List of national association football teams by nickname

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The following is a list of nicknames of national association football teams.

FIFA teams[edit]

  • Nicknames in italics are commonly used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 Afghanistan Širhâi Khorâsân The Lions of Khorasan [1]
 Albania Kuqezinjtë The Red and Blacks [2]
Shqiponjat / Shqipet The Eagles The eagle is one of the national symbols of Albania. The crossed hands gesture, which symbolises an eagle, is sometimes used as a celebration by Albanian players.[3] [4]
 Algeria الفنك

Les Fennecs

The Fennecs The fennec fox is the national animal of Algeria. [5]
محاربي الصحراء

Les Guerriers du Désert

The Desert Warriors Algeria is more than 80 percent desert. [6][7]
 American Samoa Au Filli The National Team [8]
 Andorra La Seleccio Tricolor The Tricolour Selection [8]
 Angola Palancas Negras Sable antelopes [9]
 Anguilla The Rainbow Warriors [8]
The Soccer Dolphins [8]
 Antigua and Barbuda The Wadadi Boyz Wadadi is a local dance. [8]
 Argentina La Albiceleste The White and Sky-Blue [10]
 Armenia Հավաքական The Collective Team [8][11]
 Aruba La Selección The Selection [8]
 Australia Socceroos Blend word formed by "Soccer" and "Kangaroo". [9]
 Australia (Women's) Matildas From the Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda". [12]
 Austria Wunderteam Wonder Team [13]
 Azerbaijan Odlar Yurdu Komandasi The Land of Fire Team [8]
 Bahamas Rake & Scrape Boys [14]
 Bahrain الذئب الأحمر The Red Wolves [8]
 Bangladesh Bengal Tigers [15]
 Barbados Bajan Pride Bajan is a popular term for citizens of Barbados. [8]
 Belarus Белыя Крылы The White Wings [8]
 Belgium De Rode Duivels

