Last modified: 2002-10-19 by ivan sache
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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
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
by Christian Gout
Flag used from 1902 to 2000.