Thunderbird Soccer Club

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Thunderbird SC (Chinese :雷鳥足球俱樂部; pinyin :Léiniǎo Zúqiú Jùlèbù) is a Taiwanese football (soccer) club based in Kaohsiung. They play at the Kaohsiung Football Stadium with a capacity of 5,000.

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Thunderbird Soccer Team (Chinese :雷鳥足球隊) was founded in 1968 by a group of high school students favoring the sport. Initially they took part in regional competitions in southern Taiwan. In 1970, they first participated in the National Youth Cup in Taipei and eventually won the championship. They obtained the second National Youth Cup title in the next year, followed by another National Youth Cup in 1973 and CTFA Cup in 1976. Several Thunderbird players were called up to the Chinese Taipei national football team. [1]

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The National Youth Cup is a Taiwanese football competition run by the Chinese Taipei Football Association. Starting from 1996, it is one of three major youth football tournaments in Taiwan together with Highschool Football League and National High School Games. The competition is held in the end of the year, usually in September or October, and is divided into three groups: under-19 men, under-17 men, and under-19 women.

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In the end of 1982, Chinese Taipei Football Association founded the National Football League, and Thunderbird was one of the 7 founding members along with Flying Camel, Taipower, Taipei City Bank, Lukuang, Taipei Physical Education College, and Taiwan Provincial College of Physical Education. Unlike other teams with school, military, or state-owned enterprise backgrounds, Thunderbird was the only team run by private organization. Their players came from various professions: trade business, teacher, butcher, accountant, etc. [2] Lack of financial support made them hard to keep good players and even to afford the increasing traveling expenses. Some players chose to transfer to teams such as Taipower for making livings. The remaining people were sometimes unable to attend the league games due to working overtime in the weekends. A shocking 0–19 defeat to Flying Camel on January 26, 1986 revealed their difficult position – in that game they had only 8 applicable players. [3] In 1988, Thunderbird was relegated to the second division for the first time. [4] Although they fought back to the first division two years later, they were relegated again in 1991 and had struggled between the first and the second divisions afterward.

Chinese Taipei Football Association

Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) is the governing body for football in the Republic of China. Its official name in Chinese is the Football Association of the Republic of China, but it is billed as the "Chinese Taipei Football Association" abroad and uses the English initials on its badge.

The Enterprise Football League, formerly known as the National Football League or the National First Division Football League, was the highest-ranked football league in the Republic of China (Taiwan). It was governed by the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) and considered semi-professional. The competition was ended in 2009 following a change in regulations and a merger into the Intercity Football League.

Flying Camel Football Team was a Taiwanese football team. The team were established on July 21, 1973 and belonged to the Combined Logistics Command of the Republic of China. They had played in Taiwan's first-ranked National Football League since 1982 and won 5 championships before disbandment.

In the 1990s, Thunderbird changed its focus to bringing up Taiwanese youth footballers. In 1997, Thunderbird was renamed to Thunderbird Soccer Club and founded the Kaohsiung Thunderbird Soccer Association on January 21, 2006. [1]

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  1. 1 2 雷鳥足球隊沿革史 (in Chinese). Kaohsiung Thunderbird Soccer Association. Retrieved 2008-07-18.[ permanent dead link ]
  2. "沒有後台支援 球員出力出錢 足壇老薑雷鳥兵團". Min Sheng Bao. May 26, 1982.
  3. "雷鳥八人上陣湊數 飛駝19:0大勝". Min Sheng Bao. January 27, 1986.
  4. "老兵不死 只是降班 雷鳥要從乙組再出發". Min Sheng Bao. May 27, 1986.