CF Montréal vs Montreal FC

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Club de Football Canadien de Montréal

The owner of the Club de Hockey Canadien de Montréal George Gillette and Montreal businessman Joey Saputo said this week that they were working together to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Montreal.

That’s cool. People in Montreal are loving soccer. Support for Saputo’s Impact soccer team of the struggling United Soccer League is very strong and a new 15 000 seat stadium is being built for the team in the eastern part of town. MLS itself is a league on the rise with no less than David Bekham now playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

One thing bugs me, though. In every story I read about this news item, Montreal’s new Major League Soccer team is called Montreal FC. As in Montreal Football Club.

I don’t know if M. Saputo and Mr. Gillette have expressed their preference for that name or if it’s only a coincidence, but Montreal FC is a really bad name for a soccer team.

Common, now! I get it! I understand those who want a name that recalls the great FC’s of international soccer, but I don’t think Montreal should have a soccer team with an English name, and I don’t think I should have to explain why.

FC is lame. It’s so lame it’s what Toronto’s team picked as a name.

If Montreal wants to look to Europe for inspiration, I think l’Olympique de Montréal is the obvious choice.

Right… Olympic is not necessarily an inspirational word in this town…

How about the more subtle CF Montréal

CF for Club de Football de Montréal? Get it?

The name is directly inspired by the truly glorious Montrealers: le Club de Hockey Canadien de Montréal – That’s what the CH on the jersey and tattooed on your heart stands for.

CF makes you think of Canadiens-Français, so federalists can’t claim it’s covert separatist propaganda.

CF Montréal instead of Montreal FC is a name that will hint at Québec’s and Montreal’s frenchness without the cruelty of forcing Anglophones to say words like Alouette.

It’s in French yet “Club de Football” gives the name that true franglais feel that all Montrealers can bond around.

Plus, it’s obvious. CF Montréal instead of Montreal FC. People will get it.

Or how about AC Montreal, for Associazione Calcio Montreal?

It’s neutral ground, being neither French nor English, and still is very Montreal as italian has long been Montreal’s strong third language.

Furthermore, the role of Montreal Italians in Québec soccer is undeniable.

Unless you’d rather go with another another classic Football club name: Montreal United.

Right. Montreal United. All Montrealers, Franco, Allo, Anglo united around a united team. Montreal United… Or will it be l’Unité de Montréal?

And then they’d have to do one of those silly graphics that kind of looks like a D but at the same time kind of looks like an accent aïgu and a Fleur-de-Lys….

How about not?

Written by angryfrenchguy

March 28, 2008 at 11:59 am

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  1. I completely agree. While any CF or FC title seems a little lame…. can’t we be a bit more original than Toronto, of they are going that route, I would greatly prefer CF Montreal to Montreal FC. Much more!

    Arya Sajedi

    March 28, 2008 at 1:15 pm

  2. I’d avoid both CF and FC and go for something truly original (or at least “original” in the context of MLS).

    MLS already has Toronto FC and FC Dallas. That’s bad enough, but marginally acceptable. Add CF Montreal and it becomes cringe-worthy imho.

    Lord Kitchener's Own

    March 28, 2008 at 1:59 pm

  3. I thought that Les Canadiens’s CH meant «Canadiens habitants» as legitimate inhabitants in opposition to «Canadiens Occupants».

    André Colpron

    March 28, 2008 at 10:25 pm

  4. I should add, is it not why we cheer Go Habs, go !?

    André Colpron

    March 28, 2008 at 10:38 pm

  5. AC MONTREAL lol! being from italian decent i’d love that but no… CF or AS “Association de Soccer” Montreal would be sick.

    Joe Insonzzz

    March 28, 2008 at 11:34 pm

  6. I’ll tend to agree with colpron… CH doesn’t stand for hockey but Habitants.


    March 29, 2008 at 10:33 am

  7. That’s a longstanding myth.

    Habitant is a slightly derogatory term used by Anglos to describe French-Canadians so when the Canadiens we’re formed to be the Franco’s team (anglos had the Marroons) they would never have used that term to describe themselves.

