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The following is a list of nicknames of national association football teams.
A nickname is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place or thing. Commonly used to express affection, it is a form of endearment and amusement. As a concept, it is distinct from both pseudonym and stage name, and also from a title, although there may be overlap in these concepts. The term 'hypocoristic' refers to a nickname of affection between those in love or with a close emotional bond.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
|Au Fili||The National Team||Filifili means the Chosen or Selected in Samoan dialect.|
|The Rainbow Warriors||Set in the Caribbean sea and with St. Martin as a backdrop, Anguilla has one of the largest community of Dolphins in the world.|
|The Soccer Dolphins|
|The Wadadi Boyz||Wadadi is a local dance.|
|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.|
|La Selección||The Selection|
|Rake & Scrape Boys||Rake-and-scrape is a genre of music native to the Bahamas.|
|Bajan Pride||Bajan is a popular term for citizens of Barbados.|
|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.|
|Gombey Warriors||The Gombey is an iconic symbol of Bermuda, a unique performance art full of colorful and intricate masquerade, dance and drumming.|
|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").|
|Canarinho||The Little Canary||In reference to the yellow shirt.|
|Seleção||The Selection||Seleção means the process or act of selecting.|
|Verde-Amarela||The Green and Yellow||The flag of Brazil also known in Portuguese as Verde e amarela ("The Green and Yellow").|
|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.|
|Canucks||"Canuck" is a slang term for Canadian.|
|Les Rouges||The Reds||From their Red uniforms.|
|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.|
|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.|
|El equipo de todos||The team of everyone|
|Los Cafeteros||The Coffee Growers||Colombian coffee is renowned the world over for its quality and delicious taste.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Soka Kuki Airani||The National Team||The Flag of the Cook Islands from 1973 to 1979 was a predominantly green color representing the continuous growth and life of the islands|
|The Green and Whites|
|Los Ticos||The Ticos||From the local linguistic habit of creating diminutives by adding "tico" instead of "tito" to the end of words.|
|La Sele||Shortening of "The Selection" (in Spanish)||Named after the most successful national football team in the history of Central America. Which won three CONCACAF Championships (1963, 1969 and 1989) and eight championships in the Copa Centroamericana and its predecessor.|
|Los Matacampeones||The Champion Killers|
|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.|
|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.'|
|Dominica Team||The imperial amazon or Dominican amazon, also known as the sisserou, is a parrot found only on the Caribbean island of Dominica. It has been designated as the national bird of Dominica.|
|Los Pericos||The Parrots|
|Los Quisqueyanos||The Quisqueyanos||Quisqueya is one of the names of Hispaniola Island otherwise known as the Dominican Republic. It is believed to mean "mother of all lands" in the Taíno language.|
|La Tri / Tricolor||The Tricolour||The Flag of Ecuador has a horizontal tricolor of yellow blue and red with the National Coat of Arms superimposed at the center.|
|La Selecta||The Selected|
|Los Cuscatlecos||The Cuscatlecos||It means pertaining to El Salvador or of El Salvador.|
|Bula Boys||"Bula" is a greeting used in Fiji.|
|Spice Boyz||Grenada is known as the "Island of Spice".|
|Los Chapines||The Guatemalans||"Chapin" is a Spanish slang term to refer to Guatemalans.|
|La Azul y Blanco||The Blue & White||From the Guatemalan flag which is a tri-band of white and Blue.|
|Golden Jaguars||The jaguar is one of the largest carnivorous mammals in Central America and it is found in Guyana. The Guyanese Coat of Arms includes two jaguars holding a pickaxe.|
|Les Grenadiers||The Soldiers|
