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All Football National Teams And Their Nicknames

What are the national teams and their nicknames called? Which team has the best nickname? What is the nickname of the France national team? What is the nickname of the Algeria national team? What is the nickname of the Cameroon soccer team? What is a good nickname? How can I choose my nickname? How do you pick cool nicknames? Which team is nicknamed the Dragon? What is the nickname of the Nigeria football team? What is the Senegalese national team called? What is the nickname of the Burkina Faso soccer team?

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National Football Teams Nicknames

The following shows international football teams, their nicknames and the meaning of their nicknames in alphabetical order. You will see African national teams, European’s and other continent’s national teams below too.

Afghanistan: (Team Melli) – meaning “the National Team” (in Persian)

Albania: (Kuqezijte) – “the Red and Blacks” (in Albanian)

Algeria: (Les Fennecs) – The Desert Foxes (in French)

American Samoa: (Au Filli) – “the National Team” (in Samoan)

Andorra: (la Seleccio Tricolor) – “the Tricolor Selection” (in Catalan)

Angola: (Os Palancas Negras) – The Black Antelopes (in Portuguese)

Anguilla: (the Rainbow Warriors or “the Soccer Dolphins”)

Antigua and Barbuda: (the Wadadi Boyz) – Wadadi is a local dance

Argentina: (la Albiceleste) – “the White and Sky Blues” (in Spanish)

Armenia: (Azgayin Havaqakan) – “the National Team” in Armenia

Aruba: (La Selección) –  “the Selection”

Australia: (the Socceroos) – a hybrid word from Soccer and Kangaroo (a native animal to Australia)

Austria: (Wunderteam) -meaning the Wonder Team (also das Team, die Rot-Weiss-Roten – “the Red, White and Reds” in German)

Azerbaijan: (Odlar Yurdu Komandasi) – “the Team from the Land of Fire” in Azeri

Bahamas: (the Rake and Scrape Boys) – named after a local dance

Bahrain: (Al Theeb Al Ahmar) -meaning “the Red Wolves” in Arabic

Bangladesh: (Jatyia Dol) -“the National Team” in Bengali

Barbados: (Bajan Pride) -Bajan is a popular team for citizens of Barbados

Belarus: (Belyia kryly) -which means “White wings”. Previously it was “Nacionalnaya Sbornaya” meaning “the National Team” in Belorussian.

Belgium: (Les Diables Rouges / Rode Duivels) -meaning ‘the Red Devils’ (in French and Dutch)

Belize: (The Jaguars)

Benin: (Les Ecureuils) – The Squirrels (in French)

Bermuda: (the Gombey Warriors) -after a traditional dance

Bhutan: (the Yellow Dragons) -also Druk XI (“the Dragons XI” in Dzongkha)

Bolivia: (La Verde) – La Verde means ‘The Green’ or to some ‘The Green Pasture’ because of one of the colours of the national flag.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: (Zmajevi) – Zmajevi means “The Dragons”. It is a popular nickname for all Bosnian sports players. In foreign media, the team is sometimes referred to as the Golden Lilies. Other names that have been used include BH Representacija – “the National Team” (in Bosnian), and Zuto-Plavi (“the Blue and Yellows” in Bosnian).

Botswana: Dipitse (“The Zebras”) – meaning “The Zebras” in the Tswana language

Brazil: (Canarinho, or Seleção) – Canarinho means ‘little canary’, and Seleção means The Selection/Team (in Portuguese). Other names that are sometimes used are Verde-Amarela (Green and Yellow) Pentacampeões (Five Time Champions), and Os Tupis – The “tupis” (a Brazilian indigenous group)

British Virgin Islands: (the Nature Boyz)

Brunei Darussalam: (Tebuan) -meaning “The Wasps” or “the Hornets” in Malay.

Bulgaria: (Lavovete) – “the Lions” in Bulgarian

Burkina Faso: (les Etalons) – the Stallions” in French

Burundi: (les Hirondelles – Intamba Mu Rugamba) – “the Swallows” in French and Kirundi

Cambodia: (Krom Chumreswcheit) – “the National Team” in Khmer

Cameroon: (Lions indomitable) – meaning Indomitable Lions (in French)

Canada: (the Canucks) – Canucks is a slang term for Canadians. Also, Les Rouges, meaning ‘The Reds’

Cape Verde: (Tubaroes Azuis) – “the Blue Sharks” (in Portuguese). Also Crioulos (“the Creoles” in Portuguese)

Cayman Islands: (Cayman Islands Team) – maybe “The Turtles”

Central African Republic: (les Faons d’Ubangui) – “the Fwans of Ubangui”, a tributary of the Congo River, in French

