Association football club names

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Association Football club names are a part of the sport's culture, reflecting century-old traditions. Club names may reflect geographical, cultural, religious or political affiliations – or simply be the brand name of a club's primary sponsor. Because of the British origin of the modern game and the prevalence of the English language, many clubs, even outside Europe, have their names written in English.

Official names often also contain common component (prepositions, conjunctions, etc.)

In Europe, many (if not most) clubs are named after their towns or cities (e.g. "Deportivo La Coruña", "Liverpool FC", "Hamburger SV"). In South America, clubs are more likely to have names that don't bear the city's name. Some clubs, like Hansa Rostock or Torpedo Moscow may have both.

Common versus official usage[edit]

It is not uncommon for a club to be known in common usage by a name other than its official name, or the name on the badge.

Other clubs are more usually known by nicknames or contractions of their full names, for instance, Vasco da Gama is usually called simply "Vasco", F.C. Internazionale Milano is contracted to Inter or Inter Milan, Sporting Clube de Portugal is often called Sporting or Sporting Lisbon. Manchester United is often shortened to Man Utd, and Lyon used instead of Olympique Lyonnais.

Some clubs are commonly referred to by their initials, such as QPR, for Queens Park Rangers.

Club names referring to a profession or education[edit]

Club names referring to a profession[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Armed forces For sport clubs affiliated with the armed forces of a country. See also CSKA MOSCOW.  Botswana Botswana Defence Force XI
 Guyana Guyana Defence Force FC
 Hungary Budapest Honvéd FC
 Pakistan Pakistan Army
 Philippines Air Force
 Romania FC Steaua București
Arsenal Factories creating weapons  Argentina Arsenal de Sarandí
 Egypt El Tersana
 England Arsenal
 Russia FC Arsenal Tula
 Ukraine FC Arsenal Kyiv
 Libya Tersanah S.C.
Beer  Eritrea Asmara Brewery
 Ethiopia Harrar Beer Botling
 Northern Ireland Lisburn Distillery
 Peru Sporting Cristal
 Serbia FK ČSK Pivara
 Ukraine FC Obolon Kyiv
Carpentry  Italy Mobilieri Ponsacco
 Estonia TVMK (Tallinna Vineeri-ja Mööblikombinaat)
Cobre- Spanish for copper, after association with copper mining  Chile Club de Deportes Cobreloa
 Peru Cobresol F.B.C.
Company name Club names containing the name of a company. These clubs were either founded as works teams by a company for its employees (e.g. PSV), bought by a company (e.g. the three Red Bull teams), or incorporate a corporate sponsor's name (e.g. Technogroup).  Austria Red Bull Salzburg
 Brazil Audax RJ (former Sendas Pão de Açúcar Esporte Clube)
 Egypt Arab Contractors
 England Vauxhall Motors
 Finland FF Jaro, Finnairin Palloilijat
 France Evian Thonon Gaillard
 Germany Bayer 04 Leverkusen
 Greece Skoda Xanthi
 India Air India
 Indonesia Semen Padang
 Japan Honda Motor
 Peru Inti Gas Deportes
 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai, Suwon Samsung Bluewings
 Mexico Cruz Azul
 Moldova
( Transnistria)
Sheriff Tiraspol
 Netherlands Philips Sport Vereniging
 Poland KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski
 Russia Lada Togliatti
 ROC ( Chinese Taipei) Tatung
 Turkey Türk Telekomspor
 Turks and Caicos Islands KPMG United
 United States New York Red Bulls
 Wales Airbus UK
Construction  Belarus FC Stroitel Vitebsk
 Egypt Arab Contractors
 Moldova Constructorul Chișinău
 United States Columbus Crew
Electrical Bargh: Persian for Electricity  Ecuador Emelec
 France Gazélec Ajaccio
 Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
 Iran Bargh Shiraz F.C.
 Philippines Loyola Meralco Sparks F.C.
 Ukraine FC Enerhetyk Burshtyn
 United States Houston Dynamo
Douanes French term for Customs and Taxation enforcement, clubs sponsored by these entities  Niger AS Douanes (Niamey)
 Senegal AS Douanes (Dakar)
Harbour Arka refers to Noah's Ark  Poland Arka Gdynia
Industrial Revolution formed during the late Victorian Industrial boom  England Middlesbrough Ironopolis F.C.
Industrial  Egypt Ghazl Al Mahalla
 Spain UD Gijón Industrial
Metallurgy Foolad, Zob Ahan, and Mes: Persian for Steel, Steelworks, and Copper. Vasas: "Vas- és Fémmunkások" Hungarian for "Iron and Steel Workers"  Egypt Al Alaminium
 Iran Foolad F.C.
 Hungary Vasas SC
 South Korea Pohang Steelers
 Latvia FK Liepājas Metalurgs
 Romania Oţelul Galaţi
 Moldova FC Iskra-Stal
 Russia Metallurg Lipetsk, Metallurg-Oskol, Metallurg Vyksa
 Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
 Poland Stal Mielec
 Germany Stahl Eisenhüttenstadt
Mining GKS: Polish for miner sport clubs
Górnik: Polish for miner
Zagłębie: Polish for coalfield
Minero: Spanish for miner
Colliery: Coal mine
Shakhtar: Ukrainian for miner
 Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorsk
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Rudar Ugljevik
 England Atherton Collieries
 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
 Peru Unión Minas
 Poland Górnik Zabrze
 Slovenia Rudar Velenje
 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
 Venezuela Atlético Club Mineros de Guayana
Municipal Indicates a club formed by workers of, or associated with, a city hall or otherwise related local government unit.

Baladeyet: Arabic for municipal.

 Egypt Baladeyet El Mahalla
 El Salvador Once Municipal
 Guatemala CSD Municipal
 Peru Deportivo Municipal
 Poland MKS Kluczbork
 Uganda Kampala City Council
Navy Malavan: Persian for Sailor
Flota: Polish for Fleet
 Iran Malavan F.C.
 Philippines Philippine Navy
 Poland Flota Świnoujście
Patriots Named for Patriot missile system in United States Army at Ft. Bliss  United States Chivas El Paso Patriots
Petroleum Naft: Persian for Petrol  Angola Atlético Petróleos Luanda
 Mexico Salamanca F.C.
 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero
 Colombia Alianza Petrolera
 Ecuador Esmeraldas Petrolero
 Egypt Enppi
 Iran Sanat Naft F.C.
 Russia FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, FC Oktan Perm
 Ukraine Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka
Police For football clubs affiliated with a police force.

El Shorta: Arabic for police.

