Power Ranking the Top 25 World Soccer Team Nicknames

Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIIJanuary 1, 2013

Power Ranking the Top 25 World Soccer Team Nicknames

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    Nicknames are part of all sports and are crucial to the identity of the team they describe.

    No matter how much the modern game evolves and even if money completely changes the philosophy of certain clubs, the club's original nickname can tell you a lot about a team's history.

    It might be a serious name that is vital in maintaining the roots of how the club was founded or something that represents the area where the team is based.

    Heck, some nicknames are just plain funny and could provoke you to even support the team.

    Check out this list detailing the 25 best nicknames from around the globe. Be sure to chip in with your thoughts on some that may not have made the list in the comments section below.

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    25. Everton: The Toffees

    24. Santos: The Fish (O Peixe)

    23. Inter Milan: The Grass Snake (Il Biscione)

    22. Omiya Ardija (Japan): The Squirrels

    21. TP Mazembe (Democratic Republic of Congo): The Ravens (Les Corbeaux)

    20. Juventus: The Old Lady (La Vecchia Signora)

    19. Vitoria de Setubal: The Old Sir (O Velho Senhor)

    18. River Plate: The Millionaires (Los Millionarios)

    17. Krylia Sovetov Samara (Russia): The Rats (Krysy)

    16. Malaga: The Anchovies (Los Boquerones)

    15. Norwich City: The Canaries

    14. Valencia: The Goats (Los Chotos)

    13. Catania Calcio: The Elephants (Gli Elefanti)

    12. Vasco da Gama: The Bullet Train Of The Hill (Trem Bala da Colina)

    11. FC Porto: The Dragons (Os Dragões)

10. Chelsea: The Pensioners

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    Chelsea are mostly known as The Blues, but once upon a time the West London club was known as The Pensioners.

    This is due to the famous Royal Hospital situated in Chelsea, a retirement home for former members of the British army.

9. Spartak Moscow: The Pigs (Svinyi)

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    How can you not like this nickname? It's hardly flattering and dare I say if I was a Spartak fan, I probably would not be proud to use the name, but the fact that the Russian club Spartak Moscow do call themselves The Pigs is brilliant.

8. Atletico Madrid: The Mattress Makers (Los Colchoneros)

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    Spain's most popular team outside of Barcelona and Real Madrid: The Mattress Makers.

    The name comes from the fact that their kit, red and white stripes, was the same colours as mattresses back in the day.

7. Genoa: The Old Fool (Il Vecchio Balordo)

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    More popularly known as The Griffin (Grifone) or The Red and Blues (Rossoblu), Genoa, the oldest club in Italian football, have also been called The Old Fool (Il Vecchio Balordo).

    It fits well when you consider their president Enrico Preziosi is often mocked for his stupidity in constantly sacking managers. After all, he's only taking inspiration from the club's nickname.

6. Club Deportivo Guadalajara: Striped Goats (Chivas Rayadas)

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    The most successful and popular side in Mexican football, UD Guadalajara, are known as the Striped Goats (Chivas Rayadas), but they might even have a better nickname as they are also known as The Sacred Herd (Rebaño Sagrado).

5. Bayern Munich: FC Hollywood

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    The glamour side of Germany football, who are constantly mentioned in the rumour columns when transfer speculation is about.

    Bayern are notorious for splashing the cash on big names and were donned FC Hollywood for this reputation.

4. Levante: The Frogs (Granotes)

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    The La Liga side are known as The Frogs, which is also the nickname of Russian Premier League side Kuban Krasnodar where the word in the local language is Zhabi.

3. Botafogo: The Big Fire (Fogão)

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    The Big Fire are one of Brazil's biggest clubs and also one of the big four clubs in Rio de Janeiro.

    The -ão suffix means big when added onto words in Portuguese, so fans of Botafogo added it onto fogo, meaning fire in Portuguese.

2. Sevilla: The Bathtubs (Los Palaganas)

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    Sevilla were given this nickname by their rather inventive neighbours, Real Betis, who insulted the club by saying that they were The Bathtubs, only good for washing something dirty.

1. Chievo Verona: The Flying Donkeys (Mussi Volanti)

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    It had to be, didn't it?

    Chievo will always be a team that I look out for since discovering that they are The Flying Donkeys.

    It is a name that is derived from city-rivals Hellas Verona singing the song "When donkeys fly, we'll have a Serie A derby," due to Chievo traditionally being a side that languished in the lower divisions of Italian football.