The origin of the nicknames of the Spanish teams

The origin of the nicknames of the Spanish teams
The Lions, the legendary nickname receiving Athletic Bilbao. PHOTO: Brand

Do you know the origin of the nicknames of the Spanish teams? I'm sure all of us reading this article, We continue week after week to more than our football team and, many of you, you go every other Sunday at a football stadium to follow and cheer their team, where they spend every year at least 19 teams each with its history and its legends.

In most cases it is difficult to know for sure where they come from nicknames or colors of our teams, sometimes there are even several extended versions, and usually none of them documented or tested. From hanging we will try to count the versions, as we learned, They are the most widespread, but by no means should always be the real ...

The nicknames of the Spanish teams


The FC Barcelona team is known as the culé team because when they played their games in their field near Calle Industria, the stadium's capacity was very limited and the parties that the field was crowded, people occupied the top of the stadium. People passing by the field could see the back of these fans. Hence comes the culés.

A picture is worth 1000 words to explain because of culé.
A picture is worth 1000 words to explain because of culé.


It is known to all that The Lions in Spanish football, are the players and fans of Athletic Bilbao. This motif seems simpler. Apparently the nickname is given to them because the saint San Mames (name of their stadium) represented by a lion appeared in a fresco of a church in the city Bilbao.


This is the nickname to refer to one of the two teams in the elite of the city of Turia, Valencia CF, Because? Well the reason is similar to its neighbor, the granotas. On the site where it was built Mestalla before there were only herds of goats and sheep.


The term "Che" is a widely used expression in Valencia, and being Valencia, C.F. the most representative of the province team, He has adopted this nickname.


In the city of Valencia granota team is the team Levante. This is because the first stage of the team was located near the River Turia, where there were lots of frogs (granota in Valencia)


When we talk about colchoneros, everyone knows what we mean Manzanares team. Colchoneros the nickname comes to them because, years ago, all mattresses manufactured in Spain were rojiblancos.


The other way to refer to the colchonero team is the Indians. This nickname was put by supporters of his rival in summer 73, because that summer signing several South American players (Ruben Ayala, "Baker" Diaz and "Cacho" Heredia).


Real Madrid he is known as the Merengue team because the white color of your luggage, as this color recalls the famous dessert of the same color.


This way of referring to the Real Madrid team, obviously was first used by followers "Indios", due to the large number of German players in the ranks of merengue team. Meanwhile the Madrid fans welcomed tasteful the nickname, noting that the nickname indicates that, after the conquest of the 5 consecutive European Cups, razing wandered around Europe as the Vikings did in his time.

The newspaper "The Times” made the following headline with this background theme: "Real Madrid wanders around Europe as the Vikings once roamed, obliterating everything in its path "


The Sevilla fans are known by the Beticos as the palanganas.. In the early years of the founding of Sevilla, This was an overly elitist team, but, to the surprise of everyone he signed a player from a very humble family.

Everything began when the club itself banned from the club to the player's parents new signing. Before such desplante, some executives resigned Sevilla, and they formed a new club (Betis). In his farewell, They left a letter and a basin; the letter indicated that left the basin, which would not use for tears for their losses, if not for tears by the successes of the new club newly created (Betis), because from that moment they would be more aware of the Betis themselves.


Everyone knows that paprika is a very typical and characteristic product of Murcia.. as an added, the color of the shirt of Real Murcia, just give them the nickname pimentoneros.


Real Oviedo fans are known as Carbayones., like the inhabitants of this city. Carbayon is a typical tree Oviedo, and later it was also a typical cake city.


Málaga is known as the Boquerones Team since this fish is the most consumed in the city of Malaga..


In the city of Córdoba (in its Arab past) there was the so-called Caliphate of Córdoba. This makes the Cordoba Caliphate is known by this nickname.


