The UD, always in yellow

Many teams cannot say the same, nor did they always have the same name or the same kit, let's go first with UD Las Palmas.

"The unique team", that is the phrase that sums up the spirit that led to the birth of the Unión Deportiva Las Palmas.

It was founded on August 22, 1949 but for many decades before it had been practiced in Gran Canaria, also in the rest of the islands.

Here he entered through the esplanades of the wharf, where the British crews of the many ships that called at the port played.

Dock workers soon joined the simple but addictive game.

Several clubs were founded, some with a British base and others sponsored by canaries trapped by the magic of the ball. This is how the decades passed, with clashes and competitions within the island and also with teams from Tenerife. Some of these teams played matches against Liverpool FC and Everton FC, in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, which made port to continue their journey to other parts of the globe.

The national competition -First Division- had been launched in 1929 and in the islands it was disconsolate not to be able to participate.

There was good football here, extraordinary footballers that the teams from the peninsula signed, but too many teams coexisted and the rivalry between them was so high that it made it impossible to be competitive individually with those from the continent.

Only by uniting could it be competed outside the archipelago, with the sacrifice of all, with generosity, each one giving up their colors to obtain collective benefit with a single team that represented us all.

The name was discussed somewhat, whether Canarias or Gran Canaria, Unión Deportiva Las Palmas was finally decided, that name brought together and left no one to the side. The color thing was also on track,
yellow and blue, those of the island's flag.

The five most important teams on the island, Real Club Victoria, Marino FC, Club Deportivo Gran Canaria, Atlético Club and Arenas Club, merged, leaving their rivalries behind.

In nothing came the first success - the promotion in 1951 -. The bet was not wrong. And there he continues with his good and bad moments, like everyone else, but always with the same spirit, that of the unique team.

It never changed its name, Unión Deportiva Las Palmasnot everyone can say the same, although it is not their fault.

Like here, in other parts of Spain football clubs also flourished due to English influence, the oldest being the Real Club Recreativo de Hueva, which was born under the name Recreation Club.

That was at the end of the 19th century and, contrary to what happened in Gran Canaria, the name of the teams was sometimes the subject of debate among the founders, and then had its ups and downs.

Spain, at the time they were founded, was a monarchical country. The leaders asked the Royal House to be able to insert the crown in its shield and the title of Royal in its name, as a symbol of adherence and recognition of the institution.

The Royal House granted permission and joined the name, so we have Real Madrid, Real Valladolid, Real Betis Balompié, Real Sociedad de San Sebastián, and many others.

In some cases, the names also included some sporting English expression, as was the case with Racing de Santander, Athletic Club de Bilbao, for example.

One of those that met both terms was Real Sporting de Gijón.

It seems like a minor thing that I am telling you about whether it is Real or not or if it has any English traces, don't believe it, for years it was important. Politics got in the way and they changed their names.

On April 12, 1931 there was a change of regime, Spain went from Monarchy to Republic. That day the clubs did not know it, but it would affect some of them.

The republican leaders decided to eliminate all traces of royalty in the country, that also included the names of the soccer teams, so by law they eliminated everything 'what is Real' and also the crown that was drawn on the shield, from that moment they were renamed Madrid CF, Betis Balompié...

At the end of the Civil War, April 1939, the government repeals a multitude of laws, including the one that affected the names of the teams which allows the clubs to return to their original names, and to display the crown on the shields.

Let's go back to calling ourselves what we were born, they said to each other. Mistake, not all.

The leaders of the new regime just as they repealed the republican law left their mark, they approved another norm that prohibited any foreign words, which in the case of soccer are anglicisms, naturally. So Racing, Sporting or Athletic were renamed Santander, Real Gijón, Atlético de Bilbao.

Come on, they returned one thing and took another, the most affected was the Gijón team, on which the two prohibitions fell consecutively. In one stage he was suppressed by Real and in the other by Sporting. For decades there was no way to wear the full name: Real Sporting de Gijón.

The seventies arrived and with the opening of the Franco regime, the teams took the opportunity to go little by little claiming and using their original names, with which they were founded, gradually returning to their origins. At last the Asturians were able to shake off the dust and call themselves as they were born.

A different and curious case is that of Club Atlético Osasuna, a Basque word that means health.

Basque was prohibited, but for some reason no one forced them to change it and they kept it in Franco's time, from its foundation to the present day.

The history of Boca Juniors

From the beginning the colors of UD Las Palmas were clear, in other latitudes, reaching yellow and blue was not an easy matter.

For Boca Juniors, the journey to reach the mythical shirt, recognizable throughout the world, was not a bed of roses
. The club was founded on April 3, 1905 by five students. Three of them studied at the Commercial College where an Irish professor named Paddy McCarthy taught, who was the one who encouraged them to practice 'football'.

The boys who were enthusiastic about the ball decided to create a team, the name fell from the mature, they were in the neighborhood of La Boca, there was no discussion, from the outset, Boca, that placed them on the map. Being young and with a British influence, they decided to accompany him with Juniors. That's how the name came about, quickly and without fuss.

The camisole was something else. At first they chose a light blue one and so they played their first game on April 21, 1905, with a good debut, a 4-0 victory against the Mariano Moreno club. Several challenges followed, as they called the matches then in those latitudes, alternating victories and defeats.

Although team colors were not a primary concern at the time,
the boys from Boca Juniors saw that his light blue jacket was very bland compared to those of his opponents, he wore the English style of stripes, very striking.

They commissioned the sister of one of the founders, Farenga, to make them new ones, but on one condition, that it not look like the red and white one of the Alumni Club, that team was a steamroller, it won almost everything and they wanted to be their opponent.

One of the Boca players then said to use blue and the skillful seamstress made beautiful white shirts with vertical blue canes. Objective achieved, new shirts, colorful and different from those of the club they wanted to unseat.

Matter settled, they said.

A challenge was put together against a club from Boedo and when the Boca Juniors showed up on the field they found that the locals dressed identically. That there was only one way to solve them, like true gentlemen, the result of the match would decide which team got the design.
Boca Juniors lost and had to give up their new shirts, at that time they were condemned to dive into other shades and designs. The matter was complicated, they urgently needed to solve the matter because more games were coming and they did not have shirts.

The objective was to solve in days, an equation with three unknowns, color, design and that did not bear similarity with others. Nerves arose in the meetings, the discrepancies were multiple and the debates heated.

In one of those moments when things escalate, Don Juan Bricchetto, who worked on the La Boca bridge, took the floor and proposed the following solution: "Let's go to the bridge and look at the colors of the flag of the first ship that happens. Let the decision be made by fate."
Said and done, stationed on the bridge, the first boat that entered the port was one with the Swedish flag, with its blue and yellow colors and thus the colors of Boca Juniors were fixed forever.

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