List of national association football teams by nickname

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

FIFA teams

Other

  • Nicknames in italics are commonly used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 Algeria الفنك

Les Fennecs

The Fennecs The fennec fox is the national animal of Algeria. [1]
محاربي الصحراء

Les Guerriers du Désert

The Desert Warriors Algeria is more than 80 percent desert. [2][3]
 American Samoa Au Filli The National Team [4]
 Angola Palancas Negras Sable antelopes The Giant sable antelope, found mostly in Angola, is its national symbol. [5]
 Anguilla The Rainbow Warriors [4]
The Soccer Dolphins Set in the Caribbean sea and with St. Martin as a backdrop, Anguilla has one of the largest community of Dolphins in the world. [4]
 Antigua and Barbuda The Wadadi Boyz Wadadi is a local dance. [4]
 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. [6]
 Aruba La Selección The Selection [4]
 Bahamas Rake & Scrape Boys Rake-and-scrape is a genre of music native to the Bahamas. [7]
 Barbados Bajan Pride Bajan is a popular term for citizens of Barbados. [4]
 Belize The Jaguars Belize is home to one of the biggest Jaguar Populations. The Jaguar Reserve is the world's biggest and only Jaguar Preserve spanning 150 square miles. [4]
 Benin Les Écureuils The Squirrels Benin chose the Squirrels nickname to reflect a small nation aiming to climb high. The phrase was coined in the 1960s. [8]
 Bermuda Gombey Warriors The Gombey is an iconic symbol of Bermuda, a unique performance art full of colorful and intricate masquerade, dance and drumming. [9]
 Bolivia El 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 "El Verde" ("The Green"). [4]
 Botswana Dipitse The Zebras The Zebra is the national Animal of Botswana. Two zebras adorn the Botswana coat of arms, which shows that the animal is a symbol of national unity. [10]
 Brazil Canarinho The Little Canary In reference to the yellow shirt. [4]
Seleção The Selection Seleção means the process or act of selecting. [11]
Verde-Amarela The Green and Yellow The flag of Brazil also known in Portuguese as Verde e amarela ("The Green and Yellow"). [4]
 British Virgin Islands Nature Boyz The British Virgin Islands are a collection of 60 unspoiled islands that pack the best of the Caribbean. They are commonly referred to as nature's little secrets. [12]
 Burkina Faso Les Étalons The Stallions The white stallion is the national symbol of Burkina Faso and it has 2 white stallions in its coat of arms. [13]
 Burundi Les Hirondelles Burundi Swallows The Angolan swallow is a species of a swallow that is native in the African tropical environment. It is found in Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. [14][15]
 Cameroon Lions Indomptables Indomitable Lions The national animal of Cameroon is the mighty Lion. The Lion is the symbol of strength, power, and rules. Indomitable means unable to defeat. [16]
 Cameroon (Women) Indomitable Lionesses [17]
 Canada Canucks "Canuck" is a slang term for Canadian. [18][19]
Les Rouges The Reds From their Red uniforms. [20][21][22]
 Cape Verde Tubarões Azuis Blue Sharks Cabo Verde is an immensely important region for several sharks, ray and skate species in the North Atlantic and tropical eastern Atlantic. Especially the Blue shark. [23][24][25]
 Cayman Islands The Turtles The sea turtle is a prominent symbol in Cayman culture. Turtles adorn Caymanian money and appear on the islands’ flag as part of the official coat of arms. [4]
 Central African Republic Les Fauves The Wild Beasts Northern Central African Republic historically supported some the most pristine wilderness and intact and abundant wildlife assemblages in Africa, including species of global importance such as the Wilder beast. [26]
 Chad Les Sao The Sao Civilization is the ancestorial people of the current day Chad population. [27]
 Chile La Roja The Red One The Chilean 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. [28]
El equipo de todos The team of everyone [29]
 Colombia Los Cafeteros The Coffee Growers Colombian coffee is renowned the world over for its quality and delicious taste. [30]
La Tricolor The Tricolour The national flag of Colombia symbolizes Colombian independence from Spain, gained on July 20, 1810. It is a horizontal tricolor of yellow, blue and red. [31]
 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. [32][33]
 Comoros Les Coelecantes The Coelacanths The coelacanth is a type of fish. [34]
 Congo Diables Rouges Red Devils From their all red uniform kits. [35]
 Cook Islands Soka Kuki Airani The National Team [4]
The Green and Whites [4]
 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. [36]
La Sele Shortening of "The Selection" (in Spanish) [37]
Los Matacampeones The Champion Killers [38]
 Cuba Los Leones del Caribe The Caribbean Lions Cuba is an island in the Caribbean and the Lion is one of the most ferocious animals on earth. [39]
 Curaçao The Blue Stars The flag of Curacao is blue, with a yellow horizontal stripe slightly below the midline, and two white stars in the upper left corner. The blue symbolizes the sea and sky, and the yellow represents the sun. The two stars are for Curacao and Klein Curacao, but also stand for 'Love and Happiness.' [40]
 Djibouti Riverains de la Mer Rouge Shoremen of the Red Sea [41]
 Dominica Dominica Team [4]
Los Pericos The Parrots [4]
 Dominican Republic Los Quisqueyanos The Quisqueyanos [42]
 DR Congo Les Léopards The Leopards [43]
 Ecuador La Tri / Tricolor The Tricolour [5]
 Egypt الفراعنة The Pharaohs [44]
 El Salvador La Selecta The Selected [45]
Los Cuscatlecos The Cuscatlecos [46]
 Equatorial Guinea Nzalang Nacional The National Thunder [47]
 Eritrea ኣግማል ቀይሕ ባሕሪ Red Sea Camels [48]
 Eswatini Sihalngu Semnikati King's Shield [49][50]
 Ethiopia Walyas The walia is a species of ibex indigenous to Ethiopia. [51]
 Fiji Bula Boys "Bula" is a greeting used in Fiji. [52]
 Gabon Les Panthères The Panthers The black panther is Gabon's national animal. [53]
 Gambia Scorpions [54]
 Ghana Black Stars The Black Star is regarded as the national symbol of Ghana. [5]
 Grenada Spice Boyz Grenada is known as the "Island of Spice". [55]
 Guatemala Los Chapines The Guatemalans "Chapin" is a Spanish slang term to refer to Guatemalans. [4]
La Azul y Blanco The Blue & White [56]
 Guinea Syli National National Elephants [57]
 Guinea-Bissau Djurtus The Djurtus is a species of fox. [58]
 Guyana Golden Jaguars [59]
 Haiti Les Grenadiers The Soldiers [60]
Le Rouge et Bleu The Red & Blue [61]
 Honduras Los Catrachos The Catrachos [62]
La Bicolor The Bi-color [4]
La H The H The initial for Honduras. [63]
 Ivory Coast Les Éléphants The Elephants [5]
 Jamaica Reggae Boyz Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica. [4]
 Jamaica (Women's) Reggae Girlz [64]
 Kenya Harambee Stars "Harambee" is Kenya’s official motto and is present in its coat of arms. It means "Let's all pull together" in Swahili. [65][66]
 Kenya (Women's) Harambee Starlets [67]
 Lesotho Likuena Crocodiles [68]
 Liberia Lone Stars [69]
 Libya فرسان المتوسط The Mediterranean Knights [70]
 Madagascar Les Baréa The Barea A species of zebu. [71]
 Malawi The Flames [72]
 Mali Les Aigles The Eagles [73]
 Mauritania المرابطون The Almoravids [4]
 Mauritius Club M Reference to the initial for Mauritius. [4]
Les Dodos The Dodos An extinct bird endemic to Mauritius. [74]
 Mexico El Tri / Tricolor From "Tricolor" (Tricolour) [4]
 Montserrat Emerald Boys Montserrat is nicknamed "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean". [4]
 Morocco أسود الأطلس

