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Red Star official flag - Image by Dominique Cureau, 8 November 2009
Red Star (official website) was created in 1897 in the borough of Gros Caillou, in the
fairly conservative 7th arrondissement of Paris, by Charles de Saint-Cyr, Jean de Pressac and Jules Rimet (the founder of the Football World Cup). The name of the club was coined by Miss Jenny, the British governess of a club's member, as a reference to the shipping company Red Star Line. This name has nothing to do with the Communist red star, as opposed to the Red Star of Belgrade, for instance.
In 1932, the club merged with Olympique de Paris and adopted the green colours for their jerseys, dropping their own vertcially striped Navy blue and white jerseys.
Until 1946, the club played in Saint-Ouen but remained officially located in Paris. In 1946, it was transferred to Saint-Ouen and absorbed the smaller clubs of the town. Red Star is one of the only French football clubs whose name is always used without appending the name of the town.
Once one of the most famous French football clubs, Red Star maintained a professional team from 1932 to 2001 and won the French Cup five times between 1921 and 1942.
Bankrupted in 2002, the club was relegated the next year in Division d'Honneur, the 6th national division. Back in 2011 to the National Championship (3rd division), Red Star joined back the Second League for the season 2015-2016, 16 years after their last presence at this level.
Ivan Sache, Jérôme Sterkers & Dominique Cureau, 9 May 2015
The official flag of Red Star is green with the club's badge in the middle, made of a white shield outlined in red, charged with a red faceted star and the name of the club ("RED STAR / FOOTBALL CLUB") in black letters and with a red scroll charged with "DEPUIS 1897" (since 1897) in white letters, flanked by two white stars.
Dominique Cureau, 8 November 2009
Flags with a red star
Red Star supporter's flags - Images by Ivan Sache, 12 November 2011
The club supporters use flags with a red star in the middle, vertically divided green-white-green, horizontally divided green-white-green, or horizontally divided green-white (photo, April 2002).
Red Star supporter's flags - Images by Ivan Sache, 23 September 2012
More recently, a green-blue flag with a big red star and a black flag with a smaller red star were seen (photo, 18 September 2012).
Ivan Sache, 23 September 2012
Flags with a red star and writing
Red Star supporter's flags - Images by Ivan Sache, 12 October 2010
THe club supporters also use flags horizontally divided green-white-green, with the white stripe charged either by the black writing "RED STAR 93" (the name of the club when refounde) flanked by two red stars (photo, March 2001) or by an elongated red star flanked by the black writing "RED" / "STAR" (photo, October 2003)
Ivan Sache, 12 October 2010
Other green and white flags
Red Star supporter's flag - Image by Ivan Sache, 12 October 2010
The club supporters also used other flags, such as a flag checkered green and white (5 x 4) (photo, March 2006), a "Japanese naval ensign", green and white, with a red star in the middle of the green disk (photos, 18 September 2012), and a flag vertically divided in a big number of green and white thin stripes (photos, 18 September 2012).
Ivan Sache, 23 September 2012
Two Red Star supporter's flags - Images by Ivan Sache, 9 May 2015
During the popular celebration of the rebirth of the club after the victory to Istres (4-0), which secured the access to the Second League even before playing the last two matches of the championship, two unreported yet supporter's flags were seen, one plain green and the other one vertically divided green-white.
Ivan Sache, 9 May 2015