Chad: (les Sao) – after the Sao civilization that once inhabited part of Chad

Chile: (La Roja) – The Reds (in Spanish)

China: (Team China – Zhong Guo Dui,) – also Team Dragon – Long Zhi Dui

Chinese Taipei: (Zhong Hua Dui) – “China Team” in Chinese

Colombia: (Los Cafeteros) – meaning The Coffee Growers in Spanish. Also “the Tricolors”

Comoros: (les Coelecantes) – “the Coelecanths” in French, a prehistoric fish once believed to be extinct but which has reappeared off the coast of Comoros

Congo: (les Diables Rouges) – “the Red Devils” in French

Congo DR: (Les Léopards / The Leopards) – Between 1960 and 1965, they were called the Lions. From 1965 till 1997 they were the Leopards, before reverting back to the Simbas (“the Lions” in Swahili) from 1997 till 2006. However this Swahili name was unpopular to non-Swahili speakers, so they again became the Leopards.

Cook Islands: (Soka Kuki Airani) – “the National Team” in Maori, the Green and Whites

Costa Rica: (Los Ticos) – Spanish slang for natives of Costa Rica. Also la Tricolor (“the Tricolors” in Spanish), La Roja (“the Reds”), la Sele (“the Selection”

Cote d’Ivoire: (Les Éléphants) – The Elephants (in French), due to their part in the 19th century Ivory trade

Croatia: (Vatreni) – meaning Fiery boys. Also sometimes Kockasti (The Chequereds)

Cuba: (la Tricolor) – meaning “the Tricolors” (in Spanish). Also Los Leones del Caribe (“the Lions of the Caribbean”)

Cyprus: (I Galanolefki) – “the White and Blues” in Greek

Czech Republic: (Lokomotiva) – The Locomotive. Also Cesti Lvi ( “the Czech Lions” in Czech), Narodny Tym (“the National Team” in Czech)

Demark: (Danish Dynamite)

Djibouti: (les Riverains de la Mer Rouge) – the Young Red Sea in French

Dominica: (Dominica Team) – maybe “los Pericos”

Dominican Republic: (Los Quisqueyanos) – a slang term for Dominicans in Spanish

Ecuador: (la Tri or la Tricolor) – the Tricolor (in Spanish)

Egypt: (the Pharaohs)

El Salvador: (Los Guanacos or La Selecta) – “Guanaco” is Spanish slang for citizens of El Salvador

England: (the Three Lions)

Equatorial Guinea: (la Nzalang Nacional) – “the National Lighting” (in Fang). Also Veve Nacional (“the National Sparkle” in Fang).

Eritrea: (the Red Sea Boys)

Estonia: (Sinisargid) – “the Blues” in Estonian

Ethiopia: (Walyas) – a species of wild goat

Faroe Islands: (Landslidid) – “the National Team” in Faroese

Fiji: (Bula Boys) – Bula is a Fijian greeting. Also sometimes “Timi ni viti”, meaning “the National Team” in Fijian

Finland: (Sinivalkoiset) – “the White and Blues” in Finnish

France: (Les Bleus) – meaning ‘the blues’ in French

Gabon: (Les Panthères) – the Panthers” in French

Gambia: (the Scorpions)

Georgia: (Jvarosnebi) – meaning “the Crisaders” in Georgian. Also Erovnuli Nakrevi (“the National Team” in Georgian)

Germany: (Die Nationalmannschaft, or Die Nationalelf) – meaning ‘The National Team’, ‘The National Eleven’ (in German). Outside of Germany, simply ‘Die Mannschaft’ (The Team) is commonly used.

Ghana: (the Black Stars) – a reference to the sole black star on Ghana’s flag

Greece: (I Galanolefki) – translates as “the Sky Blue and White team” in Greek. They are also sometimes referred to as Ethniki Ellados (“the Greek Team” in Greek) and ”To Peiratikó” (“Pirates” in Greek) though the pirates is not an official nickname, it just came about after they won Euro 2004.

Grenada: (the Spice Boyz)

Guam: (Matao) – Matao refers to the people in the upper class of the ancient Guam society. Previously the team was known as “the Men in Blue and White”.

Guatemala: (el Equipo Chapin) – “Chapin” is Spanish slang for a citizen of Guatemala. also la Azul y Blanco (“the Blue and Whites” in Spanish) and la Bicolor (“the Bicolors”)

Guinea: (Syli Nationale) – the National Elephants. Syli is a word in Sousou, a Guinean language, which means Elephant.

