple as their team colour to this day. It is, as an rare exception in Japan, and in contrast to FC Tokyo NOT a company club, but was founded by students of the paedagogic high school of Kyoto. The records I found indicate, they had only regional success. Soccer in the 20's and 30's (Japan Football Association only organised matches since 1921, but has with the 天皇杯全日本サッカー選手権大会, Tennō-hai Zen-Nihon Sakkā Senshuken Taikai or Tenno-Cup, the oldest national football cup in Asia) was purely amateur teams playing each other, with the Tenno-Cup being the only national competition. They probably stood only little chance against more powerful university clubs as "only" a high school. Much like they later suffered against the company teams with their money. Achievements until Sep 1939: nothing I could find. 14. Nürnberg - 1. FC Nürnberg, Verein für Leibesübungen e.V. Chosen for: One of the more (in-)famous Walküren has the most (in-)famous football club of 1939 Germany. For obvious reasons. Btw everyone only calls the club 1. FC Nürnberg or 1. FCN or "Der Club", because it was and in 1939 still is, the overwhelming force from Frankia. Or "Glubb" as Nüernbesch would say. Brief history until Sep. 1939: The Club was founded in 1900 as a Rugby football club, but since they didn't manage to get enough players regularily, they switched to association football in 1901. It was founded by upper school pupils (meaning eligible for university if graduating). They played on -a still used- open field called "Deutscherrnwiese" (German Gentlemn Grassland, yes with a lacking e) and used a nearby pub as club house. They had to bring the goal posts themselves every match, since permanent goals were not allowed. There was no organised football at that time so the FC Bayern München challenged the Club to a duel for nothing less than the Bavarian championship. The club lost 0-6, because they had no coach and "real" training, unlike their rival from München. They fixed that soon and 1904 there was a first, regular city league. The club dominated it and was thus allowed to join the brand new (Gau-/)Bezirksliga Nordbayern in 1905. This forced the Club to switch from the rag-tag Deutschherrnwiese, where the magistrate of Nürnberg even denied them a fence to take entry fees, to the "Ziegelgasse" (Brickvennel). It had a stand for a whooping 300 spectators. It won all championships of the Bezirksliga Nordbayern during its existence and in 1908 and 1909 the "Ostkreismeisterschaft" (east district championship), which more or less was an all Bavarian championship + some extra. East district of the southern German FA that was. Alas they did not rise above Bavarian dominance. On a regular basis they were checked for the Southern German championship by Outerbavarian clubs. They also lost their first matc hagainst a foreign club 3-8 in 1909, the FC Sunderland. The success forced the club to again resettle, this time to Schweinau (Pigmeadow) in 1908. 1910 was a very important year since the Club had the honour of the first German national player from the Kingdom of Bavaria. Also the Bezirksliga was abandoned for the new and higher Ostkreisliga, basically a "League Bavaria". A new feeling had to be compensated: Losing in the league. The Club actually was successful, but never won the Bavarian championship. Local and all-Bavarian opposition had become better with time. The increasing competition, but also popularity forced the Club into its 1939 residence, the "Zerzabelshof", called "Zabo". Only when the southern leagues had to devolve after a pause in 1914/1915 back into smaller Gau and district leagues (yes, the pansies in the south actually stopped playing football for a whole season! Can't imagine why. They say there was some big war, but that's no reason!). They even managed to finally win the Southern German Championship in 1916. After the war football was still fragmented, but the Club was nearly unscathed despite losing many players in the war. A stroke of luck was the 1919 visit by MTK Budapest. Hungary at the time was the ultimate football nation on the continent and some Hungarians liked Nürnberg so much, they stayed. Only one year later Nürnberg won the Southern and the first All-German championship of 1920. And thus the golden 20's began. Nürnberg won almost all "Bavarian leagues" until 1930 or was 2nd at least. They also won the German championship again in 1921, 1924, 1925, and 1927, naturally dominating the national team with its players. Keep in mind until 1933 there were a lot of highest leagues (up to 50!) in Germany. The frenzy found an end in 1930. The normal weakening by retiring champions was actually accelerated by the Nazi party, which already had Nürnberg its "capital", when their chevy and agitation forced the jewish coach to flee Germany. In 1932! In fact Nürnberg excluded jews completely in early 1933 before the party demanded it. The Reichssportführer von Tschammer und Osten even criticised the Club for its rash action in June 1933! It also introduced "as first club of Germany" a sport department dedicated to form athletes "into warserviceready Germans". In 1933 the Nazis reformed the league system into the 16 Gauleagues. Gau (massive district) #16 was Bavaria and the Club dominates it from the start. They win it 4/5 times between 1934 and 1938, only having to kneel as 2nd before their arch enemy Fürth in 1935. But they win the German Cup in 1935 as a consolation price and in 1936 finally the German championship again. Currently however the Club has to stomach a debacle, by its standards. The last season 1938/39 was only finished as 5th. And no one knows yet, if that was only a one time thing or the beginning of a decline. Achievements until Sep 1939: Southern German Champion 1916, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1924, 1927, 1929; Gauliga Champion 1934, 1936-1938; German Champion 1920, 1921, 1924, 1925, 1927; German Cup 1935 (17 titles total, not counting local ones) 15. 