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This is a list of nicknames of national association football teams.

Contents

Europe

Nickname Translation[1] Team
Լեռնականներ Highlanders  Armenia
[2]

Kuqezinjtë

Red and Blacks Albania
Selecção das Quinas [3] [4] Selection of the shields  Portugal
La Furia Roja ,La Roja , La Furia[5] The Red Fury,The Red ,The Fury  Spain
Zlatni Ljiljani Golden Lilies  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Бели Орлови (Beli Orlovi) White Eagles Serbia
Wunderteam [6] Wonder Team Austria
Squadra Azzurra Blue Team  Italy
Les Bleus[4] The Blues  France
Il-Kavallieri The Knights Of Malta Malta
The Boys in Green Republic of Ireland
Hrabri Sokoli The Brave Falcons Montenegro
Bojovni Jondovci The Fighting Jondas Slovakia
Danish Dynamite Denmark
Les Diables Rouges, Rode Duivels Red Devils (French and Dutch) Belgium
Лъвовете The lions Bulgaria
Huuhkajat Eagle Owls[7] Finland
Lokomotiva [4] The Locomotive Czech Republic
Norn Iron [8] Northern Ireland
Oranje[4], het nederlands elftal Orange, The Clockwork Orange, the dutch eleven Netherlands
Die Nationalelf, Maschine Mannschaft The National Eleven, Machine Team Germany
Το Πειρατικό (To Piratiko) The Pirate Ship Greece
Portokaloi Cyprus
The Three Lions[4] England
The Tartan Terriers  Scotland
Tricolorii [9] [10] The Tricolours Romania
Tricolors Andorra
Vatreni[4], Crni konji The Fiery Ones, Black Horses (Reference to the world cup 1998 squad) Croatia
Kockasti The Chequereds Croatia
Biało-czerwoni[4] White and Reds Poland
Drillos Used during the leadership of Egil "Drillo" Olsen Norway
Blågult Blue-Yellow Sweden
Geri Donuslerin Krallari Comeback Kings Turkey
Жовто-Блакитні (Zhovto-Blakytni) Yellow-Blue Ukraine
Zbirna/Sbornaya Selection, in Ukrainian and Russian[4] Ukraine

Africa

Nickname Translation[11] Team
"ثعالب الصحراء" Les Fennecs, Les Verts "الخصر", Les Guerriers du Désert "محاربين الصحراء" [12][13] The Desert Foxes, The Greens, The Desert Warriors AlgeriaAlgeria
Palancas Negras [14][4] Black Antelopes Angola
Les Eperviers [15][4] The Sparrowhawks Togo
Sokoor Al-Jedian "صقور الجديان" [16] Sudan Sudan
The Lone Star [17] Liberia
Les Léopards [18] Democratic Republic of Congo
Les Ecureuils [19] Benin
Les Hirondelles [20] Swallows Burundi
Les Aigles [21] Eagles Mali
Syli Nationale [22] Elephant National Team Guinea
The Scorpions Ghana
Black Stars [23][4] Ghana
Les Aigles de Carthage [24][4] Eagles of Carthage TunisiaTunisia
Bafana Bafana[25] The Boys South Africa
Banyana Banyana The Girls South Africa (women's)
Chipolopolo The Copper Bullets Zambia
Les Éléphants[4] The Elephants Côte d'Ivoire
The Flames Malawi
Les Lions de l'Atlas "الأسود الأطلسية" (Al Esoud Al-Atlasiyah)[26] Lions of the Atlas (mountains) MoroccoMorocco
Lions Indomptables[27] Indomitable Lions Cameroon
Les Lions de la Téranga[28] The Lions of Teranga Senegal
"الفراعنة" (Al-Fara'enah) The Pharaohs EgyptEgypt
Super Eagles Nigeria
Super Falcons Nigeria (women's)

