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20 Of The Best Club Badges In South American Football

By Chris Wright

Apropos of nothing, here’s Pies’ pick of our 20 favourite South American football badges. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we shall begin..

1. Colo Colo, Chile

Emblazoned with a Mapuche indian, who refused to surrender to the Spanish colonialists way back when…

2. Crucero del Norte, Argentina

A vision of the future, but as imagined in 1969…

3. Rocha FC, Uruguay

So delightfully naff, like the lid of a margarine tub…

4. Bolivian national side

What embodies the “never surrender” spirit of a nation better than a giant chicken? (To be fair, we think it’s supposed to be a vulture)…

5. Deportivo Azogues, Ecuador

Hence the nickname: The Macaws…

6. Club Tijuana, Mexico

Or “Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente” to be precise, Tijuana are not adverse to giving their fans nightmares forever while promoting their new kits

7. Club America, Mexico

A little bit of primary colour action never hurt anyone…

8. Defensor Sporting, Uruguay

Lighthouse family…

9. Correcaminos UAT, Mexico

Translates as ‘The Roadrunners.” Meep meep…

10. Newell’s Old Boys, Argentina

Heh heh. Nob. Heh heh…

11. CA Huracan, Argentina

They call themselves “The Little Balloons” for reasons unbeknownst to us…

12. Araguaina, Brazil

We’ve got no idea what the chap with the huge cotton bud is all about, but “The Big Bull of the North” possess one of the most wonderful club crests we’ve ever seen…

13. Club Deportivo Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico

Say what you want about the Black Lions, but that is one cool badge…

14. Jaguares, Mexico

They even played in jaguar print strips for a time…

15. Tiburones Rojos Veracruz, Mexico

Fun fact: The Red Sharks are former employers of none other than Rene Higuita…

16. Gimnasia ELP, Argentina…

Now that’s a proper badge! The heraldic overtones are due to Gimnasia also dabbling in fencing…

16. Club Deportivo ESPOLI, Ecuador

The club belong to the Police Academy in Quito, who obviously let someone’s five-year-old son design their badge…

17. Universitario, Peru

Just a whopping great “U”. Can’t really argue with that…

18. Pumas de la UNAM, Mexico

If the Autobots had a big cat division…

19. Dorados, Mexico

We’re not on the tourist board or anything, but we reckon the fishing’s good in Culiacan…

20. FC Manta, Ecuador

Ain’t that just the saddest thing you’ve ever seen?

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21 Responses to “20 Of The Best Club Badges In South American Football”

  1. Murray says:

    Ever hear of ‘The Strongest’ from Bolivia? I’d figure not because I don’t see them mentioned anywhere in this article.

    http://www.theoffside.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/strongest.gif

  2. Fep! says:

    Very nice compilation. Specially because number one is the team I support, Colo-Colo.
    So to add some more, the stories behind Real Potosí from Bolivia and Barcelona from Ecuador are worth a mention.
    Just a tiny correction: mexican teams are not exactly southamerican.

  3. Preston A. Jackson IV says:

    Uh…Mexico is in North America. It is north of Central America and South America is south of Central America.

  4. RPM says:

    Stay tuned f

  5. RPM says:

    Stay tuned for Pies’ 20 Best European Football Badges, featuring 7 Egyptian clubs…nice work, gents, apart from the appalling ignorance of geography.

  6. Pablo says:

    Please change the title, did you go to school in the US?

  7. Marko says:

    OOh. I’ve been beaten to the primary geography lesson. Darn it.

  8. Geeez says:

    8. Defensor Sporting, Uruguay

    Lighthouse family…

    Giant penis and testicles lept to my mind,,,,,

  9. Santiago says:

    Mexican clubs compete in the Cope Libertadores so I see no issue in having Mexican clubs in this list.

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  15. My Balls says:

    Well, Espoli badge…not the proper one…Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata is a club founded in 1887…and never change his badge like the most of english clubs…more in Argentina the club not changes never his badges, maybe added stars but not changes the badges and off course the shirts like you can see in the english clubs ;)

  16. Victor says:

    Hi, I’m from, Posadas, Argentina. Crucero del Norte (the 2nd badge) is a team from Garupá, a city close to mine. Is not a club, is a bus company, and it team started in 2003 in the 7th division (now is in the second division).

    I can put badges really worse than those that I see here.

  17. zeruch says:

    nice!!! but, to be honest, I guess you doesn’t search for the story of Pumas UNAM crest :) there ir a lot of meanings behind the puma, as a rising fist for the athem of the university or the “U” on the negative space, the meaning of the three round shapes on the head, bla bla bla

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