高雄 - FC町田ゼルビア Chosen for: 高雄 was named after the mountain 高尾山 which is pretty much right next to 東京. But so are a lot of japanese clubs. Including the FC Tokyo. Who deserves the privilege of representing Chiyoda for reasons obvious if you read her entry. So.... I pinpointed the exact location of the Takaosan and Machida was the town closest with a good soccer club, the FC Machida Zelvia. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Machida is one of the few clubs in Japan without company background and the region is known for its amount of quality soccer players it puts out via its Machida soccer school. So to keep them in the area the FC Machida (Zelvia) was founded, but only in 1989, the school dates back to 1977. Not old enough.. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 16. Axum - Shire Endasselasie FC Chosen for: Axum is the only submarine in the field and she did not exactly match a city with an Ethiopian Premier League club. Because that's the only trackable national league for me. My amharic is really non-existing. So I looked around and under 70km away there is the nice town of Shire, which has a nice club. So I took it for Axum and that's how she ended up with Shire Endasselasie FC. If you're form Axum, tell me how you feel about it. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 2012, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 17. Nevada - Reno 1868 FC Chosen for: I got, again, a whole state to choose from. And Nevada has one top division team, so I chose it. Also Reno 1868 FC is finally a club dating back to pre-1900's in the USA!!! Nah, just kidding, see below. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 2015, so none. The name was chosen via online contest in 2017. I could find no background on the decision, sorry. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 18. 北上 - いわてグルージャ盛岡 Chosen for: 北上 the cruiser was named after the 北上川, which flows straight through only one city with a professional soccer club on national level: Morioka. Et voila: Iwate Grulla Morioka enters the field. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 2000 by students, which is remarkable because they were the only "regional" founding member of a J-League (the J3), but that doesn't count here. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. That's all folks. INPF2 teams done.
  3. Clubs of the INPF1 table: 1. Wichita - Sporting Kansas City Chosen for: Right of the bat a good example of "loose geographical association". I honestly tried to give most of the Walküren a club to make it interesting. Now we ALL know USS Wichita is named after Wichita, Kansas. And it has no own soccer* club in the top three male leagues or top female league of the USA. So I looked where it is. The state of Kansas. And the highest playing club in Kansas is Sporting Kansas City in the Major League Soccer. So, there you have it, that's how Wichita ended up with Sporting Kansas City. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 1995, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 2. 金剛 - Cerezo Osaka Chosen for: The 金剛山(Kongou-yama) is geographically nearest to Osaka of all towns having a soccer* team in the national leagues of Japan. And Cerezo is closer to it than Gamba Osaka, since the mountain is located south of Osaka and Gamba is actually from the town of Suita, north of Osaka. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 1957 as "Yanmar Diesel Football Club" (a company club), so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 3. Verdun- FC Metz Chosen for: I wanted Verdun in this very much, but could not find a football* club. I had to choose in the end between FC Metz and Stade Reims and chose the former for closer proximity to Verdun. Also the fortress Metz has a similar historical weight for WW1 as Verdun itself. This and FC Metz being currently in Ligue 1, made it worthy to me. And their emblem shows a dragon and a Croix de Lorraine, fits. Brief history until Sep. 1939: FC Metz itself was founded in 1932, but preceded by the Cercle Athletique Messin, founded in 1919.... by players of the former SpVgg 1912 Metz, Metzer SpVgg, FC Metis Metz und FC Alte Herren Metz, all founded before the war.... yeah. The CA Messin however was very succesful in the amateur league of Lorraine, winning it 8 times, before becoming the professional FC Metz in 1932. FC Metz started in the second division, but won it in 1935 thus being elevated to Ligue 1. At the outbreak of the war that's where it is, in a solid, but also unspectacular mid-field position. Achievements until Sep 1939: Lorraine champion 1920-1922, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929 and 1931 (8 times) 4. La Motte-Picquet- Stade Rennais Chosen for: The family of La Motte-Picquet had very close ties with the Bretagne and especially the City of Rennais. So I fit Stade Rennais, a French top division football* club to the ship La Motte-Piquet. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Stade Rennais was founded in 1901 by a group of breton students. They were the founding members of the Ligue de Bretagne in 1902 and won it in the second season against rival FC Rennais. FC and Stade Rennais soon fusioned to counter the overwhelming force of US Saint Malo, but it took them until 1908 to defeat it in the Ligue du Bretagne. After The Great War Stade Rennais focused on the newly formed Coupe de France, but was only able to be runner up in 1922 against Red Star Paris. Still the postwar time was of great success, since they won the Western ligue title 4 times, but departing from the ligue in 1929 over matchmaking issues. French football launched its first professional top division in 1932 and Stade Rennais was among the first 20, despite not having played in a ligue for 3 seasons. The clubs finances were in shambles, but local support was so overwhelming, that they could fulfill FFF regulations by donations from the citizens of Rennes. The support was in fact so thick that local businessmen and citizens pressured the mayor and the city of Rennes to back the club financially in the years to come. While being a very popular team, they haven't accomplished anything on national level yet and with the outbreack of the war, football in France is halted. Achievements until Sep 1939: Bretagne champion 1903, 1908, 1909 (3 times), Ligue de l'Ouest champion 1919-1921, 1923 (4 times) 5. Conte di Cavour- Juventus F.C. (also known as Juventus Torino or Juve) Chosen for: Conte di Cavour has the palazzo di Cavour as seat, which is in the Italian city of Torino. That city has not one, but two ringing names in italian football*: the FC Torino and the Juventus FC. Both play in the Seria A and have won the national championship and cup several times. Long story short: Juve is far more internationally prestigious AND the older club by 9 years. Also Conte is the Grand Lady of Italian Walküren, so who better to represent her than the grand old lady of Italian football. I mean that's what everyone calls her: The old lady. Or the grand lady. (yes, a club literally named "Youth F.C" is called "the grand old lady of European football. Unironically.) She's la Fidanzata d'Italia, she's the killer lady and her players are legend throughout Europe as bianconeri or la Zebras. Scusi Toros, she wins. (Also you're technically her child.) Brief history until Sep. 1939: At the beginning of our story, our lady Juve is already 42 years old. She was founded in 1897 by students in Torino and entered the Italian championship two years after its beginning and only three years after the foundation of the club in 1900. The current colours are worn since 1905, coincidently the same season Juve won the Italian championship for the first time. No one expected that. The colours btw were copied from Notts County FC in Nottingham (nickname: the Magpies). In 1906 there were considerations to move Juve out of Torino, which made staff and players split. The splinter club was the FC Torino. So yeah, she bore her own derby rival. This ripped the clubs forces apart, but Juve slowly consolidated and survived the Great War. After the war, in 1923, a certain Edoardo Agnelli, just the vice boss of the biggest Italian motorcar company FIAT, entered the club. With this Juve became the dreadnought she is today. Subsequently 1923 the first documented paid -read: professional- player transfer in history was undertaken by Juve. With the money from FIAT the team got enforced and gained its second national title in 1926 until she began her reign supreme in Italian football starting in 1930. From 1930 to 1935 she had her Quinquennio d'Oro, five golden years. She won all championships from 1931 to 1935 and her players where the base for the national team of Italy in the World Cup of 1934, which was held in Italy and won by Italy and its "Nazio-Juve" team. But since 1935 and the sudden death of her president, the old lady has a few problems to regain her power. Achievements until Sep 1939: Italian Champion 1905, 1926 and from 1931-35 (7 titles) 6. Belfast - Glentoran FC Chosen for: Belfast was one of those hard to choose. Belfast has several Northern Irish top division clubs. Namely the Cliftonville FC, Crusaders FC, Linfield FC and the Glentoran FC. Now I pondered back and forth which club I should choose. Usually I choose the oldest, but since they were ALL founded prior to 1900, I considered it inappropiate. So I read a bit around in HMS Belfasts history and found she was built at Harland & Wolff 8sadly defunct since August 2019). Now that put her birthplace right next to a stadium. Namely half a mile away from "The Oval" by foot, less in a direct line. Seriously, it's just on opposite sides of the A2. And the Oval is home to Glentoran FC. Please don't blow up my car, it would violate the German peace of rellgions founded in 1648, since my car is German. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Glentoran FC was founded in 1882 and has since 1890 participated in the several leagues around. It has won the early Belfast league once, the former irish league several times, including the last time it was held until the partition of Ireland in 1921 and also won the subsequent Northern Irish League on two different occasions. They also won the Irish Cup 6 times. And although it is only played by Northern Irish teams since 1921, it is still called the Irish Cup. As an anecdote counts the cup semi-final of 1920, where Belfast Celtic fans fired shots at fans and players of Glentoran FC, but Glentoran also got disqualified for fielding an illegal player. So by default the southern club Shelbourne from Dublin won the Cup a third time, making it only the 4th time a southern club could ever win the cup. Achievements until Sep 1939: Belfast and District Champion 1894; Irish Champion 1905, 1912, 1913 and 1921, Northern Irish Champion 1925 and 1931; Irish Cup 1914, 1917, 1921, 1932, 1933, 1935 (13 titles in total) 7. Ленинград - ФК «Зенит» Санкт-Петербург Chosen for: Leningrad is the soviet name for Petrograd, so I chose the top club FK "Zenit" Sankt-Peterburg (btw also the German name). Obvious, yes? Although in 1939 it is known under another name..... Brief history until Sep. 1939: In May 1925 the Stalin-Metalworks in Peterburg founded a football* team. It had no name and played local league football. In 1926, the second year, they called the team LMS for "Leningrad Metalworks Stalin" (it's the same acronym in Russian) and joined the City league. Shortly before the CCCP started its club league, the clubname was changed to Stalinez Leningrad (Сталинец Ленинград). And yes, the Stalinez was a reference to Stalin. They started in the 2nd division in 1936, but in 1939 they play in the top league for the first time and face the "invincible" Spartak Moscow in the Cup final.... and loose. Achievements until Sep 1939: none 8. Augusta - Atlanta United Chosen for: Augusta is named after the city of Augusta, Georgia. Georgias capital has a team in the US top division. Augusta has no team in the national leagues. So I ended up with Atlanta United. There is team, Statesboro, in the USL one, but that's third division. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 2014 as your typical US sports franchise. So, none Achievements until Sep 1939: none 9. Algérie - MC Alger Chosen for: Since Algérie represents a whole country, I decided to look for a club from the capital. Alger has several teams to offer, but for seniority I chose MC Alger. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Mouloudia Club d'Alger was founded in 1921 on the birthday of the prophet Mohammed (the mouloudia) and originally met as a gathering of two neigbourhoods desiring to from the first muslim football club of Algeria. All previous clubs had been "christian French" clubs. The club had to jump several through loops set up by the colonial aithority and its first address was the "Buvette Américain" (American Bar) at the Mahon place in Alger. They joined the FSINA, the independent North African Football Association rather than the French one. In addition to this the club was dissolved and reinstated during the 1920 for financial reasons, players being drafted into the military and other stuff. And they finally joined the French Football Association for better match prospects. After the dust settled, they even got promoted to 1st Algerian division after the 1930/31 season for the first time. And in 1936 they landed the coup of winning the championship. In 1939 the club is an established force in the 1st Algerian Ligue. Achievements until Sep 1939: Algerian Champion 1936 (1 title) 10. Москва́ - Футбольный клуб «Динамо» Москва Chosen for: Ah, come the frak on! Moskoviti clubs are 4 in the Russian top league so how to choose one? Or at least eliminate one (except Torpedo, which played 2nd division)? Moskva was actually the first ship that gave me that headache. All four clubs were founded prior to 1939. The oldest one is ZSKA/CSKA, but it is affiliated with the Army and the Moskva we're talking about is a ship. Okay, second club out. The other three Dynamo, Spartak and Lokomotiv are pretty not so distinguishable for my purposes, so I did what a cunning reader might figure, since I did it with Belfast as well: I measured distances. Distances to what? The Bolshoi theatre, natürlich! And Dynamo Moskva has the closest stadium to it by quite a bit. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Dynamo Moskva was founded/integrated in 1923 as football section of the bigger Dynamo sports club und [redacted] (you will forget that name immediately!). In 1936 it was founding member of the Soviet National League and won the 1936 Spring-season and the 1937 season. In 1937 it also won the Soviet Cup. The nickname of the fans and club is [redacted, don't look for it or go to Gulag!] since the club is affiliated with [redacted]. Achievements until Sep 1939: Soviet Champion 1936 (spring), 1937, Soviet Cup 1937 (3 titles) 11. 