|Le Rouge et Bleu||The Red & Blue|
|Los Catrachos||The Catrachos|
|La Bicolor||The Bi-color|
|La H||The H||The initial for Honduras.|
|Reggae Boyz||Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica.|
|El Tri / Tricolor||From "Tricolor" (Tricolour)|
|Emerald Boys||Montserrat is nicknamed "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean".|
|Les Cagous||The Kagus|
|Les Rouges et Gris||The Red and Grays|
|All Whites||New Zealand adopted an 'all white' playing strip during the 1981 World Cup qualifying campaign.|
|Football Ferns||The fern is one of the national symbols of New Zealand.|
|Los Albiazules||The Whites & Blues|
|Los Pinoleros||The Pinole Makers||"Pinolero" is slang for a citizen of Nicaragua.|
|La Marea Roja||The Red Tide|
|Equipo Canalero||The Canal Team||In reference to the Panama Canal.|
|Kapuls||The Cuscus||A species of Australasian possum.|
|La Albirroja||The White-Red|
|Los Guaraníes||The Guaraní|
|La Blanquirroja||The White-Red|
|El Huracán Azul||The Blue Hurricane|
|Manumea||After a native bird.|
|The Bonitos||Tribe of fishes.|
|De Natio||Short for "Nationale Selectie" (National Selection)|
|Toa Aito |
Les guerriers de fer
|Timi Fakafomua||The National Team|
|Soca Warriors||Soca is a music genre that originated in Trinidad and Tobago.|
|TCI Team||TCI is the acronym of "Turks and Caicos Islands".|
|USMNT||Acronym of "United States Men's National Football Team".|
|Stars & Stripes||Reference to the American flag.|
|The Yanks||Slang term to refer to someone of American origin.|
|USWNT||An acronym of "United States Women's National Football Team".|
|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.|
|The Stars and Stripes||Reference to the American flag.|
|La Celeste (Olímpica)||The (Olympic) Sky Blue|
|Los Charrúas||The Charrúa||Indigenous people living in present day Uruguay.|
|The Dashing Eagle||The eagle is the national symbol of the U.S. Virgin Islands.|
|The Men in Black and Gold|
|La Vinotinto||The Burgundy|
|Los Llaneros||The Plainsmen|
|La Remolacha Mecanica||The Clockwork Beet|
|Абхазы||Abkhasians||[ citation needed ]|
|Горцы||Highlanders||[ citation needed ]|
|Кавказцы||Caucasians||[ citation needed ]|
|Dougies||The Doug, or Douglas fir, is one of the primary symbols of the Cascadia bioregion.|
|La Selecioun||The Selection|
|Polar-Bamserne||The Polar Teddybears|
|The Tricolour||[ citation needed ]|
|Ingqungqulu||The Warrior Birds|
|La Seleccion||The Selection|
|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.|
|Les Québécois||The Québécois||[ citation needed ]|
|Die Bündner||The Grisons|
|I Rom||The Gypsies|
|Sa Natzionale||The National Team|
|禁断の集団||The Forbiddens||Named after the Danish documentary on the team, called The Forbidden Team.|
|Los Dromedarios||The Dromedaries|
|Euskal Selekzioa||The Basque Team|
|La Selecció||The Selection|
|La Quatribarrada||The Quadruple||In reference to the four orange horizontal bands on the flag of Catalonia.|
|La Segadora||The Reapers||Els Segadors is the official anthem of Catalonia.|
|La Senacaf||The Senacaf|
|Les Yana Dòkòs||The Yana Dòkòs|
|The Four Stars||In reference to the stars on the flag of the F.S. of Micronesia.|
|Les Gars de Guadeloupe||Guys of Guadeloupe|
|Les Boug'Wada||Gwada Boys|
|Les Matinino||The Matatino||Tribute to the history of the island.|
|The Blue Ayuyus||Ayuyu is the name given to the Cocount crab.|
|Club R||In reference to the initial for Réunion.|
|Saint Swallows||[ citation needed ]|
|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.|
|Eretz Israel||Land of Israel|
|De Antilopen||The Antelopes||[ citation needed ]|
|The Blues||[ citation needed ]|
|صقور الجنوب||South Falcons||[ citation needed ]|
|Красная Армия||The Red Army||[ citation needed ]|
|Plavi||The Blues||[ citation needed ]|
|Les Léopards||The Leopards|
Association football was first codified in 1863 in England, although games that involved the kicking of a ball were evident considerably earlier. A large number of football-related terms have since emerged to describe various aspects of the sport and its culture.
This are lists of nicknames in football.
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