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 the 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 F.C.", "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 PSG for Paris Saint-Germain and PNE for Preston North End.

Profession/education[edit]

Profession[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Armed forces For sport clubs affiliated with the armed forces of a country. See also sports societies section. Botswana Botswana Defence Force XI
Hungary Budapest Honvéd FC
Malaysia ATM FA
Pakistan Pakistan Army
Philippines Air Force
Romania FC Steaua București
South Korea Sangju Sangmu
Suriname SNL
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force F.C.
Vietnam Thể Công F.C.
Arsenal Factories creating weapons Argentina Arsenal de Sarandí
England Arsenal
Russia FC Arsenal Tula
Suriname SV Arsenal
Ukraine FC Arsenal Kyiv
Beer Eritrea Asmara Brewery
Peru Sporting Cristal
Ukraine FC Obolon Kyiv
Copper Cobre is Spanish for copper, after association with copper mining Chile Club de Deportes Cobreloa, Club de Deportes Cobresal
Peru Cobresol F.B.C.
Poland Miedź Legnica
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 FC Red Bull Salzburg
Egypt Arab Contractors
England Vauxhall Motors, Thames Ironworks (defunct)
France Evian Thonon Gaillard
Germany Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Greece Skoda Xanthi
India Air India
Japan Honda Motor
South Korea Busan IPark, Ulsan Hyundai, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Seoul E-Land FC
Mexico Cruz Azul
Netherlands Philips Sport Vereniging
Poland Elana Toruń, KSZO Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Stilon Gorzów, Stomil Olsztyn
Republic of Ireland Ford, Jacobs (both defunct)
Russia Lada Togliatti
Suriname SV Leo Victor
United States New York Red Bulls, Bethlehem Steel F.C. (defunct)
Wales Airbus UK, Brymbo Steelworks (defunct)
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.
United States Houston Dynamo
Metallurgy Foolad, Zob Ahan, and Mes: Persian for Steel, Steelworks, and Copper. Vasas: "Vas- és Fémmunkások" Hungarian for "Iron and Steel Workers", Stålkameratene Norwegian for "Steel Comrades"
Hungary Vasas SC
Iran Foolad F.C.
Norway IL Stålkameratene, Staal Jørpeland IL
Poland Stal Mielec, Stal Rzeszów, Stal Sanok, Stal Stalowa Wola
Russia Metallurg Lipetsk
South Korea Pohang Steelers
Turkey Kardemir Karabükspor
Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk, Stal Alchevsk
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 Soligorsk
Bosnia and Herzegovina Rudar Ugljevik Rudar Prijedor
England Atherton Collieries, Gedling Miners Welfare, Kimberley Miners Welfare
Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja
Peru Unión Minas
Poland Górnik Konin, Górnik Łęczna, Górnik Polkowice, Górnik Radlin, Górnik Wałbrzych, Górnik Wieliczka, Górnik Zabrze
GKS Bełchatów, GKS Jastrzębie, GKS Piast Gliwice, GKS Katowice, GKS Victoria Jaworzno, GKS Tychy
Zagłębie Sosnowiec, Zagłębie Lubin, Zagłębie Wałbrzych
Slovenia Rudar Velenje
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Venezuela Atlético Club Mineros de Guayana
Wales Llay Miners Welfare
Navy Malavan: Persian for Sailor
Flota: Polish for Fleet
Iran Malavan F.C.
Philippines Philippine Navy
Poland Flota Świnoujście
Thailand Navy FC
United States Jacksonville Armada FC
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.

Al-Shorta: Arabic for police.

Argentina Atlético Policial
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
Malaysia PDRM FA
Nepal Nepal Police Club
Poland Gwardia Koszalin, Gwardia Warszawa
South Korea Asan Mugunghwa
Suriname PVV, PSV
Thailand Police United
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 Ferro Carril Oeste, Central Córdoba de Rosario, Central Córdoba de Santiago del Estero, Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba, Club Atlético Talleres (Córdoba)
Brazil Ferroviário Atlético Clube
Bosnia and Herzegovina FK Željezničar Sarajevo
Bulgaria Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa, Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Lokomotiv Sofia
Croatia NK Lokomotiva
Egypt Al Sekka Al Hadid
England Harrogate Railway Athletic, Darlington Railway Athletic
Germany 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
Hungary Debreceni Vasutas Sport Klub
Scotland Inverurie Loco Works F.C.
Iran Rah Ahan F.C.
Republic of Moldova Locomotiva Bălți
Mozambique Clube Ferroviário da Beira
Poland KKS Lech Poznań
Republic of Ireland Midland Athletic (defunct)
Romania CFR Cluj
Russia FC Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Lokomotiv Liski
Turkey Adana Demirspor
Shipbuilding England Cammell Laird 1907 F.C.
Scotland Burntisland Shipyard F.C.
South Korea Ulsan Mipo Dockyard
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 Traktor Minsk
Iran Tractor Sazi F.C.
Russia Rotor Volgograd
Uzbekistan FK Traktor Tashkent

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.

