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The Story Behind: Club Badges


Sunday, April 12, 2020
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Kuala Lumpur: With much of the Continental game on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the-AFC.com continues our series, The Story Behind, where we delve deeper to reveal some of Asian football's fascinating flavour.


After featuring club nicknames in the first edition, we next look at six different sides from across the breadth of the Asian Football Confederation and explore the meaning behind their unique club crests.

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Qadsia SC – Kuwait

Despite being established in October 1960, Qadsia SC didn't select their logo until four years later after the club, known for its vibrant yellow jerseys, asked artists at a local workshop for their creative input.

The Kuwaiti artist, Khaza’al Al Qafas, asked for a week to consider his proposals, after which he presented club officials with three designs, one of which remains the Qadsia SC logo to this day.

Based on his knowledge of historical Islamic battles, Al Qafas noticed the presence of an eagle on the flag raised during the Al Qadisiya battle, and since then the bird of prey has been the prominent feature of the yellow and black emblem.

As with many clubs, the Olympic rings beneath the eagle recognise Qadsia SC as a sporting institution – one whose finest hour came in defeating Iraq's Arbil to win the 2014 AFC Cup.


Jeju United – Korea Republic

Located in the city of Seogwipo on the southern Korea Republic island of Jeju, K League 2 side Jeju United are the most remote professional football club in the East Asian country.

Jeju United's shield-shaped emblem is a mixture of black, red and orange, with the latter the colour of one of the most striking strips ever seen in the AFC Champions League era..

The emblem's main features – the snow-capped mountain, the antlers and the 'J' – carry real significance, meanwhile, with the former representing Hallasan, a shield volcano and the highest mountain in Korea Republic.

Horns sprouting from the top of the badge recognise the large population of deer native to the island while the J, shaped like a sword, is to symbolise Jeju United's team spirit and attack-minded philosophy.


Nagoya Grampus – Japan

The team's name was derived from the two most prominent symbols of Nagoya: the two golden grampus dolphins on the top of Nagoya Castle, and the Maru-Hachi (Circle Eight), the city's official symbol.

Adopted in 1998, the striking Nagoya Grampus emblem features barbarian red to represent wildness and fighting spirit, noble red for intelligence and affection, and star orange to characterise brightness and beauty in team spirit.

The emblem is in the shape of a shield, with a crown resting atop to represent a king. Its design includes the letters N, G and E to recognise the former Grampus Nagoya Eight name as well as the club's killer whale symbol.


Persepolis – IR Iran

Persepolis FC was named after the historical landmark, Persepolis, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire and, thus, the club logo incorporates elements from of one of the Islamic Republic of Iran's most revered landmarks.

The Tehran giants have changed their logo a number of times over the years, with falcon-winged men and bulls to symbolise productivity both previously prominent features. Since 2004, however, among its most striking attributes has been the two-headed mythical homa bird, attached by one body, to replicate a renowned column at Persepolis.

A cup is located on the top of the body as recognition of the club's achievements, while the Olympic rings beneath represent Persepolis as one of IR Ian's great sporting institutions.

In 2012, ahead of the 74th Tehran derby against their great rivals Esteghlal, Persepolis updated the logo once more.This shield-shaped version seen today also features the name Persepolis in both Persian and English.


East Bengal – India

Koltata-based East Bengal are one of India's great old clubs, with a proud and intriguing history as well as a bulging trophy cabinet from nearly 100 years in existence.

Back in 1930, the Indian football season was disrupted for political reasons and a number of clubs boycotted the Calcutta Football League, which had a negative knock-on effect for the the Bengali side.

Despite sitting on top of the second division at the time, East Bengal were denied promotion to the top tier. Anger arose and the club even suspected rival clubs of having a hand in the decision.

Thousands of East Bengal fans and officials protested at Kolkata's largest urban park, Maidan, with demonstrators carrying flaming torches. The result? Officials at East Bengal decided the torch-bearers were a symbol of the club's solidarity and, thus, have placed the torch prominently on the emblem to this day.


Persipura Jayapura – Indonesia

Indonesia's most easterly Liga 1 side, Persipura Jayapura, have an emblem steeped in the tradition and culture of the local community on the province of Papua.

Among the most notable features is the blue fish, which symbolises the region's primary source of income, the fishing industry, given the city's location on the banks of the Yos Sudarso Bay.

The fish is held up by a Karwari house, a type of local community shelter. This is supported by five stilts that represent the Pancasila (five principles): belief in God, a just and civilised community, unity, democracy and social justice.

Beneath the house are three waves to highlight that Karwari is above the water, while the three sides that encircle the logo symbolise the customs, religion and government that works together to support Persipura.

Finally, the yellow and green on the left and right respectively are rice and cotton, and take their place on the emblem as a sign of hope that all Persipura fans can live a healthy and prosperous life.

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