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The Lightweight (1980-2002)

References 501 - 600.

More teams from the early 1980s. The release dates of these are not straightforward. 501-509 arrived in 1981, and 540-560 (the NASL teams) arrived in 1982. The gaps were filled 1983-84.  Please note that 501-509 are taken from the 1981 catalogue, but the colours of these teams look different on some of the later posters. Mind you, these teams were first released in Italy in 1980. 

June 2002: The gap in teams between 580 and 592 has now been explained. Jokari were planning to release teams for the American "Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), but the teams were never produced. For the record, I have added the names of these teams to the list, but I have put the names in red to indicate that they do not exist. To tidy things up, I've also put the four "non-existent" NASL teams in red. 

The Team Colours List.

501 after its return in 1990.

  1. Cremonese (Italy) 1981-86, 1990-92, 1994-96
    • Original 1980s machine print with white shorts
    • Early 1990s machine print with thin stripes and red shorts
    • Late 1990s print with two thick red stripes. 
  2. Roma 2nd (Italy) 1981-88 and 1990
    • Machine print exists for this long lived strip.
    • Appears in the 1992 Italian catalogue
  3. Milan 2nd (Italy) 1981-84
  4. Monza (Italy) 1981-88
  5. Unknown (1981 catalogue suggests Argentina 2nd in the alphabetical index)
  6. Juventus 2nd (Italy) 1981-84
  7. Flamengo (Brazil) 1981-96
    • Machine print exists (small variations to print down the years).
  8. Pistoiese (Italy) 1981-86
    • Hand-paint appears in the 1992 Italian catalogue.
  9. Inter 2nd (Italy) 1981-86
    • Has a machine print.
    • Appears in the 1992 Italian catalogue.
  10. Unknown

The 1985 catalogue shows 519 with white stripes. The light blue ones in the 1984 catalogue could be due to bad colour printing.
  1. Unknown
  2. Unknown
  3. Chelsea 1984-85
  4. Coventry City 1984-86
  5. Aston Villa 2nd 1984 only
  6. Shrewsbury Town 1984-85
  7. Brentford 1984-86
  8. Liegeois (Belgium) 1984-88, 1990
  9. Gent (Belgium) 1984-88
  10. Brugge Cercie (Belgium) 1984-88

  1. Seresien (Belgium), Penafiel (Portugal) 1984-86
  2. Lierse (Belgium) 1984-91
  3. Anderlecht (Belgium) 1984-87
  4. Molenboek (Belgium) 1984-86
  5. Lokeren (Belgium) 1984-91
  6. Waregem (Belgium) 1984-86
  7. Arsenal 2nd 1984-86
  8. Motherwell 1984 only
  9. Dundee 1984-90
    • Appears in the 1992 Italian catalogue
  10. Brighton & Hove Albion 1984-85

  1. Portugal 1984-96
  2. Reading 1984-85
  3. Auxerre (France) 1984-88
  4. Metz (France) 1984 only
  5. Lyon (France) 1984-88
  6. Paris St. Germain (France) 1984-90
  7. Bordeaux (France) 1984 only
  8. Racing Club de Paris (France) 1984 only
  9. Stade Francais (France) 1984-86
  10. Vancouver Whitecaps (NASL) 1982-86

Dimitrios sent me the scan of his 550 Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Note that the socks are black, not white, and that it has simple red and yellow hoops. The catalogue image is probably just not that accurate. Note that the figure does have "Strikers" written across the chest, as suggested in the 1985 and 1986 catalogues. A really beautiful team :-)

  1. California Surf (NASL) Not Illustrated*

  2. Chicago Sting (NASL) 1982-86

  3. New York Cosmos (NASL) 1982-86

  4. Atlanta Chiefs (NASL) Not illustrated*

  5. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 1982-86

  6. Dallas Tornado (NASL) Not illustrated*

  7. Calgary Boomers (NASL) Not illustrated*

  8. Edmonton Drillers (NASL) 1982-86

  9. Montreal Manic (NASL) 1982-86

    • The catalogue picture may be inaccurate here too, as the real team has only been seen with blue shorts. Anyone seen a white shorts version ??

  10. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 1982-86

* The names of the four teams not illustrated come from an American advanced order form dated August 1981. The teams were advertised as "available Nov 1981", but I don't believe they were released.

  1. Washington Diplomats (NASL) 1982-85
  2. Portland Timbers (NASL) 1982-86
  3. San Jose Earthquakes (NASL) 1982-85
  4. Seattle Sounders (NASL) 1982-85
  5. San Diego Sockers (NASL) 1982-86
  6. Toronto Blizzard (NASL) 1982-86
  7. Minnesota Kicks (NASL) 1982-86
  8. Tulsa Roughnecks (NASL) 1982-85
  9. Jacksonville Tea Men (NASL), Lecce (Italy) 1982-86
  10. Los Angeles Aztecs (NASL) 1982-86

  1. Toulon (France) 1984 only
  2. KRC Mechelen (Belgium) 1984-86
  3. Diest (Belgium) 1984-86
  4. St. Niklase, Wuustwezel (Belgium) 1984-86
  5. Harelbeek 1984-86
  6. Austria Vienna (Austria) 1984-91
  7. Le Havre (France) 1984-87
  8. Melchester Rovers - From the Roy of the Rovers comic. Not in the catalogues.
  9. England 1985-87
  10. England 2nd 1985-88

  1. France 1984-86
  2. Liverpool 2nd - 1985 only
  3. Wales 1985-87
  4. Manchester Utd 1985-86
  5. Juventus 2nd, Leeds United 2nd  1985-95
  6. Manchester Utd 2nd 1985-86
  7. St Mirren, Ascoli, Juventus (Both Italy), Gent (Belgium), TPS (Finland), Portimonese (Portugal) 1985-96
    • 1980s version with thin stripes.
    • Late 1990s version with gate pattern stripes.
  8. St. Louis Steamers *Not released (see below)

580-592 Missing from lists.

PLEASE NOTE - I've been told that the numbers 580-592 were allocated to Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) teams in the USA. Jokari had the teams penciled in for a 1984 release, but this never happened.

  1. New York Arrows *Not released

  2. New Jersey Rockets *Not released

  3. Philadelphia Fever *Not released

  4. Buffalo Stallions *Not released

  5. Wichita Wings *Not released

  6. Kansas City Comets *Not released

  7. Phoenix Inferno *Not released

  8. Memphis Americans *Not released

  9. Cleveland Force *Not released

  10. Pittsburgh Spirit *Not released

Cool alternate 597 - not shown in the catalogues.

  1. Denver Avalanche * Not released.

  2. Baltimore Blast * Not released.
  3. Udinese (Italy) 1985-87
  4. Leeds United 1985-86
  5. Ipswich Town 1985-86
  6. Nottingham Forest 1985-88 and 1990
  7. Aberdeen 1985-87
    • Usual team seems different to the catalogues (see illustration). 
  8. Rangers 1985-87
  9. Brazil Olympic 1984  (sold 1985-86)
  10. Bochum VFL (Germany), Como (Italy), Darmstadt 98 (Germany) 1985-88

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