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Academic Affiliation with academics. See also Estudiantes, University, Polytechnic. Bulgaria Akademik Sofia
Denmark Akademisk Boldklub
Republic of Moldova FC Academia Chișinău
Portugal Académica de Coimbra
Russia Sportakademklub Moscow
Scotland Hamilton Academical FC
Polytechnic Affiliation with a polytechnical institution. See also Academical, Estudiantes, University, Technical College. England Polytechnic F.C.
Republic of Moldova Politehnica Chișinău
Romania Politehnica Iași

Politehnica Timișoara

Students Affiliation with students. See also Academical, Polytechnic, University. Argentina Estudiantes de La Plata
Peru Estudiantes de Medicina
Mexico Estudiantes Tecos
Romania Sportul Studențesc București
University Affiliation with universities. See also Academical, Estudiantes, Polytechnic.
Argentina Juventud Unida Universitario, Club Universitario de Córdoba
Bolivia Universitario de Sucre
Chile Universidad Católica, Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Concepción
Ecuador LDU Quito
Mexico Estudiantes Tecos, Universidad Nacional
New Zealand University-Mount Wellington
Peru Universitario de Deportes
Romania CS Universitatea Craiova, Universitatea Cluj

Buildings[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Buildings Pyramid Egypt Pyramids FC

Days and dates[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Days of the week Clubs named after a specific day of the week England Sheffield Wednesday
South Kirkby 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 (9 July)
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).
Australia Sydney United 58 FC
Austria First Vienna FC 1894, FC Dornbirn 1913 Salzburger AK 1914, SC-ESV Parndorf 1919
Canada Vancouver 86ers
Denmark B.93, B.1903, B.1908, B.1909, B.1913
England 1874 Northwich, Darlington 1883, Enfield 1893, Cammell Laird 1907, The 61
Finland PK-35
Germany 1860 München, SV Darmstadt 98, Hannover 96, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Schalke 04, BVB 09
Italy A.C. Fanfulla 1874, Ascoli Picchio F.C. 1898, Bologna F.C. 1909, A.C. Reggiana 1919, F.C. Bolzano 1996
Netherlands Be Quick 1887, Fortuna '54, AZ '67, FC Dordrecht
Romania F.C. Argeș 1953, ASA 1962 Târgu Mureș (defunct), FC Vaslui 2002, SC Corvinul 2005 Hunedoara (defunct), ASA 2013 Târgu Mureș
Switzerland FC St. Gallen 1879, FC Basel 1893, FC Thun 1898, FC Wil 1900
Year of city founding Clubs named after the year of city establishment. United States Legacy 76, Reno 1868 FC

Specific origins of club[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Great Chicago Fire Officially founded on 8 October 1997, the 126th anniversary of this pivotal event in the history of Chicago. United States Chicago Fire Soccer Club
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 Nomads, 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, Northern Nomads, Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers
Malta Sliema Wanderers
New Zealand Napier City Rovers, Wanderers SC (defunct)
Philippines Manila Nomads
Republic of Ireland Bray Wanderers, Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers
Scotland Albion Rovers, Dundee Wanderers, Raith Rovers
United States Boston Rovers (defunct), Derby City Rovers
Uruguay Montevideo Wanderers
Wales Connah's Quay Nomads
Ittihad Arabic for "the union", meaning the merger of clubs or clubs founders Egypt Al Ittihad Al Sakandary, Ittihad El Shorta
Jordan Ittihad Al-Ramtha, Ittihad Al-Zarqa
Libya Al-Ittihad (Tripoli)
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad (Jeddah)
Rangers (Glasgow) The club founder saw the name Rangers in a Rugby annual Scotland Rangers
United Often (but not always) refers to the result of a merger. Argentina Unión de Santa Fe, Unión de Mar del Plata, Unión de Sunchales
Australia Gold Coast United, Adelaide United, Newcastle United Jets
England Leeds United, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, West Ham United, et al.
Finland Tampere United
German (“Eintracht” translates as “United”) Eintracht Frankfurt
Jamaica Montego Bay United F.C., Portmore United F.C., Rivoli United F.C.
Japan JEF United Ichihara Chiba
Republic of Ireland Galway United, Drogheda United, Waterford United
Scotland Ayr United, Dundee United
South Korea Incheon United, Seoul United
United States D.C. United, Atlanta United FC, Minnesota United FC