Americas

Nickname Translation[29] Team
La Rojiblanca The "red and white"  Peru
La Seleccion Inca The "The Inca Team"  Peru
Les gars de Guadeloupe [30] Guys of Guadeloupe  Guadeloupe
La celeste [31] The "sky blue"  Uruguay
Los charrúas  Uruguay
La albiceleste [32] The "white and sky-Blue"  Argentina
Auriverdes Gold and Green  Brazil
Seleçao The Select  Brazil
Canarinhos Little Canaries  Brazil
Canarinhas Little Female Canaries  Brazil (women's)
La Roja [33] The Red  Chile
La Selecta The Selected One  El Salvador
Los Cuscatlecos [34]  El Salvador
Los Cafeteros The Coffee Growers  Colombia
La Vinotinto [35] The Burgundy  Venezuela
Guaraní [36]  Paraguay
La Albirroja [4] White-Red  Paraguay
La Marea Roja [37] The Red Tide  Panama
The Reggae Boyz [38]  Jamaica
The Reggae Girlz  Jamaica (women's)
La Sele  Costa Rica
Los Ticos [39]  Costa Rica
Vincy Heat [40]  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Soca Warriors [4]  Trinidad and Tobago
Spice Boyz [41]  Grenada
Sugar Boys [42]  Saint Kitts and Nevis
El Tri [43][4] The Tricolor  Mexico
Amarillos Yellows  Ecuador
La Tri [4] The Tricolour  Ecuador
Los Catrachos  Honduras
La Bicolor  Honduras
Los Albiazules The Whites and Blues  Nicaragua
Los Pinoleros Pinol (drink) Makers  Nicaragua
La Azul y Blanco The Blue and White  Nicaragua
Stars and Stripes  United States
The Yanks  United States
The Red, White, and Blue  United States
Equipo de Todos  United States
Maple Leafs  Canada
Canucks  Canada
Les Rouges The Reds  Canada
Les Grenadiers [44]  Haiti

Middle East

Nickname Translation[45] Team
الأخضر,الصقور الخضر (Al Akhdar)[4] The Greens, The Green Falcons [46]  Saudi Arabia
Les cèdres du Liban [47] Cedars of Lebanon  Lebanon
Al-Azreg The Blue  Kuwait
نسور الشام, نسور قاسيون Damascus' Eagles, Qasyoun's (mountain) Eagles  Syria
العنابي The Dark Berries color  Qatar
Team Melli[4] National Team  Iran
Ay Yıldızlılar [48] Crescent-Stars  Turkey

Asia and Pacific Region

Nickname Translation[49] Team
All Whites [50] New Zealand
Samurai Blue  Japan
Changsuk The War Elephants Thailand
Football Ferns[51] New Zealand (women's)
Harimau Bintang The Leopards Brunei Darussalam
Les Cagous The Kagus New Caledonia
Matildas Australia (women's)
Merah Putih The Red and Whites Indonesia
Socceroos[4]  Australia
Taeguk Warriors South Korea
Reds[4] South Korea
The Lions Singapore
Những chiến binh Đỏ/ Ngôi sao vàng The Red warriors/ The Golden Star  Vietnam
Yoddha-E-Hind Warriors of Hind India
The Dragons China
Greenshirts Pakistan
铿锵玫瑰 The Steel Roses China (women's)
O Sol Nascente The Raising Sun Timor-Leste