Les Diables Rouges

Die Roten Teufel

The Red Devils [8]
 Belize The Jaguars [8]
 Benin Les Écureuils The Squirrels [16]
 Bermuda Gombey Warriors [17]
 Bhutan Druk Eleven Dragon Boys [18]
 Bolivia La Verde The Green One [8]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zmajevi The Dragons [8]
Zlatni Ljiljani The Golden Lilies [19]
 Botswana Dipitse The Zebras [20]
 Brazil Canarinho The Little Canary In reference to the yellow shirt. [8]
Seleção The Selection [21]
Verde-Amarela The Green and Yellow [8]
 British Virgin Islands Nature Boyz [22]
 Brunei Tebuan The Hornets [8]
 Bulgaria Лъвовете The Lions [8]
Трикольорите The Tricolors [23]
 Burkina Faso Les Étalons The Stallions [24]
 Burundi Les Hirondelles Burundi Swallows [25][26]
 Cambodia Krom Chumreswcheit The National Team [8]
 Cameroon Lions Indomptables Indomitable Lions [27]
 Canada Canucks "Canuck" is a slang term for Canadian. [28][29]
Les Rouges The Reds [30][31][32]
 Cape Verde Tubarões Azuis Blue Sharks [33][34][35]
 Cayman Islands The Turtles [8]
 Central African Republic Les Fauves The Wild Beasts [36]
 Chad Les Sao [37]
 Chile La Roja The Red One [38]
 China PR 龙之队 The Dragons [39]
中国队 Team China [8]
 China PR (Women's) 铿锵玫瑰 The Steel Roses [40]
 Chinese Taipei 中国队 China Team [8]
 Colombia Los Cafeteros The Coffee Growers [41]
La Tricolor The Tricolour [42]
 Colombia (Women's) Las Chicas Superpoderosas The Powerpuff Girls [43][44]
 Comoros Les Coelecantes The Coelacanths The coelacanth is a type of fish. [45]
 Congo Diables Rouges Red Devils [46]
 Cook Islands Soka Kuki Airani The National Team [8]
The Green and Whites [8]
 Costa Rica Los Ticos The Ticos From the local linguistic habit of creating diminutives by adding "tico" instead of "tito" to the end of words. [47]
La Sele Shortening of "The Selection" (in Spanish) [48]
Los Matacampeones The Champion Killers [49]
 Croatia Vatreni The Fiery Ones [9][50]
Kockasti The Chequered Ones The Croatian checkerboard is the national symbol of Croatia. [51]
 Cuba Los Leones del Caribe The Caribbean Lions [52]
 Curaçao
 Cyprus Η γαλανόλευκη The White and Blues [8]
 Czech Republic Nároďák The National Team [9]
Lokomotiva The Locomotive [9]
 Denmark The Danish Dynamite Mainly relating to the Danish team of the 1980s. [53]
 Djibouti Riverains de la Mer Rouge Shoremen of the Red Sea [54]
 Dominica Dominica Team [8]
Los Pericos The Parrots [8]
 Dominican Republic Los Quisqueyanos The Quisqueyanos [55]
 DR Congo Les Léopards The Leopards [56]
 Ecuador La Tri / Tricolor The Tricolour [9]
 Egypt الفراعنة The Pharaohs [57]
 El Salvador La Selecta The Selected [58]
Los Cuscatlecos The Cuscatlecos [59]
 England The Three Lions [9]
 Equatorial Guinea Nzalang Nacional The National Thunder [60]
 Eritrea ኣግማል ቀይሕ ባሕሪ Red Sea Camels [61]
 Estonia Sinisärgid The Blueshirts [62]
 Eswatini Sihalngu Semnikati King's Shield [63][64]
 Ethiopia Walyas The walia is a species of ibex indigenous to Ethiopia. [65]
 Faroe Islands Landsliðið The National Team [8]
 Fiji Bula Boys "Bula" is a greeting used in Fiji. [66]
 Finland Huuhkajat The Eagle Owls [67]
 Finland (Women's) Helmarit The Pearl Owls [68]
 France Les Bleus The Blues [9]
 Gabon Les Panthères The Panthers The black panther is Gabon's national animal. [69]
 Gambia Scorpions [70]
 Georgia ჯვაროსნები The Crusaders [8]
 Germany Die Mannschaft* The Team *"Die Mannschaft" is mainly used outside of Germany. Locally, it generically means "the team". [71]
 Ghana Black Stars The Black Star is regarded as the national symbol of Ghana. [9]
 Gibraltar Team 54 Gibraltar was the 54th nation to join UEFA. [72]
 Greece Η Εθνική The National Team [73]
Το Πειρατικό The Pirate Ship Unofficial nickname given after the Euro 2004 win. [74]
 Grenada Spice Boyz Grenada is known as the "Island of Spice". [75]
 Guam Matao Matao is the definition of highest level or "noble" class. [76]
 Guatemala Los Chapines The Guatemalans "Chapin" is a Spanish slang term to refer to Guatemalans. [8]
La Azul y Blanco The Blue & White [77]
 Guinea Syli National National Elephants [78]
 Guinea-Bissau Djurtus The Djurtus is a species of fox. [79]
 Guyana Golden Jaguars [80]
 Haiti Les Grenadiers The Soldiers [81]
Le Rouge et Bleu The Red & Blue [82]
 Honduras Los Catrachos The Catrachos [83]
La Bicolor The Bi-color [8]
La H The H The initial for Honduras. [84]
 Hong Kong Hong Kong Team [8]
 Hungary Magyars Ethnic group native to Hungary. [85]
Nemzeti Tizenegy National Eleven [86]
 Iceland Strákarnir Okkar Our Boys [8]
 India Blue Tigers [8]
 Indonesia Merah Putih The Reds and Whites [8]
Garuda The Garuda is a mythical animal. [8]
 Indonesia (Women's) Putri Garuda Garuda Ladies [87]
 Iran تیم ملی