Ethnic, social, national or religious background[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Albion Archaic name for Great Britain England Brighton & Hove Albion, Burton Albion, West Bromwich Albion.
Scotland Albion Rovers F.C. Stirling Albion
Arabi Al-Arabi is the Arabic for "Arab". Jordan Al-Arabi (Jordan)
Kuwait Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait)
Qatar Al-Arabi SC (Qatar)
Argentina Argentina Argentinos Juniors, Argentino de Junín, Argentino de Rosario, Argentino de Quilmes
Armenia Clubs founded by and for members of the Armenian diaspora. Argentina Club Deportivo Armenio
Assyria Clubs founded by and for members of the Assyrian diaspora. Sweden Assyriska BK, Assyriska Föreningen
Bavaria, Bayern Refers to the Free State of Bavaria (Bayern) in Germany (Deutschland). Germany FC Bayern München
United States Milwaukee Bavarian SC
Beitar Refers to Betar, for "Brit Yosef Trumpeldor", a Zionist youth movement founded in 1923. Israel Beitar Jerusalem
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, Preußen Münster
Caledonian Scotland Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Elgin Caledonian (defunct)
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, Belfast Celtic (defunct)
Scotland Celtic
South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic
Spain Celta de Vigo
Croatia Clubs founded by and for members of the Croatian diaspora. Australia Adelaide Croatia Soccer Club, SC Croatia, Sydney Croatia, North Perth Croatia
Canada Toronto Croatia
United States Croatian Eagles
Español, España Refers to the Spanish people. Argentina Deportivo Español
Chile Unión Española
Mexico Real Club España, Atlético Español (both defunct)
Spain RCD Espanyol
Germania, Alemannia Alternative names of Germany. Germany BFC Germania, Alemannia Aachen, TSV Germania Windeck
Greece Greek: Ελλάς Hellas Australia Pan-Hellenic, South Melbourne Hellas West Adelaide Hellas
Italy Hellas Verona
United States Greek American AA, Tampa Bay Hellenic
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
Ireland Cork Hibernians (defunct)
Scotland Dundee Hibernian, Duntocher Hibernian, Hibernian, Maryhill Hibernians
Homenetmen pan-Armenian sports and Scouting organization Lebanon Homenetmen Beirut F.C.
Homenmen pan-Armenian sports and Scouting organization Lebanon Homenmen Beirut
Hungaria, Magyar United States Bethlehem Hungarian, Magyar-American, New York Hungaria (defunct)
International, global, worldwide Australia Perth Kangaroos International FC, Inter Monaro (both defunct)
Brazil Sport Club Internacional
Finland Inter Turku
Italy Inter Milan
Philippines Global F.C., General Trias International FC (defunct)
United States Cleveland Internationals, San Antonio International (both defunct), Inter Miami, Inter Atlanta FC
Italy Clubs founded by and for members of the Italian diaspora. Argentina Sportivo Italiano
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, Toronto Italia
Chile Audax Club Sportivo Italiano
Peru Circolo Sportivo Italiano
United States Inter-Brooklyn Italians
Venezuela Deportivo Italia
Korea Japan F.C. Korea, Osaka Korean FC, Korea FC United Shikoku
Lechia Historical and alternative name for Poland, stemming from the word Lech Poland Lechia Gdańsk, Lechia Zielona Góra, Lech Poznań
Ukraine Lechia Lwów (defunct)
Maghreb Maghreb is the name of the region including the Atlas Mountains and the coastal plains of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya Morocco Maghreb Association Sportive de Fez, Moghreb Tétouan
Netherlands Magreb '90
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
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
Canada Vancouver Royals (defunct)
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, Real Oviedo, Real Racing de Santander, Reial CD Espanyol de Barcelona, Real Sociedad, Real Unión Club de Irún, Real Betis Balompié, Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, Real Club Celta de Vigo, Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña, Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, Real Valladolid
United States Real Monarchs, Real Salt Lake
Mordovia Russia FC Mordovia Saransk
National "Ahly" is Arabic for "national" Brazil Nacional FC
Colombia Atlético Nacional
Ecuador El Nacional
Egypt Al Ahly
Jordan Al-Ahli
Libya Al-Ahly, Al-Ahly (Benghazi)
Paraguay Club Nacional
Portugal C.D. Nacional
Qatar Al-Ahli (Doha)
Romania Naţional Bucureşti
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli (Jeddah)
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli Football Club - Dubai
Uruguay Nacional de Montevideo
Palestine Clubs founded by and for members of the Palestinian diaspora. Chile Club Deportivo Palestino
Honduras Palestino FC
Jordan Al-Wehdat
Polonia Refers to the Polish diaspora, from the Latin name for Poland Czech Republic Polonia Karwina (defunct)
Lithuania Polonia Wilno
Poland Polonia Bydgoszcz, Polonia Bytom, Polonia Nowy Tomyśl, Polonia Poznań, Polonia Przemyśl, Polonia Słubice, Polonia Świdnica, Polonia Warszawa
Portugal Clubs founded by and for members of the Portuguese diaspora. Andorra Lusitanos
Brazil Associação Portuguesa de Desportos, Associação Atlética Portuguesa, 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
Russian Russia Rusichi Oryol
Saint Santos is Portuguese and Spanish for saints.

