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The Meaning Behind Sports Teams’ Crests

HIIII The Meaning Behind Sports Teams' Crests Sri Lanka Cricket Sri Lanka England New Orleans Saints Based on the country's flag, Sri Lanka's cricket team uses the image of a lion holding a sword which represents Adorning the helmets of the team, the fleur-de-lis is a symbol of the City of New Orleans and represents The three lion motif originates from the royal coat of arms carried into battle by English Kings in the 12th Century. The 10 roses are Tudor roses which are the traditional floral heraldic emblem of England. the Sinhalese people and the first king. Louisiana's French connections. Originally the fleur-de-lis was used as a symbol of the French Royal family. RDIFF CITY Cardiff City F.C. Baltimore Ravens Spain The Welsh dragon takes pride of place on the current Cardiff City badge. As Cardiff's home kit tends to be blue they gained the nickname the Bluebirds, The Baltimore Ravens chose a raven to represent their team due to the city's connection to Edgar Allen Poe. Poe was a Baltimore Spain's badge is closely derived from Spain's coat of arms, which while dating back centuries was only approved by law in 1981. The national team's shirt resident and is most famous for his poem 'The Raven', from which the team takes which led to a bluebird in also features a star, full flight being added to the logo. representing their World Cup win in 2010. its name. UNITED WEST HAM London Irish West Ham United F.C. London Irish Netherlands London Irish's badge brings together both sides of its heritage. The left-hand side of the crest commemorates The crossed rivet hammers in the club's badge is a nod Lions are common heraldic symbols for the Netherlands, dating back to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, in 1515 during his reign over what is now called the Netherlands. The to the local area's iron and shipbuilding industries. The club was founded as the the City of London badge, with the George Cross and the sword of St. Peter; while the shamrock on the right represents Ireland, team of the Thames Ironworks, which is represented by Boleyn Caste in the badge's background. lion has been used on the Dutch football team's jerseys for over 100 years. WRU England Rugby CRYSTAL E PALACE S England Crystal Palace Wales The South London team's The reasoning behind the rose can be attributed to The emblem of three ostrich badge contains an image of the 'Crystal Palace' which was an enormous glass structure housing the Great Exhibition of 1851. The feathers emerging from a gold coronet is the heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales. While the Prince's several reasons, including the historical connotations of the rose in the War of the Roses. A second reason given is Queen Elizabeth l's connections to the sport and her coat of arms eagle holding a ball was inspired by Portuguese club Benfica, and gives the team their nickname 'The Eagles! badge has 'Ich Dein' (I Serve) written beneath it, the Welsh Rugby Union team have 'WRU' instead, in order bearing a red rose. to copyright the design. Arsenal ALL BLACKS Chicago Fire New Zealand Arsenal The team's badge is derived from Chicago Fire department's crest, to commemorate the Great Also used on the country's flaq, the silver fern comes from the leaf of the Cyathea Dealbata. According to Māori legend, hunters and The Gunners' crest was originally largely based on the coat of arms of the Borough of Woolwich, where the club was based until Fire of Chicago in 1871. The six points in the middle of the logo represent the four six-pointed stars on the 'City of Chicago' flag, which each represent part of the city's history. warriors used the silver 1913. The use of cannons in the crest derive from the long military history of the Royal Arsenal area, and was an aspect the team decided to keep on its move to Highbury. underside of the fern leaves to find their way home as the fern would catch the moonlight and illuminate their path through the forest. FFR IRFU Wallabies Australia France Ireland Nicknamed the 'Wallabies', the Australian rugby team settled on the wallaby as their emblem after other The Gallic rooster, or le cog gaulois, is the unofficial symbol of France as a nation, The rooster became The shamrock is traditionally a symbol of Christianity, and it is said Saint Patrick (the patron saint of Ireland) used the shamrock to represent The Trinity. Since the 18th Century its lost some of its religious connotations and is now seen largely as a symbol of Ireland and is used by many Irish brands. nations suggested they should have a nickname, a popular symbol during the revolution and is with England suggesting the 'Rabbits'. Australians rejected this and instead opted for the native wallaby - a marsupial widely found across Australia. thought to have been chosen due to