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Notes

  1. ^ All nicknames taken from What's in a name? Part II unless otherwise indicated
  2. ^ "Albania Share The Points In Slovenia," 13 October 2007, http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=445653|Red and Blacks
  3. ^ "Portugal's 'Miracle of Stuttgart'," 23 October 2008, http://www.fifa.com/classicfootball/news/newsid=922941.html.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "World Cup '06: Team Nickname Guide". New York Times. 8 June 2006. http://worldcup.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/06/08/team-nickname-guide/. Retrieved 10 October 2009.  
  5. ^ www.furiaroja.org; also known simply as "La Roja"
  6. ^ disputed; nickname for teams of 1934 and 1938
  7. ^ http://translate.google.com/translate_t#fi|en|Huuhkajat
  8. ^ "News in Brief", 13 October 2008, www.guardian.co.uk
  9. ^ "Tricolorii- echipa nationala a Romaniei", www.tricolori.ro
  10. ^ "Tricolorii squad named," romania.worldcupblog.org, Oct. 6, 2008
  11. ^ All nicknames taken from What's in a name? Part II unless otherwise indicated
  12. ^ "Le Maroc en demi-finales del la Can," 8 February 2004, www.afrik.com/article7035.html
  13. ^ "Desert Warriors date with destiny,"http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=1115874.html
  14. ^ "Manucho called into Angola squad," 6 October 2008, news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/7655198.stm
  15. ^ "Les Eperviers face au Cameroun, au Gabon et au Maroc," 22 October 2008, www.republicoftogo.com/central
  16. ^ "Sudan defeat proves costly," www.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/news/newsid=922931.html
  17. ^ "Liberia's Soccer Lords Search for Peace in Zurich," 22 October 2008, www.theliberianjournal.com
  18. ^ "CAN-Mondial 2010: Les Léopards de la RDC quittent Kinshasa ce vendredi pour Blantyre au Malawi," 10 October 2008, www.radiookapi.net
  19. ^ "From Squirrels to Panthers," 8 October 2008, news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/7659802.stm|Squirrels
  20. ^ "Le Burkina Faso bat le Burundi," 12 October 2008, www.afrriquenligne.fr
  21. ^ "Mobilisation autour des Aigles," 3 November 2008, www.maliweb.net
  22. ^ "Warriors' Destiny Out of Their Hands," 9 October 2008, www.thezimbabweindependent.com
  23. ^ "Ticket racketeering must be tamed," 30 October 2008, dailynews.habarileo.co.tz
  24. ^ "L'affaire de la 'Marseillaise' sifflee vue d'Afrique," Le Monde, 16 October 2008, www.lemonde.fr/sports/article/2008/10/16/
  25. ^ Mbeki sparks Bafana debate
  26. ^ "Le Maroc en demi-finales del la Can," 8 February 2004, www.afrik.com/article7035.html
  27. ^ "Les Lions Indomptales ecrascent l'Ile Maurice (5-0)," 12 October 2008, www.cameroon-info.net
  28. ^ "Insults Awaiting Senegal's Lions," 1 February 2008, www.africanews.com
  29. ^ All nicknames taken from What's in a name? Part II unless otherwise indicated
  30. ^ "Football: la Guadeloupe eliminee en demi-finale de la Gold Cup," 22 June 2007, http://www.lemaroc.org/sport/article_7259_Football
  31. ^ "Futbol, habilidad, goles," 22 October 2008, http://www.elpais.com.uy
  32. ^ "La trama secreta de la designacion de Maradona," La Gaceta, 29 October 2008, http://www.lagaceta.com.ar
  33. ^ "Fecha Redonda Para La Roja," 16 October 2008, http://noticias.123.cl
  34. ^ "Gold Cup lacks the intrigue of the 2007 edition" 01 July 2009, http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=658458&sec=us&root=us&cc=5901
  35. ^ "La Vinotinto buscara oxigeno ante su similar de Ecuador," El Nacional, 14 October 2008, http://www.el-nacional.com/www/site/detalle_noticia.php?q=nodo/49309
  36. ^ disputed
  37. ^ disputed
  38. ^ "Barnes happy with winning debut as Reggae Boyz coach," Jamaica Observer, 6 November 2008, http://www.jamaicaobserver.com
  39. ^ "Ticos celebran su clasificacion," 13 October 2008, http://www.laprensagrafica.com/accion/1156888.asp
  40. ^ "A win over Bahamas sends Vincy Heat through to Trinidad," 25 November 2006, http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/cgi-script/csArticles/articles/000044/004421.htm
  41. ^ "Spice Boyz Hold Martinique to 2-All Draw," Grenada Broadcasting Network, 13 October 2008, http://www.klassicgrenada.com/index.pl/article?id=8091366
  42. ^ "Sugar Boys draw with Guyana in DCC Round 2," 6 November 2008, http://www.sknvibes.com/Sports/NewsDetails.cfm/1547
  43. ^ "Are You Ready For Some Futbol?", 2 April 2008, http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/mark_bechtel/04/01/preview0407/index.html
  44. ^ "Gold Cup lacks the intrigue of the 2007 edition" 01 July 2009, http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=658458&sec=us&root=us&cc=5901
  45. ^ All nicknames taken from What's in a name? Part II unless otherwise indicated
  46. ^ "Qahtani looks to 'do a Zaki'," Emirates Business 24/7, October 25, 2008, http://www.business24-7.ae/articles/2008/10/pages/10252008_75330bb4acd14e9eb0c0344a742851e9.aspx
  47. ^ not confirmed
  48. ^ "Turkey National football team (soccer) profile," www.footballdatabase.com
  49. ^ All nicknames taken from What's in a name? Part II unless otherwise indicated
  50. ^ "History of the All Whites". NZ Football. http://nzsoccer.com/page/all_whites1.html. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  51. ^ Formerly known as the SWANZ.