Team Melli

The National Team [9]
 Iraq اسود الرافدين Lions of Mesopotamia [88]
 Israel הכחולים-לבנים‬ The Blue-Whites [89]
 Italy Gli Azzurri The Blues The colour blue originates from the House of Savoy coat of arms, which had a blue background. [90]
La Nazionale The National Team [91]
 Italy (Women's) Le Azzurre The Blues (female) [92]
 Ivory Coast Les Éléphants The Elephants [9]
 Jamaica Reggae Boyz Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica. [8]
 Jamaica (Women's) Reggae Girlz [93]
 Japan サムライ・ブルー Samurai Blue [94][95]
 Japan (Women's) なでしこジャパン Nadeshiko Japan Floral metaphor meaning "personification of an idealized Japanese woman". [95]
 Jordan النشامى The Brave Gentlemen [96]
 Kazakhstan Казахстанские барсы The Snow Leopards [8]
 Kenya Harambee Stars ‘Harambee’ Happens to be Kenya’s official motto and is in its coat of arms. It means "Let's all pull together in Swahili" [97]
 Kenya (Women's) Harambee Starlets [98]
 Kosovo Dardanët The Dardanians [99]
 Kuwait الأزرق The Blues [8]
 Kyrgyzstan Ак шумкарлар White Falcons [100]
 Laos ທິມຊາດ The National Team [8]
 Latvia 11 vilki 11 wolves [8]
 Lebanon رجال الأرز The Cedars The Cedar is the national symbol of Lebanon. [101][102]
 Lebanon (Women's) صبايا الأرز The Lady Cedars [103][104]
 Lesotho Likuena Crocodiles [105]
 Liberia Lone Stars [106]
 Libya فرسان المتوسط The Mediterranean Knights [107]
 Liechtenstein Nati Short for "Nationalmannschaft" [8]
 Lithuania Rinktine The National Team [8]
 Luxembourg d'Roud Léiwen The Red Lions [108]
 Macau A Equipa Verde The Green Team [8]
 North Macedonia Црвени Рисови The Red Lynx [8]
Црвено-Жолти The Red-Yellow [8]
 Madagascar Les Baréa The Barea A species of zebu. [109]
 Malawi The Flames [110]
 Malaysia Harimau Malaya Malayan tigers [111][111]
 Maldives Red Snappers [112]
 Mali Les Aigles The Eagles [113]
 Malta Knights of St. John [8]
 Mauritania المرابطون The Almoravids [8]
 Mauritius Club M Reference to the initial for Mauritius. [8]
Les Dodos The Dodos An extinct bird endemic to Mauritius. [114]
 Mexico El Tri / Tricolor From "Tricolor" (Tricolour) [8]
 Moldova Selectionata The Selection [8]
 Mongolia Xөx чононууд Blue Wolves [8]
 Montenegro Hrabri Sokoli The Brave Falcons [115]
 Montserrat Emerald Boys Montserrat is nicknamed "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean". [8]
 Morocco أسود الأطلس

Les Lions de l'Atlas

The Atlas Lions [116]
 Mozambique Os Mambas The Mambas The most poisonous snake in Africa. [8]
 Myanmar The White Angels [8]
 Namibia Brave Warriors [70]
   Nepal The Gorkhali Nepalese National Soldiers. [8]
 Netherlands Oranje Orange Orange is the colour of the Dutch royal family. [9]
Clockwork Orange In the 1970s the Dutch team was famous for its precision passing. [117]
The Flying Dutchmen [118]
 Netherlands (Women's) Oranjeleeuwinnen Orange Lionesses The Lion is one of the national symbols of the Netherlands, orange is its national color [119] [120]
 New Caledonia Les Cagous The Kagus [8]
Les Rouges et Gris The Red and Grays [8]
 New Zealand All Whites New Zealand adopted an 'all white' playing strip during the 1981 World Cup qualifying campaign. [121]
 New Zealand (Women's) Football Ferns The fern is one of the national symbols of New Zealand. [122]
 Nicaragua Los Albiazules The Whites & Blues [8]
Los Pinoleros The Pinole Makers "Pinolero" is slang for a citizen of Nicaragua. [8]
 Niger Le Mena The Mena A species of antelope. [123]
 Nigeria Super Eagles [124]
 Nigeria (Women's) Super Falcons [125]
 North Korea 천리마 The Chollima Chollima is a mythical creature. [126]
 Northern Ireland Norn Iron Slang term for "Norther Ireland". [127]
 Norway Drillos Used during the tenure of Egil "Drillo" Olsen. [128]
 Oman الأحمر The Reds [8]
سامبا الخليج Gulf Samba Referring to the "golden age" of Omani football in the 2010s. [129]
 Pakistan The Green and White Team [8]
 Palestine الفدائيون The Fedayeen Palestinian freedom fighters. [130]
 Panama La Marea Roja The Red Tide [8]
Equipo Canalero The Canal Team In reference to the Panama Canal. [8]
 Papua New Guinea Kapuls The Cuscus A species of Australasian possum. [131]
 Paraguay La Albirroja The White-Red [9]
Los Guaraníes The Guaraní [9]
 Peru La Blanquirroja The White-Red [8]
 Philippines Azkals Street Dogs Tagalog slang for "street dogs". [132]
 Philippines (Women's) Malditas Feisty Ladies [133][134]
 Poland Biało-czerwoni The White and Reds [8]
Orły The Eagles [9]
 Portugal Selecção das Quinas Team of the Five [9]
 Puerto Rico El Huracán Azul The Blue Hurricane [8]
 Qatar العنابي The Maroons [8]
 Republic of Ireland Na Buachaillí i nGlas The Boys in Green [8]
 Romania Tricolorii The Tricolours [135][136]
 Russia Сборная The National Team [8]
 Rwanda Amavubi The Wasps [137]
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Sugar Boys [138]
 Saint Lucia The Piton [8]
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Vincy Heat [139]
 Samoa Manumea After a native bird. [8]
 San Marino La Serenissima The Most Serene [140]
 São Tomé and Príncipe Os Verde-Amarelos The Green-Yellows [8]
 Saudi Arabia الأخضر The Greens [9]
الصقور الخضر The Green Falcons [141]
 Scotland The Tartan Terriers [8]
The Tartan Beasts [142][143]
 Senegal Les Lions de la Téranga The Lions of Teranga [144]
 Serbia Бели Орлови White Eagles [8]
 Seychelles The Seychelles Pirates [145]
 Sierra Leone The Leones Stars [8]
 Singapore The Lions [8]
 Slovakia Repre Short for "Národná reprezentácia" (The National Team) [8]
Národný tím National Team [8]
Bojovní Jondovci The Fighting Jondas [8]
 Slovenia
 Solomon Islands The Bonitos Tribe of fishes. [146]
 Somalia Ocean Stars [147]
 South Africa Bafana Bafana Boys Boys [148]
 South Africa (Women's) Banyana Banyana Girls Girls [149]
 South Korea 붉은 악마 Red Devils [9]
태극전사 Taegeuk Warriors [150]
아시아의 호랑이 Asian Tigers [8]
 South Sudan The Bright Stars [151]
 Spain La Furia Roja The Red Fury [152][153]
 Sri Lanka Brave Reds [8]
 Sudan صقور الجديان Falcons of Jediane [154]
Nile Crocodiles [155]
 Suriname De Natio Short for "Nationale Selectie" (National Selection) [8]
Suriboys [8]
 Sweden Blågult The Blue-Yellow [8]
  Switzerland Nati Short for "Nationalmannschaft" (The National Team) [8]
 Syria نسور قاسيون Qasioun Eagles [156]
 Tahiti Toa Aito

