List of national association football teams by nickname

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

AFC (Asian Football Confederation)[edit]

Team Nickname Translation
 Australia Socceroos[1]
 Australia (Women's) Matildas
 Bahrain آل الأحمر (al Ahmar) The Red
 Brunei Tebuan The Wasp
 Cambodia The Royal Khmers, The Angkor Warriors
 China PR 万里长城 (Wànli Chángchéng) The Great Wall
 China PR The Dragons
 China PR (women's) 铿锵玫瑰 The Steel Roses
 India Yoddha-E-Hind Warriors of Hind
 India Blue Tigers[2]
 Indonesia Merah Putih The Reds and Whites
Garuda
 Indonesia (Women's) Putri Merah Putih The Reds and Whites Ladies
Putri Garuda Garuda Ladies
 Iran تیم ملی Team Melli[1] The National Team
Princes of Persia[3]
 Iraq اسود الرافدين Lions of Mesopotamia[4]
 Japan サムライ・ブルー Blue Samurai[5][6]
 Japan (Women's) ナデシコ (Nadeshiko) Large Pink[6]
 Jordan النشامى (An-Nashama) The Brave Gentlemen
 Kuwait Al-Azreg The Blue
 Lebanon Les cèdres du Liban [7] Cedars of Lebanon
 Malaysia Harimau Malaya Malayan Tigers
 Maldives Red Snappers[8]
 Mongolia Xөx чононууд Blue Wolves
 Myanmar Golden Tiger
White Angels
   Nepal The Gorkhali Gurkha (Bravery Nepalese warriors)
 North Korea Chollima[5] Thousand-mile Horse
 Oman Red Warriors
Palestine فرسان The Knights
 Pakistan Greenshirts
 Philippines Azkals.[9] The Street Dogs.[9]
 Philippines (Women's) Malditas.[9] Feisty Ladies.[9]
 Qatar المارون The Maroon
 Saudi Arabia Al Akhdar[1] The Green
The Green Falcons[10]
 Singapore The Lions
 South Korea Reds[1]
태극전사 Taegeuk Warriors[5]
 Syria نسور قاسيون Qasioun Eagles
 Tajikistan Тоҷ The Crown
 Thailand ช้างศึก (Changsuk)[11] War Elephants
 Timor-Leste O Sol Nascente The Rising Sun
 Turkmenistan Green Man
 United Arab Emirates الصقور The Falcons[12]
 Uzbekistan Оқ Бўрилар White Wolves[13]
 Vietnam Áo Đỏ/Tuyển The Red Jersey/ The Selection
 Vietnam (Women's) Những cô gái vàng The Golden Girls

CAF (Confederation of African Football)[edit]

Team Nickname Translation
 Algeria Les Fennecs[5] Desert Foxes
Les Guerriers du Désert [14][15] The Desert Warriors
 Angola Palancas Negras[1] Sable antelopes
 Benin Les Écureuils[16] The Squirrels
 Botswana Zebras[17]
 Burkina Faso Les Étalons[18] The Stallions
 Burundi Les Hirondelles [19] Swallows
 Cameroon Lions Indomptables[5] Indomitable Lions
 Cape Verde Tubarões Azuis[20][21][22] Blue Sharks
 Central African Republic Les Fauves The Wild Beasts
 Chad Les Sao After the Sao civilisation
 Comoros Les Coelecantes[23] The Coelacanths (A type of fish)
 Congo Diables Rouges[24] Red Devils
 DR Congo Les Léopards[25] The Leopards
 Ivory Coast Les Éléphants[1] The Elephants
 Djibouti Riverains de la Mer Rouge Shoremen of the Red Sea
 Egypt الفراعنة The Pharaohs
 Equatorial Guinea Nzalang Nacional The Nation's Light
 Eritrea The Red Sea Boys
 Ethiopia Walyas
 Gabon Les Panthères The Panthers
 Gambia Scorpions[26]
 Ghana Black Stars[1]
 Guinea Syli National[27] Elephant National Team
 Guinea-Bissau Djurtus The Djurtus (a species of fox)
 Kenya Harambee Stars[28]
 Lesotho Likuena[29] Crocodiles
 Liberia Lone Stars[30]
 Libya The Mediterranean Knights
 Madagascar Barea[31] A species of zebu
 Malawi Flames[32]
 Mali Les Aigles[33] Eagles
 Mauritius Club M
 Morocco Les Lions de l'Atlas (Al Esoud Al-Atlasiyah)[14] Lions of the Atlas (mountains)
 Mozambique Os Mambas The Mambas
 Namibia Brave Warriors[26]
 Niger Mena[34] A species of antelope.
 Nigeria Super Eagles[5]
 Nigeria (Women's) Super Falcons
 Rwanda Amavubi[35] The Wasps
 São Tomé and Príncipe Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios The Falcons and Parrots Team
 Senegal Les Lions de la Téranga[36] The Lions of Teranga
 Seychelles The Pirates
 Sierra Leone The Leone Stars
 Somalia Ocean Stars[37]
 South Africa Bafana Bafana[5] Boys Boys
 South Africa (Women's) Banyana Banyana[38] Girls Girls
 South Sudan Bright Star
 Sudan صقور الجديان (Sokoor Al-Jediane)[24] Falcons of Jediane
Nile Crocodiles[39]
 Swaziland Sihalngu Semnikati[40] King's Shield
 Tanzania Kilimanjaro Stars[41]
Taifa Stars[42]
 Togo Les Éperviers[1] The Sparrowhawks
 Tunisia Les Aigles de Carthage[1] Eagles of Carthage
 Uganda Cranes[43]
 Zimbabwe The Warriors[26]
 Zambia Chipolopolo[44] The Copper Bullets

CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football)[edit]

