List of national association football teams by nickname

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This is a list of nicknames of national association football teams.

AFC (Asian Football Confederation)

Team Nickname Translation
 Afghanistan Širhâi Khorâsân Lions of Khorasan
 Australia Socceroos[1], Roos "Soccer kangaroos"
 Australia (Women's) Matildas
 Bahrain الأحمر (’Al-’Ahmar) The Red
 Bangladesh Bengal Tigers[2]
 Bhutan Druk Eleven Eleven Dragon
 Brunei Tebuan The Wasp
 Cambodia Kouprey Blue
 China PR 龙之队(lóng zhī duì);国足(guó zú) The Dragons, The National Team
 China PR (Women's) 铿锵玫瑰 The Forceful Roses
 Guam Matao[3]
 Hong Kong 蛟龍
勁揪
The Dragons
The Strength
 India The Blue Tigers
 Indonesia Merah Putih The Reds and Whites
Garuda A Mythical animal
 Indonesia (Women's) Putri Merah Putih The Reds and Whites Ladies
Putri Garuda Garuda Ladies
 Iran تیم ملی Team Melli[1] The National Team
شاهزادگان پارسی Shahzadegan-e Parsi Princes of Persia[4]
 Iraq اسود الرافدين (Usood Al-Rafidain) Lions of Mesopotamia[5]
 Japan サムライ・ブルー (Samurai Blue) Blue Samurai[6][7]
 Japan (Women's) なでしこジャパン (Nadeshiko Japan) Large Pink[7]
 Jordan النشامى (An-Nashama) The Brave Gentlemen
 Kuwait الأزرق (Al-Azraq) The Blue
 Kyrgyzstan Ак шумкарлар (Ak shumkarlar) White Falcons
 Lebanon Les cèdres du Liban[8] Cedars of Lebanon
 Malaysia Harimau Malaya[9] Malayan tiger[9]
 Maldives Red Snappers[10]
 Mongolia Xөx чононууд Blue Wolves
 Myanmar Golden Tiger
The White Angels
   Nepal The Gorkhali Gurkha (Bravery Nepalese warriors)
 North Korea 천리마 (Chollima)[6] Thousand-mile Horse
 Oman Red Warriors
 Palestine فرسان The Knights
 Pakistan پاک شاہین The Greens, Pak Shaheens
 Philippines Azkals[11] The Street Dogs[11]
 Philippines (Women's) Malditas[12] Feisty Ladies[13]
 Qatar العنابى The Maroon (Al-Marrun)
 Saudi Arabia الأخضر (’Al ’Akhdar)[1] The Green
الصقور الخضر The Green Falcons[14]
 Singapore The Lions
 South Korea 붉은 악마 Red Devils[1]
태극전사 Taegeuk Warriors[6]
 Syria نسور قاسيون Qasioun Eagles
 Chinese Taipei
 Tajikistan Шерҳои Форсӣ (Šerhoi Forsi) The Persian Lions
Тоҷҳо (Tojho) The Crowns
 Thailand ช้างศึก (Changsuk)[15] War Elephants
 Thailand (Women's) ชบาแก้ว (Chaba Kaew) Glass Hibiscus
 Timor-Leste O Sol Nascente The Rising Sun
 Turkmenistan Zümerretler Emeralds
Ahal-tekeler Akhal-Teke's
 United Arab Emirates عيال زايد Zayed's sons[16]
الأبيض The White
 Uzbekistan Oq bo'rilar White Wolves[17]
 Vietnam (Women's) Những Cô Gái Vàng The Golden Girls
 Vietnam Những Chú Rồng Vàng The Golden Dragons

CAF (Confederation of African Football)

