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Lists of nicknames in association football

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These are lists of nicknames in football.

Club nicknames[edit]

National team nicknames[edit]

Incidental/historical squad nicknames[edit]

  • A Academia (The Academy), Palmeiras's team in the seventies
  • Az Aranycsapat (The Golden Team), legendary Hungary national football team of the 1950s.
  • Craiova Maxima, Universitatea Craiova of the late 1970s and early 1980s
  • Fergie's Fledglings, generation of home-grown Manchester United players led by Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, who won multiple junior trophies before winning between six and thirteen Premier League titles each, as well as the UEFA Champions League in 1999 and 2008.
  • Gaşca nebună (The Crazy Gang), Sportul Studenţesc of the 1980s and early 2000s
  • Golden Generation, group of Portuguese footballers, Luís Figo and co, that won several Football World Youth Championships in 1989 and 1991. Several also led Portugal to their second best performance at a European Championship - runners-up at Euro 2004.
  • Gothenburg Greats, Aberdeen FC team which played under Alex Ferguson during the club's most successful era in the 1980s and won many trophies, the most notable being the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup vs Real Madrid in Gothenburg, 1983.
  • Il Grande Torino, Torino side of the 1940s.
  • Iron Curtain, Rangers' defensive line in the 1940s and early 1950s
  • KK Eleven, Zambian national football team of the 1980s.
  • La Grande Inter (The Great Inter), Internazionale team that won back-to-back European Cup wins in 1964 and 1965.
  • La Máquina (The Machine), River Plate team in the early 1940s.
  • La Quinta del Buitre (Vulture's Quint), generation of club grown Real Madrid players that dominated Spanish football in the 1980s
  • Lisbon Lions, Celtic's home-grown European Cup winning team of 1967
  • Os Magriços, Portugal national football team which reached 3rd place in the 1966 World Cup in England
  • Quality Street Gang, used to describe the Celtic reserve team of the late 1960s. Several of the group eventually replaced members of the Lisbon Lions team.
  • Rolo Compressor (Steamroller), Sport Club Internacional's team in the 1940s
  • Spartanii (The Spartans), Dinamo team, that dominated Divizia A in 2007
  • The Black Sea Storm, Trabzonspor team who dominated the Turkish league in the 1970s
  • The Busby Babes, group of home-grown Manchester United players trained by Matt Busby and co during the 1950s
  • The Crazy Gang, Wimbledon F.C. in the 1980s/90s
  • The Dream Team, name was given for FC Barcelona's team that, led by Johan Cruijff, won the European Cup in 1992 and 4 consecutive La Liga titles (1990–1994).
  • The Entertainers, Newcastle United team under the first spell of management by Kevin Keegan
  • The Famous Five, Hibernian's forward line of Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, Turnbull and Ormond
  • The Ice Kings, name given to the Leicester City side of the 1962-63 season who chased the double thanks to a sensational run of form on icy and frozen pitches during the coldest winter in England of the 20th century.
  • The Invincibles/The Untouchables, Arsenal team who went 49 consecutive league games unbeaten during the 2002-03 to the 2004-05 seasons
  • The Spice Boys, group of Liverpool F.C. footballers in the mid-late 1990s, most famous for their decision to wear coordinated cream suits to the 1996 FA Cup Final. The group was seen typically as being composed of Jamie Redknapp, David James, Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and Jason McAteer.
  • The Total Footballers, any team coached by Rinus Michels and involving Johan Cruijff and Johan Neeskens.
  • Viteziştii (The Speedsters), Steaua Bucureşti of the 1980s
  • Wembley Wizards, Scotland national football team which defeated England at Wembley Stadium in 1928
  • Wunderteam (Wonder Team), Austria national football team that had an unbeaten streak of 14 games between April 1931 and December 1932
  • Ye-yé, generation of all-Spanish Real Madrid players that dominated Spanish football in the 1960s

Nicknames of fans[edit]


  • A Massa (The Masses), supporters of Clube Atlético Mineiro
  • Arabs supporters of Dundee United FC
  • Bando de Loucos (Madmen Band), supporters of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista
  • Bultras, supporters of Botev Plovdiv
  • Cainii rosii, supporters of Dinamo Bucharest
  • China Azul (Blue China), supporters of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
  • CVUCS, supporters of FC Timişoara
  • Forza Neftchi, supporters of Neftchi PFK
  • Gasheads, supporters of Bristol Rovers
  • Gate 13, supporters of Panathinaikos
  • Kopites, supporters of Liverpool Football Club
  • North Terrace/ Blue & White Brigade (BWB), supporters of Melbourne Victory FC
  • Red Patch Boys, supporters of Toronto FC
  • Somerset Ragazzi, radical supporters of Ayr United FC
  • Sons of Ben, supporters of Philadelphia Union
  • Super White Army, supporters of Tranmere Rovers F.C.
  • The 3252, Supporters Union of Los Angeles Football Club (L.A.F.C.)
  • The Black & Amber Army, supporters of Livingston
  • The Black and White Army, supporters of Fulham FC
  • The Bushwacker, supporting of Millwall
  • The Cider Army, supporters of Bristol City
  • The Cityzens, supporters of Manchester City
  • The Cove, supporters of Sydney FC
  • The Empire Supporters Club, supporters of New York Red Bulls
  • The Falcons, supporters of Spartak Varna
  • The Garden State Ultras, radical supporters of New York Red Bulls
  • The Gooners, supporters of Arsenal
  • The Green Army, supporters of Plymouth Argyle
  • The Green Brigade, radical supporters of Glasgow Celtic
  • The Jack Army, supporters of Swansea City
  • The Lardy Army, supporters of Horsham F.C.
  • The Southsiders, supporters of Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • The Third Rail, supporters of New York City FC
  • The Timbers Army, supporters of the Portland Timbers
  • The Toon Army, supporters of Newcastle United
  • The Tractor Boys, supporters of Ipswich Town
  • The Viking Army, supporters of New York Red Bulls
  • The Yarraside Gang, supporters of Melbourne Heart FC
  • The Yid Army, supporters of Tottenham Hotspur
  • Ultras, various supporter groups
  • Viies Sektor, supporters of FC Flora Tallinn
  • Villans, or Villains, supporters of Aston Villa
  • Wednesdayites, the supporters of Sheffield Wednesday
  • Yarraside, supporters of Melbourne Heart FC

National team[edit]

  • Green and Gold Army, supporters of Australia national association football team
  • "The blue pilgrims", supporters of India national football team
  • Green and White Army, supporters of Northern Ireland national football team
  • Jalgpallihaigla, supporters of the Estonia national football team
  • Oljeberget, supporters of the Norway national football team
  • Red Devil, supporters of the South Korea national football team
  • Roligans, supporters of the Denmark national football team
  • Tartan Army, travelling supporters of the Scotland national football team
  • The American Outlaws, supporters of the United States men's national soccer team
  • The Voyageurs, supporters of the Canada men's and women's national football teams

See also[edit]

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