Southampton were originally called St. Mary's Young Men's Association F.C. (usually abbreviated to "St. Mary's Y.M.A."), taking on the names St. Mary's F.C. and Southampton St. Mary's before settling on the present name.

Angola Santos de Angola
Brazil Santos FC, São Paulo FC
Mexico Santos Laguna
Republic of 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
Serbia Clubs founded by and for members of the Serbian diaspora. Australia Fitzroy City Serbia
Canada Serbian White Eagles
Slav Slavia, Slavija and Slovan, all refer to the Slavic peoples Belarus Slavia Mozyr
Bosnia and Herzegovina Slavija Sarajevo
Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
Czech Republic Slavia Praha, Slavia Orlová-Lutyně, Slovan Liberec
Serbia Slavija Kragujevac
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava, Slovan Duslo Šaľa,
Slovenia ND Slovan
Turkey Clubs founded by and for members of the Turkish diaspora. Germany Türkiyemspor Berlin
Netherlands FC Türkiyemspor
Sweden Konyaspor KIF
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

Geographical features[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Country Country in name Bahrain Bahrain SC
France Racing Club de France
Oman Oman Club
Portugal Sporting Clube de Portugal
Qatar Qatar SC
Borough/Suburb Neighborhood or district Argentina Lanús, Banfield, Boca Juniors Temperley, Quilmes, Chacarita, Las Palmas, Tigre, Almagro, Villa San Carlos, San Telmo, Deportivo Morón, Deportivo Merlo, Barracas Central, Sportivo Barracas, Defensores de Belgrano, Defensores de Cambaceres, Berazategui, Cañuelas, Dock Sud, Liniers, Luján, San Miguel, Ituzaingó, Claypole, Muñiz, General Paz Juniors
Egypt Zamalek
England Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Stevenage Borough, Shepherd's Bush (defunct)
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
Poland Raków Częstochowa, Szczakowianka Jaworzno, Szombierki Bytom, Widzew Łódź
Portugal S.L. Benfica, Boavista FC
South Africa Orlando Pirates
Spain Rayo Vallecano
Sweden Djurgårdens IF, Hammarby IF, Örgryte IS
Capital Clubs that are from cities presently or formerly capitals of either states (such as Albany, New York or Baton Rouge, Louisiana) or countries (such as Ottawa's Capital City F.C.). Canada Capital City F.C.
United States Albany Capitals, Baton Rouge Capitals (both defunct)
Cardinal directions Södra means "southern" in Swedish; öster means "east". Ouest is French for west.
Argentina Crucero del Norte
Australia Northern Fury FC, South Melbourne FC, Western Sydney Wanderers FC
England Manchester Central, Newcastle East End, Preston North End, South Liverpool, West Hartlepool
France Angers Sporting Club de l'Ouest
Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club
India NorthEast United FC
Laos Eastern Star FC
New Zealand Eastern Suburbs AFC, Southern United FC
Papua New Guinea Eastern Stars F.C.
Scotland Dundee East End, Eastern, Forfar West End, Northern, Southern, Western
Solomon Islands Western United
Sweden Jönköpings Södra IF, Östers IF
United States Central California Valley Hydra, East Los Angeles Cobras, Northern Nevada Aces, Southwest Florida Adrenaline, Western New York Flash
Wales South Gower, Treharris Athletic Western, West End
Cerro Meaning hill in Spanish Paraguay Cerro Corá, Cerro Porteño
Uruguay C.A. Cerro
Citadel Scotland Inverness Citadel (defunct)
City Città in Italian or ciudad in Spanish.

The City clubs of Manchester, Melbourne and New York are part of the City Football Group.