 Botswana Police XI
 Cambodia Military Police
 China Vanguard Hubei Police Academy
 Ecuador Escuela Superior de Policía (ESPOLI)
 Egypt Ittihad El Shorta
 England Metropolitan Police
 India Punjab Police
 Iraq Al-Shorta
 Poland Gwardia Warszawa
 Singapore Home United
Railroad workers Rah Ahan (|Persian), Al Sekka Al Hadid: Arabic for railway, Ferro Carril (Spanish), for Railroad. Ferroviário (Portuguese) for Railroad. The "CFR" in CFR Cluj is Căile Ferate Române, the Romanian state railway system. Vasutas means "railroad worker" in Hungarian, Kigwancha means "locomotive" in Korean, Demir means "iron" in Turkish. KKS (Polish) for railway sport clubs.  Argentina Rosario Central
 Brazil Ferroviário Atlético Clube
 Bosnia and Herzegovina FK Željezničar Sarajevo
 Croatia NK Lokomotiva
 Egypt Al Sekka Al Hadid
 England Harrogate Railway Athletic
 Germany 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
 Hungary Debreceni Vasutas Sport Klub
 Scotland Inverurie Loco Works F.C.
 Iran Rah Ahan F.C.
 Moldova Locomotiva Bălți
 Mozambique Clube Ferroviário da Beira
 Poland KKS Lech Poznań
 Romania CFR Cluj
 Russia FC Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Lokomotiv Liski
 Turkey Adana Demirspor
Sailors Marinos: Spanish  Australia Central Coast Mariners
 Japan Yokohama F. Marinos
Shipbuilding  England Cammell Laird F.C.
 Scotland Burntisland Shipyard F.C.
 South Korea Ulsan Mipo Dockyard
Stevedores or longshoremen  New Zealand Waterside Karori
Textile Nassaji: Persian for Textile Industry  Argentina Textil Mandiyú
 Croatia NK Varteks Varaždin
 Egypt Ghazl El-Mehalla
 India JCT FC (Jagatjit Cotton and Textile Football Club)
 Mozambique Grupo Desportivo da Companhia Têxtil do Punguè
 Russia FC Tekstilshchik Ivanovo
Tractor manufacturing  Belarus FC Traktar Minsk
 Iran Teraktor Sazi F.C.
 Russia Rotor Volgograd
 Uzbekistan FK Traktor Tashkent
Generic  Italy SPAL 1907 (Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor)

Club names referring to education[edit]

NB: Soccer teams associated with colleges and universities in the United States and Canada are not listed here. These clubs are not independent of the school, and are divisions within a much larger school sports program. The one main exception to this rule is the men's team owned by Brigham Young University, which participates in the semi-professional USL Premier Development League instead of the NCAA.

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Academic Affiliation with academics. See also Estudiantes, University, Polytechnic.  Bulgaria Akademik Sofia
 Denmark Akademisk Boldklub
 Moldova FC Academia Chișinău
 Portugal Académica de Coimbra
 Russia Sportakademklub Moscow
Old Boys Named by and as a reference to ex-pupils of a school  Argentina Newell's Old Boys
  Switzerland BSC Old Boys
Young Boys Named in contrast to nearby club Old Boys Basel (see Old Boys above)   Switzerland BSC Young Boys
Polytechnic Affiliation with a polytechnical institution. See also Academical, Estudiantes, University, Technical College.  Moldova FC Politehnica Chişinău
 Romania FC Politehnica Iaşi

Politehnica Ştiinţa Timişoara

Students Affiliation with students. See also Academical, Polytechnic, University.  Argentina Estudiantes de La Plata
 Brazil Estudantes Sport Club
 Peru Estudiantes de Medicina
 Mexico Estudiantes Tecos
 Romania Sportul Studențesc
 Turkey Galatasaray
Technical College  Ecuador Técnico Universitario
 New Zealand Christchurch Technical
University Affiliation with universities. See also Academical, Estudiantes, Polytechnic.
 Argentina Juventud Unida Universitario
 Bolivia Universitario de Sucre
 Chile Universidad Católica
 Costa Rica Universidad de Costa Rica
 Ecuador LDU Quito
 England Loughborough University
 Honduras Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
 Ireland University College Dublin A.F.C.
 Mexico Estudiantes Tecos, Universidad Nacional
 New Zealand University-Mount Wellington
 Peru Universitario de Deportes
 Romania FC Universitatea Craiova, Universitatea Cluj
 South Africa Pretoria University FC, Wits University F.C., NMMU F.C.
 Spain AD Universidad de Oviedo, Universidad de Las Palmas CF
 Thailand Bangkok University FC

Club names referring to days and dates[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Days of the week Clubs named after a specific day of the week  England Sheffield Wednesday
 Wales Abergavenny Thursdays
Independence Day Clubs named after the day of independence of the country or city  Argentina Nueve de Julio, Nueve de Julio de Morteros, Nueve de Julio de Río Tercero (July 9)
International Workers' Day  Angola Estrela Clube Primeiro de Maio
 Portugal Associação Naval 1º de Maio
Year of establishment Club names containing a reference to the year in which the club was established
(clubs are listed in chronological order by country)
 Belgium Eendracht Aalst 2002
 Canada Vancouver 86ers
 Denmark B.93
 Finland PK-35
 Germany 1860 München, Hannover 96, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Schalke 04
 Netherlands Be Quick 1887
 Russia FC Krasnodar-2000 (dissolved)
 Scotland Gretna F.C. 2008

Club names referring to the club's specific origins[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Argyle Named after The Argyle Tavern or Argyle Terrace, both in Plymouth.  England Plymouth Argyle
Great Chicago Fire Officially founded on October 8, 1997, the 126th anniversary of this pivotal event in the history of Chicago.  USA Chicago Fire
East Orient = from the East, Leyton is in east London  England Leyton Orient
Dons Named after the nickname of MK Dons' predecessors, Wimbledon F.C.  England Milton Keynes Dons
Forest The club originally played at the Forest Recreation Ground  England Nottingham Forest
Heart of Midlothian Named for a dance hall, itself named for a novel by Walter Scott and a reference to the city of Edinburgh, located in the centre of Midlothian county  Scotland Heart of Midlothian
Homeless Rovers, Wanderers. Excursionistas translates roughly as "The Voyagers". Originally a team without a home ground  Argentina Excursionistas
 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers FC
 Chile Santiago Wanderers
 England Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol Rovers, Doncaster Rovers F.C. Tranmere Rovers, Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers
 Malta Sliema Wanderers
 Republic of Ireland Bray Wanderers, Sligo Rovers
 Scotland Albion Rovers, Raith Rovers
 Uruguay Montevideo Wanderers
Ittihad Arabic for "the union", meaning the merger of clubs or clubs founders  Egypt Al Ittihad Al Sakandary, Ittihad El Shorta
 Israel Ittihad Bnei Sakhnin
 Libya Al-Ittihad (Tripoli)
 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad (Jeddah)
Mohun Bagan The club was named after the palace, Mohun Bagan Villa, that was the site of the club's first ground  India Mohun Bagan
Park Avenue The club originally played at the Park Avenue ground  England Bradford Park Avenue
Queen of the South A nickname for the club's home of Dumfries  Scotland Queen of the South
Queen City of the South A club based in Cebu City the Queen City of the Southern Philippines  Philippines Cebu Queen City United F.C.
Rangers (Glasgow) The club founder saw the name Rangers in a Rugby annual  Scotland Rangers
Sounders From Puget Sound, on whose eastern shore the city of Seattle lies.  United States Seattle Sounders (NASL), Seattle Sounders (USL), Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Sounders Women
Stanley Named after the Stanley Arms on Stanley Road, Accrington.  England Accrington Stanley
Trinity The club was formed in 1873 by the vicar of the Holy Trinity Church  England Gainsborough Trinity
 Paraguay Sportivo Trinidense
United Often (but not always) refers to the result of a merger. "Pers-" or "P" is short for "Persatuan", Indonesian for "United". "Birlik" means "Union" in Turkish. "Combinatie" is combination in Dutch.  Argentina Unión de Santa Fe
 Armenia Yerevan United
 Australia Gold Coast United, Adelaide United, Newcastle United Jets
 Belgium KVSK United
 England Leeds United, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, West Ham United, and many more
 Finland Tampere United
 Indonesia Persib Bandung, Persebaya Surabaya and many more
 Jamaica Montego Bay United F.C., Portmore United F.C., Rivoli United F.C.
 Japan JEF United Ichihara Chiba
 Republic of Ireland Limavady United
 Scotland Ayr United, Dundee United
 South Korea Incheon United, Seoul United
 Sweden Carlstad United BK, FC Väsby United
 Turkey Gençlerbirliği
 United States D.C. United