Team Nickname Translation
 Algeria الفنك Ar
Les Fennecs Fr[6]
Fennec foxes
محاربي الصحراء Ar
Les Guerriers du Désert Fr[18][19]
The Desert Warriors
 Angola Palancas Negras[1] Sable antelopes
 Benin Les Écureuils[20] The Squirrels
 Botswana Zebras[21]
 Burkina Faso Les Étalons[22] The Stallions
 Burundi Les Hirondelles[23] Swallows
 Cameroon Lions Indomptables[6] Indomitable Lions
 Cape Verde Tubarões Azuis[24][25][26] Blue Sharks
 Central African Republic Les Fauves The Wild Beasts
 Chad Les Sao After the Sao civilisation
 Comoros Les Coelecantes[27] The Coelacanths (A type of fish)
 Congo Diables Rouges[28] Red Devils
 DR Congo Les Léopards[29] The Leopards
 Ivory Coast Les Éléphants[1] The Elephants
 Djibouti Riverains de la Mer Rouge Shoremen of the Red Sea
 Egypt الفراعنة The Pharaohs
 Equatorial Guinea Nzalang Nacional The Nation's Thunder
 Eritrea The Red Sea Boys
 Ethiopia Walyas Walia ibexes
 Gabon Les Panthères The Panthers
 Gambia Scorpions[30]
 Ghana Black Stars[1]
 Guinea Syli National[31] Elephant National Team
 Guinea-Bissau Djurtus The Djurtus (a species of fox)
 Kenya Harambee Stars[32]
 Lesotho Likuena[33] Crocodiles
 Liberia Lone Stars[34]
 Libya فرسان المتوسط The Mediterranean Knights
 Madagascar Barea[35] A species of zebu
 Malawi Flames[36]
 Mali Les Aigles[37] Eagles
 Mauritius Club M
Les Dodos The Dodos
 Morocco أسود الأطلس (’Esoud ’Al-’Atlas) Ar
Les Lions de l'Atlas Fr[18]
Lions of the Atlas
 Mozambique Os Mambas The Mambas
 Namibia Brave Warriors[30]
 Niger Mena[38] A species of antelope.
 Nigeria Super Eagles[6]
 Nigeria (Women's) Super Falcons
 Rwanda Amavubi[39] The Wasps
 São Tomé and Príncipe Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios The Falcons and Parrots Team
 Senegal Les Lions de la Téranga[40] The Lions of Teranga
 Seychelles The Pirates
 Sierra Leone The Leone Stars
 Somalia Ocean Stars[41]
 South Africa Bafana Bafana[6] Boys Boys
 South Africa (Women's) Banyana Banyana[42] Girls Girls
 South Sudan Bright Star
 Sudan صقور الجديان (Sokoor ’Al-Jediane)[28] Falcons of Jediane
Nile Crocodiles[43]
 Swaziland Sihalngu Semnikati[44] King's Shield
 Tanzania Kilimanjaro Stars[45]
Taifa Stars[46]
 Togo Les Éperviers[1] The Sparrowhawks
 Tunisia نسور قرطاج Ar
Les Aigles de Carthage Fr[1]
Eagles of Carthage
 Uganda Cranes[47]
 Zimbabwe The Warriors[30]
 Zambia Chipolopolo[48] The Copper Bullets

CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football)

Team Nickname Translation
 Anguilla The Soccer Dolphins
 Antigua and Barbuda The Benna Boys
 Aruba La Selección
 Bahamas Rake & Scrape Boys[49]
 Barbados Bajan Pride
 Belize Beliceños Belizeans
Jaguars
 Bermuda Gombey Warriors[50]
 British Virgin Islands Nature Boyz[51]
 Canada Canucks
Les Rouges The Reds
The Flying Moose
 Costa Rica Los Ticos The Costa Ricans
La Sele Shortening of "The Selection" (In Spanish)
Los Matacampeones The Champion Killers
 Cuba Los Leones del Caribe The Caribbean Lions
 Dominican Republic Los Quisqueyanos The Dominicans
 El Salvador La Selecta The Selected
Los Cuscatlecos[52]
 Grenada Spice Boyz[53]
 Guadeloupe Les Gars de Guadeloupe[54] Guys of Guadeloupe
Gwada Boys[54]
Les Boug'Wada[54] Creole version of "Gwada Boys"[54]
 Guatemala Los Chapines The Guatemalans
La Azul y Blanco The Blue & White
 Guyana Golden Jaguars
 Haiti Les Grenadiers The Soldiers
Le Rouge et Bleu[52] The Red & Blue
 Honduras Los Catrachos The Hondurans
La Bicolor The Bi-color
La H The Letter H (The initial for Honduras)
 Jamaica Reggae Boyz
 Jamaica (Women's) Reggae Girlz[55]
 Mexico El Tri from "Tricolor": green, red and white
 Nicaragua Los Albiazules The Whites & Blues
Los Pinoleros Pinole makers
La Azul y Blanco The Blue & White
 Panama La Marea Roja The Red Tide
 Puerto Rico El Huracán Azul The Blue Hurricane
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Sugar Boys[56]
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Vincy Heat[57]
 Suriname De Natio Shortening of "National Selection" (In Dutch)
Suriboys
 Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors[1]
 United States Stars & Stripes[58]
The Yanks[59]
The Outlaws

CONMEBOL (Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol)