Australia Adelaide City, Brisbane City, Melbourne City FC
Canada Brampton City United, Capital City F.C., Forest City London, London City, Toronto City (defunct)
England Birmingham City, Bradford City, Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. (named after the "City of Bradford", and the street "Horton Park Avenue"), Bristol City, Lincoln City, City of Liverpool, Exeter City, Norwich City, Leicester City, Manchester City, Stoke City
Ireland Cork City, Derry City
Italy Città di Palermo
Netherlands Almere City FC
Northern Ireland Armagh City, Derry City
Scotland Brechin City, Elgin City
Spain Ciudad de Murcia (defunct)
Sweden Eskilstuna City FK
United States City of Angels FC, Detroit City, New York City, Orlando City
Wales Bangor City, Cardiff City, Newport City, Swansea City
Coast Australia Central Coast Mariners, Gold Coast United FC (defunct), South Coast Wolves FC
United States Central Coast Roadrunners (defunct), Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions
Common Common land or former common land is usually referred to as a common; for instance, Sutton Common. England Sutton Common Rovers
County England Derby County, Notts County
Republic of Ireland Kildare County, Sporting Fingal (both defunct)
Scotland Ross County, Nairn County
United States Orange County Blues, Riverside County Elite (defunct), Sonoma County Sol
Wales Haverfordwest County, Newport County
Forest Indicates a close proximity to a forest England Nottingham Forest
United States Portland Timbers
Gulf The present day HNK Rijeka were named after Kvarner Gulf and kept the original name until 1954. Croatia Kvarner
Kingdom Srivijaya was an important centre for the expansion of Buddhism from the 8th to the 12th century. Indonesia Sriwijaya F.C.
Lake Ko: Japanese Japan MIO Biwako Kusatsu
United States Real Salt Lake
Park These clubs are named after parks directly, or after the districts that take their names. Australia Holland Park Hawks
England Queens Park Rangers
United States Swope Park Rangers
Peninsula Wales South Gower
Port England Port Vale
Scotland Port Glasgow Athletic (defunct)
Thailand Port FC
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
Province Northern Ireland Ulster (defunct)
Region Italy SS Lazio, F.C. Südtirol
Canada SC Waterloo Region, York Region Shooters
New Zealand Canterbury United, Hawke's Bay United, Otago United
Peru Sport Áncash, Deportivo Junín
River Rio: Portuguese Brazil River Atlético Clube, Clube Náutico Capibaribe
Argentina River Plate
Denmark BK Avarta
Poland Wisła Kraków, Wisła Płock, Odra Wodzisław, Odra Opole, Warta Poznań
Russia Volga Nizhny Novgorod, Irtysh Omsk
Portugal Rio Ave FC
Ukraine FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
United States Colorado Rapids (named for the rapids of the Colorado River)
State Australia Queensland Lions
Brazil Bahia, Ceará, Goiás, Paraná
United States Arizona United, Colorado Rapids, Floridians FC, Minnesota United, New York/New Jersey MetroStars, North Carolina FC, Southern West Virginia King's Warriors
Street England Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. (named after the "City of Bradford", and the street "Horton Park Avenue"), South Shields Adelaide Athletic (defunct)
Wales Bridgend Street
Town Ecuador Macará
England Yeovil Town, Huddersfield Town, Halifax Town, Grimsby Town, Ipswich Town, Luton Town, Shrewsbury Town, and many more
Ireland Athlone Town, Longford Town
Wales Aberystwyth Town, Caernarfon Town
Vale/Valley Named for teams located in a town in a vale.

Wadi: Arabic for vale

Egypt Wadi Degla
England Aylesbury Vale, Pewsey Vale, Raynes Park Vale
India FC Green Valley
United States Napa Valley 1839 FC, Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, Central California Valley Hydra, San Fernando Valley Quakes (both defunct)
Wales Cambrian & Clydach Vale
Village United States The Villages SC
Wales Llansantffraid Village

Celestial bodies[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Comet United States Baltimore Comets, Colorado Comets (both defunct)
Galaxy Named the "Galaxy" because Los Angeles is considered home of the "stars" of the American entertainment industry United States LA Galaxy
Star Astra is the Latin name for star, Asteras is the Greek name for star France Red Star F.C.
Greece Ethnikos Asteras F.C., Asteras Tripoli F.C., Agrotikos Asteras F.C., Kyanos Asteras Vari F.C., Asteras Amaliada F.C., Nafpaktiakos Asteras F.C., Asteras Magoula F.C., Neos Asteras Rethymno F.C., Asteras Exarchia
Poland Astra Krotoszyn
Romania Astra Ploieşti
Serbia Red Star Belgrade
Sweden IK Sirius
Switzerland FC Blue Stars Zürich
Wales Esclusham White Stars (defunct), Treowen Stars