Club names referring to an ethnic, social, national or religious background[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Ahly Arabic for "national"  Egypt Al-Ahly
 Qatar Al-Ahli (Doha)
 Libya Al-Ahly (Tripoli), Al-Ahly (Benghazi)
 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli (Jeddah)
 UAE Al-Ahli Football Club - Dubai
Albion Archaic name for Great Britain  England Brighton & Hove Albion, Burton Albion, West Bromwich Albion.
 Scotland Stirling Albion
Karelia  Russia Karelia-Discovery Petrozavodsk
Altay  Turkey Altay S.K.
Americans Usually, but not always, clubs made up of native citizens of the United States of America.  United States Baltimore Americans, Philadelphia Americans, New York Americans, New York Yankees
Arabi Al-Arabi is the Arabic for "Arab".  Kuwait Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait)
 Qatar Al-Arabi SC (Qatar)
 Panama CD Árabe Unido
Armenia Clubs founded by and for members of the Armenian diaspora.  Argentina Club Deportivo Armenio
 France UJA Alfortville
Assyria Clubs founded by and for members of the Assyrian diaspora.  Sweden Assyriska Föreningen
Bayern German name for Bavaria  Germany FC Bayern Munich, SpVgg Bayern Hof, FC Bayern Alzenau
Bucovina Region in Romania/Ukraine  Ukraine FC Bukovyna Chernivtsi
Bugeac Region in Moldova  Moldova Bugeac Comrat
Beitar Refers to Betar, for "Brit Yosef Trumpeldor", a Zionist youth movement founded in 1923.  Israel Beitar Jerusalem, Beitar Shimshon Tel Aviv
Bohemians After Bohemianism  Republic of Ireland Bohemians
Bohemians After Bohemia  Czech Republic FC Bohemians Praha
Borussia, Preußen Latin (Borussia) and German (Preußen) names for Prussia.  Germany Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Tennis Borussia Berlin, Borussia Neunkirchen, Wuppertaler SV Borussia, Preußen Münster, Preußen Danzig
Celtic Mostly clubs founded by and for members of the Irish diaspora. The name of Celta de Vigo did not come from an Irish diaspora, but was instead inspired by the ancient Celtic presence in the club's home region of Galicia.  England Farsley Celtic, Stalybridge Celtic, West Allotment Celtic
 Ireland Cork Celtic, Wayside Celtic
 Northern Ireland Donegal Celtic, Lurgan Celtic
 Scotland Celtic
 South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic
 Spain Celta de Vigo
 United States Kearny Celtic, Brooklyn Celtic
Chief Reflecting tribal origins of home town  South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
 United States Atlanta Chiefs
Croatia Clubs founded by and for members of the Croatian diaspora.  Australia Adelaide Croatia Soccer Club, SC Croatia, Sydney Croatia, North Perth Croatia, Newcastle Croatia, Whyalla Croatia, Fremantle Croatia, Gwelup Croatia, Dinamo Zagreb (formerly known as Croatia Zagreb)
 Canada Toronto Croatia
 Germany Croatia Berlin
Español Refers to the Spanish people.  Argentina Deportivo Español
 Brazil Jabaquara Atlético Clube (founded as Hespanha Foot Ball Club)
 Chile Unión Española
 Spain RCD Espanyol
 United States Brooklyn Hispano
 Uruguay Central Español
Germania, Alemannia Alternative names of Germany.  Germany BFC Germania, Alemannia Aachen, TSV Germania Windeck
Hessen German name for Hessia  Germany Hessen Kassel
Gagauzia Region in Moldova (people are Turkish descendants)  Moldova Găgăuziya CF
Guaraní Name of a group of culturally related indigenous peoples of South America.  Argentina Guaraní Antonio Franco
 Brazil Guarani Futebol Clube, Guarany Futebol Clube
 Paraguay Club Guaraní
Hibernia Clubs founded by and for members of the Irish diaspora.  Malta Hibernians
 Scotland Hibernian
Hungaria Alternative name of Hungary.  New Zealand Hungaria
Indians  Mexico Indios de Ciudad Juárez
Inter- International.  Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes
 Australia Inter Monaro
 Azerbaijan FC Inter Baku
 Brazil Sport Club Internacional
 Finland FC Inter Turku
 Italy F.C. Internazionale Milano, Internazionale Torino
 São Tomé and Príncipe Inter Bom-Bom
 Slovakia FK Inter Bratislava
 United States Inter-Brooklyn Italians
 Wales UWIC Inter Cardiff F.C.
Italy Clubs founded by and for members of the Italian diaspora.  Argentina Sportivo Italiano
 Australia Marconi Stallions
 Brazil Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (these two clubs were originally named Società Sportiva Palestra Italia and were obligated to rename in 1942 due to Brazilian WW2-era law).
 Canada Italia Shooters
 Chile Audax Club Sportivo Italiano
 Peru Circolo Sportivo Italiano
 United States Inter-Brooklyn Italians
 Venezuela Deportivo Italia
Marist Founded by members of a Marist Brothers school  New Zealand Wellington Marist
 Solomon Islands Marist FC
Korean Korean diaspora  Argentina Deportivo Coreano
 Japan F.C. Korea, Osaka Korean FC, Korea FC United Shikoku
Mohammedan Mohammedan is a term used as both a noun and an adjective meaning belonging or relating to either the religion of Islam or to that of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad  Bangladesh Mohammedan SC, Chittagong Mohammedan SC
 India Mohammedan SC
Monarchy Real is Spanish for Royal. Reial is the Catalan equivalent, and Koninklijke is a Dutch equivalent.

Spanish clubs with the "Real" or "Reial" name, as well as the Honduras club Real España, enjoy the patronage of the Spanish monarchy.

In Belgium, once a club has been in operation for 50 years, it is eligible to add "Royal" to its name, in any of the country's three official languages (Dutch, French, German) or in English.

