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Appendix : International Releases.

Or more strange Subbuteo Anomalies!

The Italian Production page introduces us to teams and boxes which were produced outside of the UK for specific markets. I've also looked at the French numbering system on the Delacoste pages. This page is designed to highlight other production of Subbuteo teams outside of the UK.

Some of this information used to be on the International box sets page, which shows many of the sets related to these teams. 

Brazil (Pelebol).

    

The Pelebol version of Subbuteo had a range of six teams, which were produced in the moulded feet version of the heavyweight player. The colours do not match the European releases, which suggests that these teams were produced and painted in Brazil. Were the moulds exported?

The kits available were as follows

  1. Yellow shirts and blue shorts (like the Brazilian national team). 

  2. Red shirts and black shorts (like Flamengo)

  3. Green shirts and white shorts (like Palmeiras or Guarani)

  4. White shirts and white shorts (like Santos) 

  5. White shirts and black shorts (like Corinthians)

  6. Red shirts and white shorts (like Internacional) 

So the Brazilians avoided getting the green and yellow Santos (reference 165 in the UK range). It is also worth noting that the players have white skin, rather than all being dark like Pele (which is what we usually got in the UK).

Portugal. 

The Italian Production page explains about a "hybrid" heavyweight figure produced by the Italian importer Edilio Parodi, because he was unhappy with the zombie figure being produced by Subbuteo Sports Games. These hybrid figures were actually produced in Portugal, and it has been reported that Parodi were not very impressed with them. This is not really too surprising, as the casting is pretty rough and the heads are quite comical, being either too big or too small.

However, the Portuguese factory did not just make figures for Italy, they also produced teams for their own internal market. Not only that, but they did their own team boxes as well. These were based on the standard lift-off lid 1970s Subbuteo box, but written in Portuguese. Quite a number of these teams have turned up in internet collecting circles over the last couple of years, and the boxes are often still shrink wrapped. The figures are usually lightweight, but some of the teams are definitely Portuguese castings of this figure, with deformities like small feet, big heads, and "flash" on the hands. Like some of the Italian hybrids the base is also not an original, and is recognisable because it has the word Subbuteo written only once around the top.

The teams do not appear to be numbered, although team names are printed on most of the boxes. The majority of the teams seen have been designed for Portuguese league sides, but other national sides like Austria and Rumania have also been sighted, which means that there may be quite a big range to discover. Obviously, if anyone else has different sides to these, then please let me know. Hopefully there is a Boavista. 

A big thank you here to Marco Longinotti, who sent team scans and enough information for me to finally get the Portuguese production onto the website.

November2007: I've improved the picture selection, and it now matches the rest of the website. Note that Académica, Estoril and Portimonense above are in the hybrid heavyweight copy. I've also seen Braga in this figure, and suspect that most of the teams were produced in both figures.
September 2008: A big thank you to Fabrizio Frazzoni who supplied the picture of Porto.

Teams

Notes

Portuguese League sides  
Académica (Coimbra) All black like its UK version (ref 272)
Amora Sport Club Seixal Similar to ref 5, but with light blue socks.
Barreirense  This team was ref 4 in the normal range, but looks more like a 52 in this one (i.e. red shorts). Painted with short sleeves.
Belenenses A blue and white team with arm stripes, but no collar (illustrated above).
Benfica Looks like a ref 225. Red with white trim down the arms.
(Sporting) Braga Like Arsenal ref 232, but with short sleeves and red cuffs.
Sporting Espinho Black shirts, white shorts, black socks with white trim (illustrated above). 
Estoril Yellow and blue. Not quite 47 or 198 with blue socks.
(Vitória) Guimarăes Simply ref 21 in the UK lists, the Portuguese version has white shirt with black sleeve trim (on short sleeves), black shorts and white socks.
Marítimo A badly painted match to UK ref 64 (see above)
Porto Trim on the socks, but otherwise this is ref 278
Portimonense Again, this actually seems to match the UK ref of 287.
Sporting Lisbon Ref 277
(Vitória) Setúbal Ref 36 in the UK catalogues.
Varzim SC Was 287 in the UK, but the Portuguese version also has some extra red trim (see illustration above).
   