Specific geographical features[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Africa Named after the African continent. Ivory Coast Africa Sports
Tunisia Club Africain
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.
Wales Cardiff Corinthians
Sparta
Czech Republic Sparta Prague
England Blyth Spartans
Malta Ħamrun Spartans
Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam
Norway Sparta Sarpsborg (merged)
Scotland Spartans
Wales Mynydd Isa Spartans
Baltic Sea Poland Bałtyk Gdynia, Bałtyk Koszalin
Russia FC Baltika Kaliningrad
Black Sea Cherno More in several Slavic languages Bulgaria Chernomorets Burgas, Cherno More Varna
Russia Chernomorets Novorossiysk
Ukraine Chornomorets Odessa
Guadalquivir River Betis is the Latin name of Guadalquivir Spain Real Betis
Mount Ararat Armenia FC Ararat Yerevan
Iran F.C. Ararat Tehran
Oder Poland Odra Wodzisław, Odra Opole
River Plate Argentina Club Atlético River Plate
Uruguay Club Atlético River Plate (Uruguay)
River Thames England Thames Association
Siberia Russia FC Sibir Novosibirsk
Silesia Czech Republic Slezský FC Opava
Poland Śląsk Wrocław
Vistula Poland Wisła Kraków, Wisła Płock
Volyn Ukraine Volyn Lutsk
Ural Mountains Russia Ural Sverdlovsk

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.
Shamrock Symbol of Ireland. Ireland Shamrock Rovers
United States Boston Shamrock Rovers, South Carolina Shamrocks, St. Louis Shamrocks (all defunct)
Thistle National symbol of Scotland Scotland Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle
United States Cleveland Thistles (defunct)
Timber Generic term for wood United States Portland Timbers (as well as past teams of the same name)

Real or mythical creatures[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Antelope Wales Llandegfan Antelope
Bantam Any small variety of fowl, especially chickens. United States SC United Bantams (who were named after Bradford City A.F.C. and have the nickname "The Bantams")
Bee England London Bees
Nigeria Ranchers Bees
Buffalo South Korea Jeonbuk Buffalo
Zambia Green Buffaloes FC
Bull South Korea Lucky-Goldstar Bulls
Cattle Spanish: toro. Mexico Toros Neza
Panama Tauro F.C.
United States Miami Toros, San Diego Toros (both defunct)
Cheetah South Korea LG Cheetahs / Anyang LG Cheetahs
Cougar Also known as Pumas, Mountain Lions, and Catamounts Bermuda Devonshire Cougars
United States BYU Cougars,[3] Kitsap Pumas, Denver Cougars, Detroit Cougars (both defunct)
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
United States Clarkstown SC Eagles
European bison In Romanian "Zimbru" = European bison Republic of Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
Frog The San Jose Frogs were owned by Hartmut Esslinger, founder of Frog Design. United States San Jose Frogs (defunct)
Goat Chivas: Spanish for goats. Mexico Chivas de Guadalajara
United States C.D. Chivas USA (Defunct), Chivas El Paso Patriots
Grasshopper Switzerland Grasshopper Club Zürich
Hornet Bermuda Dandy Town Hornets
Horse Australia Marconi Stallions
Bermuda St George's Colts
Canada Brampton Stallions
Honduras Broncos
Jaguar Mexico Chiapas
United States California Jaguars
Leopard Kenya AFC Leopards
Sierra Leone Golf Leopards
South Africa Black Leopards
Swaziland Royal Leopards
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
Ghana Heart of Lions
Gibraltar Lions Gibraltar
Senegal East End Lions
Sierra Leone East End Lions
Singapore Young Lions
Tanzania Simba SC, African Lyon
Uganda Simba FC
Panther Australia South Adelaide Panthers
Pelican Poland Pelikan Łowicz
Phoenix Spanish: fénix. Argentina Fénix
New Zealand Wellington Phoenix FC
United States Twin Cities Phoenix, Phoenix Rising FC
Uruguay Centro Atlético Fénix
Rhinoceros United States Rochester Rhinos
Zimbabwe Black Rhinos F.C.
Shark French: requin Nigeria Sharks F.C.
United States Wilmington Hammerheads
Sleipnir Eightlegged horse of Odin in the old Norse mythology Sweden IK Sleipner
Snake Australia Adelaide Cobras
Ghana Venomous Vipers
United States Carolina Elite Cobras, Chicago Cobras (defunct)
Sphinx England Coventry Sphinx
Squirrel Spanish: ardilla. Japan Omiya Ardija
Swallow Portuguese: andorinha, Dutch: zwaluw Netherlands Zwaluwen '30, SV Zwaluwen Wierden
Sao Tome and Principe 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. The LA Wolves were originally the Wolverhampton Wanderers imported into the United Soccer Association. Australia Wollongong Wolves
Canada St. Catharines Wolves
Finland Sudet
United States Los Angeles Wolves (defunct)
Wolverine Norwegian: jerv. Norway FK Jerv
Zebra Australia Whittlesea Zebras
Bermuda PHC Zebras
East Timor FC Zebra

