Qatar 2022 - Team Nicknames

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Here is a list of the 32 countries who have qualified for the 2022 World Cup, and their common team nicknames.

Where some countries are known by more than one nickname, I have tried to list the most commonly used name. See also the larger list of national football team nicknames for all known National football team nicknames and more discussion about each one.

Team Nickname notes
Argentina la Albiceleste “the White and Sky Blues” (in Spanish)
Australia the Socceroos a hybrid word from Soccer and Kangaroo (a native animal to Australia)
Belgium les Diables Rouges / Rode Duivels meaning 'the Red Devils' (in French and Dutch)
Brazil Canarinho, or Seleção Canarinho means 'little canary', and Seleção means The Selection/Team (in Portuguese).
Cameroon Lions indomitables meaning Indomitable Lions (in French)
Canada the Canucks Canucks is a slang term for Canadians. Also Les Rouges, meaning 'The Reds'
Costa Rica Los Ticos Spanish slang for natives of Costa Rica. Also la Tricolor (“the Tricolors” in Spanish), la Roja (“the Reds”), la Sele (“the Selection”
Croatia Vatreni meaning Fiery boys. Also sometimes Kockasti (The Chequereds)
Denmark Danish Dynamite
Ecuador la Tri, or la Tricolor the Tricolor (in Spanish)
England the Three Lions
France les Bleus meaning 'the blues' in French
Germany Die Nationalmannschaft, or Die Nationalelf meaning 'The National Team', 'The National Eleven' (in German). Outside of Germany, simply 'Die Mannschaft' (The Team) is commonly used.
Ghana the Black Stars a reference to the sole black star on Ghana's flag
Iran Team Melli meaning the National Team (in Persian). Also Shirants Perse / Shiran-e Pars (“the Persian Lions” in Persian).
Japan Samurai Blues also Nihon Daihyo (“Japanese Representatives” in Japanese)
Mexico el Tri / el Tricolor / Tricolores also less commonly uses the alternative nickname of "Los Aztecas".
Morocco les Lions de l’Atlas, Atlas Lions “the Lions of Atlas” (in French), named after the Atlas Mountains
Netherlands Oranje meaning 'orange' (in Dutch)
Poland Bialo-Czerwoni White-Reds (in Polish). Also Polskie Orly (“ the Polish Eagles” in Polish)
Portugal Selecção das Quinas in Portuguese the word "QUINAS" is a 5 sided Polyhedron, representing the "Forts" (Castles) Conquered from the Moors, in the "Foundation" of Portugal in 1143.
Qatar Al Ennabi “the Crimsons” in Arabic
Saudi Arabia Al Sogour Al Akhdar “the Green Hawks/Falcons” (in Arabic). Also Ouilad Al Sahraa (“the Sons of the Desert” in Arabic)
Senegal Les Lions de la Teranga The Lions of Teranga / the Lions of Hospitality (in French). “Teranga” originates from the Wolof language.
Serbia Plavi the blue, or Orlovi (“the eagles” in Serbian)
South Korea Asian Tigers or Taeguk Warriors also the Red Devils. The Taeguk symbol of two hands clasping is in the middle of the Korean flag.
Spain La Furia Roja meaning 'The Red Fury'. Also sometimes known as la Seleccion (“the Selection” in Spanish).
Switzerland Schweizer Nati, or just Nati meaning 'The Nats' – short for Nationals
Tunisia Les Aigles de Carthage The Eagles of Carthage (in French)
Uruguay Charrúas The Charrúas are the  indigenous people of present-day Uruguay. Another nickname sometimes used is La Celeste Olímpica (The Olympic Sky Blue)
USA The Stars and Stripes Other names that are used are Team USA and The Yanks. There does not appear to be an official name.
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