A Madrid club that earned promotion to the Spanish third division this past season has rebranded as Flat Earth FC, with club president Javi Poves looking to “unite the voices of millions of flat earth movement followers” by changing the team’s name.
Poves, a 32-year-old former Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano youth product, runs the club formerly known as Mostoles Balompie. The club plays in the Estadio El Soto, a 14,000-seat ground in the Mostoles area of southwest Madrid, near Leganes.
“Football is the most mediatic sport and has the most impact worldwide,” the club wrote on its website as part of the rebrand. “Creating a terraplanist club is the best way to have a constant presence in the media. It will also be the first football club associated with a cause, an idea, without having a specific location.”
“Flat Earth FC is the first football club whose followers are united by the most important thing, which is an idea.”
The concept of a flat earth is an anti-scientific notion that the world is shaped like a disc and not like a sphere, an idea which has recently gained a following thanks to viral content despite the clear scientific evidence disproving the theory. NBA superstar Kyrie Irving famously made comments personally supporting the flat earth theory during an appearance on a podcast in 2017 but publicly apologized a year later.