National Sides  
Austria Like ref 10
Portugal (not surprisingly!) Like ref 281
Romania Like ref 160
   

Spain.

Spanish Company Juguetes Borras made officially licenced products around the time of the 1982 World Cup hosted in Spain. As well as a couple of box sets, they also produced a both an accessory and team range in their own attractive boxes. Unlike most Subbuteo markets, Spain produced their own number range for their teams. For instance, the team shown above is Athletic Bilbao, who arrived in the UK team lists around this time at number 440. Here they are reference 2.

Spanish catalogues dated 1980 and 1983 have now enabled me to fill in this section. It seems that a range of 54 teams was established by 1980, featuring a full Spanish league range featuring an amazing thirty two different references. Within this range was 37 different teams, which must have been at least two full divisions of the Spanish league. The list was then completed with 22 of the top selling national and club sides that featured in most of the international ranges, such as West Germany, Liverpool, Juventus etc. By 1983 the list had increased to 62 sides, with this expansion allowing the range to cover all the sides at the 1982 World Cup.

    

The teams that have come to light have revealed two different box types. If you compare the box shown here with the Bilbao one, it should be apparent that this version has a window, and a different interior layout. In addition, whilst the Bilbao box has a lift off lid, this one is a card wrap with a slide out tray.

  

Excitingly for lightweight collectors, many of the teams shown in the Spanish catalogues are unique to this range. Most do not appear in the standard UK range. There is a nice example above - ref 11 Rayo Vallecano. This team (which looks like a white skinned Peru) never appears in the UK or Italian catalogues, and you had to wait until the 2003 Parodi range before it featured again.

The teams that did transfer into the UK range were added in the team list between 424 and 440. The most interesting thing here are the gaps between these teams. Here the Spanish sides were on numbers 424, 425, 431, 433, 439 and 440. It must be assumed that some of the other Spanish sides were pencilled in for worldwide issue, but then not released.

Frustrating, there doesn't seem to be a way to match the Spanish sides to the UK gaps, alphabetically or otherwise. Of course, there are thirty-two Spanish references here, and only seventeen spaces between 424 and 440. However, the Spanish sides repeat the French pattern of duplicating kits on different references (1&3, 31&38, 15&36 etc), something the standard range does not do. In addition, many of the teams are duplicates of standard sides. So ref 13 is UK21, and 16 is UK144.

There are further troubles with the catalogue illustrations. All the teams usually produced with black players are shown in the standard flesh colour. This makes Cameroon look like a different side. However, the real teams such as El Salvador, shown above, and Honduras were produced with the correct players. However, Peru were added to the description of Rayo Vallecano in 1983, but this was not a black side in Spain. Then we come to sock trim. There are four blue and white striped sides with white shorts, all with different sock trim. It's hard to believe that Subbuteo in the UK would have bothered with this at the time. Many other teams have different socks compared with UK references. However, the accuracy of this must be questioned, as even the international teams vary (see 40, 52, 43 etc). In addition to this, the hoops and stripes on shirts and socks have been outlined in black and then coloured in. This makes ref 26 look like Plymouth (UK54) but it should just have a green bar on the shirt.

All this means that I've felt the need to add notes to the team list as shown below. I've pointed out the existing references closest to the Spanish teams, shown as UKxxx to reduce confusion. It is interesting that Barcelona looks more like UK464 from 1983, than the earlier ref 19. This suggests further feedback to the UK range, and I wonder whether the non-illustrated Alaves (UK478) and Zaragoza (UK479) were also meant to come from this range.

December 2007: A big thank you to Jesús Ridao, James Hardcastle, and regular helper Eddie Lang for sending the catalogues to me.