One theory why it is said that the team of the Catalan capital is known as Los Periquitos, says the field Espanyol (Sarria) It was in an area where there were many palms, and this animal abounded in the same.

origin of the nicknames of the Spanish teams
Parakeets Espanyol, all about classic.

Why is Spanish called that??

He 29 November 1899 It was founded FC Barcelona, the founder was Hans-Max Gamper Haessig (better known in our country as Joan Gamper). Gamper was a Swiss, so he chose Barca kit colors for their newly founded club (the same colors worn on their clothing Basel).

Less than a year later (he 28 October 1900) a group of college ,headed by Ángel Rodríguez Ruiz, Espanyol Barcelona founds, so called because all players who belonged to the club at that time were Spanish, Unlike the players of FC Barcelona, several of them were foreigners.

As we said at the beginning of the article, all these legends, ... legends that are difficult to prove and, in most cases there are several versions, Do you know any other version or some other club history?

Raul Palencia

Raul Palencia

Passionate football. Lover good game and more than hanged for football. Always ball through ten.


7 thoughts on “The origin of the nicknames of the Spanish teams

  1. Only levantinistas chotos call the valencianistas, and make it as an insult.
    And it gives me more of granota comes garnet color so frogs (Barca kit color is actually the Gimnastico, together with the club Levante then merged fc born in 1939 the current Levante UD, taking cores of a team and the other's name).

  2. The real reason for the nickname comes Espanyol Cat Felix The Cat, in Castilian was called Perico Cat. In a sports satirical publication of the year 20, Espanyol fans were portrayed as four black cats and people associated both, and hence it from “parakeets”. it was cats, not aver, Although the bird is already definitely sympathetic installed on the blue and white imagery.


  3. The nickname “Plngns” It does not come for that reason. In fact Betis Sevilla FC never left nor denied entry to anyone for being poor. Sevilla FC played in the humble people to the club cedia their Intalaciones them to live in them with their families. The nickname comes a equipaciónque closely resembled ancient basins. What letter is an invention over them as they are the team of the poor when they were founded by military pyrotechnics. a greeting

  4. I forgot to put the title…

    The origin of the nickname “little ears”, albinegros fans, Club Deportivo fans Castellon

  5. The "Pam Pam Orellut" is the official anthem of C.D.Castellón. This is a topic that just happens to the "Hala Madrid" or "Himne Barca" is completely identified with the albinegro feel and the city of Castellón Who has never heard a few bars of this composition and has not been put goosebumps?

    This hymn was recorded in 1972 by the voices of the Typical Murga "FADRELL CAMP", Master Gargori, Radio studios in Castellón (TO BE). Baritone solo intervened and albinegro big fan Miquel Soler i Barberà. The orchestration was carried out by professors from the Band of the Red Cross. This version is currently is issued by various stations or on this web page, and it gets when the albinegro team leaves the field at the start of the games. The original score is a historical legacy and, which owns the master CHENCHO.

    Photo: The Typical Murga "FADRELL CAMP" author of the current recording of the anthem albinegro.

    Pam Pam Orellut!
    In the shield of your story
    a victory
    always campea
    sowing the wind
    of emotion.

    And when deployed your flags
    with its color under the sun
    to memory
    comes the glory
    Old Sequiol field ...
    Pam Pam Orellut!
    Pam Pam Orellut!

    The history of this anthem is born with the legendary goalkeeper of the year 20, TO THE FLAME, who used to wear an elephant as a pet and stood behind his goal. It was a small elephant with huge ears. A young parties used to come prepared to have fun and to laugh at everything he had around him. A) Yes, the parties came to a man with big ears named Jaime Varella and always applauded twice (pam, pam) and these young, to taunt him, They began making rhymes with the word Orellut, hiding behind the elephant keeper and they used to work out, given how easy it is to rhyme with “little ear” in Valencian (participle of many verbs). Then the song of youth emerged , after a great win at home Valencia C.F. which read as follows : “Pam Pam Orellut!, ¡Valencia lost!

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