The most creative football crests


Asante Kotoko


Ghana’s Asante Kotoko were named Africa’s Club of the Century in 2000 by football nerd-do-wells IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics), ostensibly based on results. We know the real reason: that porcupine struck terror into IFFHS’s cold, mathematical hearts. After all, the club’s motto means, ‘Kill a thousand and a thousand more will come’. A-porc-alypse!

Boca Juniors


The club has had five different designs for its badge during its history, although its outline has remained unchanged through most of its history. In 1955, laurel leaves were added to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary, and the colours were changed to match those on the team’s jersey. In 1970, one star was added to the badge for each title wondomestically (at the top, above the initials) and internationally (at the bottom). A new star is added to the corresponding section whenever Boca wins a title, currently standing at 52.

Orlando Pirates


Where St Pauli talk the talk, Orlando Pirates walk the walk. The South African giants’ crest has a skull ’n’ crossbones that wouldn’t look out of place on a Motörhead LP, having thankfully run with the most well-known of their many nicknames, rather than the somewhat less intimidating ‘Happy People.

Universidad de Guadalajara


Leones Negros means ‘Black Lions’, of course, although you could easily mistake this image for a very angry sun. It makes for a better emblem than yet another nickname of theirs would: The Academics. Students, huh? Maybe that’s why they’re called The Hairy Ones.

FC Köln


The original Hennes the Billy Goat was not, in fact, taller than Dracula’s castle (it’s actually Cologne cathedral). It was, however, a gift to the club from the wife of an English circus owner. Y’know, like most club mascots. And, like most club mascots, the goat immediately urinated all over coach Hennes Weisweiler. Hence the name, hence the badge. Lovely.

Lampang FC


Ignore that The Emerald Chariots – and what a nickname that is, by the way – have drawn a black chariot on an emerald background. It’s still a goddamn chariot, and its driver demands respect for managing to get his horse rampaging uphill while controlling a gigantic football. Kudos, Lampang chariot man. Kudos.

Khasima Antlers


The club crest not only resembles deer antlers but it also reflects the image of rose thorn as it is the official flower of Ibaraki, the home prefecture of the club. Deer are amiable animals and are viewed in some religions as spiritual messengers. In fact, Kashima Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in Japan and located in close proximity to the club headquarters, have kept and raised deer for more than 1,300 years as spiritual symbol.

Pohang Steelers


In seeking out club badges around the world of football, there is no longer any doubt that the K-League boasts a wide assortment of excellent designs.But it’s the Pohang Steelers that top South Korea in this area, as they sport the type of badge that you want: One that looks fabulous on pretty much anything. Although the squad’s kits aren’t the greatest, the badge certainly adds a nice touch.



The club’s badge represents Mapuche chieftain Colo Colo, an important Wall Mapu member who battled in the Arauco War against the Spanish empire (1536–1818). On 19 April 1925, when the club was established, Luis Contreras – one of the players that founded the club – defined the team’s badge, in representation of the chief and the country’s indigenous people.











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