Top 10 football club names explained

Logically we think that the name of a football club will take the name of the city or the district in which it was born, this is usually the case, followed by a small Football Club, or Racing Club, to fully understand.

But sometimes club creators splurged and were inspired by many other things than just the name of the city or district. This is the case of Atalanta, or Galatasaray for example. We explain why!

1. All clubs with “Dynamo” in their name are clubs spun off from Soviet governments

We start strong with a bit of history in the mouth. Surely you have already wondered why so many clubs in the east had the name “dynamo” or “dinamo”, answering this question with “oh yeah it’s because they have to be dynamic”. Yes, well no it’s not really that, sorry.

These are in fact names of clubs from eastern countries for the most part whose government adhered to the USSR, with in particular a ministry of the interior in charge of creating a professional football club which therefore always bore the name “dynamo” followed by the name of the city. The first on the list is therefore necessarily Dynamo Moscow, which will be followed by Dynamo Minsk (Belarus), Dynamo kyiv (Ukraine), Dynamo Dresden & Berlin (East Germany), etc.

2. The name Galatasaray comes from the name of one of the most famous high schools (which bears the same name) in the City of Istanbul

The very origin of the name “Galatasaray” would come from the historical region of Galatia which is an ancient region of Ankara, and Galatia would be a translation of the phrase “Gauls settled among the Greeks” (Renaissance writers calling these peoples the “Gallo-Grecia”). In short, address the topo another thing that it seems that we have invaded for a little while.

But if we talk about modern times and especially the football club, the Galatasaray takes its name from the rich and prestigious Istanbul high school which is also called like that and which gave its name to the football club when it was created. Well, that was actually easier.

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3. Atalanta de Bergamo takes its name from a mythological heroine

If you did not know what the silhouette that can be seen on the logo of Atalanta de Bergamo was, you will now know that it is Atalanta, a heroine of Greco-Roman mythology famous for going even faster than Mbappé. From its creation in 1907, the club decided to have it as its emblem as well as to bear its name.

4. The Colo-Colo club pays tribute to a Chilean historical figure

The emblematic Colo-Colo club in Santiago de Chile pays tribute to an Indian chief of the same name who is known to have resisted the Spanish colonists the longest. More stylish than the American football team the Washington Redskins, now renamed the Washington Commanders which had a racist caricature of a Native American chief as its emblem.

5. Borussia Dortmund is inspired by the name of an old brewery (mdr les acloolo)

Not very surprising Germans who like good beer a little too much. Borussia actually means “Prussia” in Latin, and Prussia was a former part Germanic territory. This is why the clubs of Dortmund and Mönchengladbach have chosen it as the name for their club. But in the case of Dortmund, it would seem that the name is also inspired by an old brewery, Borussia Dortmund being the name of a local beer in a brewery where creators like to come and drink shots. Rather funny.

6. The Bolivar is obviously inspired by Simon Bolivar

The Bolivian club is of course inspired by Simon Bolivar, who was the most important actor in the independence of Bolivia, but also of Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela in the 19th century. . The La Paz club therefore decided to have this name because it was founded in 1925, 100 years after the declaration of independence of the country. It is class.

7. Crystal Palace comes from the name of a palace (logical in fact)

It’s much less classy than the previous point, but it takes everything. The Crystal Palace is therefore called so to “pay homage” to the glass palace in Hyde Park which was built for the Universal Exhibition in London in 1851, and which was then destroyed in 1936. Not very logical guys but good.

8. The Armenia club is named after Arminius, a German warrior

Arminius (or Hermann the Cheruscan) was a German warlord who is credited with leading the Germans to victory over three Roman legions in the Battle of Teutoburg. The German club Bielefield has therefore logically taken back its name, telling itself that it would do the same, and this is not really the case, but the heart is in it.

9. Arsenal comes from the factory, the Woolwhish Arsenal

The English club was created in 1886 by employees of the armaments factory, Woolwish Arsenal. As they were ultra corporate and lacking in inspiration they decided to call their football club the same, even when the club moved to North London and was no longer factory set up in question. And that’s also why there’s a little cannon on the club’s coat of arms… that’s all explained!

10. En-Avant Guingamp takes its name from a primary school principal (he was not called En-Avant, bunch of idiots)

In 1912, Pierre Deschamps was pissed off in his job as a primary school principal, and he decoded the idea of ​​creating a “physical education society” which he called “En avant” (too bad as a name).

In short, well this “physical education society”, which could also be called an omnisports club, becomes the forward Guingamp, with gymnastics, athletics, but above all football. And today, the team has become what we know. Nice story nonetheless.

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