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Italian Soccer Team Nicknames

Jersey Colors Make the Squadra


Italian soccer teams have many interesting nicknames. For example, there are the Mussi Volanti (Flying Donkeys—Chievo), I Diavoli (The Devils—(Milan), I Felsinei (Bologna—based on the ancient city name, Felsina), and I Lagunari (Venezia—the Stadio Pierluigi Penzo sits adjacent to the lagoon). Many teams, in fact, have multiple nicknames. For instance, the illustrious Juventus team is also known as La Vecchia Signora (The Old Lady), La Fidanzata d'Italia (The Girlfriend of Italy), Le Zebre (The Zebras), and [La] Signora Omicidi ([The] Lady Killer).

One colorful tradition, though, is to refer to the teams by the color of their soccer jerseys (le maglie calcio). The terms are frequently seen in print (Palermo, 100 Anni di Rosanero), as part of fan club names (Linea GialloRossa), and in official publications. Even the Italian national soccer team is known as Gli Azzurri because of their blue jerseys. Below is a list of the nicknames associated with the 2009 Serie A Italian soccer teams when referring to their jersey colors:

Atalanta: Nerazzurri
Bari: Biancorossa
Bologna: Rossoblu
Cagliari: Rossoblu
Catania: Rossazzurri
Chievo: Gialloblu
Fiorentina: Viola
Genoa: Rossoblu
Inter: Nerazzurri
Juventus: Bianconeri
Lazio: Biancocelesti
Livorno: Amaranto
Milan: Rossoneri
Napoli: Azzurri
Palermo: Rosanero
Parma: Gialloblu
Roma: Giallorossi
Sampdoria: Blucerchiati
Siena: Bianconeri
Udinese: Bianconeri

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