Team Nickname Translation
 Bahamas Rake & Scrape Boys[45]
 Barbados Bajan Pride
 Belize Beliceños Belizeans
Jaguars
 Bermuda Gombey Warriors[46]
 British Virgin Islands Nature Boyz[47]
 Canada Canucks
Les Rouges The Reds
 Costa Rica Los Ticos The Costa Ricans
Los Gatos The Cats
 Cuba Los Leones del Caribe The Caribbean Lions
 Dominican Republic Los Quisqueyanos The Dominicans
 El Salvador La Selecta The Selected
Los Cuscatlecos [48]
 Grenada Spice Boyz [49]
 Guadeloupe Les Gars de Guadeloupe[50] Guys of Guadeloupe
Gwada Boys[50]
Les Boug'Wada[50] Creole version of "Gwada Boys"[50]
 Guatemala Los Chapines The Guatemalans
La Azul y Blanco The Blue & White
 Haiti Les Grenadiers The Soldiers
Le Rouge et Bleu [48] The Red & Blue
 Honduras Los Catrachos The Hondurans
La Bicolor The Bi-color
La H The Letter H (The initial for Honduras)
 Jamaica Reggae Boyz
 Jamaica (Women's) Reggae Girlz[51]
 Mexico Los Manitos The Little Brothers
El Tri from "Tricolor"
 Nicaragua Los Albiazules The Whites & Blues
Los Pinoleros Pinole makers
La Azul y Blanco The Blue & White
 Panama La Marea Roja The Red Tide
 Puerto Rico El Huracán Azul The Blue Hurricane
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Sugar Boys[52]
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Vincy Heat[53]
 Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors[1]
 United States
Stars & Stripes[54]
The Yanks[55]

CONMEBOL (Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol)[edit]

Team Nickname Translation
 Argentina La Albiceleste [56] The White and Sky-Blue
Los Gauchos The Cowboys
 Bolivia La Verde The Green
 Brazil Canarinho Little Canary (reference to yellow shirt)
Verde-Amarela The Green and Yellow
 Chile La Roja [57] The Red
 Colombia Los Cafeteros The Coffee Growers
 Colombia (Women's) Las Chicas Superpoderosas[58] The Powerpuff Girls
 Ecuador Amarillos Yellows
La Tri [1] The Tricolour
 Paraguay La Albirroja[1] The White-Red
 Peru La Blanquirroja The White-Red
 Uruguay La Celeste [59] The Sky Blue
Los Charrúas
La Garra Celeste Celeste Claw
 Venezuela La Vinotinto [60] The Burgundy

OFC (Oceania Football Confederation)[edit]

Team Nickname Translation
 New Caledonia Les Cagous The Kagus
 New Zealand All Whites, the Kiwis [61]
 New Zealand (women's) Football Ferns[62]
 Papua New Guinea Kapuls[63] Tok Pisin for Cuscus

UEFA (Union européenne de football association)[edit]

Team Nickname Translation
 Albania Kuqezinjtë,[64] Shqiponjat (Shqipet) The Red and Blacks, The Eagles
 Andorra Tricolors
 Austria Wunderteam[65]
 Azerbaijan Milli The National Team
 Belgium Les Diables Rouges, Rode Duivels The Red Devils (French and Dutch)
 Bosnia-Herzegovina Zmajevi, Ljljani, Zlatni Ljiljani The Dragons, (Golden)Lilies
 Bulgaria Лъвовете (Lvovete) The Lions
 Croatia Vatreni,[1] Kockasti The Fiery Ones; The Chequered Ones
 Czech Republic Nároďák[1] The National Team
 Denmark The Danish Dynamite
 England The Three Lions[1]
 Estonia Sinisärgid[66] The Blueshirts
 Finland Huuhkajat The Eagle Owls
 France Les Bleus[1] The Blues
 Georgia ჯვაროსნები (Jvarosnebi) The Crusaders
 Germany DFB or DFB-Elf; Nationalelf; die Mannschaft The Team;
 Greece Το Πειρατικό (To Piratiko); Η Εθνική (I Ethniki) The Pirate Ship; The National Team
 Hungary Nemzeti Tizenegy, Aranycsapat The National Eleven, The Golden Team
 Israel Ha Nivheret, Ha Khoolim Levanim, Ha Melah[67] The National Team, The Blues-And-Whites, The Salt
 Italy Azzurri The Blues
 Latvia Izlase The National Team (In Latvian) [68]
 Malta Il-Kavallieri The Knights (of Malta)
 Montenegro Hrabri Sokoli The Brave Falcons
 Netherlands Oranje[1] The Orange, Clockwork Orange, The Flying Dutchmen
 Northern Ireland Norn Iron [69]
 Norway Drillos Used during the leadership of Egil "Drillo" Olsen
 Poland Biało-czerwoni[1] The White and Reds
 Portugal Selecção das Quinas[1] National Team of the “Quinas”
 Republic of Ireland The Boys in Green
 Romania Tricolorii [70][71] The Tricolours
 Russia Sbornaya[1] The National team
 San Marino La Serenissima The Most Serene
 Scotland The Tartan Terriers
 Serbia Beli Orlovi The White Eagles
 Slovakia Repre / Naši Short for Národná reprezentácia (The National Team) / The Ours
 Slovenia Fantje The Boys
 Spain La Furia Roja, La Roja, La Furia[5][72] The Red Fury, The Red, The Fury
 Sweden Blågult The Blue-Yellow
 Switzerland Nati Short for Nationalmannschaft (The National Team)
 Turkey Ay Yıldızlılar The Crescent-Stars, The Comeback Kings
 Ukraine Синьо-жовті [1] The Blue and Yellows
 Wales Y Dreigiau The Dragons

See also[edit]

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