Team Nickname Translation
 Argentina La Albiceleste[60] The White and Sky-Blue
Los Gauchos The Cowboys
 Bolivia La Verde The Green
 Brazil Canarinho Little Canary (reference to yellow shirt)
Seleção[61] The Selected (as in a player draft)
Verde-Amarela The Green and Yellow
 Chile La Roja[62] The Red One
 Colombia Los Cafeteros The Coffee Growers
La Fiebre Amarilla The Yellow Fever
La Tricolor Colombiana The Colombian Tricolour
 Colombia (Women's) Las Chicas Superpoderosas[63] The Supergirls
 Ecuador Amarillos Yellows
La Tri[1] The Tricolour
 Paraguay La Albirroja[1] The White-Red
Los Guaraníes[1] The Guaranies
 Peru La Blanquirroja The White-Red
Los Incas The Incas
 Uruguay La Celeste[64] The Sky Blue
Los Charrúas The Charrúas
La Celeste Olímpica The Olympic Sky Blue
 Venezuela La Vinotinto[65] The Burgundy
El Equipo Patriota Patriot Team

OFC (Oceania Football Confederation)

Team Nickname Translation
 F.S. Micronesia The Four Stars[66]
 New Caledonia Les Cagous The Kagus
 New Zealand All Whites [67]
 New Zealand (women's) Football Ferns[68]
 Papua New Guinea Kapuls[69] Tok Pisin for Cuscus

UEFA (Union of European Football Associations)

Team Nickname Translation
 Albania Kuqezinjtë,[70] Shqiponjat (Shqipet) The Red and Blacks, The Eagles
 Andorra Tricolors
 Armenia Լեռնականներ (Lernakanner) The Collective
 Austria Wunderteam[71] Wonder team
 Azerbaijan Milli, Odlar Yurdu The National Team, Land if fire
 Belarus Nacionalnaya Sbornaya The National Team[72]
 Belgium Les Diables Rouges, De Rode Duivels, Die Roten Teufel The Red Devils (French, Dutch and German)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zmajevi, Ljljani, Zlatni Ljiljani The Dragons, (Golden) Lilies
 Bulgaria Лъвовете (Lavovete) The Lions
 Croatia Vatreni,[1] Kockasti The Fiery Ones; The Chequered Ones
 Cyprus I Galanolefki The White and Blues[72]
 Czech Republic Nároďák[1] The National Team
 Denmark The Danish Dynamite
 England The Three Lions[1]
 Estonia Sinisärgid[73] The Blueshirts
 Faroe Islands Landsliðið the National Team[72]
 Finland Huuhkajat The Eagle Owls
 France Les Bleus[1] The Blues
 Georgia ჯვაროსნები (Jvarosnebi) The Crusaders
 Germany Die Mannschaft The Team[74]
 Greece Το Πειρατικό (To Piratiko); Η Εθνική (I Ethniki) The Pirate Ship; The National Team
 Hungary Nemzeti Tizenegy, Aranycsapat The National Eleven, The Golden Team
 Iceland Strákarnir Okkar Our Boys[72]
 Israel Ha Nivheret, Ha Khoolim Levanim, Ha Melah[75] The National Team, The Blues-And-Whites, The Salt
 Italy Azzurri The Blues
 Kazakhstan Қаршығалар (Qarshyghalar) The Hawks
 Latvia Izlase The National Team[72]
 Liechtenstein Nati short for "Nationalmannschaft"[72]
 Lithuania Rinktine The National Team[72]
 Luxembourg D’Leiwen The Lions[72]
 Macedonia Црвени Рисови / Crveni Risovi The Red Lynx"
 Malta Il-Kavallieri The Knights (of Malta)
 Moldova Selectionata The Selection
 Montenegro Hrabri Sokoli The Brave Falcons
 Netherlands Oranje[1] Orange
 Northern Ireland Norn Iron[76]
 Norway Drillos Used during the leadership of Egil "Drillo" Olsen
 Poland Biało-czerwoni / Orły[1] The White and Reds / The Eagles
 Portugal Selecção das Quinas[1] National Team of the "Quinas"
 Republic of Ireland The Boys in Green / Na Buachaillí i nGlas (in Irish)
 Romania Tricolorii[77][78] The Tricolours
 Russia Sbornaya[1] The National team
 San Marino La Serenissima The Most Serene
 Scotland The Tartan Terriers
 Serbia Бели Орлови White Eagles
 Slovakia Repre / Naši Short for Národná reprezentácia (The National Team) / The Ours
 Spain La Furia Roja, La Roja, La Furia[6][79] The Red Fury, The Red, The Fury
 Sweden Blågult The Blue-Yellow
  Switzerland Nati Short for Nationalmannschaft (The National Team)
 Turkey Ay Yıldızlılar The Crescent-Stars, The Comeback Kings
 Ukraine Синьо-жовті[1] The Blue and Yellows
 Wales Y Dreigiau The Dragons

Former teams

Team Nickname Translation
 Yugoslavia Plavi The Blues
 Soviet Union Красная Армия (Krasnaya Armya) The Red Army
 East Germany Weltmeister der Freundschaftsspiele[80][81] World champion of friendly games
 South Yemen South Falcons

See also

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