7 Clubs Scattered Around the World That Are Actually Named After English Teams

Although the very earliest origins of football came from several ancient cultures, organised football began life in 19th century England. It was quickly exported to the rest of the world by adventurous pioneers, while some in far flung continents were simply inspired to start their own teams and paid tribute to famous British clubs. With examples from 100 years ago as well as much more recently, here's a look at seven clubs from all across the globe that owe their names to English teams......

Crystal Palace Baltimore (USA)

Although now defunct, Crystal Palace Baltimore was a team formed in the United States by former Eagles chairman Simon Jordan in a bid to extend the club's reach transatlantic.

Sharing a badge and colours with their London namesakes, the Baltimore branch began life in the second tier of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) pyramid. In 2010, the club attempted to enter the more high profile North American Soccer League (NASL), only to end up playing in the hastily created temporary division named USSF Division 2 Professional League.

All formal ties with Crystal Palace were then severed at the end of 2010 after the parent Eagles entered administration, and despite plans for rebranding and a name change, Crystal Palace Baltimore haven't been seen since.  

Everton de Viña del Mar (Chile)

Hailing from the picturesque coastal city of Viña del Mar, Chile's Everton were formed in 1909 and have been national champions on four occasions since 1950, most recently in the 2008 Apertura campaign.

Everton Chile owes its existence to David Foxley, the grandson of English immigrants from the city of Liverpool, with the club itself also claiming the name was inspired by the English Everton's successful tour of neighbouring Argentina that same year.

The Toffees are believed to have sent a congratulatory telegram to their Chilean counterparts when the Ruleteros ('Roulette Players' as a nod to a local casino for providing financial support in the early days) won their first Chilean championship in 1950.

The two teams even came together for a first meeting in a 2010 friendly at Goodison Park, won 2-0 by the home Everton after goals from Jermaine Beckford and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.  

Berekum Chelsea (Ghana)

Berekum Chelsea currently play their football in the Ghana Premier League. The club from the town of Berekum in the west of the country is actually leading the 2017 standings at the time of writing and were most recently national champions in 2011.

Only formed in 2004, a year into the Roman Abramovich era in London, their badge bears obvious similarities to the original Chelsea in terms of shape and design, although it features an eagle at its centre as opposed to a lion.

There is also another club in Berekum named for an English team - Berekum Arsenal, who currently compete in Ghana's lower leagues.

New York City (USA) & Melbourne City (Australia)

Sheikh Mansour's 'City Football Group' is much more than just Manchester City. It includes the club's dominant women's team as well as the much publicised Major League Soccer franchise New York City, and Melbourne City in Australia's rapidly developing A-League.

Yokohama F. Marinos from Japan and Club Atletico Torque from Uruguay are also part of it, but it is just the sides from New York and Melbourne that currently bear the 'City' name.

While New York City was actually a brand new club founded in 2013, Melbourne City are what used to be known as Melbourne Heart. It was only after the acquisition by City Football Group in 2014 that the team colours changed from white and red to white and sky blue.

Liverpool Fútbol Club (Uruguay)

As already seen with Everton de Viña del Mar, the links between England and South America were strong in the early years of the 20th century. The club that later became 'Liverpool' was initially formed in 1908 by students of the College of the Capuchin Fathers of Nuevo Paris.

The club itself notes the importance of English teams touring South America at that time, including Nottingham Forest and Southampton. But legend has it the name 'Liverpool' came when one student noticed the city on a map of England, remembering one of the priests declaring it as the most important coal port in England. Indeed, the majority of English ships in Montevideo at that time sailed to and from Liverpool.

Ties between the two Liverpools got closer in 2005 when the Uruguayan club, who usually wear black and blue, adopted all-red as their away colours.  

Arsenal de Sarandi (Argentina)

One theory about how Greater Buenos Aires-based side Arsenal de Sarandi got their name comes from a supposed early link between the club and the country's military arsenal - the world is the same in Spanish. That was, after all, precisely the beginnings of the original Arsenal in the Woolwich area of London.

The Argentine club itself paints a slightly different story, though, claiming that use of the name 'Arsenal' is an homage to the London team. Arsenal de Sarandi weren't formed until 1957, and the history on their own website notes how, even back then, Arsenal were revered for the football they played. Staying true to that has been a key pillar of Sarandi's existence.

The club's only national title to date came in the 2012 Clausura campaign, while they also won the Copa Sudamericana in 2007, South America's equivalent of the Europa League.  

Manchester United (Gibraltar)

Although now known as 'Manchester 62', this club from Gibraltar was originally called Manchester United after it was set up as a tribute to the team from Old Trafford.

Two locals by the name or Mr Undery and Mr Moberley had written to then United boss Matt Busby in 1962 asking for permission to use the name and colours. Busby accepted the request and 'Manchester United' entered the Gibraltar Football League the following year.

After earning promotion to the top flight, the Gibraltarian United dominated in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and were crowned league champions again in 1999 as their Manchester namesakes were completing an historic treble.

The name change to 'Manchester 62' came about in 2013 after Gibraltar was accepted into UEFA and it first became possible for them to meet the original United in official competition.

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