 Belgium Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging, Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging, Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, Royal Antwerp FC, Royal Charleroi Sporting Club
 Bolivia Real Potosí
 Colombia Real Cartagena, Real Santander
 Honduras Real España
 Mexico Monarcas Morelia
 Netherlands Koninklijke HFC, Koninklijke HC&VV, Koninklijke UD
 Peru Real Garcilaso
 Spain Real Madrid, Real Mallorca, Real Zaragoza, Real Sporting de Gijón, Reial CD Espanyol de Barcelona
 United States Real Salt Lake
Mordovia  Russia FC Mordovia Saransk
National  Brazil Nacional FC
 Colombia Atlético Nacional
 Ecuador El Nacional
 Paraguay Club Nacional
 Portugal C.D. Nacional
 Romania Naţional Bucureşti
 Uruguay Nacional de Montevideo
Palestine Clubs founded by and for members of the Palestinian diaspora.  Chile Club Deportivo Palestino
 Honduras Palestino FC
Pogoń Polish for "knight-in-pursuit", depicted on the Pogoń Litewska, the Lithuanian Coat of Arms.  Poland Pogoń Lwów, Pogoń Szczecin
Polish royal dynasties Jagiellon dynasty, Piast dynasty  Poland Jagiellonia Białystok, Piast Gliwice
Polonia, Lechia Alternative names of Poland.  Poland Polonia Warszawa, Polonia Bytom, Lechia Gdańsk
Portugal Clubs founded by and for members of the Portuguese diaspora.  Andorra Lusitanos
 Brazil Associação Portuguesa de Desportos, Associação Atlética Portuguesa (RJ), Associação Portuguesa Londrinense, Associação Atlética Portuguesa Santista
 Canada Toronto Supra Portuguese
 France US Lusitanos Saint-Maur, US Créteil-Lusitanos
 United States Ludlow Lusitano, Newark Portuguese
 Venezuela Portuguesa Fútbol Club
Rastafarianism  Jamaica Humble Lions F.C.
Revolution Named for the American Revolution, which began in the New England colonies.  United States New England Revolution
Russian  Russia Rusichi Oryol
Saint Santos is Portuguese and Spanish for saints.  Angola Santos de Angola
 Brazil Santos FC, São Paulo FC
 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles
 Guyana Santos F.C.
 Mexico Santos Laguna
 Moldova FC Sfîntul Gheorghe
 Scotland St Johnstone, St Mirren
 Wales The New Saints of Oswestry Town & Llansantffraid
 Peru San Agustín, Franciscano San Román, San José, San Martín, San Lorenzo de Almagro de Chiclayo, San Lorenzo
Schwaben German name for Swabia.  Germany TSV Schwaben Augsburg
Scotland Clubs founded by and for members of the Scottish diaspora.  Brazil Scottish Wanderers
Serbia Clubs founded by and for members of the Serbian diaspora.  Australia Fitzroy City Serbia, Wollongong Srbija, Berwick Kings Krajina, Noble Park United, Westgate Sindjelic,
 Canada Serbian White Eagles
Slavia Refers to the Slavic peoples  Belarus Slavia Mozyr
 Bosnia-Herzegovina Slavija Istočno Sarajevo
 Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
 Czech Republic Slavia Praha
 Poland Sława Lwów
 Serbia Slavija Kragujevac, Slavija Novi Sad
Syriac Refers to Syriacs.  Sweden Syrianska FC, Arameiska/Syrianska KIF, Syrianska IF Kerburan, Valsta Syrianska IK
Turkey Clubs founded by and for members of the Turkish diaspora.  Germany Türkiyemspor Berlin
 Netherlands FC Türkiyemspor
Ingushetia  Russia FC Angusht Nazran
Ukraine Clubs founded by and for members of the Ukrainian diaspora.  Australia Inglewood Kiev, Essendon Lions
 Canada Montreal Ukrainians, Toronto Tridents, Toronto Ukrainians
 United States New York Ukrainians, Newark Ukrainian Sitch, Philadelphia Ukrainians, Rochester Ukrainians, Ukrainian Lions
Union Named for the Union of the Thirteen Colonies, of which the city of Philadelphia was the capital.  United States Philadelphia Union
 Philippines Union Internacional Manila F.C.

Club names referring to geographical features[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Country Country in name  Portugal Sporting Clube de Portugal
Borough/Suburb Neighborhood or district  Egypt Zamalek
 England Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Stevenage Borough
 Germany FC Schalke 04, FC St. Pauli
 Italy Chievo, Sampdoria
 Japan Omiya Ardija, Shimizu S-Pulse, Urawa Red Diamonds (all former independent towns which merged into larger cities)
 Netherlands Feyenoord
 Norway Rosenborg, Strømsgodset, Vålerenga
 Panama Chorrillo F.C., Plaza Amador
 Peru Atlético Chalaco
 Poland Widzew Łódź
 Portugal S.L. Benfica, Boavista FC
 South Africa Orlando Pirates
 Spain Rayo Vallecano
Cerro Meaning hill in Spanish  Paraguay Cerro Corá, Cerro Porteño
 Uruguay C.A. Cerro
City  Australia Adelaide City, Brisbane City
 Canada London City
 England Bradford City, Norwich City, Stoke City, Leicester City, Manchester City, Birmingham City
 Ireland Cork City
 Italy Città di Palermo
 Northern Ireland Armagh City, Derry City
 Norway Oslo City
 Scotland Brechin City, Elgin City
 Spain Ciudad de Murcia
 Thailand Loei City
 USA New York City
 Wales Cardiff City, Swansea City
County  England Derby County, Notts County, Stockport County, Newport County
 Scotland Ross County, Nairn County
State  Brazil Bahia, Ceará, Goiás, Paraná
Region  Peru Sport Áncash, Deportivo Junín
Forest Indicates a close proximity to a forest  England Forest F.C., Forest Green Rovers, Forest Town, Waltham Forest, Nottingham Forest
 Poland Puszcza Niepołomice
 United States Portland Timbers
Hamlet  England Dulwich Hamlet
Lake Ko: Japanese  Japan MIO Biwako Kusatsu
 United States Real Salt Lake
Mountains  Ukraine FC Karpaty Lviv (refers to Carpathian mountains)
 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC (refers to snow-capped mountains and ocean waves, both visible from the city of Vancouver)
Ocean Indicates a close proximity to an ocean  Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC (see listing at "Mountains" above)
 Nigeria Ocean Boys F.C.
 Portugal Beira-Mar
 Peru Deportivo Pacífico, Pacífico FC
 Russia FC Okean Nakhodka
 Ukraine FC Okean Kerch
Prefecture Named after their home prefecture. If both a prefecture and its capital are homonyms, the club can be said to represent both.  Japan Ehime F.C., F.C. Gifu, Tochigi S.C., F.C. Tokyo
River Rio: Portuguese  Brazil River Atlético Clube, Clube Náutico Capibaribe
 Argentina River Plate
 Finland SC Riverball
 Honduras Motagua
 North Korea Amnokkang
 Poland Wisła Kraków, Wisła Płock, Odra Wodzisław, Odra Opole, Warta Poznań
 Russia Volga Nizhny Novgorod, Irtysh Omsk, Volga Tver, Dnepr Smolensk, Sheksna Cherepovets, Volga Ulyanovsk, Tobol Tobolsk, Tobol Kurgan, Terek Grozny, Tom Tomsk
 Portugal Rio Ave FC
 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
 United States Colorado Rapids (named for the rapids of the Colorado River)
Town  Ecuador Macará
 England Yeovil Town, Huddersfield Town, Halifax Town, Grimsby Town, Ipswich Town, Luton Town, Swindon Town, Northampton Town, Macclesfield Town, Cheltenham Town, Bognor Regis Town, Braintree Town, Basingstoke Town, Crawley Town, Kettering Town, Mansfield Town, Shrewsbury Town, Reading Town, Aldershot Town, Alfreton Town, Fleetwood Town, Hucknall Town, Harrogate Town, Dorchester Town
 Wales Aberystwyth Town, Caernarfon Town
Vale Named for teams located in a town in a vale.

