Why Villarreal are known as the Yellow Submarine

The Beatles' Yellow Submarine launched from Liverpool in 1966 and 50 years later it will return after Villarreal were paired with the Reds. How did the Spanish side get the nautical nickname?

A Yellow Submarine, yesterday
A Yellow Submarine, yesterday ©Getty Images

Villarreal will go back to their roots when they visit Anfield for the second leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final tie – the club owes its nickname, the Yellow Submarine, to Liverpool's most famous sons The Beatles.

According to the club's website, the moniker dates back to the 1967/68 season, when Villarreal were vying for promotion to Spain's third division (they did not grace the top flight until 1998/99).

In one match a group of supporters behind one of the goals started playing the Beatles song on a record player and, looking out at their team's yellow shirts, started chanting to the tune of the song "Amarillo es el Villarreal/amarillo es/amarillo es" (Villarreal are yellow, they are yellow).

Villarreal were in Liverpool last summer to play the Reds' city rivals Everton on a pre-season tour, which they won 2-1. A large number of players visited the famous Cavern Club in the city, which hosted The Beatles's first concerts.

Villarreal's supporters are responsible for the club's nickname
Villarreal's supporters are responsible for the club's nickname©Getty Images