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World Cup A-Z: Nicknames

30 May 2014

The 2014 World Cup will begin with Canarinho against Vatreni, before El Tri face Les Lions Indomptables the next day.

Understand? Brazil versus Croatia, and then Mexico against Cameroon.

When it comes to national football teams, the use of nicknames can be commonly used (Socceroos), or simply just employed by the media as an alternative way to speak about the team (The White and Sky Blue).

Four teams out of the 32 are simply referred to as 'The National Team', while two nations go by the name of 'The Tricolour'. Most nicknames seem to either be in reference to a colour either in the team's flag or shirt, or an animal.

The best nickname not to be at this year's tournament is the last hosts; South Africa, who commonly go by the name of Bafana Bafana - Boys Boys.

In the 14th instalment of our World Cup: A-Z feature, taking you through the alphabet one letter per day in the build-up to Brazil 2014, we go through every team and their most closely associated nickname.

Group A
Brazil - Canarinho (Little Canary)
Croatia - Vatreni (The Fiery Ones)
Mexico - El Tri (The Tricolour)
Cameroon - Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions)

Group B
Spain - La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)
Netherlands - Oranje (Orange)
Chile - La Roja (The Red One)
Australia - Socceroos

Group C
Colombia - Los Cafeteros (The Coffee Growers)
Greece - Piratiko (The Pirate Ship)
Cote D'Ivoire - Les ?l?phants (The Elephants)
Japan - Samurai Blue

Group D
Uruguay - La Celeste (The Sky Blue)
Costa Rica - Los Ticos (The Ticos - colloquial name for a native of Colombia)
England - The Three Lions
Italy - Azzurri (Blues)

Group E
Switzerland - Nati (The National Team)
Ecuador - La Tri (The Tricolour)
France- Les Blues (The Blues)
Honduras - Los Catrachos (The Catrachos - name for Hondurans)

Group F
Argentina - La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue)
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Zmajevi (The Dragons)
Iran - Team Melli (The National Team)
Nigeria - Super Eagles

Group G
Germany - Die Nationalmannschaft (The National Team)
Portugal - Selec??o das Quinas (National Team of the Five Shields)
Ghana - Black Stars
USA - Stars and Stripes

Group H
Belgium - Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils)
Algeria - Les Fennecs (The Desert Foxes)
Russia - Sbornaya (The National Team)
Korea Republic - Taegeuk Warriors

Click here to see the other letters in our World Cup A-Z


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