World Football: 15 Strange Club Names You Need to LearnApril 7, 2011
World Football: 15 Strange Club Names You Need to Learn
Some football devotees look upon themselves as advanced followers of the game due to their vast knowledge of past and present events in the sport. Undoubtedly, this is something that could be described as admirable, but when it comes to club names, one might need to take his knowledge to a higher level.
In this article, we present to you 15 strange football club names from around the world, which you might have never heard of, but need to get familiar with in order to elevate your standard among other experts.
Llanfairpwll FC is football club based in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a community on the island of Anglesay.
The club was founded back in 1899 as Llanfair Rovers, and it competes in the Welsh Alliance League Division 1--precisely, in the Cymru Alliance League.
Do not rush to pronounce Llanfairpwll FC's team name as "Yanfairpool FC", for you might just be wrong.
Zalaegerszegi Torna Egylet
You will probably often see this club's name written in abbreviation as ZTE. But in fact, it is important to know that ZTE actually stands for Zalaegerszegi Torna Egylet. The latter is a Hungarian football team based in the city of Zalaegerszeg.
The club, coached by János Csank, was founded in 1920, and is currently a member of the Soproni Liga.
Gençlerbirliği Spor Kulübü
Best known simply as Gençlerbirliğ SK, Gençlerbirliği Spor Kulübü is a Turkish football club located in Ankara. Founded in 1923, the club is a two-time Kupasi winner.
Taumata FC (FULL Name)
You must probably be thinking that Taumata FC is an ordinary club name, very easy to remember. The truth is that Taumata is just a shortened name given to a hill close to Porangahau in New Zealand.
The real Māori name for Taumata is in fact Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu; and strangely, there happened to be a football club there.
If you ever try to fully mention the name above (Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu), you might need to be patient and relaxed.
Jaworznickie Stowarzyszenie Piłkarskie Szczakowianka
Jaworznickie Stowarzyszenie Piłkarskie Szczakowianka, also known as Garbarnia Szczakowianka Jaworzno, is the name of a Polish soccer team currently playing in the IV Liga.
The club was founded in 1923, and its present coach is Andrzej Sojka.
NAC Breda (Real Name)
The majority of football lovers are aware that NAC Breda is the name of a soccer team based in the Netherlands. What many do not know, however, is that this name in full is one of the longest club names in the sport.
NAC was founded subsequent to the merging of two separate clubs back in 1912: NOAD and ADVENDO.
NOAD is a Dutch abbreviation standing for Nooit Ophouden, Altijd Doorgaan--which means "Never give up, always persevere" in the English Language.
ADVENDO is also a Dutch abbreviation, but it stands for Aangenaam Door Vermaak En Nuttig Door Ontspanning--which means "Pleasant for its entertainment and useful for its relaxation".
The "C" in NAC thus stands for Combinatie--meaning "combination"--while Breda is the name of the city in which the club is based.
So, to recap, NAC Breda's full name is: Nooit opgeven altijd doorgaan, Aangenaam door vermaak en nuttig door ontspanning, Combinatie Breda.
Bangkok Bravo FC (Real FULL Name)
Bangkok Bravo FC is a Thai club based in the country's capital.
Its full name is: Amon Rattanakosin Krung Thep Mahanakhon Mahinthara Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Ayuthaya Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit Bravo Association Football Club.
Bangkok Bravo FC officially has the longest club name in football at the moment.
Borussia Dortmund (Real FULL Name)
This club is often referred to as Borussia Dortmund, or BVB09 Dortmund, but Ballvereinborussiadortmundneunzehnhundertundneun is in reality its full name.
Founded in 1909, the club currently plays in the German Bundesliga under the leadership of Coach Jürgen Klopp.
Botswana Meat Commission Football Club
The Botswana Meat Commission Football Club, also known as BMC FC is based in Lobatse. It was founded in 1969 and competes in the Mascom Premier League.
Fans may also refer to the team as The MeatMen.
Club Deportivo Morón
Club Deportivo Morón is an Argentine football club based in Buenos Aires. It was founded in 1947 and currently plays in the Primera B Metropolitana.
For readers' information, the team name's third word has nothing to do with its possible English sense. Morón simply means "Hummock", in English.
FL Fart is a Norwegian football club located in Vang. It was founded in 1934, and can also be called Fotballaget Fart.
If you are a fluent English speaker, then you might want to keep your ideas over this club's name to yourself as a sign of respect, decency and maturity.
Blood, Sweat, and Beers FC
Blood, Sweat, and Beers FC is an English team competing in the Ledbury Tuesday 6 Aside. Their slogan is: "Where the beer is part of the game!"
Club Always Ready
Club Always Ready, also known simply as Always Ready, is a Bolivian football club based in La Paz. It was founded in 1933, and plays in the Primera B league.
The New Saints of Oswestry Town & Llansantffraid Football Club
The New Saints of Oswestry Town & Llansantffraid Football Club, better known as The New Saints or TNS, is a professional British club based in Wales.
From 1997 to 2006, it was known as Total Network Solutions FC. It was founded in 1959 and plays in the Welsh Premier League.
Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinoupolitón Football Club
You probably know this team from the Greek Super League under the name of PAOK FC. This club was founded in Thessaloniki back in 1926, and its full name is: Panthessaloníkios Athlitikós Ómilos Konstantinoupolitón.
It means "Pan-Thessalonian Athletic Club of Constantinopolitans" in English.