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This is a list of nicknames of national association football teams.

Contents

Europe

NicknameTranslation[1]Team
Ararat [2] Armenia
[3]

Kuqezinjtë

Red and Blacks Albania
Selecção das Quinas [4] National team of the five Portugal
La Furia Roja ,La Roja , La Furia[5] The Red Fury,The Red ,The Fury Spain
Орлови (Orlovi) Eagles Serbia
Wunderteam [6] Wonder Team Austria
Squadra Azzurra Blue Team Italy
Les Bleus The Blues France
Il-Kavallieri The Knights Of Malta Malta
The Boys in Green Republic of Ireland
Hrabri Sokoli The Brave Falcons Montenegro
Bojovni Jondovci The Fighting Jondas Slovakia
Danish Dynamite Denmark
Les Diables Rouges, Rode Duivels Red Devils (French and Dutch) Belgium
Лъвовете The lions Bulgaria
Huuhkajat Eagle Owls Finland
Lokomotiv [7] The Locomotive Czech Republic
Norn Iron [8] Northern Ireland
Oranje, het nederlands elftal Orange, The Clockwork Orange, the dutch eleven Netherlands
Die Nationalelf, Maschine Mannschaft The National Eleven, Machine Team Germany
Το Πειρατικό (To Piratiko) The Pirate Ship Greece
Portokaloi Cyprus
Huuhkajat The Blue and White Finland
The Three Lions England
Tricolorii [9] [10] The Tricolours Romania
Tricolors Andorra
Vatreni, Crni konji The Fiery Ones, Black Horses (Reference to the world cup 1998 squad) Croatia
Kockasti The Chequereds Croatia
Biało-czerwoni White and Reds Poland
Drillos Used during the leadership of Egil "Drillo" Olsen Norway
Geri Donuslerin Krallari Comeback Kings Turkey
Жовто-Блакитні (Zhovto-Blakytni) Yellow-Blue Ukraine

