FIFA World Cup: Top 10 unique nicknames of teams
Nicknames of football teams give fans and players alike a unique sense of identity. The names can come from the team's unique playing style or traits, the colours of their kits, and so on. With FIFA World Cup 2022 featuring top footballing nations worldwide, each with their unique nicknames, let's take a look at 10 national teams with the most unique names.
La Furia Roja, "The Red Fury", Spain
They appear in red and play with fury, hence the nickname, La Furia Roja. The Spanish national team's jersey is known for always sporting a bright, red colour so it was in reference to that they are the red fury.
Die Roten Teufel, "The Red Devils", Belgium
Inspired by their jersey colour from 1906, the Belgian national team sure has a devilish charm with their nickname. Continuing with the jersey colour-inspired names, we have the Belgium national team's name, Die Roten Teufel — The Red Devils.
Os Navegadores, "The Navigators", Portugal
As a homage to the rich history of famous navigators who set out on oceans in search of new territories, the national team of Portugal decided to adapt the perfect nickname paying homage to the countries navigating past, as they are called Os Navegadores — The Navigators.
Oranje, The Netherlands
The sea of bright orange coloured jersey clad supporters chanting the team's name is an amazing sight of The Netherlands football matches, corresponding to their home kit colour of orange and the logo of their governing body of football, KNVB, they are popularly called Oranje.
Les Blues, France
Known for their iconic blue colour home jerseys, the current world champions, the French team is hence also known as Les Blues in reference to their blue jerseys.
La Albiceleste, The White and Sky Blue, Argentina
Two time world cup winners Argentina are called La Albiceleste, meaning the white and sky blues as a homage to the stripes of their jerseys, as well as a nod to the Argentine flag that consists of those colours. With Argentina always a favourite at the World Cups, we eagerly wait for La Albiceleste fan base to cheer their team throughout the tournament.
A Selecao, Brazil
Selecao, meaning selected players in Portuguese is what Brazilians call every football team in Brazil. However, for the record five-time winning world champions, they are called as A Selecao, meaning the selected players as they represent the very best Brazil has to offer.
Samurai Blue, Japan
Japan's historical Samurai background is a source of immense pride for them, hence in close reference to the rich history, the football team is known as Samurai Blue
Eagles of Carthage, Tunisia
Tunisia's ancient time civilisation history is based on Carthage, while the eagle is the logo of the Tunisian football federation. Combining the two, Tunisia team are known as Eagles of Carthage.
The Atlas Lions, Morocco
Morocco's national animal is called Barbary lion, as well as Atlas lion, which is now extinct, but the Moroccan national team is keeping the name alive by adapting it as their nickname.