千代田 - FC Tokyo Chosen for: The ship 千代田 was named after the district 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku). It is the district of Tokyo with the Imperial Palace and Edo-castle. Now you might think: Oh that was probably a complicated choice.... except it wasn't FC Tokyo is the only Tokyo based soccer club in J1-League at the time of the creation of the INPF-League. See? that was easy. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Well.... FC Tokyo as founded as recent as 1998, BUT it was actually a transformation from the much older Tokyo Gas FC (you guessed it: A company club). And the Tokyo Gas Soccer Club was founded as early as 1933. So, yatta! First Japanese Club with a history!! In 1935 they changed the name to Tokyo Gas Football Club in which they started to be participating in official regional tournaments. And that's where they are atm. kicking around Tokyo. Achievements until Sep 1939: none I know of. 12. Salt Lake City - Real Salt Lake Chosen for: It's obvious, isn't it? It's the MLS team of Salt Lake City. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded only in 2004. They have a crown in their crest, which should make republicans suspicious. The "Real" of Real Salt Lake comes from Real (Royal) Madrid, not the real real. There is a connection to the earlier team Utah Blitzz, but who cares? Achievements until Sep 1939: none, obviously. 13.熊野 - Iga FC Kunoichi Chosen for: 熊野 was named after the 熊野川 which flows through the Kii peninsula (where the ise shrine and Nara are i.e.). Now the problem is I couldn't find a high enough ranking soccer club at the river. Not even in the provinces he crosses. Technically Osaka counts as on the peninsula, but Osaka was represented already and Iga is actually in Mie province, one of the three provinces fully on Kii. And somewhat close by. And I was bit happy to finally be able to fit a womens team to a ship. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded only in 1976. It is a fairly successful club, but not in 1939 for apparent reasons. Achievements until Sep 1939: none, obviously. 14. Perth- Perth Glory FC Chosen for: Perth was named after the city Perth in Australia and they have a first division soccer club, which is Perth Glory FC. Easy. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded only in 1995. Achievements until Sep 1939: none, obviously. 15. 天龍- ジュビロ磐田 Chosen for: 天龍 was named after the 天竜川 on Honshu and the 天竜川 flows in 磐田市 into the open sea. And Iwata was the city with the most prominent soccer club, so I chose Jubilo Iwata. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded only in 1992, but has the direct predecessor in the Yamaha company soccer club founded in 1970. So if you like their bikes, cheer for Tenryuu. Achievements until Sep 1939: none, obviously. 16. Köln - 1. FC Köln Chosen for: It is the highest playing kölner football club. Note I track the womens team which also plays 1. Bundesliga, der Frauen, natürlich. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 1948, because several kölsche football clubs felt (and rightly so) they were too weak. So none, nothing, naada. *lacht dreckig* Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 17. Lexington - New England Revolution Chosen for: Lexington is in Massachusetts, which is the site the battle of Lexington took place after which Lady Lex is named. At the same Interstate (I-95) south of Boston, in the same state, a soccer club calls a stadium its home who is coincidentally a founding member of the MLS. And who am I to deny a fan favourite her entry in this league? Brief history until Sep. 1939: NER was founded in 1995, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 18. Saguenay - Montreal Impact Chosen for: Saguenay and the Riviere Saguenay are in Canada, Quebec province. And it seems the soccer team Montreal Impact carries the Quebecoi figuratively torch in the MLS? Also Montreal is of all three Canadian teams the closest to the town and the river. That and I liked the idea of the Canadians being on board. Brief history until Sep. 1939: MI was founded in 1993, so none. The oldest professional soccer team I could find for Montreal was founded in 1981.... really no chance. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 19. Houston - Houston Dynamo Chosen for: Well the ship Houstno is named after the city of Houston,TX, USA, so it is natural to choose that citys soccer team. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Houston Dynamo was founded in 2005, so none. But a "fun fact": The original name was supposed to be Houston 1836, the founding date of Houston , TX. And also the date Texas got its independence from Mexico, so the Mexicans in the city were pretty much not amused and the name "Dynamo" was chosen. Which makes them honorary commies in my book in 1939. Ask Moskva. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 20. Pola - NK Istra 1961 Chosen for: Pola is named after the city Pola/Pula in todays Croatia. The highest division club is the NK Istra 1961 in the 1st Hrvatskan National League. So they got the spot. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Sadly the club was founded in 1948, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above.