Africa

Americas

NicknameTranslation[11]Team
Renards du Désert [12] Desert Foxes Algeria
Palancas Negras [13] Black Antelopes Angola
Les Eperviers [14] The Sparrowhawks Togo
Sokoor Al-Jediane [15] Sudan
The Lone Star [16] Liberia
Les Léopards [17] Democratic Republic of Congo
Les Ecureuils [18] Benin
Les Hirondelles [19] Swallows Burundi
Les Aigles [20] Eagles Mali
Syli Nationale [21] Elephant National Team Guinea
Black Stars [22] Ghana
Les Aigles de Carthage [23] Eagles of Carthage Tunisia
Bafana Bafana[24] The Boys South Africa
Banyana Banyana The Girls South Africa (women's)
Chipolopolo The Copper Bullets Zambia
Les Éléphants The Elephants Côte d'Ivoire
The Flames Malawi
Les Lions de l'Atlas[25] Lions of the Atlas (mountains) Morocco
Lions Indomptables[26] Indomitable Lions Cameroon
Les Lions de la Téranga[27] The Lions of Teranga Senegal
The Pharaohs Egypt
Super Eagles Nigeria
Super Falcons Nigeria (women's)
NicknameTranslation[28]Team
Les gars de Guadeloupe [29] Guys of Guadeloupe Guadeloupe
La celeste [30] The "sky blue" Uruguay
La albiceleste [31] The "white and sky-Blue" Argentina
Auriverdes Gold and Green Brazil
Seleçao The Select Brazil
Canarinhos Little Canaries Brazil
Canarinhas Little Female Canaries Brazil (women's)
La Roja [32] The Red Chile
La Selecta The Selected one El Salvador
Los Cafeteros The Coffee Growers Colombia
Los charrúas Uruguay
La Vinotinto [33] The Burgundy Venezuela
Guaraní [34] Paraguay
La marea roja [35] The red tide Panama
The Reggae Boyz [36] Jamaica
The Reggae Girlz Jamaica (women's)
Los Ticos [37] Costa Rica
Vincy Heat [38] Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Soca Warriors Trinidad & Tobago
Spice Boyz [39] Grenada
Sugar Boys [40] Saint Kitts and Nevis
El Tri [41] The Tricolor Mexico
Amarillos Yellows Ecuador
Los Catrachos Honduras
La Bicolor Honduras
Stars and Stripes squad United States
Yanks United States

Middle East

Nickname Translation[42] Team
الأخضر,الصقور الخضر The Greens, The Green Falcons [43]  Saudi Arabia
Les cèdres du Liban [44] Cedars of Lebanon  Lebanon
نسور الشام, نسور قاسيون Damascus' Eagles, Qasyoun's (mountain) Eagles  Syria
العنابي The Dark Berries color  Qatar
The Nationals Template:Country data Iran
Ay Yıldızlılar [45] Crescent-Stars  Turkey

Asia and Pacific Region

NicknameTranslation[46]Team
All Whites [47] New Zealand
Blue Samurai, The Robots Japan
Changsuk The War Elephants Thailand
Football Ferns[48] New Zealand (women's)
Harimau Bintang The Leopards Brunei Darussalam
Les Cagous The Kagus New Caledonia
Matildas Australia (women's)
Merah Putih The Red and Whites Indonesia
Socceroos Australia
Taeguk Warriors South Korea
The Lions Singapore
Yoddha-E-Hind Warriors of Hind India
The Dragons China
Greenshirts Pakistan
铿锵玫瑰 The Steel Roses China (women's)