Les guerriers de fer

Iron Warriors [8]
 Tajikistan Шерҳои Форсӣ The Persian Lions [157]
дастаи мунтакҳаби The National Team [8]
 Tanzania Kilimanjaro Stars [158]
Taifa Stars [159]
 Thailand ช้างศึก War Elephants The elephant is an important figure of Thai culture. [160]
 Thailand (Women's) ชบาแก้ว Chaba Kaew A pink elephant in the Thai animated film Khan Kluay. [161]
 Timor-Leste O Sol Nascente The Rising Sun [8]
The Little Samba Nation [8]
El Lafaek The Crocodiles [8]
 Togo Les Éperviers The Sparrowhawks [9]
 Tonga Timi Fakafomua The National Team [8]
 Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors Soca is a music genre that originated in Trinidad and Tobago. [9]
 Tunisia نسور قرطاج

Les Aigles de Carthage

Eagles of Carthage [9]
 Turkey Ay Yıldızlılar The Crescent-Stars The crescent and the star, present on the flag, are the national symbols of Turkey. [8]
 Turkmenistan Aхал-теке Dark Horses The Akhal-Teke is the national emblem of Turkmenistan. [8]
 Turks and Caicos Islands TCI Team TCI is the acronym of "Turks and Caicos Islands". [8]
 Uganda The Cranes The crane is the national bird of Uganda. [162]
 Ukraine Синьо-жовт The Blue and Yellows [9]
 United Arab Emirates عيال زايد Zayed's sons Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the founding father of the United Arab Emirates. [163]
الصقور The Eagles The Arab Eagle is displayed on the emblem of the UAE. [8]
 United States USMNT Acronym of "United States Men's National Football Team". [164]
Stars & Stripes Reference to the American flag. [165]
The Yanks Slang term to refer to someone of American origin. [166]
 Uruguay La Celeste (Olímpica) The (Olympic) Sky Blue [8][167]
Los Charrúas The Charrúa Indigenous people living in present day Uruguay. [8]
 U.S. Virgin Islands The Dashing Eagle The eagle is the national symbol of the U.S. Virgin Islands. [8]
 Uzbekistan Oq bo'rilar White Wolves [168]
 Vanuatu The Men in Black and Gold [8]
 Venezuela La Vinotinto The Burgundy [169]
Los Llaneros The Plainsmen [8]
La Remolacha Mecanica The Clockwork Beet [8]
 Vietnam Rồng Vàng The Golden Dragons [170]
 Vietnam (Women's) Những Cô Gái Vàng The Golden Girls [171]
 Wales Y Dreigiau The Dragons The Welsh Dragon is the national symbol of Wales. [8]
 Yemen اليمن السعيد The Happy Yemen In ancient times Yemen was known as Arabia Felix, Latin for "happy" or "fortunate" Arabia. [8]
 Zambia Chipolopolo The Copper Bullets [172]
KK 11 Used during the 1980s, after the founding president Kenneth Kaunda. [173]
 Zimbabwe The Warriors [70]