Guinea-Bissau: (os Djurtus) – Creole for a species of fox

Guyana: (The Golden Jaguars, the Guy Stars)

Haiti: (les Bicolores) – Les Bicolores means “the Bicolors” in French. There are also several other names that they are known by, including Les Grenadiers, Le Rouge et Bleu, La Sélection Nationale, l’Onze national (“the National Eleven” in French), Toup Pou Yo

Honduras: (Los Catrachos) – Catracho is Spanish slang for a citizen of Honduras, therefore meaning ‘the Hondurans’. Also la Bicolor (“the Bicolors” in Spanish)

Hong Kong: (Hong Kong Team)

Hungary: (Valogatott) – “the National Team” in Hungarian). Also the Magical Magyars (particularly in relation to the Hungary team of the 1950s)

Iceland: (Strakamir Okkar) – “Our Boys” in Icelandic

India: (Blue Tigers) – The Indian National team are also sometimes referred to as the “Bhangra Boys” (Bhangra is a dance originating from the Punjab region)

Indonesia: (Merah Putih) – meaning “the Red and Whites”. Another nickname for the Indonesian Football Team is “Garuda” (see comments below)

Iran: (Team Melli) – meaning the National Team (in Persian). Also Shirants Perse/Shiran-e Pars (“the Persian Lions” in Persian).

Iraq: (Osod Al Rafideen) – “the Lions of the Two Rivers” in Arabic, also the Babylon Lions

Israel: (Nivheret Hatchelet) – “the Sky Blue Team” in Hebrew

Italy: (Azzurri) – Azzurri is the plural of Azurro (Blue), terefore Azurri means “The Blues”. The team is also sometimes referred to as la Nazionale (“the National Team”).

Jamaica: (Reggae Boyz)

Japan: (Samurai Blues) – also Nihon Daihyo (“Japanese Representatives” in Japanese)

Jordan: (Al Nashama) – “the Brave” in Arabic

Kazakhstan: (Kazakhstanskie barsy) – “the Snow Leopards” in Russian

Kenya: (the Harambee Stars) – “Harambee” means “We will work together” in Swahili and is also the country’s motto.

North Korea (Korea DPR): (Chollima) – A Korean mythical horse, translates as “thousand-mile horse” and is portrayed as a mythical winged horse.

South Korea (Korea Republic): (Asian Tigers or Taeguk Warriors) – also the Red Devils. The Taeguk symbol of two hands clasping is in the middle of the Korean flag.

Kuwait: (Al Azraq) – “the Blues” in Arabic

Kyrgyzstan: (Krasnaya Sbornaya) – “the Red Team” in Russian

Laos: (Thim Xad) – “the National Team” in Laos

Latvia: (Izlase) – “the National Team” in Latvian

Lebanon: (Al Aarz) – “the Team of Cedars” in Arabic

Lesotho: (the Likuena) – “the Crocodile” in Sesotho

Liberia: (the Lone Star)

Libya: (Al Akhdar) – “the Greens” in Arabic

Liechtenstein: (Nati) – short for “Nationalmannschaft”, meaning “National Team” in German

Lithuania: (Rinktine) – “the National Team” in Lithuanian

Luxembourg: (D’Leiwen) – “the Lions” in Luxembourgish

Macau: (a Equipa Verde) – “the Green Team” in Portuguese

Macedonia (Republic of North): (Crveni Risovi) – “The Red Lynx”. Also known as Crveno-Žolti, meaning Red-Yellow.

Madagascar: (Bareas) – a species of zebu, which appears on the country’s coat of arms

Malawi: (the Flames) – the word “Malawi” itself means “flames” in Chichewa

Malaysia: (Harimau Malaysia) – “Malaysian Tigers”

Maldives: (Red Snappers) – The Red snapper is a type of fish abundant in the waters around the Maldives. The team has also been known as Guamee Team – “the National Team” in Dhivehi.

Mali: (Les Aigles) – The Eagles (in French)

Malta: (Knights of St John)

Mauritania: (les Mourabitounes) – after an ancient dynasty that ruled Mauritania

Mauritius: (Club M) – Also “les Dodos” after the dodo bird

Mexico: (el Tri/el Tricolor / Tricolores) – also less commonly uses the alternative nickname of “Los Aztecas”.

Moldova: (Selectionata) – “the Selection” in Moldovan

Mongolia: (Blue Wolves) – Blue Wolf is a symbol of Turkic and Mongolian people. Named after the Mongolian Blue Wolf legend. The team has also been known in the past as “Shegshee”, which means “the National Team” in Mongolian.