Wadi: Arabic for vale

 Egypt Wadi Degla
 England Port Vale, Aylesbury Vale, Pewsey Vale, Raynes Park Vale

Club names referring to specific geographical features[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Africa Named after the African continent.  Ivory Coast Africa Sports
Americas Named after the American continent.  Brazil América Football Club, América de Natal, América Mineiro
 Colombia América de Cali
 Mexico América
 Paraguay Sol de América
Ancient cities Corinth
(often refers to the "Corinthian ideal" of amateurism in sport)
 Brazil Corinthians Paulista, Corinthians Alagoano, Atlético Clube Coríntians
 England Corinthian, Corinthian-Casuals F.C.
Sparta  Czech Republic Sparta Prague
 England Blyth Spartans
 Malta Ħamrun Spartans
 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam
 Norway Sparta Sarpsborg
 Scotland Spartans
Baltic Sea  Poland Bałtyk Gdynia
 Russia FC Baltika Kaliningrad
Black Sea Cherno More in several Slavic languages  Bulgaria Chernomorets Burgas, Cherno More Varna
 Russia Chernomorets Novorossiysk
 Ukraine Chornomorets Odessa
Carpathian Mountains  Poland Karpaty Krosno
 Ukraine FC Karpaty Lviv
Guadalquivir River Betis is the Latin name of Guadalquivir  Spain Real Betis
Mount Ararat  Armenia FC Ararat Yerevan
 Iran F.C. Ararat Tehran
Pasargad Named after the capital of Persia during the reign of Cyrus the Great  Iran Pasargad Tehran F.C.
Puget Sound  United States Seattle Sounders FC
River Plate  Argentina Club Atlético River Plate
 Uruguay Club Atlético River Plate (Uruguay)
Siberia  Russia FC Sibir Novosibirsk
Silesia  Poland Śląsk Wrocław
Volyn'  Ukraine FC Volyn Lutsk
Ural Mountains  Russia FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast

Club names referring to plants[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Oak  Ghana Hearts of Oak
Pine  Australia Frankston Pines
 Finland FC Honka
Rose The Portland Thorns name and logo intentionally reference its city's official nickname, "City of Roses".[1][2]  Australia Adamstown Rosebuds
 Scotland Linlithgow Rose F.C., Montrose Roselea F.C.
 United States Portland Thorns
Shamrock Symbol of Ireland.  Ireland Shamrock Rovers
Thistle National symbol of Scotland  Scotland Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle
Timber Generic term for wood  United States Portland Timbers (as well as past teams of the same name)
Violet  Jamaica Violet Kickers F.C.
 Scotland Stonehouse Violet F.C.

Club names referring to real or mythical creatures[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Bee  Nigeria Ranchers Bees
Buffalo  South Korea Jeonbuk Buffalo
 Zambia Green Buffaloes FC
Cattle Spanish: toro.  Mexico Toros Neza
 Panama Tauro F.C.
Cheetah  South Korea LG Cheetahs, Anyang LG Cheetahs
 United States BYU Cougars,[3] Kitsap Pumas
Deer  Japan Kashima Antlers
Dolphin  Nigeria Dolphins F.C. (Port Harcourt)
Dragon  Benin AS Dragons FC de l'Ouémé
 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Dragons
 Sierra Leone Golden Dragon F.C.
 South Korea Chunnam Dragons
Eagle Norwegian: ørn, Polish: orzeł, Portuguese: águia, Spanish: águila.  Australia Parramatta Eagles
 Canada Serbian White Eagles
 El Salvador C.D. Águila
 Mexico Socio Águila
 Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles
 Norway Trondheims-Ørn, Ørn-Horten
 Uganda Express Red Eagles
European bison In romanian ”Zimbru” = european bison  Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
Falcon  Poland Sokół Sokółka
 Russia FC Sokol Saratov
 Ukraine FC Sokil Berezhany, FC Sokil Zolochiv
Goat Chivas: Spanish for goats.  Mexico Chivas de Guadalajara
 United States C.D. Chivas USA, Chivas El Paso Patriots
Gorilla  United States Atlanta Silverbacks
Grasshopper   Switzerland Grasshopper Club Zürich
Harrier hawk Name usually used for athletics teams.  England Kidderminster Harriers F.C.
Hornet  Bermuda Dandy Town Hornets
Horse  Australia Marconi Stallions
 Bermuda St George's Colts
 Canada Brampton Stallions
 Honduras Broncos
Hummingbird Spanish: colibri.  Mexico Colibríes de Morelos
Jaguar  Mexico Chiapas
 United States California Jaguars
Leopard  Kenya AFC Leopards
 Sierra Leone Golf Leopards
 South Africa Black Leopards
 Swaziland Royal Leopards
Linnet  England Runcorn Linnets
Lion Swahili: simba.
The logo of the now-defunct USA women's club FC Gold Pride includes a lioness.
 Australia Bankstown City Lions, Kingborough Lions, Preston Lions FC, Queensland Roar FC, Stirling Lions
 Canada Canadian Lions
 Ghana Heart of Lions
 Malta Sannat Lions F.C.
 Peru León de Huánuco
 Senegal East End Lions
 Sierra Leone East End Lions
 Singapore Young Lions
 South Africa Nathi Lions
 Tanzania Simba SC, African Lyon
 Uganda Simba FC
 United States FC Gold Pride, St. Louis Lions
Lynx Finnish: ilves  Canada Cordova Bay Red Barn Bobcats, Toronto Lynx, Toronto Lady Lynx
 Finland Ilves, Jämsänkosken Ilves (JIlves), Riihimäen Ilves (RIlves)
Mermaid "Meraloma" is a portmanteau: "Mer" from the original Mermaids club name, "al" from alpha, "om" from omega, and "a" from "always". It stems from the club motto: "Mermaids, first, last and always".  Canada Meraloma Athletic Club
Orca "Grampus" is a historic name for the whale now known as the killer whale or orca.  Japan Nagoya Grampus
Panther  Australia South Adelaide Panthers
Pegasus Korean: Chunma.  South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
 Hong Kong TSW Pegasus, Tin Shui Wai
Pelican  Poland Pelikan Łowicz
Pheasant  Japan Fagiano Okayama
Phoenix Spanish: fénix.  Argentina Fénix
 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix FC
 Uruguay Centro Atlético Fénix
Pig  Bermuda Bermuda Hogges
Rattlesnake  United States Lancaster Rattlers
Rhinoceros  United States Rochester Rhinos
 Zimbabwe Black Rhinos F.C.
Rooster Portuguese: galo.  Brazil Adap Galo Maringá Football Club
Seahorse  USA Southern California Seahorses
Stallion  Australia Marconi Stallions FC
 Philippines Stallion F.C.
Shark French: requin  Mexico Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz
 Australia Sutherland Sharks
 Benin Requins de l'Atlantique
 Nigeria Sharks F.C.
 United States Wilmington Hammerheads
Snake  Australia Adelaide Cobras
Sphinx  England Coventry Sphinx
Squirrel Spanish: ardilla.  Japan Omiya Ardija
Swallow Portuguese: andorinha, Dutch: zwaluw  Netherlands Zwaluwen '30, SV Zwaluwen Wierden
 São Tomé and Príncipe Andorinha Sport Club
 South Africa Moroka Swallows FC
 Swaziland Mbabane Swallows
Swift  England Heybridge Swifts F.C., Stourport Swifts F.C.
 Luxembourg Swift Hesperange
 Northern Ireland Dungannon Swifts
 Scotland Jeanfield Swifts
Terrier  England Bedlington Terriers
Tiger Portuguese and Spanish  Argentina Club Atlético Tigre
 Australia A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers
 Bahamas Playtime Tigers
 Brazil Esporte Clube Tigres do Brasil
 England Kingsbury London Tigers
 Mexico UANL Tigres
 Thailand Ubon Tiger
Wasp  England Chalfont Wasps F.C.
Wolf Finnish: susi  Australia Wollongong Wolves
 Canada St. Catharines Wolves
 Finland Sudet
Zebra  Australia Whittlesea Zebras
 Bermuda PHC Zebras
 Timor-Leste FC Zebra

