Bundesliga teams: names meaning, abbreviations, nicknames explained

September 24, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

Bundesliga teams: names meaning, abbreviations, nicknames explained.


German Bundesliga teams names are quite different compared with their English counterparts with different meanings.


Some German Bundesliga teammates long names which sometimes leads to the use of abbreviations


Despite the unique name of some of the teams in the Bundesliga, they still hold a large number of followers across the world.


Teams like Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Kaiserslautern, Köln have followers from around the world.


Teams in Germany has some names and abbreviations like 04, 1. FC, SC, Sppvg, eV, VfL, VfB, etc. These abbreviations what dy stand for meaning?


Cool facts

What is the meaning of Bundesliga? The Bundesliga means “Federal League”. It can also be described as the “German League”.


Why does the Bundesliga have 18 teams? This was adopted to reduce the number of fixtures as well as continue with the winter break tradition.


Which team has won the most Bundesliga titles? Bayern Munich’s won more titles. The chase won over 31 league titles.


Bundesliga clubs: names meaning, abbreviations, nicknames explained


GmbH – Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung: it means a company with limited liability”.


04 – 04 or 1904 is used to represent the year of establishment of a particular club in short form.


Fußball – Fußball means Football or Soccer in English.


SC – Sport club

 1. FC – Meaning the first club that was founded in the city.


e.V. – eingetragener Verein – meaning registered association” or “incorporated association.


VfL – Verein für Leibesübungen – meaning physical exercise or association for physical exercises.


VfB – Club for movement games


Borussia – Borussia club for ball games. Borussia” is the Latin word for Preußen (a former steadily extending German kingdom).

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BVB – means Ballspiel-Verein Borussia (Borussia club for ball games).

Prussia – Prussia is a historical region of Germany.

SpVgg – meaning game association in English.


All Bundesliga clubs with their names and meaning


1. Arminia Bielefeld


Club Name: DSC Arminia Bielefeld

Meaning: DSC meaning Deutscher Sportclub Arminia Bielefeld

Nickname: Die Arminen, Die Blauen (The Blues).


Armenia Bielefeld played most of its season in the Bundesliga 2 and have been ranked amongst the record winners of the division with four titles.


The club is from Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia.


2. FC Augsburg


Club Name: Fußball-Club Augsburg 1907

Meaning: Football Club Augsburg

Nickname: Fuggerstädter (the club was named after the Fugger family of Augsburg).


Augsburg is the largest football club in Swabian Bavaria. Starting from the lower divisions, the club played most seasons in the second and third divisions.


Augsburg, since its promotion to the top division, has constantly preserved its status and have competed alongside the best football clubs in Germany.


3. Bayer Leverkusen


Club Name: Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH

Meaning: Bayer 1904 Leverkusen Football GmbH (a company with limited liability).

Nickname: Die Werkself (The Company’s Eleven)


Bayer 04 Leverkusen is one of the few privately owned soccer teams in the Bundesliga.


The club is owned by Bayer AG, a German pharmaceutical and life sciences company that is one of the largest pharmaceuticals company in the world.


4. Bayern Munich


Club Name: Fußball-Club Bayern München e. V.

Meaning: Football Club Bayern Munich. München is a German city which can also be called Munich.

Nickname: Der FCB (The FCB),

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Die Bayern (The Bavarians)

Stern des Südens (Star of the South), Die Roten (The Reds) and FC Hollywood


Bayern Munich is Germany best and most successful team in history. The club is based in Munich, Bavaria.


Bayern has won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, etc.


5. VfL Bochum


Club Name: Verein für Leibesübungen Bochum 1848 football community

Meaning: Association for physical exercises Bochum 1848 Football Community e. V.

Nickname: The insurmountable.


Bochum is regarded as one of the oldest teams in Germany.


However, the club is not amongst the German elite but have witnessed significant growth over the years.


The club is based in the city of Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia.


6. Borussia Dortmund


Club Name: Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e. V.

Meaning: Borussia club for ball games. Borussia” is the Latin word for Preußen (a former steadily extending German kingdom).


Nickname: Die Borussen

Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows).


BVB means Ballspiel-Verein Borussia (Borussia club for ball games).


Borussia Dortmund is one of the biggest football clubs in Germany. The club is based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia.



7. Borussia Mönchengladbach


Club Name: Borussia Verein für Leibesübungen 1900 e. V. Mönchengladbach,

Meaning: Borussia physical exercise 1900 registered association Mönchengladbach.

Nickname: Die Fohlen (The Colts) Die Borussen (The Prussians).


Borussia Mönchengladbach emerged to be one of Germany’s strongest football clubs in history.


8. Eintracht Frankfurt


Club Name: Eintracht Frankfurt e.V

Meaning: Eintracht Frankfurt registered association.

Nickname: SGE (Sportgemeinde Eintracht), sports community Eintracht in English.



9. SC Freiburg


Club Name: Sport-Club Freiburg e.V

Meaning: Sport-Club Freiburg registered association.

Nickname: Breisgau-Brasilianer (Breisgau Brazilians)

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10. Greuther Fürth


Club Name: Spielvereinigung Greuther Fürth e. V.

Meaning: Game Association Greuther Fürth.

Nickname: Kleeblätter (Cloverleaves).



11. Hertha BSC


Club Name: Hertha, Berliner Sport-Club e. V

Meaning: Hertha BSC Berlin or Hertha Berlin Sports Club registered association.

Nickname: Die Alte Dame (The Old Lady).



12. 1899 Hoffenheim


Club Name: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Turn- und Sportgemeinschaft 1899 Hoffenheim e.V.)

Meaning: Gymnastics and Sports community 1899 Hoffenheim registered association.

Nickname: Die Kraichgauer (From the Kraichgau region).



Hoffenheim is a soccer club based in Hoffenheim village of Sinsheim municipality, Baden-Württemberg.


13. FC Köln


Club Name: 1. Fußball-Club Köln 01/07 e. V. or FC Cologne

Meaning: 1. Football Club Köln 1948 or FC Cologne.

Nickname: Die Geißböcke (The Billy Goats).


14. RB Leipzig


Club Name: RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. or Red Bull Leipzig.

Meaning: Lawn Ball Sports Leipzig registered association.

Nickname: Die Roten Bullen (The Red Bulls).


15. Mainz 05


Club Name: 1. Fußball- und Sportverein Mainz 05 e. V.

Meaning: First Football and Sports Association Mainz 1905.


16. VfB Stuttgart


Club Name: Verein für Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart 1893 e. V

Meaning: Club for movement games Stuttgart 1893 registered association.

Nickname: Die Roten (The Reds), Die Schwaben (The Swabians).



17. Union Berlin


Club Name: 1. Fußballclub Union Berlin e. V

Meaning: First Football Club Union Berlin registered association.

Nickname: Die Eisernen (The Iron Ones).



18. Wolfsburg


Club Name: Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e. V.

Meaning: Association for physical exercises Wolfsburg registered association.


The Bundesliga teams: name meaning, abbreviations explained for all clubs in the division.

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