Les Lions de l'Atlas

The Atlas Lions [75]
 Mozambique Os Mambas The Mambas The most poisonous snake in Africa. [4]
 Namibia Brave Warriors [54]
 New Caledonia Les Cagous The Kagus [4]
Les Rouges et Gris The Red and Grays [4]
 New Zealand All Whites New Zealand adopted an 'all white' playing strip during the 1981 World Cup qualifying campaign. [76]
 New Zealand (Women's) Football Ferns The fern is one of the national symbols of New Zealand. [77]
 Nicaragua Los Albiazules The Whites & Blues [4]
Los Pinoleros The Pinole Makers "Pinolero" is slang for a citizen of Nicaragua. [4]
 Niger Le Mena The Mena A species of antelope. [78]
 Nigeria Super Eagles [79]
 Nigeria (Women's) Super Falcons [80]
 Panama La Marea Roja The Red Tide [4]
Equipo Canalero The Canal Team In reference to the Panama Canal. [4]
 Papua New Guinea Kapuls The Cuscus A species of Australasian possum. [81]
 Paraguay La Albirroja The White-Red [5]
Los Guaraníes The Guaraní [5]
 Peru La Blanquirroja The White-Red [4]
 Puerto Rico El Huracán Azul The Blue Hurricane [4]
 Rwanda Amavubi The Wasps [82]
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Sugar Boys [83]
 Saint Lucia The Piton [4]
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Vincy Heat [84]
 Samoa Manumea After a native bird. [4]
 São Tomé and Príncipe Os Verde-Amarelos The Green-Yellows [4]
 Senegal Les Lions de la Téranga The Lions of Teranga [85]
 Seychelles The Seychelles Pirates [86]
 Sierra Leone The Leones Stars [4]
 Solomon Islands The Bonitos Tribe of fishes. [87]
 Somalia Ocean Stars [88]
 South Africa Bafana Bafana Boys Boys [89]
 South Africa (Women's) Banyana Banyana Girls Girls [90]
 South Sudan The Bright Stars [91]
 Sudan صقور الجديان Falcons of Jediane [92]
Nile Crocodiles [93]
 Suriname De Natio Short for "Nationale Selectie" (National Selection) [4]
Suriboys [4]
 Tahiti Toa Aito