Non-FIFA teams[edit]

ConIFA teams[edit]

  • Translations in italics indicate nicknames also used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 Abkhazia Абхазы Abkhasians [citation needed]
Горцы Highlanders [citation needed]
Кавказцы Caucasians [citation needed]
 Arameans Suryoye
 Artsakh
 Barawa
 Cascadia Dougies The Doug, or Douglas fir, is one of the primary symbols of the Cascadia bioregion. [174]
 Chagos Islands
 County of Nice La Selecioun The Selection [175]
 Darfur Darfur United [176]
 Ellan Vannin
 Felvidék
 Franconia
 Greenland Polar-Bamserne The Polar Teddybears [177]
 Iraqi Kurdistan The Tricolour [citation needed]
 Kabylie
 Kárpátalja
 Kiribati
 Lazistan
 Matabeleland Ingqungqulu The Warrior Birds [178]
 Monaco
 Northern Cyprus
 Occitania La Seleccion The Selection [179]
 Padania I Rossocrociati The Red-Crossed Saint George's cross has been used extensively as a symbol of Northern Italy. It was also included in the previous version of the flag of Padania. [180]
 Panjab
 Quebec Les Québécois The Québécois [citation needed]
 Raetia Die Bündner The Grisons [181]
 Romani people I Rom The Gypsies [182]
 Sápmi
 Sardinia
 Skåneland
 Somaliland
 South Ossetia
 Székely Land
 Tamil Eelam
 Tibet 禁断の集団 The Forbiddens Named after the Danish documentary on the team, called The Forbidden Team. [183]
 Transnistria
 Tuvalu
 United Koreans in Japan FC Korea [184]
 Western Armenia The Highlanders [185]
 Western Sahara Los Dromedarios The Dromedaries [186]
 Yorkshire The Vikings [187]
 Zanzibar Zanzibar Heroes [186]
The Leopards [186]

Other non-FIFA teams[edit]

  • Translations in italics indicate nicknames also used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 Basque Country Euskal Selekzioa The Basque Team [188]
 Bonaire
 Catalonia La Selecció The Selection [189]
La Quatribarrada The Quadruple In reference to the four orange horizontal bands on the flag of Catalonia. [189]
La Segadora The Reapers Els Segadors is the official anthem of Catalonia. [189]
La Senacaf The Senacaf [189][190]
 French Guiana Les Yana Dòkòs The Yana Dòkòs [191]
 F.S. Micronesia The Four Stars In reference to the stars on the flag of the F.S. of Micronesia. [192]
 Great Britain Team GB [193]
 Guadeloupe Les Gars de Guadeloupe Guys of Guadeloupe [194]
Les Boug'Wada Gwada Boys [194]
 Martinique Les Matinino The Matatino Tribute to the history of the island. [195][196]
 Nauru
 Niue
 Northern Mariana Islands The Blue Ayuyus Ayuyu is the name given to the Cocount crab. [197]
 Palau
 Réunion Club R In reference to the initial for Réunion. [198]
 Saint Martin Saint Swallows [citation needed]
 Sint Maarten
  Vatican City

Former teams[edit]

  • Translations in italics indicate nicknames also used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 CIS
 Czechoslovakia
 East Germany Weltmeister der Freundschaftsspiele World Champion of Friendlies Dubbed by Fritz Wutke, recalling the 3–3 draw against Brazil in the Maracanã Stadium coming from a three-goal deficit. [199][200]
 Ireland
 Mandatory Palestine Eretz Israel Land of Israel [201]
 Netherlands Antilles De Antilopen The Antelopes [citation needed]
 Saar
 Serbia and Montenegro Plavi

Плави

The Blues [citation needed]
 South Vietnam
 South Yemen صقور الجنوب South Falcons [citation needed]
 Soviet Union Красная Армия The Red Army [citation needed]
 Yugoslavia Plavi The Blues [citation needed]
 Zaire Les Léopards The Leopards [202]

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