Real or mythical people[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Ata Club names containing a reference to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkish field marshal, revolutionary statesman, and founder of the Republic of Turkey. Turkey Ata Spor Kulubu
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
Suriname VV Ajax (defunct)
United States Ajax Orlando Prospects (defunct)
Apollo Cyprus Apollon Limassol
Greece Apollon Kalamarias, Apollon Athens
United States Atlanta Apollos
Aris After the Greek God of War. Greece Aris Thessaloniki
Cyprus Aris Limassol
Luxembourg Aris Bonnevoie
United States Eau Claire Aris FC
Arminius Former Roman general, led a unified Germanic coalition to victory against the Roman Empire. Germany Arminia Bielefeld
Atlas Club names containing a reference to Atlas. Mexico Club Atlas
Argentina Club Atlético Atlas
Simón Bolívar Bolivia Club Bolívar
Hristo Botev Named after Hristo Botev, a Genius Bulgarian poet, revolutionary and a national hero of Bulgaria. Bulgaria PFC Botev Plovdiv
Guillermo Brown Argentina Club Almirante Brown
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)
Druids Celtic Priest Wales Cefn Druids
Luis Ángel Firpo El Salvador C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo
Hercules/Heracles After the Greek demi-god. Greece Iraklis F.C.
Netherlands Heracles Almelo
Spain Hércules CF
Hotspur Named after Henry Percy, aka Harry Hotspur England Tottenham Hotspur
Wales Holyhead Hotspur
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, Lech Rypin
Vasil Levski Named after Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary and a national hero of Bulgaria. Bulgaria Levski Sofia
Sam Mark Sam Mark was the club owner. United States Fall River Marksmen (defunct)
Nerthus Germanic goddess of fertility. Germany Hertha BSC
Odysseus Named after legendary Greek king and Homer's epic poem Armenia Ulisses F.C.
Silvio Pettirossi Paraguay Club Silvio Pettirossi
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
Santa Claus Finland FC Santa Claus
Skënderbeu Named after the Albanian national hero, Skanderbeg. Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
Solomon Ghana King Solomon FC
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
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)
Victoria Named after Queen Victoria. England Northwich Victoria, Biddulph Victoria
Wales Brymbo Victoria, Rhostyllen Victoria (defunct), Wrexham Victoria (defunct)
Vikings Finland FC Viikingit
Iceland Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur
Norway Viking
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

