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We all love a good nickname (so long as it's not an offensive one directed at us).

So here are 10 of our favourite football club nicknames from around the world, in no particular order...

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


Apparently 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."

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 English football's best nickname, inherited from a previous club that used London Road - 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.

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

Chievo Verona

A relatively recent nickname, but a classic nonetheless.

City rivals Hellas started it in the 90s, chanting “Donkeys will fly before Chievo are in Serie A” (the Italian equivalent of "if pigs could fly").

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.

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.


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.