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List of CONMEBOL national association football teams by nickname

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The following is a list of nicknames of South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) national association football teams.


  • Nicknames in italics are commonly used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 Argentina La Albiceleste The White and Sky-Blue The Argentinian flag has 3 equal stripes, the white and blue stripe represent the sky clouds and the yellow sun in the middle. [1]
 Bolivia La Verde The Green In 1957, the Bolivian Football Federation decided to use one of the colors in the Flag of Bolivia. Given red and yellow were used by many of the other South American countries, green became the primary color, leading to the nickname "La Verde" ("The Green"). [2]
 Brazil Canarinho The Little Canary In reference to the yellow shirt. [2]
A Seleção The Team Seleção means a word in portuguese for an association football national team. [3]
Verde-Amarela The Green and Yellow The flag of Brazil also known in Portuguese as Verde e amarela ("The Green and Yellow"). [2]
 Chile La Roja The Red One The Chile national football team wears Red Jerseys, Blue shorts and white socks. The color scheme of red, white, and blue has been in use since 1947. [4]
El equipo de todos Everyone's team [5]
 Colombia Los Cafeteros The Coffee Growers Colombian coffee is renowned around the world for its quality and delicious taste. [6]
La Tricolor The Tricolour The national flag of Colombia symbolizes Colombian independence from Spain, gained on 20 July 1810. It is a horizontal tricolor of yellow, blue and red. [7]
 Colombia (Women's) Las Chicas Superpoderosas The Powerpuff Girls In reference to the popular Powerpuff Girls cartoon, in which super-powered little girls set out to save the world. [8][9]
 Ecuador La Tri / Tricolor The Tricolour The Flag of Ecuador has a horizontal tricolor of yellow blue and red with the National Coat of Arms superimposed at the center. [10]
 Paraguay La Albirroja The White-Red From the Paraguayan Flag which is white and red. [10]
Los Guaraníes The Guaraní From their ancestors. Many modern Paraguayans are descendants of the intermingling of the Spanish and Guarani. [10]
 Peru La Blanquirroja The White-Red From the Peruvian flag which is white and red. [2]
 Uruguay La Celeste (Olímpica) The (Olympic) Sky Blue From the Uruguay flag which has sky blue and white colors. [2][11]
Los Charrúas The Charrúa Indigenous people living in present-day Uruguay. [2]
 Venezuela La Vinotinto The Burgundy Because of the traditional burgundy color of their shirts. [12]
Los Llaneros The Plainsmen A llanero is a South American herder. The name is taken from the Llanos grasslands occupying western-central Venezuela. [2]
La Remolacha Mecanica The Clockwork Beet From the sugar beetroot. [2]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Magdaleno, Alex (10 June 2014). "The Complete Guide to World Cup Team Nicknames". Mashable.com.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 July 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Chile vs Peru Prediction. Sure Bet tips & H2H". Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  6. ^ Elcomercio.pe, Redacción (7 February 2019). "Colombia: Carlos Queiroz presentado como entrenador de la selección 'cafetera'". El Comercio (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  7. ^ "OFICIAL: Carlos Queiroz es el nuevo DT de Colombia | Goal.com". www.goal.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  8. ^ Colombia debuta este miércoles en los Olímpicos con las Chicas Superpoderosas Archived 22 January 2013 at archive.today
  9. ^ "London 2012: Colombian 'Powerpuff Girls' look for gold". Dialogo Americas. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "World Cup '06: Team Nickname Guide". The New York Times. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Futbol, habilidad, goles," 22 October 2008, http://www.elpais.com.uy
  12. ^ "El Nacional.com". 28 September 2011. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2018.