Sport[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Actions Ruch in Polish means "movement", Naprzód means "forward" Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles
Poland Naprzód Jędziejów, Ruch Chorzów, Ruch Radzionków, Ruch Wysokie Mazowieckie, Ruch Zdzieszowice
Sweden BK Forward
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
Belgium Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent
Brazil Atlético Mineiro, Atlético Paranaense
Colombia Atlético Nacional, Atlético Bucaramanga
England Charlton Athletic, Oldham Athletic, Wigan Athletic
France Cercle Athlétique de Paris-Charenton
Republic of Ireland Rathmines Athletic (defunct), St Patrick's Athletic
Scotland Dunfermline Athletic, Forfar Athletic, Alloa Athletic, Annan Athletic
Spain Athletic Bilbao, Atlético Madrid
United States New York Athletic Club, Athletic Club of St. Louis (defunct)
Wales Wrexham Athletic
Casuals Clubs originating in amateur status teams. England Corinthian-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
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
Norway Larvik Turn & I.F.
Spain Gimnàstic de Tarragona, Gimnástica de Torrelavega
Turkey Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü
Wales Wrexham Gymnasium (defunct)
Olympic Games Club names containing a reference to either the Olympic Games or the ancient city of Olympia, Greece. Australia Adelaide Olympic, Sydney Olympic
Azerbaijan FK Olimpik Baku
Belgium Olympia Bruxelles, Olympic Charleroi
England Blackburn Olympic, Rushall Olympic
France Nîmes Olympique, Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique Marseille
Ghana Accra Great Olympics
Greece Olympiacos F.C., Olympiakos Volou 1937 F.C.
Honduras CD Olimpia
Paraguay Olimpia Asunción
Poland Olimpia Elbląg, Olimpia Grudziądz, Olimpia Poznań (defunct)
Romania Olimpia Satu Mare
Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana
Rambling Hillwalking Republic of Ireland Cobh Ramblers F.C.
England Burnham Ramblers F.C.
Racing The English Racing Club is so named due to the club playing in the locale of Warwick Racecourse. Argentina Racing Avellaneda
Belgium Koninklijke Racing Club Genk
England Racing Club Warwick
France Racing Club de France Colombes 92
Racing Club de Strasbourg
Racing Club de Lens
Spain Racing Santander
Uruguay Racing Montevideo
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 and polideportivo (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, Sporting Clube da Praia
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
England Woodley Sports, Mickleover Sports, Hullbridge Sports, Cowes Sports
France Angers Sporting Club de l'Ouest, Union Sportive du Littoral de Dunkerque
Ghana Sporting Saint Mirren
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 Sporting de Gijón, Deportivo de La Coruña, Club Polideportivo Granada 74, other clubs with RCD (Real Club Deportivo)
Switzerland FC Lausanne-Sport
Turkey Bursaspor, Trabzonspor, Samsunspor
United States Sporting Kansas City
Wales Prestatyn Sports
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
Spal The Spal sports clubs, associated with Salesian Society. Italy Spal Ferrara
Beitar The Betar movement, associated with Revisionist Zionism Israel Beitar Jerusalem F.C., Beitar Tel Aviv F.C.
Rapid Rapid means fast (Latin). Austria SK Rapid Wien
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 Majority are 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 Dinamo Minsk, Dinamo Brest
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Estonia Dünamo Tallinn
Georgia Dinamo Batumi, Dinamo Tbilisi
Germany Berliner FC Dynamo, SG Dynamo Dresden
Latvia FK Dinamo-Rīnuži/LASD
Republic of Moldova FC Dinamo Bender
Romania Dinamo Bucharest
Russia Dynamo Moscow, Dynamo Bryansk
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv, Dinamo Luhansk
Uzbekistan Dinamo Samarqand
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 Haifa, Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion, Hapoel Jerusalem, Hapoel Petah Tikva, Hapoel Ra'anana, Hapoel Ramat Gan, Hapoel Tel Aviv
Homenetmen pan-Armenian sports and Scouting organization Lebanon Homenetmen Beirut F.C.
Homenmen pan-Armenian sports and Scouting organization Lebanon Homenmen Beirut
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. Finland Helsingfors IFK, IFK Mariehamn, Vasa IFK, Åbo IFK, Grankulla IFK
Sweden IFK Eskilstuna, IFK Göteborg, IFK Malmö, IFK Norrköping, IFK Lidingö, IFK Stockholm, IFK Uddevalla, IFK Umeå, IFK Åmål, IFK Mora, IFK Luleå
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
Republic of Moldova Locomotiva Bălți
Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
Kazakhstan Lokomotiv Astana
Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
Maccabi For Jewish teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Maccabi sport society. Israel and others (see Maccabi)
Spartak For Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was originally part of the Soviet Spartak sport society or an equivalent. Bulgaria Spartak Varna
Russia Spartak Moscow, Spartak Nalchik
Torpedo For Eastern European teams, indicates that the team was once part of the Soviet republican VSS Trud. Belarus FC Torpedo Minsk, FC Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino
Georgia FC Torpedo Kutaisi
Russia Torpedo Moscow, Torpedo-ZIL Moscow
Ukraine FC Torpedo Zaporizhzhya
Vorwärts Armeesportvereinigung Vorwärts were the sports society of the East German Army. East Germany/Germany Vorwärts Berlin
Austria Vorwärts Steyr
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

Values and ideals[edit]

Topic Meaning Country Clubs
Freedom "libertas" meaning "freedom" in Latin, Libertad means freedom in Spanish Argentina Libertad de Sunchales
Ghana Liberty Professionals FC
Italy Lucchese Libertas
San Marino A.C. Libertas
Hope Benin Espoir FC
Cameroon Espérance FC
France Espérance Sportive Troyes Aube Champagne
Republic of Moldova FC Speranţa Cahul
Niger Espoir FC
Rwanda Espoir FC
Tunisia Espérance Sportive de Tunis, Espérance Sportive de Zarzis, Espoir Sportif de Hammam-Sousse
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 Charlotte Independence
Multiculturalism "Cosmos" is short for "Cosmopolitan" San Marino S.S. Cosmos
South Africa Jomo Cosmos, OR Tambo Cosmos
United States New York Cosmos
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 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
Republic of Moldova Victoria Bardar
Romania FC Victoria Brăneşti, Victoria București
Saudi Arabia Al-Nasr
United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr Sports Club
Youth Examples of this are "jeunesse" (French), "junior" (several languages) and "iuventūs" (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
Ecuador Juvenil Minera (Las Naves), Juvenil (Quinindé), Juvenil de Esmeraldas, Club Social y Deportivo Juventus, Juventud Italiana (Manta)
Germany Deutsche Jugendkraft Don Bosco Bamberg
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
Wales Acrefair Youth, Johnstown Youth

References[edit]

  1. ^ Siemers, Erik (13 December 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. 13 December 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 23 June 2007.