Club names referring to real or mythical people[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Ajax Club names containing a reference to Ajax the Great or Ajax the Lesser. The South African and American clubs are so named due to their affiliation with AFC Ajax of the Netherlands.  Malta Rabat Ajax F.C.
 Netherlands AFC Ajax, Ajax Sportman Combinatie
 South Africa Ajax Cape Town
Alexandra Club names containing a reference to Princess Alexandra.  England Crewe Alexandra
Apollo  Greece Apollon Kalamarias, Apollon Athens
 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
Aris After the Greek God of War.  Greece Aris Thessaloniki
 Cyprus Aris Limassol
 Luxembourg Aris Bonnevoie
Atlas Club names containing a reference to Atlas.  Mexico Club Atlas
 Argentina Club Atlético Atlas
Hristo Botev Named after Hristo Botev, Bulgarian poet and national revolutionary.  Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv, Botev Vratsa
Simón Bolívar  Bolivia Club Bolívar
Guillermo Brown  Argentina Club Almirante Brown, Club Atlético Almirante Brown, Club Atlético Brown, Club Social y Atlético Guillermo Brown
Colocolo  Brazil Colo-Colo de Futebol e Regatas
 Chile Colo-Colo
Renato Curi  Italy Renato Curi Angolana
Andrea Doria  Italy Sampdoria (from merger of Sampierdarenese, team of San Pier d'Arena, borough of Genoa, and Società Ginnastica Andrea Doria, team so named from the Genoese admiral Andrea Doria)
Arturo Fernández Vial  Chile Club Deportivo Ferroviario Almirante Arturo Fernández Vial
Luis Ángel Firpo  El Salvador C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo
José Gálvez  Peru Club José Gálvez
Rutherford B. Hayes  Paraguay Club Presidente Hayes
Hercules/Heracles After the Greek demi-god.  Greece Iraklis F.C.
 Netherlands Heracles Almelo
 Spain Hércules CF
Hertha Supposedly a Germanic deity.  Germany Hertha BSC (Berlin), Hertha Zehlendorf
Hotspur Named after Henry Percy, aka Henry Hotspur  England Tottenham Hotspur
Isma'il Named after Isma'il Pasha ( Khedive of Egypt and Sudan )  Egypt Isma'ily
Jahn Named after Friedrich Ludwig Jahn.  Germany SSV Jahn Regensburg
Joan of Arc  Réunion SS Jeanne d'Arc
 Senegal ASC Jeanne d'Arc
Lech Named after Lech, legendary founder of Polish nation.  Poland Lech Poznań
Vasil Levski Named after Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary and a national hero of Bulgaria.  Bulgaria Levski Sofia
Martín Ledesma  Paraguay Club Martín Ledesma
Newell Named by ex-pupils of the English High School of Rosario in homage to its director and football coach, English immigrant Isaac Newell  Argentina Newell's Old Boys
Odysseus Named after legendary Greek king and Homer's epic poem  Armenia Ulisses F.C.
Prometheus Named after Greek titan  Ukraine FC Prometei Dniprodzerzhynsk
José Joaquín Olmedo  Ecuador Centro Deportivo Olmedo
Silvio Pettirossi  Paraguay Club Silvio Pettirossi
Armando Picchi  Italy Armando Picchi Calcio
Rio Branco Named after the Baron of Rio Branco.  Brazil Rio Branco Atlético Clube, Rio Branco Esporte Clube, Clube Esportivo Rio Branco, Rio Branco Sport Club
Rob Roy  Scotland Kirkintilloch Rob Roy F.C.
Robin Hood  Suriname SV Robinhood
Ricardo Saprissa Named after the Salvadoran-born coach of the Costa Rica national team who provided the newly formed club with its first uniforms in 1935.  Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
Santa Claus  Finland FC Santa Claus
Skënderbeu Named after the Albanian national hero, Skanderbeg.  Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
Spartacus The famous leader of the slaves in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic (c. 73–71 BCE).  Bulgaria PFC Spartak Pleven, FC Spartak Plovdiv, PFC Spartak Varna
 Georgia FC Spartaki Tskhinvali
 Kazakhstan FC Spartak Semey
 Russia FC Spartak Moscow, FC Spartak Nalchik, FC Spartak Kostroma, FC Spartak Tambov, FC Spartak Yoshkar-Ola, FC Spartak Gorno-Altaysk
 Serbia FK Spartak Ljig, FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda
 Slovakia FC Spartak Trnava
 Ukraine FC Spartak Ivano-Frankivsk
Teuta Named after the Illyrian queen Teuta.  Albania Teuta Durrës
Vasco da Gama Named after Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.[4]  Brazil Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama, Associação Desportiva Vasco da Gama
 India Vasco SC
 South Africa Vasco da Gama (South Africa)
Dalmacio Vélez Sársfield Club named after the Buenos Aires railway station closest to its original site, said station having been named for the Argentine statesman.  Argentina Vélez Sársfield
Victoria Named after Queen Victoria.  England Northwich Victoria, Biddulph Victoria
Vikings  Finland FC Viikingit
 Iceland Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur
 Norway Viking Stavanger
Willem II  Netherlands Willem II
Jorge Wilstermann  Bolivia Club Jorge Wilstermann
Zawisza Named after Zawisza Czarny, Polish knight and nobleman.  Poland Zawisza Bydgoszcz
Zico  Brazil Centro de Futebol Zico Sociedade Esportiva