  4. Goooooood Day, good Captains! Since Bundesliga started again and I'm terribly bored apparently I organised a "small" INPF Football (Soccer) League. I'm so hyped. Rules are easy: Each Walküre I could reasonably pin a team in a national league to, gets a place on the two tables. If I could've attached more than one team I chose reasonably among the possible ones. (*sighs at Moskva*) I will update ideally once a week (usually after Bundesliga matchdays. Yes, Bias.). Pointing is according to league matchday outcome. A win gets 3 points, a draw 1 point and a loss 0. In case of equal points I will weigh in the strength of the league and if same league the actual position on the actual table. At the end of the season (I'm thinking 1st of May atm) I cut all matches that exeed the number of matches of the team with the lowest number of matches at a table to keep it fair. (Got it?) Worst three of table one relegate to table 2 and the top three of table 2 get promoted to table 1. Every team which gets added lands on table 3. And then the league expands. INPF3 would launch after 5 teams are on it. From time to time a team gets an team entry, with history until 1939, if it exists, and why I chose that particular team. Applications for missed teams only via discord. Only ships in Shiros magnificent list are eligible. INPF 1: INPF2: Bets may be placed here for a) Champion, b) top three on each table and c) bottom three of each table. Betting ends at 3rd of October 2019. For every team in the right position you get one point. Most point can be considered a lucky bastard, least points gets the Lebi-Medal of bad luck. BETS:
  5. I really don't get what's going on with you and Pola @Ninjapacman. I would like to have a word with a certain U-Boot about wasting 22 pages of rationed German Kriegsmarine paper and the difference between a Nagelfari und a Nagelfara...... and how the Hel she got Loki in/on there. No really, what are her sources and how familiar is she with oral traditions?
  6. Do you know this feeling when you watch some classic stuff and realise it fits perfectly somewhere and you can't imagine why you didn't put it there the whole time in the first place? Whatever: Watch this and be amused, but you have to wait for it.
  7. Since DMNT talks about it so much: The seyuu of Scharnhorst does something "unnatural" to the vowels. But I only mention it, because we can't have the Spaniard be the only one nagging. Did her grandfather at least serve on Scharnhorst as well? Is that the criteria for every Synchronsprecherin? I believe in the game you DON'T see all the flags above in the start screen? Or at least can't choose them? The fleet selection screen looks good. But why is that fleet called "The ugly sisters"? Not a nice fleet name. And what do the cogwheel and globe next to the Walküren picture do? What about that German flag? Why is the German diplomatic penalty so high if you sweep the Bismarck Sea of all places? Actually most of the diplomatic gains and losses seem random. I totally like Polas attitude in battle. And how is it chosen who does the banter before every round? If Bulldog likes good explosions..... why not line up those British (post-)(super-)dreadnoughts and I can see what I can do about it. After the battle there is no cunning line by the MVP? Bummer. And it's not Oil that got salvaged, is it? Americans...... Murder looks interesting. And I see Hood is doing Hood things. OMG THE BOOKS!!! Every Walküre gets one? With so many chapters? And every nation gets not one, but multiple ones? ALTOBELLI! *lechz* Can not chosen starters be obtained in a running campaign? Now I hope you won't need as long as you did for the next video.
  8. Here you go. Enjoy a small text with a ~13Minute video on the side.
  9. I love this version of this song on so many levels..... well, just listen to it. I love it.
  10. @ArcticuKitsu Happy Canada Day to you then, too!
  11. Something is missing, oder?
  12. I like her colour, her culinary taste, but what is the thing under her Umbrella? Also 10 mystery points to @Panay's Ghost, whose guess was correct, while everyone else had BB fever..