Montenegro: (Hrabri sokoli) – “The Brave Falcons” in Serbian

Montserrat: (the Emerald Boys)

Morocco: (Les Lions de l’Atlas, Atlas Lions) – “the Lions of Atlas” (in French), named after the Atlas Mountains

Mozambique: (the Mambas) – the most poisonous snake in Africa

Myanmar: (White Angels) – also Latywesinahthin, “the National Team” in Myanmar

Namibia: (the Brave Warriors)

Nepal: (Gorkhalis) – Gorkhalis means the inhabitants of Gorkha. Nepal was frequently called the Gorkhali Kingdom. Sometimes they are also called “Rastriya Toli”, meaning “the National Team” in Nepalese.

Netherlands / Holland: (Oranje) – meaning ‘orange’ (in Dutch)

Netherlands Antilles: (e Selekshon) – “the Selection” in Papiamento

New Caledonia: (les Cagous) – French for the kagu bird that is native to New Caledonia. Also known as Les Rouges et Gris (“the Red and Greys” in French).

New Zealand: (the All Whites)

Nicaragua: (la Azul y Blanco) – meaning “the Blues and Whites”. Also known as el Equipo Pinolero (“Pinolero” is slang for a citizen of Nicaragua)

Niger: (the Mena) – a species of antelope

Nigeria: (the Super Eagles) – a reference to the Eagle in the country’s Coat of Arms. The name was changed from Green Eagles to the Super Eagles.

Northern Mariana Islands: (Blue Ayuyus) – In the local Chamorro dialect, the “y” is pronounced like a “z.” So it is pronounced ah-zu-zus. An ayuyu is a large land crab that is prized as a delicacy. Both the men’s and women’s teams use this nickname.

Northern Ireland: (the Green and White Army)

Norway: (Landslaget) – “the National Team” in Norwegian

Oman: (Al Ahmar) – “the Reds” in Arabic

Pakistan: (the Green and White Team)

Palestine: (Al Muntakhab) – “the National Team” in Arabic

Panama: (Marea Roja) – “the Red Tide”. Also known as el Equipo Canalero (“the Canal Team”)

Papua New Guinea: (PNG Team – Nesenol Tim) –  “the National Team” in Tok Pisin

Paraguay: (Guaraníes) – also La Albirroja (White and red in Spanish)

Peru: (la Blanquirroja) – “the White and Reds” in Spanish

Philippines: (Azkals) – Derived from the word askal, meaning “the Stray Dogs” in Philipino. They are also known as the “Tri-Stars” (From the three stars on their flag).

Poland: (Bialo-Czerwoni) – White-Reds ( in Polish). Also Polskie Orly (“ the Polish Eagles” in Polish)

Portugal: (Selecção das Quinas) – in Portuguese the word “QUINAS” is a 5 sided Polyhedron, representing the “Forts” (Castles) Conquered from the Moors, in the “Foundation” of Portugal in 1143.

Puerto Rico: (El Huracán Azul) – Spanish for “The Blue Hurricane”

Qatar: (Al Ennabi) – “the Crimsons” in Arabic

Republic of Ireland: (the Boys in Green)

Romania: (Tricolorii) – Three Colored Ones (in Romanian)

Russia: (Sbornaya) – The nickname Sbornaya for Russia is foreign. In Russian, it’s not a nickname but just a noun (originally an adjective) meaning ‘national team’ or ‘selected team’, i.e. the word is applied to any national/selected team in any sport.

Rwanda: (Amavubi) – “the Wasps” in Kinyarwanda

Samoa: (Manumea) – after a native bird

San Marino: (la Serenissima) – “the Most Serene” in Italian

Sao Tome e Principe: (os Verde-Amarelos) – “the Green and Yellows” in Portuguese

Saudi Arabia: (Al Sogour Al Akhdar) – “the Green Hawks/Falcons” (in Arabic). Also Ouilad Al Sahraa (“the Sons of the Desert” in Arabic)

Scotland: (The Tartan Terriers) – the “Tartan Army” is also used, particularly in reference to Scotland’s fans

Senegal: (Les Lions de la Teranga) – The Lions of Teranga/the Lions of Hospitality (in French). “Teranga” originates from the Wolof language.

Serbia: (Plavi) – the blue, or Orlovi (“the eagles” in Serbian)

Seychelles: (the Pirates)

Sierra Leone: (the Leones Stars)

Singapore: (the Lions)

Slovakia: (Repre) – In Slovakia, the team is typically referred to as the Repre (Representation) or Národný tím (National team). However, in foreign media, they are often incorrectly described as Bojovní Jondovci (The Fighting Jondas).

