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Venezuelan Football Federation

image by Zachary Harden, 20 December 2004

The Flag - Attributes and Semiology: Consists in a field with approximated ratio 2:3; this is, square and half of length with red wine background and the Coat of Arms of the Federation on the center. Until the time of the redaction of this report is not available data about the semiology of this flag. However, the color red color is associate to the idea of courage, anger, intrepidity and sacrifice,
Historical Synthesis: Although seems to exist several opinions about the matter, the official version indicates that the use of red wine as emblematic color of the Federation and the National Selection of Football (Soccer) goes back to 1938 when a Venezuelan Sport Delegation attended for first time and international multidisciplinary event; in this case, the "Bolivarian Games" in Bogota, Colombia and consequently, the International Olympic Committee asked for the authorities of National Institute of Sports to determine its uniform, which was established as red wine t-shirt and gray trousers. Also is commented that the election of colors obeyed to the point of view of  then President of the Institute: a high officer of the National Guard, organism whose emblematic color is dark red or Bordeaux red. From there, the red wine has come fortifying as Venezuelan international sport color, with remarkable presence in the uniforms of national selections in another sport disciplines and consolidating more and more like a specie of of additional emblematic international color of Venezuela, including also institutions and activities of another nature.
The remarkable performance that our National Football Selection has come demostrating lately, has come arising a patriotic adhesion and proud feeling which are expressed in diverse dress articles and souvenirs which derives from the team's official t-shirts and naturally, with the appearance of flags like previously described.
Coat of Arms - Attributes: Consist in an English shape tierced in fesses of Or (yellow), Azure (blue) and Gules (red) disposed from the dexter to the sinister, charging respectively on the Chief the initials "F", "V" and "F" in gothic capital letters in Argent (white) outlined in Sable (black). Completes the design, a foot-ball in Argent (white) outlined in Sable (black) on the point of pretension.
Semiology: Although until the moment of the redaction of this report is not available official data about the matter, is possible to infer the semiology of this Coat of Arms because is heraldically qualified as "Canting Arms". The three fesses remind the Venezolanity; the initials allude to the official denomination of the entity "FEDERACIÓN VENEZOLANA DE FÚTBOL" (Venezuelan Football Federation) and the foot-ball naturally represents the sport that constitutes its object.
Historical Synthesis: Althought until the moment of the redaction of this report is not available more data about the origin and official adoption of this Coat of Arms,  it was possible to known that it was created during the management of General Jones Parra as president of the Venezuelan Federation of Football on 1926.
Sources:  Contributions of Mr. Jorge Polished of the Vestibule, "Why that color?", Article of Mr. Cristóbal War published in Daily "El Nacional" of Caracas,  section B/1, Saturday November 30th, 2002, Contributions of Licenciate Zaily Goussat, Direction of Press of Venezuelan Football Federation, April 15th, 2004.
Raul Orta, 27 May 2004

Asociacion Civil Unión Lara Fútbol Club

Official Flag

image by Jose C. Alegria, 18 June 2002

Supporters Flags

image by Ivan Sache, 6 March 2007

image by Ivan Sache, 6 March 2007

At the website of Asociacion Civil Unión Lara Fútbol Club <>, they include the club´s official flag. Logo in the image is from High Quality Football Logos.
Jose C. Alegria, 18 June 2002

Unión Lara Fútbol Club was founded in 1999 with emblematic players from the state of Lara (the emblem of the club, as shown of the flag, seems to use a red geographical map of the state of Lara). The team started in 2000 in the "República Bolivariana de Venezuela" tournament, playing its first match against Caracas Fútbol Club. Since then, Unión Lara Fútbol Club has been playing in the second league, missing three times accession to the first league. The "Symbol" section quoted as the source for the flag does not seem to exist any longer in the new website. However, the "Images" section shows photographies taken on 27 February 2007, with supporters waving flags horizontally divided white-red or red-white.
Ivan Sache, 6 March 2007

Mérida Football Club

by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 12 August 2002

The flag of "Estudiantes de Merida Futbol Club". Club's simbols at <>.
Jose C. Alegria, 13 August 2002

The name of the club, as proposed by Dr.  José Guillermo Soto Rosa , was approved by the Club Assembly on 4 April 1971. Registration of the club with the first league was obtained on 17 May 1971 and the team was officially presented on 4 September 1971. The flag of the club was inspired by the flag used by Colegio San José of the Andean University of Mérida, the two flags differing only by their respective shield.
The first flag was made by Engineer Jorge Pereyra, who purchased a flag of Puerto Rico for 150 bolivares and added to it the shield of the club. The two red stars on the top of the shields represent the two national titles won by the team in 1980 and 1985. The flower of "frailejón" is typical of the state of Mérida. A "frailejón", lit. remote friar, is a plant from the species complex Espeletia, belonging to the family of Asteraceae (Compositae), emblematic of the Andean páramo ecosystem [see <>]. Red and white are the colours of the club. The shield is very similar to the shield of the Spanish Basque club of Athletic Bilbao.
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 4 March 2007