  13. (second gameplay update pending) (beta pending.....) 😴
  14. So far I got two guesses right. And considering my assesments of them, I like them. So 5 German destroyers are already known to own a Walküre.
  15. Link to 141 Link to the Update 98 discussion
  16. Great art by Melissa again.
  17. So HMS Narcissist has entered the realm of Walküren. I don't like Achilles in the illiad and I don't like Achilles here. I mean, come on! Who names her pigeons after herself? And I'd argue the shield is too small, has weird shape and depicts the probably faulty Monticelli version in bronze. In fact I could use a conversation about the shield as a prime diversion for a many great things. I won't start it here. I hope the Telamonian will get a Walküre as well.
  18. I disagree. A very contemporary example is the popular term "Hartz IV" in comparison to the correct term "Leistungen nach dem Sozialgesetzbuch II - Grundsicherung für Arbeitssuchende". And the only part of German government to endorse "Walküren" promptly and officially would probably be the (Waffen-)SS and then maybe the ministry for propaganda and peoples education. So it is the political official term maybe, but you clearly underestimate the precision needed in bureaucratic terminology. Also it deters Allied intelligence from even attemtpting to read bureaucratic communications for fear of losing their own sanity. 😉 That said, "Walküre" is probably "Selbsterkennende spontane Erscheinung welche über Identifikation mit und lokale Bindung an ein bestimmtes Schiff verfügt", or "Selbsterkennende Schiffserscheinung" for short and practical, daily use. Such practice is common in Germany. My example above has "Arbeitslosengeld II" as official short version.
  19. >>If you have any comments or concerns, please let me know as soon as possible.<< - You called? SMS Schleswig-Holstein? Who died to restore the monarchy? 2tes Kaiserreich bestätigt, Vorbereitungen zum Kaisersalut laufen. ...... I would like to remind everyone at this point: The prefixes "KMS" or "DKM" were never used until after the war. And the correct prefix would be "DFS" anyways..... Strait of... where? *vanishes for a while in the maproom* Ah. Now I'm curious about the RCN report on the same incident. Also thanks for the flowers. If they raid Buenos Aires in the Americas, I suggest Rotterdam better braces itself. The Petroleumhaven from 1929 should've developed well in the last 10 years. I really don't like how the Nixe seems to hit civilians primarily in the opening week. I suppose small coastal villages and towns desert very quickly. Is there an evacuation plan in effect? On to the Elephant in the room: Apoandrasis. Since the report only talks about "irregularities" (plural) I take it quite literally. A phenomenon where the ship or parts of the ship evades the control of the human/male crew. Iirc it takes the -confused- Walküren some time to actually manifest aboard. So a word which can be translated as "doing/taking away from man/human" would be fitting. I doubt that the US authorities of all would accept the manifestation of female(!) gods(!!) among mortals. It's the first time I regret having no Graecum.... although I know only one school in and around Dortmund which would offer one. But as I understand it, elevating/forming a god into a human is anthropomorphism. Which would fit the manifestation of a Walküre much more closely. Anyways, the word can be translated much less literal. As von_Lipstig and DYM both showed. I'll add some grimmer possibilities. Be warned: In case the word "Apoandrasis" hasn't a fixed meaning in a text which could be found in 1939 in Germany, I suggest the Kriegsmarine either uses a latin expression like "Demasation" (literally a apoandrasis in latin) or finds a German word for it. "Spontane Selbstkontrolle" nur so als Beispiel. A curiosity that perfectly fits the narrative..... aaaand gives us someone else to blame.....Nos fortuna ridet. Was kann da schon schief gehen?
  20. So you know what to rewrite. It never actually came into effect, but everyone kinda agrees it's the base for national laws and otherwise whatever "Völkergewohnheitsrecht" means in english.: https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/ihl/INTRO/255?OpenDocument I'll stick to this: http://www.u-boote-online.de/krieg/prisenordnung/priseno/inhalt.php On a side note: Article 5 of the German prize law prohibits enacting prize law around Spitzbergen, Äalandislands, Korfu and Paros, on the Suez-Canal and 3 german nautical sea miles around the entry harbours to the Suez-Canal, even if the nations those areas belong to are at war with Germany. I assume the game portrays that correctly. 😜
  21. The new Reiwa era will come. There's already a song about it:
  22. No, absolutely not. But now that you mention it: Are those underwater breathing bubbles in front of her mouth? That underwater look is so cool.
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