The “other” Liverpool FC: They won the championship in 2020 but play in blue! – liverpool fc
Liverpool Football Club is for many a first, a bigger and sometimes only love; always there in our darkest times, ready to guide us through the storm. But what about the ‘other’ Liverpool?
Some 6,926 miles from Anfield is Estadio Belvedere in Montevideo, Uruguay, home to ‘the other’ Liverpool FC, the one you’ll find has a Spanish flair to avoid any serious confusion.
Competing in the Primera Division’s Liga Profesional – the elite of Uruguayan professional football – ensures that Liverpool are an established name in the world of football on both sides of the equator.
But if the name is all too familiar, the cultural differences, among other things, are representative of the distance between Merseyside and Montevideo.
This is the story of Liverpool Futbol Club.
Where does the name come from?
Originally a team of students from a local Catholic school in 1908, they were officially founded in 1915 when the club took a step towards professionalism and adopted the name which was surprisingly not directly linked football.
While the influence of England and even football can be seen across South America, in this case Liverpool’s name pays homage to Merseyside through its port and coal connections, which Priest local confirmed when looking for a new appellation.
Like the English city, Montevideo is steeped in a prominent maritime culture and was once home to a thriving shipping industry frequented by ships sailing from the River Mersey.
The club’s official history tells us that it was Jose Freire who brilliantly chose Liverpool while browsing a map of the UK.
Their fortunes weren’t quite a mirror image, nor was the band worn by the two.
Blue and black…
In stark contrast to the red and white of our beloved club Anfield, the Uruguayan capital has adopted black and blue stripes as its club colours, although some South American fans are infiltrating home games with the famous Red.
“At the time, I remember a red flag with an LFC crest being carried every game,” said Nicolás Aranco, communications and marketing manager at LFC (Montevideo). This is Anfield.
“Nowadays you can see a banner that reads ‘Nunca Caminarás Solo’ (You will never walk alone). There is also a Liverbird on it, painted black on a blue background.
As devoted members of a ‘Red and White Kop’, it seems absurd that other colors would make their way onto the iconic stand, however, perhaps we could make concessions for our Uruguayan cousins.
Those who followed a remarkably similar path to the place they now call home.
Much like the story of Anfield, Liverpool Futbol Club acquired the Estadio Belvedere from local rivals Montevideo Wanderers who, following a disagreement over rent, had initially moved out.
Where have we heard this before?
The two clubs had then shared use of the Estadio Belvedere – imagine – for a while, but Wanderers have since moved to a new home just under two miles away – roughly three journeys away from Stanley Park between Anfield and Goodison.
The Liverpool FC link
Despite the great distance between the two clubs, it is hard to ignore the bond that exists and over the years many representatives from both sides have acted to bind the two ever closer.
“We heard of a few Liverpudlians who got to know us, and a few of them even visited our stadium in Uruguay,” Aranco explained.
— Jonathon (@jonnyx81) June 26, 2020
“We don’t know how many Scousers are aware of Liverpool FC’s existence in the southern hemisphere, probably a few.
“But it’s definitely growing thanks to our links with Spirit of Shankly – what a great group of people – and the trophies recently won by our club, which put us [somewhat] in the spotlight.
“A guy appeared on an LFC matchday program to talk about his love for the two Liverpools.
“Needless to say, we welcome anyone who wants to support us!
– Liverpool Football Club (@LiverpoolFC1915) June 25, 2020
But while 49 major accolades have been awarded to those who call Anfield their home, success hasn’t been so on the other side of the world – but in 2019/20 the two Liverpool FC shared an important chapter in their respective history.
When Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for a Premier League title in 2020, their South American counterparts were quick to take to Twitter to mark the success.
But Klopp’s side weren’t the only ones to mark the end of a long-awaited trophy as their Uruguay lookalike claimed their first-ever major trophy of 2019/20 in the form of the Supercopa with a victory over their fiercest rivals, Nacional.
— Spirit of Shankly (@spiritofshankly) March 22, 2021
A success that Aranco was only too delighted to claim: “We beat them in extra time (4-2) and a year later we beat them 4-0 in their own backyard to win our first trophy Torneo Clausura.”
Their wait for their first top-flight title continues, but we’re all hoping for more double celebrations in the not-too-distant future.
“Uruguay breathes football”
As a two-club working-class city, Liverpool is famous for its absolute love of football and it would seem its namesake shares a similar passion for the beautiful game.
Given the popularity of the Premier League, the many links and the global nature of Liverpool’s pull, it’s no surprise the Uruguayans are in love with the Reds.
This admiration was never stronger than when a certain Luis Suarez, a hero of Merseyside and Uruguay, performed extraordinary feats at Anfield.
“Without any exaggeration, never has a foreign team been followed so closely and with such fervor in Uruguay as Liverpool when Suarez played there,” says Aranco.
“Uruguay breathes football. At that time, many people signed up with the cable operator who held the rights to broadcast every Premier League game, as that was the way to follow Suarez and Liverpool.
“I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Despite being born in Montevideo, former Liverpool centre-back Sebastien Coates has never garnered the same level of attention.
Liverpool versus Liverpool?
As for today, as Klopp’s side continue their quest for an unprecedented four-fold, the South American outfit sit fifth after five matches in the 2022 Uruguayan Primera Division.
Unlike the Reds, the side dubbed ‘Los Negros de la Cuchilla’ (The Blacks of the Blade) face being knocked out of their continental competition early on after suffering a 1-0 first-round loss to the Argentine giants. , La Plata River.
Now that we know the club well, we can support them in their quest for a Liverpool-style comeback in the second leg, but will we ever see the lookalikes reunited?
The two clubs share over 200 years of combined history and have yet to meet, which shows no signs of changing in the near future.
However, if Klopp’s Liverpool win a seventh UEFA Champions League and Uruguay’s Liverpool finish in the top two of the Primera División and then win the Copa Libertadores, they will cross paths in the Club World Cup in the FIFA is not a totally unrealistic prospect.
In the meantime, perhaps the two clubs should discuss a friendly match to further cement what is an inevitable bond.
There may only be one Liverpool football club for us, the Reds, but why not give a nod and even keep a close eye on our South American branch.