the similarity of the Latin words for rooster (gallus) and Gauls (Gallus) - those living in what is present day France. TOITENHAM HOTSPUR Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Mexico Japan Spurs' crest featuring a cockerel wearing spurs is a tribute to Harry Hotspur who the club is said to be named after. Hotspur wore Depicting the founding of Mexico City, the country's coat of arms shows a golden eagle eating a snake while perched on a cactus. The eagle is said to represent the sun god Huitzilopochtli, the cactus is the island of Japan's crest is red and white to represent the Japanese flag. The crest also features a three-legged crow with its talons resting on a football. The three-legged crow features heavily in Asian mythologies; in Japanese mythology, the bird is known as Yatagarasu and symbolises divine intervention in human riding spurs and his fighting cockerels were also fitted with spurs; the cock now stands on a football owing to a statue placed on top of the West Stand depicting that image. Tenochtitlan, while the snake represents wisdom. The symbol also appears on the Mexican flag. affairs. CHELSEA Everton L SATISYTIMUM FOOTANL CLUB Everton F.C. Chelsea F.C. Norwich City F.C. Chelsea's original badge Canaries have long been Everton Lock-Up is an 18th-century Georgian lock-up located on Everton Brown in Liverpool. The listed building was originally an overnight holding place for local drunks and criminals, and has formed the centre piece featured a Chelsea associated with Norwich, pensioner and saw the club due to its links to Flemish nicknamed The Pensioners'. weavers importing the birds from the Dutch colonies in This was swapped for a lion after WWII and is inspired by the Borough of Chelsea's coat of arms, with the lion taken from the arms of the the Caribbean in the 15th and 16th century. Canaries were first linked to the club in 1905 when the new manager said he had heard of 'the Canaries' despite the club being called the "Citizens' of Everton's crest since 1938. The Latin at the club's president the Earl Cadogan and its staff belonging to the Abbot of Westminster. bottom reads 'nothing but the best is good enough! LIVERPOOL Met's Steelers FOOTRALL CLUB Pittsburgh Steelers Liverpool F.C. New York Mets The symbol of the Liver Bird dates back to medieval While at first look you might think the Mets' logo is a generic representation of the New York skyline, you'd be mistaken. The logo depicts real buildings found around New York, including the Empire State Building, a church spire representative of Brooklyn and the Williamsburg Savings Bank. The orange and blue colours are the official colours of Formerly the US Steel logo, the 'Steelmark' consists of three hypocycloids (diamond shapes) representing the three materials used to produce steel: yellow for coal, orange for iron ore and blue for times when it was used on the then town of Liverpool's coat of arms. It was not until 1950 that the club first used it on the team's kit. The intricate design at the top of the badge represents the Shankly gates, while the torches either side of the scrap steel. The Steelers first started using the logo as product placement but in 1963 changed the 'Steel' part of the emblem to "Steelers'. crest are a reference to the Hillsborough memorial. New York State. ROMA 1927 SPRINGBOK SCOTLAND South Africa A.S. Roma Scotland Roma's badge tells the story of Romulus and Remus who are credited with founding Rome. The myth says that South Africa's rugby team is The thistle is a sometimes known as the Springboks, owing to their emblem. The springbok is an antelope-gazelle of south-western Africa, and prickly-leaved, pink or purple flowered weed, and nobody quite knows why it's come to represent the nation. However, legend says that a group of sleeping Scottish warriors were saved from an the twins were thrown into the River Tiber by their uncle, but saved by a was first adopted as the team's logo and nickname by captain Paul Ross in 1906 to prevent the British inventing their own nickname for them. The kit she-wolf who went on to look after them. The twins went on to get revenge on their uncle, before falling out themselves; Romulus then killed Remus, and was crowned king of Rome, so called in his honour. attack by an invading Norse army when one of the attackers stepped barefoot on a thistle and cried out in pain, alerting them to the danger and allowing them to defeat the invaders. also features the King Protea - the national flower of South Africa. Sources Fly Abu Dhabi

The Meaning Behind Sports Teams’ Crests

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Proudly wearing a sports jersey is something many of us do every weekend as we cheer on our favourite teams; yet not many of us know what the crests of our favourite teams mean. The Rugby World Cup go...


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