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Red Star

[Red Star]

Red Star official flag - Image by Dominique Cureau, 8 November 2009

Red Star was created in 1897 in the borough of Gros Caillou, in the fairly conservative 7th arrondissement of Paris, by Charles de Saint-Cyr, Jean de Pressac and Jules Rimet (the founder of the Football World Cup). The name of the club was found by Miss Jenny, the British governess of a club's member, as a reference to the shipping company Red Star Line. This name has nothing to do with the Communist red star, as opposed to the Red Star of Belgrade, for instance.
In 1932, the club merged with Olympique de Paris and adopted the green colours for their jerseys, dropping their own vertcially striped Navy blue and white jerseys.
Until 1946, the club played in Saint-Ouen but remained officially located in Paris. In 1946, it was transferred to Saint-Ouen and absorbed the smaller clubs of the town. Red Star is one of the only French football clubs whose name is always used without appending the name of the town.
Once one of the most famous French football clubs, Red Star maintained a professional team from 1932 to 2001 and won the French Cup five times between 1921 and 1942.

The official flag of Red Star is green with the club's badge in the middle, made of a white shield outlined in red, charged with a red faceted star and the name of the club ("RED STAR / FOOTBALL CLUB") in black letters and with a red scroll charged with "DEPUIS 1897" (since 1897) in white letters, flanked by two white stars.

There is photographical evidence for different flags used by supporters.

[Red Star]

Red Star supporters' flag - Image by Ivan Sache, 5 April 2010

- flag vertically divided green-white-green with a five-pointed red star in the middle of the white stripe;

[Red Star]

Red Star supporters' flag - Image by Ivan Sache, 5 April 2010

- flag horizontally divided green-white-green with a red star in the middle;

[Red Star]

Red Star supporters' flag - Image by Ivan Sache, 12 October 2010

- flag horizontally divided green-white-green, in the middle of the white stripe, the black writing "RED STAR 93" flanked by two red stars (photo, March 2001). Red Star FC 93 is the name adopted by the club when refounded in 2003;

[Red Star]

Red Star supporters' flag - Image by Ivan Sache, 12 October 2010

- flag horizontally divided green-white-green, in the middle of the white stripe an elongated red stripe flanked by the black writing "RED" / "STAR" (photo, October 2003);

[Red Star]

Red Star supporters' flag - Image by Ivan Sache, 12 October 2010

- flag checkered green and white (5 x 4) (photo, March 2006).

Ivan Sache, Jérôme Sterkers & Dominique Cureau, 12 October 2010

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