Have you ever noticed the jersey of several clubs in the world? Maybe some of you have seen an asterisk located above the logo of a team. Yes, the star became a symbol for the important championship achieved by the team itself.
But keep in mind that there are no specific rules governing the placement of the asterisks. In some countries, they have their own rules for placing an asterisk.
If you see some leagues popular in Europe, they have their own rules for putting an asterisk on a jersey. In Italy, the first team which used the mark was Juventus in 1958. To celebrate their tenth Scudetto title, the Old Lady put a star on their jersey worn by the players.
Until now, that rule still even applies.
Two teams from the city of Milan, Internazionale and AC Milan, both have ruled Italy as much as eighteen times. They also put an asterisk on their jersey. If both teams are able to win two more Scudetto, then they have the right to add one more star to celebrate the twentieth league title.
Scotland also gives one star for every 10 league titles won. Players who have five stars because they have become league champions more than 50 times.
However, in Celtic, the rule is different. Those who have actually won more than 40 Scottish League titles only wear one star above the symbol of the team. This was done because they considered “one star” which is worth to be shown is only one European Cup or Champions League title they had won in 1967.
Some other countries give one star for every 10 league titles. Those countries include Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Malta.
While in Germany, the rules for using the asterisks are different. Three titles mean one star, five titles mean two stars, ten titles mean three stars, and twenty titles mean four stars.
Now, FC Bayern has put four stars on their jersey after successfully dominating Germany 28 times. For Borussia Dortmund, they have the right to put two stars after being able to dominate Germany eight times.
There are other different regulations in Spain. They did not use asterisks as a representation of the league title. The regulation also applies in the English Premier League. Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, until Arsenal did not use this popular sign.
However, Nottingham Forrest put two stars on the jersey worn by the players. Why so? Apparently, this team which based at the City Ground put a star on their jersey as a sign of two Champions League titles obtained.
They are not alone.
The French club Marseille also do the same. After winning the Champions League title in 1993, Marseille gave a star to the jersey worn by their players.
Then, what about Indonesia? In the Motherland, for every team that succeeds in becoming a league champion at least for once, they have the right to put one star above the symbol of the team.
Because there are no specific rules regarding this, each team has the right to determine the intent of the star on display.
FIFA, as the leader of the world sport, frees the use of this symbol. Even so, most countries will use a gold star symbol for every single world title they win. Brazil has 5 stars, Italy and Germany 4 stars, Argentina, Uruguay, and France 2 stars, as well as England and Spain which have one star each.