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We've done our list of favourite footballers' nicknames, so now we move on to look at 10 of the best football club nicknames from around the world.

So, in no particular order...

No.1 "El Submarino Amarillo" (the Yellow Submarine). Villarreal, Spain.


The best football club nicknames can come out of nowhere, and that's certainly the case with Villareal.

Apparently it dates back to the 1966-67 season when the Beatles song had been released and the crowd sang the tune as "Amarillo es el Villarreal. Amarillo es. Amarillo es.", translating as "Yellow is Villarreal. Yellow is! Yellow is!".

No.2 "Los Pincharratas" (the Rat Stabbers). Estudiantes de La Plata, Argentina.


Great name that goes right back to the 1910s and some of the club's early members who chased rats in the market area of La Plata.

No.3 "The Posh". Peterborough Utd, England.

Peterborough Utd

Undoubtedly one of best football club nicknames in England, inherited from a previous club that used London Road called Fletton Utd.

In 1921 they advertised for "Posh players for a posh team". Peterborough adopted it in the 1930s.

Up the Posh!

No.4 "La Lepra" / "Leprosos" (the Lepers). Newell's Old Boys, Argentina.

Newell's Old Boys

The Rosario-based club got the name in the 1920s after playing in a charity match for a leprosy clinic.

Not only do they have one of the best football club nicknames around, but their actual name is fantastic too - definitely one of the classic club names of South American football.

No.5 "I Mussi Volanti" (the Flying Donkeys). Chievo Verona, Italy.

Chievo Verona

Whilst Italian club colours lead to a host of common nicknames throughout Serie A and Italian football (e.g. Nerazzurri, Rossoneri, Bianconeri) the clubs also have other nicknames. And whilst this one is a relatively recent addition to the list of best football club nicknames, it's a classic nonetheless.

City rivals Hellas Verona started it in the 1990s, chanting “Donkeys will fly before Chievo are in Serie A” (the Italian equivalent of "if pigs could fly"). The phrase stuck, and a nickname was born.

No.6 "De Kaaskoppen" (the Cheeseheads). AZ Alkmaar, The Netherlands.

AZ Alkmaar

The football club gets the same nickname as the people of Alkmaar, famous for its cheese, cheese market, and general cheeseyness.

As well as having a unique nickname, AZ Alkmaar's football crest is pretty much one of a kind too, it's oblong shape going against the grain of most other club's badges.

No.7 "Los Colchoneros" (the Mattress Makers). Atlético Madrid, Spain.

Atlético Madrid

Dates right back to 1911 when the club changed from blue and white stripes to red and white stripes.

At that time mattresses in Spain were made in red-white stripes, and the nickname was born...

No.8 "Die Werkself" (the Factory XI). Bayer Leverkusen, Germany.

Bayer Leverkusen

Refers to the industrial origins of the club, founded in 1904 by employees of Bayer - the huge pharmaceutical company headquartered in the city.

No.9 "Vecchia Signora" (the Old Lady). Juventus, Italy.


Not only one of the best football club nicknames, but also one of the best known. Apparently it was a mixture of irony and an endearing term from Juve fans when they nicknamed their club in the 1930s - Juventus is Latin for youth.

No.10 "Troillongan" (the Troll Children). Rosenborg, Norway.


Started in the 1960s when the Rosenborg keeper put a toy troll in his net at games to bring him and the team luck. The fans picked up on it and the nickname started and has stuck ever since.

No.11 "The Spireites". Chesterfield, England.


Another great football nickname that comes from a famous symbol of the town - in this case the twisted, crooked church spire. The Spireites nickname also feeds into one of England's greatest football crests, easily recognisable, simple but effective, and pretty unique.