Notes

  1. All nicknames taken from What's in a name? Part II unless otherwise indicated
  2. subject to dispute. Ararat is one of several clubs in the Armenian Premier League
  3. "Albania Share The Points In Slovenia," 13 October 2007, http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=445653|Red and Blacks
  4. "Portugal's 'Miracle of Stuttgart'," 23 October 2008, www.fifa.com/classicfootball/news/newsid=922941.
  5. www.furiaroja.org; also known simply as "La Roja"
  6. disputed; nickname for teams of 1934 and 1938
  7. not confirmed
  8. "News in Brief", 13 October 2008, www.guardian.co.uk
  9. "Tricolorii- echipa nationala a Romaniei", www.tricolori.ro
  10. "Tricolorii squad named," romania.worldcupblog.org, Oct. 6, 2008
  11. All nicknames taken from What's in a name? Part II unless otherwise indicated
  12. "Le Maroc en demi-finales del la Can," 8 February 2004, www.afrik.com/article7035.html
  13. "Manucho called into Angola squad," 6 October 2008, news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/7655198.stm
  14. "Les Eperviers face au Cameroun, au Gabon et au Maroc," 22 October 2008, www.republicoftogo.com/central
  15. "Sudan defeat proves costly," www.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/news/newsid=922931.html
  16. "Liberia's Soccer Lords Search for Peace in Zurich," 22 October 2008, www.theliberianjournal.com
  17. "CAN-Mondial 2010: Les Léopards de la RDC quittent Kinshasa ce vendredi pour Blantyre au Malawi," 10 October 2008, www.radiookapi.net
  18. "From Squirrels to Panthers," 8 October 2008, news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/7659802.stm|Squirrels
  19. "Le Burkina Faso bat le Burundi," 12 October 2008, www.afrriquenligne.fr
  20. "Mobilisation autour des Aigles," 3 November 2008, www.maliweb.net
  21. "Warriors' Destiny Out of Their Hands," 9 October 2008, www.thezimbabweindependent.com
  22. "Ticket racketeering must be tamed," 30 October 2008, dailynews.habarileo.co.tz
  23. "L'affaire de la 'Marseillaise' sifflee vue d'Afrique," Le Monde, 16 October 2008, www.lemonde.fr/sports/article/2008/10/16/
  24. Mbeki sparks Bafana debate
  25. "Le Maroc en demi-finales del la Can," 8 February 2004, www.afrik.com/article7035.html
  26. "Les Lions Indomptales ecrascent l'Ile Maurice (5-0)," 12 October 2008, www.cameroon-info.net
  27. "Insults Awaiting Senegal's Lions," 1 February 2008, www.africanews.com
  28. All nicknames taken from What's in a name? Part II unless otherwise indicated
  29. "Football: la Guadeloupe eliminee en demi-finale de la Gold Cup," 22 June 2007, www.lemaroc.org/sport/article_7259_Football
  30. "Futbol, habilidad, goles," 22 October 2008, www.elpais.com.uy
  31. "La trama secreta de la designacion de Maradona," La Gaceta, 29 October 2008, www.lagaceta.com.ar
  32. "Fecha Redonda Para La Roja," 16 October 2008, noticias.123.cl
  33. "La Vinotinto buscara oxigeno ante su similar de Ecuador," El Nacional, 14 October 2008, http://www.el-nacional.com/www/site/detalle_noticia.php?q=nodo/49309
  34. disputed
  35. disputed
  36. "Barnes happy with winning debut as Reggae Boyz coach," Jamaica Observer, 6 November 2008, www.jamaicaobserver.com
  37. "Ticos celebran su clasificacion," 13 October 2008, www.laprensagrafica.com/accion/1156888.asp
  38. "A win over Bahamas sends Vincy Heat through to Trinidad," 25 November 2006, www.caribbeannetnews.com/cgi-script/csArticles/articles/000044/004421.htm
  39. "Spice Boyz Hold Martinique to 2-All Draw," Grenada Broadcasting Network, 13 October 2008, www.klassicgrenada.com/index.pl/article?id=8091366
  40. "Sugar Boys draw with Guyana in DCC Round 2," 6 November 2008, www.sknvibes.com/Sports/NewsDetails.cfm/1547
  41. "Are You Ready For Some Futbol?", 2 April 2008, sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/mark_bechtel/04/01/preview0407/index.html
  42. All nicknames taken from What's in a name? Part II unless otherwise indicated
  43. "Qahtani looks to 'do a Zaki'," Emirates Business 24/7, October 25, 2008, http://www.business24-7.ae/articles/2008/10/pages/10252008_75330bb4acd14e9eb0c0344a742851e9.aspx
  44. not confirmed
  45. "Turkey National football team (soccer) profile," www.footballdatabase.com
  46. All nicknames taken from What's in a name? Part II unless otherwise indicated
  47. "History of the All Whites". NZ Football. http://nzsoccer.com/page/all_whites1.html. Retrieved on 2008-11-01. 
  48. Formerly known as the SWANZ.

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