    When a series of circumstances led the Francos to play in the Anglos Forum and all Montreal supported a single team, the jeer turned into a cheer. Go Habs Go!

    Club de Hockey Canadien. CH. Look it up.


    March 29, 2008 at 11:31 am

  8. FC is not an English name for a team. There are many clubs in Europe that bear the FC abbreviation in front of the city’s name (FC Nantes, FC Metz, FC Barcelona, FC Bayern). CF would just look stupid and refer to hockey too much. ‘AS’ is not bad as it can refer to “Association Sportive” such as AS Monaco or AS St-Étienne.
    Olympique de Montréal would result in short as OM, which coincides badly with Olympique de Marseille, so not a good choise either.
    Why copy and not innovate? Can we not just find a unique name for this team, one that would not imply politics, or copying Europe?
    Impact is not a bad name, but it could be changed if they really want to differentiate themselves from the USL.


    March 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm

  9. here’s a funny one. After second thought, it doesn’t seem all too bad. Thinking of the French club, Paris St. Germain (PSG), we could have the Montréal St.Laurent. One of the most important features of the city is the river. Why not incorporate it as the name of the club?


    March 29, 2008 at 4:11 pm

  10. No soccer team on American soil should have “football” in its name. Period. That is just plain common sense. Anglos don’t say football, Francos either. Let’s not introduce a precedent that will surely come to be regretted.

    Mathieu Gauthier-Pilote

    March 29, 2008 at 7:09 pm

  11. Why does everyone want to choose a European name? Probably because that’s all you people follow. You’ve been too busy watching “your team”(Milan, Liverpool, etc.), and you have ignored a team that’s been around for 15 years. You’ve missed 15 years of beautiful soccer, championships, heart ache and stunning moments. And it all was happening under your noses.

    We’ve had Impact for 15 years, which makes it older than MLS by two years.

    Here’s to another 15.

    A Fan

    March 29, 2008 at 9:54 pm

  12. Hey if they can have a FC Paris. Why not a FC Montreal.

    But there is already a FC Dallas. North American sports should be based on our culture and sporting traditions.

    How about “Pure Laine Quebecois” .

    Groove Mctwang

    March 31, 2008 at 2:41 pm

  13. The best name for the team, is…and I will explain why….

    Royal Montreal FC
    in french
    Royal de Montreal

    Why….? simple.

    The word Real (which is common in soccer…Real Madrid), means Royal. Real is part of the word Montreal, because of Montreals most famous landmark…Mount Royal.

    The english, nor the french can camplain about the word Royal, as it is used in both languages.


    April 1, 2008 at 2:13 pm

  14. I like Real Montreal the most…problem is, there is Real Salt Lake (which sounds horrible)..but if they can 2 clubs with FC in their name, they should be able to have to “Real” clubs

    joe cannes

    April 2, 2008 at 10:02 am

  15. AC Montreal. The owner is Italian and Quebec soccer owes so much to it’s Italian Community.

    Stuart Dent

    April 3, 2008 at 1:37 pm

  16. Really, who cares…..third world sport in a third world province !
    Whatever name you give it, it will go the way of the Supra, Manic, Machine, Expos, Dragons…..
    face it, Montreal is a “one-horse town”.

    Guy Gadbois

    April 4, 2008 at 11:23 am

  17. Guy Gadbois: Really, who cares…..third world sport in a third world province !

    hmm sorry? what was that for? third world sport?? third world province?


    April 4, 2008 at 8:43 pm

  18. but it s true that i cannot stand cheezy names like: Dragons, Machine, Impact, Trashers, Coyotes , Sharks etc…
    we need something with class.


