Football club nicknames: Premier League, La Liga, Serie A & MLS

first_imgSome football club nicknames have become as synonymous with their official team names, with the likes of Chelsea known as ‘the Blues’ and Southampton commonly referred to as ‘the Saints’.Premier League team nicknames are pretty self-explanatory, often paying tribute to the club’s trademark kit colours or the mascot on their crest and badge.Other nicknames, however, have a more affectionate and unique etymology, such as Juventus being called ‘the Old Lady’ and Koln known as ‘the Billy Goats’. So what are some other examples? Goal takes a look. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream England’s Premier League Team Nickname(s) Arsenal The Gunners Aston Villa The Villans Bournemouth The Cherries Brighton The Seagulls Burnley The Clarets Chelsea The Blues Crystal Palace The Eagles Everton The Toffees Leicester City The Foxes Liverpool The Reds Man City The Citizens, The Sky Blues Man Utd The Red Devils Newcastle Utd The Magpies Norwich City The Canaries Sheffield Utd The Blades Southampton The Saints Tottenham Spurs, The Lilywhites Watford The Hornets West Ham The Hammers, The Irons Wolves Wolves Everton are known as ‘the Toffees’ due to the toffee shops located in Everton village around the time the club was formed. Ye Anciente Everton Toffee House was popular with fans as it was near to the stadium, while Old Mother Nobletts Toffee Shop sold sweets called ‘Everton mints’, which were equally popular.Southampton are referred to as ‘the Saints’, as the club was founded in 1885 by the young men of St Mary’s Church, the mother church of Southampton. During the club’s early days, it was known as Southampton St Mary’s. This was then shortened to Southampton, but ‘the Saints’ remained as the nickname.Spain’s La Liga Team Nickname(s) Explanation/ Translation Athletic Club Los Leones, Los Rojiblancos The Lions, The Red and Whites Atletico Madrid Los Colchoneros, Los Rojiblancos  The Mattress Makers, The Red and Whites Barcelona Blaugrana In Catalan, ‘blau’ means blue and ‘grana’ translates to deep red Celta Vigo Os Celestes The Sky Blues Deportivo Alaves Los Babazorros, El Glorioso  ‘Baba’ refers to ‘fava’ beans, and ‘zorro’ means ‘sack’, The Glorious One Eibar Los Armeros The Gunsmiths Espanyol Los Periquitos, Los Blanquiazules The Budgerigars, The White and Blues Getafe Los Azulones The Deep Blues  Granada Los Nazaries Nasrids (referencing the Nazrid Dynasty) Leganes Los Pepineros The Cucumber Growers Levante Los Granotas The Frogs Mallorca Los Bermellones The Vermilions Osasuna Los Rojillos The Reds Real Betis Betis, Los Verderones, Los Heliopolitans Lilywhites, The Big Greens, The Heliopolitans Real Madrid Los Blancos, Meringues The Whites, The Meringues Real Sociedad Txuri-urdinak The Whites and Blues Real Valladolid Los Albivioletas  The White and Violets Sevilla Los Rojiblancos, Los Hispalenses The White and Reds, The Ones from Hispalis Valencia Los Che In Valencian, ‘che’ is the same as saying ‘hey’ Villarreal El Submarino Amarillo The Yellow Submarine Deportivo Alaves’ nickname comes from the Basque language. ‘Baba’ references fava beans, and zorro means ‘sack’. So, in an allusion to the large amounts of favas that were produced in the Alava province, Alaves are literally called ‘the beanbags’. In the Valencian style of speaking, saying ‘che’ is the same as saying ‘hey’. ‘Levantinos’, who hail from the east coast of Spain, are easily identifiable throughout the rest of the country by their usage of this slang term.In 1967, Villarreal (who play in yellow) were promoted to Spain’s third division. Around that time, a band called Los Mustangs covered ‘Yellow Submarine’, originally by the Beatles. The cover became popular in Spain, and so, Villarreal became known as ‘the Yellow Submarine’!Italy’s Serie A Team Nickname(s) Explanation/ Translation