National Football/Soccer Team Nicknames

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The Team3 World Cup championships
Golden Bird of ParadiseFIFA code: PNG; lowest FIFA ranking
Stallionsregulated by Fédération Burkinabé de Foot-Ball
The Blue and Whitesoriginally founded by Palestine Football Assoc.
The Canucks, Les Rouges (The Reds)CONCACAFA Champions in 1985, 2000
Low-Ubangui Fawnsplay in Bangui; Central Africa
Chollima/Chonma2010 WC qualifications against South Korea were held in China
Saoregulated by Fédération Tchadienne de Football
The National Team, Lionheartshistorically, best Asian performer
Vatreni (The Blazers)won 36 straight home matches in Split or Zagreb
The Elephants1st World Cup appearance in 2006; West Africa
La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)2008 Euro Cup champions
Dragons, Golden Lilliesplay in Sarajevo and Zenica
Strákarnir Okkarplays at the northern-most FIFA stadium
Oranje, Flying Dutchmanrunner-up for World Cup 2 times
Tartan Army (Fan base)traditional rival: England
Super Eagles2 African Nations Cup championships
Ticos, The Selectionlost at 2010 CONMEBOL-CONCACAF play-off
Bhangra Boysrivals: Maldives and Pakistan
Green Men, Dark Horsesplay at Ashgabat Olympic Stadium
Olsen's Eleven, Olsen Gangalternative, alliterative nickname: D_____ Dynamite
The Red Lionstheir stadium holds 8,054 people; Western Europe
The Warriorspreviously known as Southern Rhodesia national football team
Indomitable Lionsmost World Cup qualifications for African nation
Schweizer Nati/La Natifirst national team to miss all penalty kicks in a shootout, against Ukraine in 2006
Eagles of Carthagehosted and won 2004 African Nations Cup
Harambee StarsNEVER qualified for World Cup; play in Nairobi
Eurasian Eagle-Owlsmascot: Bubi (eagle) who lives at Helsinki Olympic Stadium
The Brave Falconsfirst competitive match was for 2010 World Cup qualifiers; played jointly with Serbia for 2006 World Cup
The Maroonhosts of 2011, 1988 Asian Cups; small Middle Eastern nation
Azzurri4 World Cup championships
Al-Ahmar (The Red)knocked out by New Zealand in 2010 WC qualifications
The Reggae Boyz4 Caribbean Cup championships
Garuda, Red and Whitepreviously competed as Dutch East Indies national football team
Blue Shirtsplays in Kuressaare and Talinn; famous 'football hospital' fans
The Yellow-Bluesmost successful USSR team, quartefinals in 2006 World Cup
La Selecta, La Azul1st Central American team to beat Mexico
Lions of the Atlas1 African Nations Cup championship
Desert Foxesgrouped with England, US, and Slovenia for 2010 World Cup
Tigers of Asia, Red Devilshosted World Cup in 2002
All Whitescontrasts rugby nickname of All Blacks
The Coffee Growers2001 Copa America host
Samurai Blue3 Asian Cup championships
Bengal TigersNEVER qualified for World Cup
Les Bleus (The Blues)1 World Cup championship (1998)
La Azul y Blanco, Los Pinoleros, AlbiazulesNEVER qualified for World Cup; Central America
La Blanquirroja, La Rojiblanca (Red, White)rivals: Chile and Ecuador
The Copper Bullets1994, lost its team in the Gabon Air Disaster; play in Lusaka
The Tricolors1 of 4 teams to participate in 1st 3 World Cups, Eastern Europe
Charruas, The Olympic Sky Blue2 World Cup championships
Red and Blackssuspended by FIFA for 46 days; plays at notorious Qemal Stafa, in Tirana, where visiting teams almost always lose
El Trimade WC quarterfinals twice as hosts
Socceroosbiggest international win against Tonga 22-0
Repre1st WC qualification for 2010 World Cup with Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand
Národní tím (National Team)plays in Teplice and Prague
The Yanks1930, finished 3rd place
The Crown/Persian Lionplay at Pamir Stadium in Dushanbe
The Squirrelsplay at Stade de l'Amitie in Cotonou; qualified twice for African Nations Cup
The Green Falcons3 Asian Cup championships
White Wolvesplays in Tashkent
Nashamaplay at Amman International Stadium; NEVER qualifed for World Cup
Little Canary, The Selection5 World Cup championships
La Azul y Blanco, Los Chapines, La Bicolorcolors: blue & white; Central America
The White and Reds, White Eaglesplay in Bydgoszcz, Chorzów, Kielce, Kraków, Warsaw
The Golden Starcombine nickname with red background to get its flag
Albicelestes (White and Sky blue)2 World Cup championships
Al Azraq1980 Asian Cup champions, small nation
Lions of Terangarival: the Gambia
The Lions, The Tricolorsplay at Vasil Levski Stadium, Sofia
Soca Warriorssmallest nation to qualify for World Cup
The Boys in Green (Green Boys)First team outside UK to defeat England, 1949
Bufana Bufana (The Boys the Boys)2010 World Cup host
The ScorpiansNEVER qualified for World Cup, African Nations Cup; play in Bakau; West Africa
Black Stars; Brazil of Africa4 African Nations championships
La Roja (The Red One)finished 2nd in 2010 World Cup preliminary qualifications; South America
Sparrow HawksFIFA placed indefinite ban on their stadium, Stade de Kégué, in Lomé
The Great Wall2004 Asian Cup host
The Blue-Yellow1958 World Cup runner-up as hosts
The Bajansname comes from English-Creole language, in this island-nation
Guaranies, The White and Redplays in Asuncion
Walya Antelopes1 of 3 founders of African Nations Cup
Lions of Mesopotamia2007 Asian Cup champions
The Burgandy (La Vinotinto)NEVER qualified for World Cup; like US and Japan, baseball is more popular; South America
Black Panthers, Azingo Nationalepanthers on African coat of arms; plays in Libreville
The EaglesFIFA code: MLI; West Africa
White Eaglesqualified for 2010 World Cup, plays in Belgrade
The Three Lions1 World Cup championship
Pharoahs6 African Nations Cup championships
La Serenissima (The Big Club)NEVER won a competitive match/game (only 1 friendly)
The Raising Sunjoined FIFA in 2003, 1 year after nation's independence
Los Catrachos, La BicolorColombian Air Force flies team in for 2001 Copa America,
La Verde (The Green One)play at Estadio Hernando Siles
Red Devilsplays at King Baudouin Stadium
La Tri (The Tricolor)plays at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito
Crescent Starsplaced 3rd in Euro 2008 and 2002 World Cup
The Black Antelopesqualified for 2006 World Cup; plays in Luanda
The Greensthis African team beat Iraq 21-0 in 1966
The GreenshirtsNEVER qualified for Asian or World Cups
Corners of Selectioncurrent captain: Cristiano Ronaldo
Knights of St. Johnfinished last in 2010 qualifications (grouped w/ Denmark, Portugal, Sweden, Hungary, Albania)

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