Soccer is a timeless sport and is growing in popularity around the world. While fans choose which club they will support on many bases, it is primarily about their favorite players playing there or the club winning many trophies or even their friends supporting the same teams. But they often ignore the finer details that define what a club is, its history, and the meaning of certain things, such as its statues, stadiums, colors, and even club badges and logos.
Have you ever wondered why there is an England flag on the logos of two of the most successful clubs in Europe that are not even based in England? Yes, Barcelona and AC Milan, who have won 12 Champions League titles combined, have the England flag on their logos if you look closely.
But why do a club in Spain and a club in Italy have the England flag in their logos? Let us solve this mystery for you –
The Milan club has an oval logo with its initials “ACM” written on it along with stripes in the club’s colors red and black, and its founding year “1899” mentioned at the bottom. But the right half of the logo bears a white flag that looks quite similar to that of England. But is it really an English flag? Well, there are two theories about it and two very contrasting ones.
While it is quite clear and obvious that the flag may be from England considering the history of the club. AC Milan was founded in 1899 by two Englishmen: Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kiplin. Kiplin was also the club’s first captain and president, as well as being one of its founding fathers.
The white flag with a red cross is associated with Saint George and is known as the Cross of Saint George. England adopted the cross of St. George on its flag and thus it became the English flag. Since the club was founded by two Englishmen, it is quite possible that the cross has the same meaning.
While it is the most widely believed theory among fans and especially fans from abroad, there is another angle to the Milan logo that gives a completely different meaning to the logo. The red cross on a white flag believed to be the Cross of St. George is also the flag of Milan’s patron saint, St. Ambrose. Local fans believe this theory to be true and that the logo has no meaning or relationship to the English flag.
The Barcelona logo has three components in total. The lower part of the logo bears the colors of the Blaugrana club and has a soccer ball in the middle. In the upper half of the logo, there are two flags. A flag has red and yellow stripes that can be attributed to the fact that they are based in Catalonia. And the other flag is the same red cross that can be seen on the AC Milan logo and on the English flag. Fans are wondering if it is actually the English flag or if it is just a coincidence.
Barcelona has a relatively simpler relationship with the English flag compared to AC Milan. The connection lies in the fact that Barcelona is based in Catalonia and the flag of Catalonia also has the same red cross. And in fact it is related to the English flag, but not by the nation itself, but by Saint George. It is an ancient legend from when Saint George was a soldier in the Roman army and was serving in Catalonia.
Legend has it that once a village was attacked by a ferocious dragon and stood firm in destroying the village. Saint George fought with the dragon and saved the princess of Montblanc who was trapped in danger. The bestial dragon was left dead and this became an epic in the region. Although it is known as Sant Jordi in the area, San Jorge is still celebrated throughout the Catalan region.
The influence of Saint George has resulted in the inclusion of his Red Cross flag in the flag of Catalonia. Which in turn, influenced the football of the Barcelona club to include it in the shield of his club.