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20 Famous Football Club Nicknames and Where They Came From

90min Logo By Jordan Joffe of 90min | Slide 1 of 20: Meringue, a sweet, desert like candy, became associated with the Spanish giants due to its pure white colour. The nickname originated through its direct correlation with the shirt colour of Real Madrid, which has been a signature of Madrid since its establishment.
The name become popularised by Spanish journalist Matías Prats, who at the time was in charge of commentating on football matches on the radio.
The Vikings have two different aspects to its origination. The first refers to the domain that the club exercised throughout 1960s Europe, with The Times associating Real with the Viking invasion. 
The second has to do with the amount of players who came to Madrid from northern Europe in the 70s like Günter Netzer, Paul Breitner, Uli Stielike and Henning Jensen.

Real Madrid - Los Merengues or the Vikings

Meringue, a sweet, desert like candy, became associated with the Spanish giants due to its pure white colour. The nickname originated through its direct correlation with the shirt colour of Real Madrid, which has been a signature of Madrid since its establishment.


The name become popularised by Spanish journalist Matías Prats, who at the time was in charge of commentating on football matches on the radio.


The Vikings have two different aspects to its origination. The first refers to the domain that the club exercised throughout 1960s Europe, with The Times associating Real with the Viking invasion. 


The second has to do with the amount of players who came to Madrid from northern Europe in the 70s like Günter Netzer, Paul Breitner, Uli Stielike and Henning Jensen.

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