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Club Logos Secrets 2

Secrets of Football Teams' Crests, part 2


In the second part of the story about football clubs' coats of arms, I'll reveal few interesting facts about emblems of clubs from Spain.
Spanish clubs, seeking for solutions for their logos, often sought inspiration in coats of arms of their home cities and provinces. We have already seen the example of Barcelona, and now I will show you few more cases.

-Atletico Madrid: The emblem contains key symbols of the coat of arms of Madrid. In the corner of the emblem there is a bear trying to reach fruit from the tree. Bear was once abundant in the region of Madrid, and King Alfonso XI even described this city as "a good place for pork and bear." Seven stars in the blue strip represent the constellation "Ursa Major" (ie "Big Bear", again a reference to a bear). Each star has five spikes, representing five provinces surrounding Madrid - Avila, Guadalajara, Segovia, Toledo and Cuenca.
-Valencia: Bat on the club logo was taken from the coat of arms of the city of Valencia (which is also the capital of the homonymous province). Bats are very numerous in Valencia, but one of them became particularly famous on the 9th October 1238, when James I the Conqueror (James I of Aragon, Jaime el Conquistador) was preparing his army to expel Moors from Valencia. According to the legend, before the battle, a bat landed on the top of the Spanish battle flag. This was interpreted as a good sign, and it turned out to be true. Victory was achieved, and that bat found his place on the city emblem.
Otherwise, emblem of the other well-known football club from Valencia - Levante, also contains a shape of the bat.
Getafe FC, in their coat of arms, have a pattern that represents aircrafts in flight above the green field. That refers to a strong aviation tradition of the region which also has a large air base located nearby.
Elements from cities' coats of arms, on their labels also feature Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, Real Zaragoza and many others.
Blue diagonal line on the crest of Real Madrid is the memory of their first jerseys, which was white with a blue line. In 1902, the club has completely changed their appearance, introducing a plain white shirt inspired by the English (now defunct) club - Corinthian FC (by the way, famous Brasilian club took their name in the honour of this, once well known, club which made a great contribution to the development of football at the turn of the 19th and 20th century). Otherwise, after the overthrow of the monarchy, in the period 1931-1941. Real Madrid had a crown taken off the coat of arms, and even had to drop the title "Real" from their name.
Villarreal: Not quite an information on the jersey, but it can't hurt - they got the nickname "Yellow Submarine" because of the color of shirts and the image of the club that, although always treated as a small team, often managed to "soak" bigger clubs. For some, however, the reason for this nickname is that throughout history they often changed leagues, going up and down just as a submarine.