Free State Stars Football Club
Name: Free State Stars Football Club
Nickname(s): Ea Lla Koto
Founded: 1977 as
Stadium: Globe Park (20,000)
Chairman: Mike Mokoena
Manager: Mark Kolatowicz
League: ABSA Premiership
Baymed Cup Winners: 2006
Mvela Golden League Champions:2004-05 & 2006-07
Second Division Champions: 1985
Coca-Cola Cup Winners: 1994
Free State Stars are a football club based in Bethlehem, Free State province,South Africa that plays in the Premier Soccer League.
Originally founded in 1977 in a small village in an area then known as QwaQwa, the club gained promotion to the National Premier Soccer League in 1986.
To avoid fixture congestion the club's franchise was sold to the Premier Soccer League in 2002.
The following year, Mike Mokoena revived the club as he bought and renamed the franchise of National First Division side Maholosiane. FS Stars managed to regain their Premiership status in 2005 after winning the Mvela Golden League.
After a disappointing season in the top-flight, with the first team finishing bottom of the table, the club was relegated. The 2007–08 season however proved to be a huge success with Stars dominating the First Division and securing promotion to the Premier League once again.
They also managed to win the inaugural Baymed Cup in December 2006 beating FC AK in the final.