  1. Almeria - (UK ref 424)

  2. At. Bilbao, Algeciras - (UK440)

  3. At. Madrid - (Looks the same as ref 1 above. UK424)

  4. Barcelona, Levante - (Looks like UK472 from 1983 rather than the earlier UK19)

  5. Betis - (sock variant on UK36, which only looked like this in the late 1990s)

  6. Burgos - (looks like UK290)

  7. Gijon - (The red looks overprinted. Again this looks like UK424)

  8. Hercules, La Coruna - (Could be unique. Similar to UK22)

  9. Las Palmas, Cadiz - (was UK425)

  10. Malaga - (the UK had Malaga on 431)

  1. Rayo Vallecano, Peru. (A white-skinned version of ref 159.)

  2. Espanol - (Possibly unique kit. The UK catalogues simply had Espanol on ref 3.)

  3. Real Madrid, Valencia - (UK21)

  4. Real Sociedad - (UK431)

  5. Salamanca, Nueva Zealanda (New Zealand) - (see also ref 36. UK156)

  6. Sevilla - (UK144)

  7. Zaragoza - (Could this be the un-illustrated 479 from the Italian 1982-83 catalogue? Sock trim differs from UK18)

  8. Recreativo De Huelva - (Another blue and white striped kit. Socks differ from UK003)

  9. Granada - A beautiful unique kit. A pick of the range.

  10. Alaves - (Could this be 478 from the Italian 1982-83 catalogue? Hooped socks differ from UK003)

  1. Getafe - Looks unique for this era.

  2. Castellon - (Close to UK246)

  3. Tarragona - (possibly UK138, but no shirt trim?)

  4. Sabadell - (Hooped socks suggest a unique quartered kit. UK12 and UK387 are similar. The socks look pink and blue. Accurate, or poor printing?)

  5. Murcia - (fuzzy sock trim (more hoops?) stop this simply being UK001)

  6. Elche - (Looks unique. Like ref 54, but no black).

  7. Osasuna - (UK48)

  8. Palencia - (UK235? Note the almost purple hue though)

  9. Celta De Vigo - (again a sock variation. This time hoops on a UK005)

  10. Santander - (Unique kit? Similar UK126 ceased in 1980)

  1. Oviedo, Kuwait - (looks like UK ref 166. Doesn't resemble UK404 Kuwait)

  2. Valladolid - (UK439)

  3. Espana - (Catalogue illustration is UK ref 433, but real version in collecting circles was a UK 48. See ref 27 above)

  4. Holanda - (UK13)

  5. Brazil - (UK50 or UK410)

  6. Alemania Occidental (West Germany) - (UK156)

  7. Inglaterra (England) - (UK317)

  8. Italia - (UK166 - same as ref 31 above)

  9. Escocia (Scotland) - (UK318)

  10. Argentina - (UK67 or UK457) Socks shown as white.

  1. Polonia (Poland) - (UK39)

  2. Yugoslavia - (UK149) Sock trim?

  3. URSS - (UK161) Machine printed version seen.

  4. Francia - (UK164)

  5. Portugal, Hungria - (UK281)

  6. Checoslovaquia - (UK231)

  7. Liverpool (UK41)

  8. Manchester United - (Should be UK372 or maybe UK100, but socks are white?)

  9. Bayern Munich - (UK214) Machine print seen.

  10. Benfica - (UK138)

  1. Juventus - (UK34)

  2. Inter Milan - (UK58)

  3. Anderlecht - (UK55) Again, odd sock trim.

  4. Hamburgo - (UK210)

  5. Argelia (Algeria) - (UK402)

  6. Austria - (UK10)

  7. Belgica (Belgium) - (UK21) See ref 13 above.

  8. Camerun - (UK403)

  9. Chile - (UK67)

  10. El Salvador - (UK 155) Version shown above looks more like a ref UK404 Kuwait.

  1. Honduras - Unique to Spain, and has been seen on ebay. A blue Honduras was sold on UK405

  2. Irlanda (Northern Ireland) - (UK320)


The following couple of countries do not seem to have produced their own stock. Nevertheless, things in their catalogues need to be commented on.

The Netherlands. 