Club names referring to sport[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Athletics Club names containing a reference to athletes or athletics. In the United States, the term "athletics" refers to sport in general.  Angola Petro Atlético
 Brazil Atlético Mineiro, Atlético Paranaense, Atlético Goianiense, Atlético Acreano
 Colombia Atlético Nacional, Atlético Bucaramanga, Atlético Huila
 England Charlton Athletic, Oldham Athletic, Wigan Athletic
 Scotland Dunfermline Athletic, Forfar Athletic, Alloa Athletic, Annan Athletic, Haddington Athletic
 Spain Athletic Bilbao, Atlético Madrid
Casuals Clubs originating in amateur status teams.  England Corinthian-Casuals F.C., Walton Casuals F.C.
Cricket Club names containing a term for cricket. Usually, the club also had a cricket team in the past.  Brazil Rio Cricket
 Italy Genoa C.F.C.
Fencing  Argentina Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata
Football Club names containing a term for football. Examples: futebol (Portuguese) balompié (Spanish), calcio (Italian).  Brazil Guaratinguetá Futebol, RS Futebol, Paulínia Futebol Clube
 Denmark Greve Fodbold
 Italy Ascoli Calcio 1898, Cagliari Calcio, Udinese Calcio, Calcio Catania
 Spain Albacete Balompié, Real Betis Balompié, Écija Balompié
Gymnastics These clubs usually have a historical affiliation with gymnastics.  Argentina Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Gimnasia y Tiro de Salta
 France Olympique Gymnaste Club de Nice-Côte d'Azur
 Germany Turn- und Sportgemeinschaft 1899 Hoffenheim, Turn und Spielvereinigung Koblenz
 Norway Larvik Turn & I.F.
 Spain Gimnàstic de Tarragona, Gimnástica de Torrelavega
 Turkey Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü
Olympic Games Club names containing a reference to either the Olympic Games or the ancient city of Olympia, Greece.  Azerbaijan FK Olimpik Baku
 Belgium Olympia Bruxelles, Olympic Charleroi
 Cameroon Olympic Mvolyé
 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia
 Egypt El Olympi
 England Blackburn Olympic, Rushall Olympic
 France Nîmes Olympique, Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique Marseille
 Greece Olympiacos F.C., Olympiakos Volou 1937 F.C.
 Honduras CD Olimpia
 Mali Cercle Olympique de Bamako
 Moldova Olimpia Bălți
 Niger Olympic FC de Niamey
 Northern Ireland Derry Olympic
 Paraguay Olimpia Asunción
 Poland Olimpia Elbląg, Olimpia Grudziądz
 Romania Olimpia Satu Mare
 Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana
Rambling Hillwalking  Republic of Ireland Cobh Ramblers F.C.
 England Burnham Ramblers F.C.
Racing  Uruguay Racing Montevideo
 Spain Racing Santander
 France Racing Club de France Colombes 92
Racing Club de Strasbourg
Racing Club de Lens
 Argentina Racing Avellaneda
Rowing These clubs usually have a historical affiliation with rowing.  Brazil Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama, Clube de Regatas Brasil, Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Colo-Colo de Futebol e Regatas, Palmas Futebol e Regatas, Clube do Remo, São Cristóvão de Futebol e Regatas
Sport Club names containing the word "sport." Examples: deportivo (Spanish), desportivo and esportivo (Portuguese), sport (Dutch), spor (Turkish).  Brazil Desportiva Capixaba, Clube Esportivo de Bento Gonçalves, Sport Club do Recife
 Cape Verde Desportivo Ribeira Brava, Desportivo de Santa Cruz
 Chile Club Deportivo Huachipato, Club Deportivo O'Higgins, Deportivo Temuco
 Colombia Deportivo Cali, Deportivo Pereira, Deportes Quindío, Deportes Tolima, Deportivo Pasto, Depor FC
 Egypt Alexandria Sporting Club
EnglandEngland Woodley Sports, Mickleover Sports, Hullbridge Sports, Cowes Sports
 Republic of Ireland Sporting Fingal
 Jamaica Sporting Central Academy
 Netherlands Helmond Sport, Sportclub Heerenveen
 Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño
 Peru Deportivo Wanka, Sport Boys
 Portugal Desportivo das Aves, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Sporting Braga
 Romania Sportul Studențesc
 Spain Deportivo de La Coruña, other clubs with RCD (Real Club Deportivo)
 Turkey Bursaspor, Trabzonspor, Samsunspor...
 USA Sporting Kansas City
Stadium Club names containing the word "stadium." Examples: stade (French), stadion (Dutch and German).  Belgium Stade Leuven
 Côte d'Ivoire Stade d'Abidjan
 France Stade Rennes, Stade Reims, Stade Brest 29, Stade Saint-Brieuc, Stade Bordelais, Stade Français Paris, Stade Laval, Stade Plabennecois
 Gabon Stade d'Akébé, AS Stade Mandji
 Mali Stade Malien
 Senegal Stade Mbour
Tennis Football department was added to tennis club.  Germany Tennis Borussia Berlin

Sports societies[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Beitar The Betar movement, associated with Revisionist Zionism  Israel Beitar Avraham Be'er Sheva F.C., Beitar Haifa F.C., Beitar Illit, Beitar Jerusalem F.C., Beitar Tel Aviv F.C.
CSKA CSKA means Central Army Sports Club in most Slavic languages. CWKS is the Polish equivalent, and CSCA is the Romanian/Moldovan equivalent. Indicates that the team was originally part of the army.  Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
 Poland CWKS Legia Warszawa
 Romania CSCA Bucureşti
 Russia PFC CSKA Moscow
 Ukraine CSKA Kyiv
Dynamo Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Soviet Dynamo sport society or an equivalent such as Sportvereinigung Dynamo.  Albania KS Dinamo Tirana
 Belarus FC Dinamo Minsk, FC Dinamo Brest
 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
 Estonia Dünamo Tallinn
 Georgia FC Dinamo Batumi, FC Dinamo Sokhumi, FC Dinamo Tbilisi
 Germany Berliner FC Dynamo, SG Dynamo Dresden
 Latvia FK Dinamo-Rīnuži/LASD
 Moldova FC Dinamo Bender
 Romania FC Dinamo Bucureşti
 Russia Dynamo Moscow, Dynamo Bryansk, Dynamo Stavropol, Dynamo Saint Petersburg, Dynamo Vologda, Dynamo Kostroma, Dynamo Kirov, Dynamo Barnaul, Dynamo Voronezh
 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv, FC Dinamo Luhansk
Hapoel Hebrew for The Worker, an Israeli sport association, with links to trade unionism  Israel Hapoel Acre, Hapoel Ashkelon, Hapoel Asi Gilboa, Hapoel Balfouria, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Hapoel Beit She'an, Hapoel Bnei Jadeidi, Hapoel Bnei Lod, Hapoel Bnei Tamra, Hapoel Hadera, Hapoel Haifa, Hapoel Herzliya, Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona, Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion, Hapoel Jerusalem, Hapoel Katamon, Hapoel Kfar Saba, Hapoel Kiryat Gat, Hapoel Kiryat Shalom, Hapoel Mahane Yehuda, Hapoel Marmorek, Hapoel Nazareth Illit, Hapoel Petah Tikva, Hapoel Ra'anana, Hapoel Ramat Gan, Hapoel Tayibe, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tiberias, Hapoel Tzafririm Holon, Hapoel Umm al-Fahm, Hapoel Yehud
IFK IFK, Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, Swedish for Sporting Society Comrades. All Swedish clubs named IFK are members of IFK's central organisation, while clubs named IFK in Finland are not.  Sweden IFK Eskilstuna, IFK Göteborg, IFK Malmö, IFK Motala, IFK Norrköping, IFK Stockholm, IFK Uppsala and others.
Lokomotiv For Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Soviet Lokomotiv sport society or an equivalent.  Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Lokomotiv Sofia
 Germany Lokomotive Leipzig
 Moldova Locomotiva Bălți
 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow, Lokomotiv Liski
 Kazakhstan FC Lokomotiv Astana
Maccabi For Jewish teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Maccabi sport society.  Israel and others (see Maccabi (sports))
Spartak For Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Soviet Spartak sport society or an equivalent.  Hungary Békéscsaba (from 1970 to 1991 named Békéscsabai Előre Spartacus SC), Nyíregyháza Spartacus
 Russia Spartak Moscow, FC Spartak Nalchik, Spartak Kostroma, Spartak Tambov, Spartak Yoshkar-Ola, Spartak Gorno-Altaysk
Torpedo For Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was once part of the Soviet republican VSS Trud.  England Torpedo Gumtree FC
 Georgia FC Torpedo Kutaisi
 Russia FC Torpedo Moscow, FC Torpedo-ZIL, Torpedo Vladimir, Torpedo Armavir, Torpedo Rubtsovsk, Torpedo Miass, Torpedo Lyubertsy,
 Ukraine FC Torpedo Zaporizhzhya
 Spain AD Torpedo 66
Vorwärts Armeesportvereinigung Vorwärts were the sports society of the East German Army.  East Germany/ Germany Vorwärts Berlin, currently Frankfurter FC Viktoria
Zenit For Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Soviet Zenit sport society or an equivalent.  Czech Republic Zenit Čáslav
 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg, Zenit Penza