Slovenia: (Fantje) – Meaning ‘the boys’.However, the team’s Wikipedia page says that Slovenia does not have a nickname. They are sometimes incorrectly called The (Green) Dragons, a symbol of the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. There are also some references that the Slovenian team nickname is Reprezentanca, meaning “the Representatives” in Slovenian.

Solomon Islands: (the Bonitos) – after a species of fish similar to tuna

Somalia: (the Ocean Stars)

South Africa: (Bafana Bafana) – the boys, the boys in isiZulu.The name was coined by journalist Sibusiso Mseleku in 1992

Spain: (La Furia Roja) – meaning ‘The Red Fury’. Also la Seleccion (“the Selection” in Spanish).

Sri Lanka: (Brave Reds) – also sometimes known as Papandu Kandyama, which means “the National Team” in Sinhalese.

St Kitts and Nevis: (The Sugar Boyz)

St Lucia: (The Piton)

St Vincent and the Grenadines: (the Vincy Heat)

Sudan: (Sokoor Al-Jediane) – Desert Hawks. Also the Nile Crocodiles

Suriname: (Natio) – Natio stands for the abbreviation of national, and national refers to the national team. Other names that are used are A-Selektie, which means “the A Selection” in Dutch, and Suriboys.

Swaziland: (Sihlangu Semnikati) – “the Shield of His Majesty” in Swaz

Sweden: (Blågult) – the Blue and Yellows (in Swedish). Also Kronos (“the Crowns” in Swedish).

Switzerland: (Schweizer Nati, or just Nati) – meaning ‘The Nats’ – short for Nationals

Syria: (Al Ahmar) – the Reds” in Arabic

Tahiti: (Toa Aito) – in Tahitian means “The Iron Warriors”. In French, it is Les guerriers de fer. It was previously believed to be “L’Equipe du Fenua”, the Island team – “fenua” means “island” in Tahitian.

Tajikistan: (Dastai Muntakhabi) – “the National Team” in Tajik

Tanzania: (the Taifa Stars) – “Taifa” is Swahili for country. Also known as the Kilimanjaro Stars

Thailand: (‘War Elephants’) – also known as Team Chart Tai, “the National Team” in Thai

Timor-Leste: (O Sol Nascente) – Meaning ‘The Rising Sun’ in Portuguese. Also known as The Little Samba Nation and El Lafaek.

Togo: (les Eperviers) – the hawks or Sparrowhawks (in French)

Tonga: (Timi Fakafomua) – “the National Team” in Tongan

Trinidad & Tobago: (The Soca Warriors) – named after a local musical genre

Tunisia: (Les Aigles de Carthage) – The Eagles of Carthage (in French)

Turkey: (Ay Yıldızlılar (or Ay Yildiz) – meaning Crescent Stars

Turkmenistan: (Akhal-Teke) – meaning the Dark Horses

Turks and Caicos Islands: (TCI Team) – may be also “the Ripsaw Boys”

Uganda: (the Cranes) – the bird which appears on their crest

Ukraine: (Zbirna or Sbirna) – national team (in Ukrainian)

United Arab Emirates: (Al Sukoor) –  “the Eagles” in Arabic

Uruguay: (Charrúas) – also La Celeste Olímpica (The Olympic Sky Blue)

US Virgin Islands: (The Dashing Eagle) – The Dashing Eagle is the American symbol of power and grace, transformed to embody the unique optimism, flair, and self-determination of the islands.

USA: (The Stars and Stripes) – Other names that are used are Team USA and The Yanks. There does not appear to be an official name.

Uzbekistan: (White Wolves) – also sometimes known as Terma Jamoasi, meaning “the National Team” in Uzbek.

Vanuatu: (the Men in Black and Gold)

Venezuela: (la Vinotinto) – meaning “the Burgundies” in Spanish – because of the burgundy colour of their shirts. They are also known by the names Los Llaneros (The Plainsmen) and La Remolacha Mecanica (The Clockwork Beet).

Vietnam: (Doituyen Qocdia) – “the National Team” in Vietnamese. Other names used are (The Red Warriors) and (The Golden Star).

Wales: (the Dragons)

Yemen: (Al Yemen al Saeed) – “Happy Yemen” in Arabic

Zaire: (Leopards)

Zambia: (Chipolopolo) – The Copper Bullets (in Bemba). The word comes from the copper mines in Kitwe. The team was formerly known as the KK 11, after the founding president Kenneth Kaunda, but changed the nickname in 1993.

Zimbabwe: (the Warriors)

Wrap Up

You must have noticed that some national teams and their nicknames are weird. Some others are cool though. Also, some teams use more than one nickname. If you believe I missed anyone of them, let us know in the comment box.

This article was updated 7 months ago


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