Les guerriers de fer

Iron Warriors [4]
 Tanzania Kilimanjaro Stars [94]
Taifa Stars [95]
 Togo Les Éperviers The Sparrowhawks [5]
 Tonga Timi Fakafomua The National Team [4]
 Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors Soca is a music genre that originated in Trinidad and Tobago. [5]
 Tunisia نسور قرطاج

Les Aigles de Carthage

Eagles of Carthage [5]
 Turks and Caicos Islands TCI Team TCI is the acronym of "Turks and Caicos Islands". [4]
 Uganda The Cranes The crane is the national bird of Uganda. [96]
 United States USMNT Acronym of "United States Men's National Football Team". [97]
Stars & Stripes Reference to the American flag. [98]
The Yanks Slang term to refer to someone of American origin. [99]
 United States (Women's) USWNT An acronym of "United States Women's National Football Team". [100]
Team USA Team USA or United States national team may refer to any of a number of sports team representing the United States in international competitions. [101]
The Stars and Stripes Reference to the American flag. [98]
 Uruguay La Celeste (Olímpica) The (Olympic) Sky Blue [4][102]
Los Charrúas The Charrúa Indigenous people living in present day Uruguay. [4]
 U.S. Virgin Islands The Dashing Eagle The eagle is the national symbol of the U.S. Virgin Islands. [4]
 Vanuatu The Men in Black and Gold [4]
 Venezuela La Vinotinto The Burgundy [103]
Los Llaneros The Plainsmen [4]
La Remolacha Mecanica The Clockwork Beet [4]
 Zambia Chipolopolo The Copper Bullets [104]
KK 11 Used during the 1980s, after the founding president Kenneth Kaunda. [105]
 Zimbabwe The Warriors [54]

Non-FIFA teams

ConIFA teams

  • Translations in italics indicate nicknames also used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 Abkhazia Абхазы Abkhasians
Горцы Highlanders
Кавказцы Caucasians
 Arameans Suryoye
 Artsakh
 Barawa
 Cascadia Dougies The Doug, or Douglas fir, is one of the primary symbols of the Cascadia bioregion. [106]
 Chagos Islands
 County of Nice La Selecioun The Selection [107]
 Darfur Darfur United [108]
 Ellan Vannin
 Felvidék
 Franconia Franken-Elf Franconia Eleven
 Greenland Polar-Bamserne The Polar Teddybears [109]
 Iraqi Kurdistan The Tricolour
 Kabylie
 Kárpátalja
 Kiribati
 Lazistan
 Matabeleland Ingqungqulu The Warrior Birds [110]
 Monaco
 Northern Cyprus
 Occitania La Seleccion The Selection [111]
 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. [112]
 Panjab
 Quebec Les Québécois The Québécois
 Raetia Die Bündner The Grisons [113]
 Romani people I Rom The Gypsies [114]
 Sápmi
 Sardinia Sa Natzionale The National Team [115]
 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. [116]
 Transnistria
 Tuvalu
 United Koreans in Japan FC Korea [117]
 Western Armenia The Highlanders [118]
 Western Sahara Los Dromedarios The Dromedaries [119]
 Yorkshire The Vikings [120]
 Zanzibar Zanzibar Heroes [119]
The Leopards [119]

Other non-FIFA teams

  • Translations in italics indicate nicknames also used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 Basque Country Euskal Selekzioa The Basque Team [121]
 Bonaire
 Catalonia La Selecció The Selection [122]
La Quatribarrada The Quadruple In reference to the four orange horizontal bands on the flag of Catalonia. [122]
La Segadora The Reapers Els Segadors is the official anthem of Catalonia. [122]
La Senacaf The Senacaf [122][123]
 French Guiana Les Yana Dòkòs The Yana Dòkòs [124]
 Federated States of Micronesia The Four Stars In reference to the stars on the flag of the F.S. of Micronesia. [125]
 Great Britain Team GB [126]
 Guadeloupe Les Gars de Guadeloupe Guys of Guadeloupe [127]
Les Boug'Wada Gwada Boys [127]
 Martinique Les Matinino The Matatino Tribute to the history of the island. [128][129]
 Nauru
 Niue
 Northern Mariana Islands The Blue Ayuyus Ayuyu is the name given to the Cocount crab. [130]
 Palau
 Réunion Club R In reference to the initial for Réunion. [131]
 Saint Martin Saint Swallows
 Sint Maarten
  Vatican City

Former teams

  • 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. [132][133]
 Ireland
 Mandatory Palestine Eretz Israel Land of Israel [134]
 Netherlands Antilles De Antilopen The Antelopes
 Saar
 Serbia and Montenegro Plavi
Плави
The Blues
 South Vietnam
 South Yemen صقور الجنوب South Falcons
 Soviet Union Красная Армия The Red Army
 Yugoslavia Plavi The Blues
 Zaire Les Léopards The Leopards [135]

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This is a list of nickname-related list articles on Wikipedia. A nickname is "a familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name." A nickname is often considered desirable, symbolising a form of acceptance, but can sometimes be a form of ridicule. A moniker also means a nickname or personal name. The word often distinguishes personal names from nicknames that became proper names out of former nicknames. English examples are Bob and Rob, nickname variants for Robert.

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