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Pyrénées-Atlantiques (Department, France): Sport flags

Last modified: 2002-10-19 by ivan sache
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Elan Béarnais Pau-Orthez

[Elan Bearnais]by Ivan Sache

The usual flag of supporters of Elan Béarnais Pau-Orthez, one of the major basket-ball teams in France is vertically divided light green-white.

Orthez is a city of ca.10,000 inhabitants and was the former capital of Béarn province. Its golden age was during the end of the XIVth century, when the poet and count Gaston Febus unified the County of Foix and Béarn and hold a brilliant court in Orthez. Orthez reappeared in the headlines in the 70s when the local basket-ball team joined the French National League with a minimal budget and a short life expectancy. They played in the city market hall, and an American player had even to resign because he was allergic to hen feathers. During the 90s, the team, which had survived and reached the top, merged with Pau, the préfecture of the department, former capital city of Béarn and birth place of Henri IV, and plays now in Pau.
The shirts of the players are usually green with white numbers and letters.

Ivan Sache, 4 November 1999

Section Paloise

[Section Paloise flag]by Christian Gout

Section Paloise is one of the best French rugby team, which was founded in 1902, The team was French Champion (3 times in 1928, 1946, and 1964), French Cup winner (1939, 1952, and 1997), and European Competition winner (2000).

The team plays in Pau. The color of the team are green and white. The design in the middle represents Pic du Midi d'Ossau a famous mountain located in the Pyrénées, that can be seen from the scenic Boulevard des Pyrénées in Pau.

The flag can be found at the entrance of the stadium, and is also used by fans of the team.

Christian Gout, 14 November 2000

Former flag

[Section Paloise, former flag]by Christian Gout

Flag used from 1902 to 2000.

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