    April 4, 2008 at 8:51 pm

  19. Asterok,
    First of all it’s Thrashers, NOT “Trashers”
    Secondly, look at the sport (soccer). Why do so many people play it ? Because it’s the CHEAPEST sport in the world to play ! You can use a skull, a wicker ball or whatever. You don’t need a playing field ( as most 3rd world countries will show you)
    And……. I have to give these players props for being such Drama Queens on the pitch ! I mean come on, ya gotta hand it to them for their acting abilities whenever the ball hits their leg or they “perceive” they’ve been fouled. You know, they lie there as if they’ve had their limbs cut off, but amazingly get back up, fresh as ever from a near death experience. No cuts, no scratches, no bruises ( apart from their egos).
    It will never make it in the Quebec market ( real Pro league I mean)

    Guy Gadbois

    April 5, 2008 at 4:51 pm

  20. AFG, I agree, “Montreal FC” is completely lame. Just like I thought renaming the old CSL team, “Montreal Supra” to “Montreal FC Supra” was lame.

    CF Montreal would be a marginal improvement, in that at least it wouldn’t be exactly the same name as Toronto. But I don’t know why, if it’s going to be exactly the same team playing in a different league, they can’t just use the “Impact” name.


    April 7, 2008 at 8:19 pm

  21. I am a big fan of Club de Football Impact de Montréal. Solves many of the language issues and stays true to the evolution of the new wave of football that the Impact have provided since its inauguration.


    April 9, 2008 at 9:46 pm

  22. They could use the letters RU instead. RU as in Russki, Rossia, RUSSIA…… Ah ! It’s just a fuckin business. “We won. We won !” What ? You are the owner and a shareholder of the club ? Please! Hockey are any sport is a just a hobby and mostly a damn waiste of time !

    Marc Authier

    April 11, 2008 at 6:56 am

  23. Like MTL said, I love Royal de Montréal FC (or CF)

    Impact is great to.


    May 5, 2008 at 9:56 pm

  24. I think we should go for Olympique de Montréal. Ok It sounds similar to Marseille, but so does all the FC and the CF, and Royals … Sorry but sounds to me like a baseball team’ s name. No, Olympique makes sense: We at least have had the Olympics and truth be told only Montreal can associate itself with the french teams. Also keep in mind that many of the MLS teams have signed cooperation deals with European major clubs.
    So all I can say is “Allez l’OM, allez l’OM!! “


    May 9, 2008 at 1:01 am

  25. Olympic?????? I think we should dis-associate from anything olympic in this city, because it was a financial disaster, especially that toilet bowl drapeau built which we call a stadium.

    something new, something fresh should be chosen.


    June 19, 2008 at 12:00 pm

  26. In north america we call football soccer. Why not name our team that way? Club de soccer de Montréal (CS MONTRÉAL) A little reference to club de hockey canadien (CH MONTRÉAL). That’s the best name I think. Why copy europe? Whe’re not in europe.

    Jean-Francois L'Ecuyer

    July 8, 2008 at 12:32 pm

  27. The only people who don’t call it football are people who don’t follow football. Football has finally arrived in Canada.

    Le Manic de Montréal

    I like Olympique, but the IOC wouldn’t allow it.

    CF Hochelaga or FC Hochelaga

    CF Mount Royal

    Really Good Bagels FC

    Montréal St. Laurent (as someone else suggested)

    Yes, Impact have been around for a long time, but that name as well was changed from Supra Montréal.


    July 29, 2008 at 12:45 am

  28. AS Montreal, Olympique de Montreal, CF Montreal, any of those would be suitable imho. Montreal is the closest thing North America has to a European city so I think whatever the name be, it be a traditional football name. I also think that the name should include a linkage to its french heritage.


    October 19, 2008 at 11:23 am

  29. I think it would be great if the team color became green, instead of blue. i’ve been waiting for a montreal franchise to have a green jersey for years.

    football fan

    October 19, 2008 at 7:50 pm

  30. football fan I agree with your color choice for the montreal franchise, i think montreal is a green city and green would be a great color for our team and our city.

    independent montreal

    November 13, 2008 at 8:56 pm

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