Subbuteo arrived early in Holland, with flat Dutch sets having been spotted in collecting circles. The Subbuteo Club Edition goes Continental in the early 1970s, with "Table Football" quoted in four languages, Dutch, German, Italian and French. The Dutch league was also the first outside the UK to get its own teams arriving en-bloc in the standard list with teams 82-89. 

The early 1970s Dutch catalogue was similar to the UK ones, but there were anomalies in the team colour list. This list was not illustrated, sadly, but was instead laid out like the English catalogues prior to 1973. However, the Dutch sides had been promoted to the top of the teams listed under each number in the range, which also happened with the German catalogues of the time. In addition to this, all the smaller English and Scottish sides were removed, so many of the numbers were completely lacking any team names. 

The descriptions are in Dutch of course, and have been simplified. For instance, the Arsenal shirts on No16 are just described as "rood met wit" - or "red and white" if you prefer. This simplification becomes annoying when you study the descriptions of the new Dutch sides issued on numbers 82 and 89. The team names are identical to the later English catalogues, but the descriptions do not always match - 

  1. F.C. Den-Haag ADO - groen/geel shirt, rood broek. This one actually sounds fine.

  2. FC Twente - rood shirt, wit broek. Simplified, but okay.

  3. FC Utrcht - geel shirt, zwart broek. Yellow shirt, black shorts? Completely different.

  4. Feijenoord - rood met wit shirt, zwart broek. Simplified, but okay.

  5. Go Ahead - rood met geel shirt, wit broek. White shorts is different to the UK version.

  6. Haarlem - blauw shirt, rood broek. Blue shirt, red shorts? Completely different

  7. MVV - rood shirt, wit broek. If you allow simplification to account for the lack of stripes - then this is okay.

  8. NEC - rood shirt, wit broek. Completely different.

If anyone can confirm that these original sides existed (and/or can provide pictures!) I would be very grateful.

The catalogue also has a reduced accessory range featuring C100, C102, C107, C108, C117, C118, C119, C120, C122, C127, set F, set M, set N, and set Z. In addition, the rules get their own strange, probably pulled out of a hat numbers:-

0152 Instructieboekje
1010 Veldverlichting

Many thanks to Eddie Lang for photocopying the Dutch paperwork for this site.

Germany. 

Like the Dutch, the Germans also had a 1970s catalogue from their distributors, Schnipp & Schuss. However, all the range and team numbers were unchanged to the UK versions (although the catalogue missed out numbers 77 to 126.

In the 1980s Subbuteo Tisch Fussball gained a new distributor named Jumbo. They produced their own box sets, called Europa Cup and World Cup (which can be seen on the International box sets page). They backed these up with a range of common accessories and twenty four teams. Both teams and accessories were re-numbered, which was logical to keep things simple on a small range.

The teams were lightweights sold in the horizontal display boxes, and for the record were as follows:-

Bundesliga 

  1. Arminia Bielefeld (unsure of the UK number, but probably ref 155)

  2. Bayer Leverkusen (looks like ref 41)

  3. Bayern München (ref 214)

  4. Bochum (ref 172)

  5. Borussia Dortmund (ref 006)

  6. Borussia Moenchen Gladbach (ref 221)

  7. Eintracht Braunschweig (ref 047)

  8. Fortuna Düsseldorf (ref 214 again)

  9. Frankfurt Eintracht (ref 58)

  10. Hamburger (S.V.) (ref 39)

  1. Hertha Berlin (ref 119)

  2. Kaiserslautern (ref 303)

  3. Karlsruher S.C. (ref 293)

  4. Köln (F.C.) (ref 001) 

  5. Nürnberg F.C. (ref 014)

  6. Schalke 04 (ref 166)

  7. Stuttgart (ref 133)

  8. Werder Bremen (ref 233)

National 

  1. Belgien (ref 21)

  2. B.R.D. (ref 156?)

  3. England (ref 329)

  4. Frankreich (ref 164)

  5. Holland (ref 13)

  6. Italien (looks like ref 2. Might be 166)



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