Club names referring to values and ideals[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Energy German: Energie  Germany Energie Cottbus
 Russia FC Energiya Volzhsky
Fortune  Denmark Fortuna Hjørring
 Germany Fortuna Köln, Fortuna Düsseldorf
 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard
Freedom "libertas" meaning "freedom" in Latin, Sloboda means freedom in Bosnian  Italy Lucchese Libertas
 San Marino A.C. Libertas
Friendship Russian: Дружба  France Union Amicale Cognac
 Germany Sportfreunde Siegen
 Italy F.S. Sestrese Calcio 1919
 Northern Ireland Ballyclare Comrades F.C.
 Norway Hamarkameratene
 Russia Druzhba Maykop
Glory  Australia Perth Glory
Harmony  Belgium V.C. Eendracht Aalst 2002
 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig, Eintracht Frankfurt
  Switzerland Concordia Basel
Health and wellbeing Basque: Osasuna  England Armthorpe Welfare, Askern Welfare, Blackwell Miners Welfare
 Netherlands Tot Heil Onzer Ribbenkast
 Scotland Whitehill Welfare
 Spain CA Osasuna
 Romania Sănătatea Cluj
Hope  Benin Espoir FC
 Cameroon Espérance FC
 France Espérance Sportive Troyes Aube Champagne
 Moldova FC Speranţa Cahul
 Niger Espoir FC
 Rwanda Espoir FC
 Tunisia Espérance Sportive de Tunis, Espérance Sportive de Zarzis, Espoir Sportif de Hammam-Sousse
Improvement or Progress Excelsior means "higher"
Fortior means "stronger"
En Avant means "forward"
 Belgium Excelsior Mouscron
 France En Avant Guingamp
 Madagascar AS Fortior
 Netherlands Excelsior '31, Excelsior Maassluis, Excelsior Rotterdam, Go Ahead Eagles
 Romania Progresul Bucureşti
Independence Persian: Esteghlal  Argentina Club Atlético Independiente
 Brazil Independência Futebol Clube, Independente Esportes Clube Macaé
 Colombia Independiente Medellín
 Iran Esteghlal Tehran F.C.
 United States Philadelphia Independence
Invincibility  England Folkestone Invicta
 Liberia Invincible Eleven
Multiculturalism Cosmos is short for cosmopolitan  San Marino S.S. Cosmos
 South Africa Jomo Cosmos
 United States New York Cosmos
Peace Мир  Ukraine FC Myr Hornostayivka
Speed French: Vitesse
Latin: Velocitas, Celeritas
 Netherlands Vitesse, Vitesse Delft, Vitesse 1892, Vitesse '08, Vitesse '22, Vitesse '63
Strength Latin: Robur
Hebrew: Hakoah
 Australia Sydney Hakoah
 Austria Hakoah Vienna
 Bolivia The Strongest
 Denmark Jødisk Idrætsforening Hakoah
 Israel Hakoah Ramat Gan
 Netherlands Robur et Velocitas, Robur Goes, Robur Harlingen
 United States New York Hakoah
Support Pro is Latin for "in favour/support of"  Italy Pro Vercelli
Unity An example of this is Alianza (Spanish).  El Salvador Alianza F.C.
 Germany 1. FC Union Berlin
 Peru Alianza Lima, Alianza Atlético
 Romania Unirea Urziceni, Unirea Alba-Iulia, Unirea Focşani
 United States D.C. United, Philadelphia Union
 Ukraine FC Yednist' Plysky
Victory Arabic: Al-Nasr  Australia Melbourne Victory FC
 Czech Republic FC Viktoria Plzeň
 Egypt Al Nasr
 Honduras Victoria
 Luxembourg FC Victoria Rosport
 Moldova Victoria Bardar
 Romania FC Victoria Brăneşti, Victoria București
 Saudi Arabia Al-Nasr
 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr Sports Club
Wealth  Colombia Club Deportivo Los Millonarios
Wisdom Arabic: Al-Hikma  Lebanon Al-Hikma
Youth Examples of this are "jeunesse" (French), "junior" (several languages) and "iuventus" (Latin)  Algeria Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie
 Argentina Boca Juniors, Argentinos Juniors, Chacarita Juniors, Juventud Alianza de San Juan
 Belize Juventus (Belize)
 Brazil EC Juventude, CA Juventus
 Cameroon Jeunesse Bamiléké
 Cape Verde Juventude do Norte
 Colombia Junior de Barranquilla, Juventud Soacha
 Honduras Real Juventud
 Côte d'Ivoire Jeunesse Club d'Abidjan
 Indonesia Arema
 Ireland Wexford Youths
 Italy Juventus F.C., A.S. Fortis Juventus 1909, S.S. Juve Stabia, A.G. Nocerina 1910
 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch, Jeunesse Hautcharage, Jeunesse Sportive Verlorenkost
 Morocco Jeunesse Massira
 Romania Juventus Bucureşti
 Russia FC Smena Komsomolsk-na-Amure
 Serbia Mladost Lučani, Mladost Apatin
  Switzerland BSC Young Boys
 Tunisia Jeunesse Sportive Kairouanaise
 Uruguay Rampla Juniors

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Siemers, Erik (December 13, 2012). "Timbers name new women's club Portland Thorns". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Portland women’s pro team unveils "Thorns FC" as identity". Clubs. Soccer Wire. December 13, 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  3. ^ This men's team is owned and operated by Brigham Young University, whose athletic nickname is Cougars. However, it does not participate in NCAA competition, instead playing in the USL Premier Development League. The BYU women's soccer team, which also uses the Cougars nickname, does compete in the NCAA structure.
  4. ^ "Histórico". NetVasco. Archived from the original on 23 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-23.