Atalanta I Nerazzurri The Black and Blues Bologna I Rossoblu, I Veltri The Red and Blues, The Greyhounds Brescia Le Rondinelle, I Biancazzurri The Little Swallows, The White and Blues Cagliari Gli Isolani The Islanders Fiorentina La Viola The Purple One Genoa I Rossoblu, l Grifone The Red and Blues, The Griffin Hellas Verona I Gialloblu The Yellow and Blues Inter I Nerazzurri The Black and Blues Juventus I Bianconeri, La Vecchia Signora The Black and Whites, The Old Lady Lazio I Biancocelesti The White and Sky Blues Lecce I Giallorossi The Yellow and Reds Milan I Rossoneri The Red and Blacks Napoli Gli Azzurri The Blues Parma I Gialloblu, I Crociati The Yellow and Blues, The Crusaders Roma I Giallorossi The Yellow and Reds Sampdoria I Blucerchiati The Blue-circled (team colours are blue with white, red and black hoops) Sassuolo I Neroverdi The Black and Greens SPAL I Biancazzurri The White and Blues Torino Il Toro, i Granata The Bull, The Maroons Udinese I Bianconeri The White and Blacks In Latin, ‘Juventus’ means youth, so calling the club the ‘Old Lady’ is an ironic joke as Juventus is one of the oldest clubs in Italian football. For the ‘Lady’ part, it’s understood that this related to fans showing love for their club as they would show love for their other halves.Germany’s Bundesliga Team Nickname(s) Explanation/ Translation Augsburg Die Fuggerstadter Residents of the Fugger City Bayer Leverkusen Die Werkself The Company XI Bayern Die Roten The Reds Borussia Dortmund Die Schwarzgelben The Black and Yellow Borussia Monchengladbach Die Fohlen The Foals Eintracht Frankfurt Die Adler The Eagles Fortuna Dusseldorf Die Flingeraner From the district of Flingern Freiburg Breisgau-Brasilianer Brazilians of Breisgau Hertha Berlin Die Alte Dame The Old Lady Hoffenheim Die Kraichgauer From the Kraichgau region Koln Die Geissbocke The Billy Goats Leipzig  Die Roten Bullen The Red Bulls Mainz Die Nullfunfer The O-Fives Paderborn N/A   Schalke Die Konigsblauen The Royal Blue Union Berlin Die Eisernen The Iron Ones Werder Bremen Die Grun-Weissen  The Green-Whites Wolfsburg Die Wolfe The Wolves Bayer Leverkusen was founded by employees of the pharmaceutical company Bayer AG, which which is alluded to in their nickname (which translates to ‘The Company XI’).Koln’s nickname is a reference to the club’s mascot, a male goat named Hennes who, in turn, was named after former Koln player and manager Hennes Weisweiler. Augsburg is known as the Fuggerstadt (the Fugger city). It acknowledges the Fugger family, who were a notable business and banking entity during the Renaissance period.Paderborn don’t really have a nickname, though the club still have an interesting backstory. For many years, Paderborn had two football clubs – TuS Schloss Neuhaus and Paderborn. They eventually merged into TuS Paderborn/Neuhaus in 1985, and officially changed their name to SC Paderborn 07 in 1997. The 07 refers to 1907, the year TuS Schloss Neuhaus was founded.North America’s MLS Team Nickname(s) Atlanta United The Five Stripes Chicago Fire Men in Red FC Cincinnati The Orange and Blue Colorado Rapids The Rapids Columbus Crew The Crew FC Dallas The Hoops D.C. United The Black and Red Houston Dynamo Orange Crush, La Naranja (The Orange) LA Galaxy The Galaxy Los Angeles FC N/A Minnesota United FC The Loons Montreal Impact N/A New England Revolution The Midnight Riders New York City FC The Pigeons, The Bronx Blues, The Boys in Blue New York Red Bulls The Metros Orlando City SC The Lions Philadelphia Union The U Portland Timbers The Timbers Real Salt Lake The Claret and Cobalt San Jose Earthquakes The Quakes, The Goonies Seattle Sounders FC The Sounders Sporting Kansas City The Wizards Toronto FC The Reds Vancouver Whitecaps The Blue and Whites, The Caps Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

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