What’s in a name? World Cup team nicknames

US men's national team player Mix Diskerud celebrates after scoring the first goal against Azerbaijan during a World Cup preparation match at Candlestick Park. Credit: Getty Images
Watch out for team Stars & Stripes. Credit: Getty Images

A nickname of a sports team can be cute or strike fear in the opponent. Whatever the message, it’s a way of making a national football side more familiar. Metro rounds up the monikers for each World Cup team. Our personal favorite? A coin-toss between Australia and Colombia.

GROUP A

• Brazil

Canarinha (Little Canaries)
A Seleção (The Selection)
Verde-Amarela (The Green and Yellow)
Pentacampeões (The Five Time Champions)

• Croatia

Vatreni (The Blazers)

• Mexico

El Tricolor
El Tri

• Cameroon

Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions)

GROUP B

• Spain

La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)
La Furia (The Fury)

• Holland

Oranje (The Orange)
Clockwork Orange
Het Nederlands Elftal (The Dutch Eleven)

• Chile

La Roja (The Red One)

• Australia

Socceroos

GROUP C

• Colombia

Los Cafeteros (The Coffee Growers)
Tricolor (Tricolor)

• Côte d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast

Les Éléphants (The Elephants)

• Greece

Ethniki (National)
Piratiko (The Pirate Ship)
Galanolefki (Sky blue-white)

• Japan

サムライ・ブルー ‘Samurai buru’ (Samurai Blue)

GROUP D

• Uruguay

La Celeste (The Sky Blue One)
La Garra Charrúa (Charrúan tenacity)

• Costa Rica

La Sele (The Selection)

• England

The Three Lions

• Italy

Azzurri (The Blues)

GROUP E

• Switzerland

Schweizer Nati

• Ecuador

La Tri (Tricolor)

• France

Les Bleus (The Blues)

• Honduras

La Bicolor
La H

GROUP F

• Argentina

La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue)

• Bosnia and Herzegovina

Zmajevi (Dragons)

• Iran

Team Melli (تیم ملی – The National Team)

Ŝāhzādegāne Pārsi (شاهزادگان پارسی – The Princes of Persia)

• Nigeria

Super Eagles

GROUP G

• Germany

Die Mannschaft (The Team)
Nationalelf (National Eleven)
Die Adler (The Eagles)

• Ghana

Black Stars

• Portugal

A Seleção das Quinas (The Quinas Selection)

• United States

Team USA
The Stars and Stripes

GROUP H

• Belgium

de Rode Duivels
les Diables Rouges
die Roten Teufel
(the Red Devils)

• Algeria

Fennec Foxes
The Desert Warriors

• Russia

Сборная – ‘Sbornaya’ (National Team)

• South Korea

Taegeuk Warriors
The Red Devils



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