A Quick Guide to the nicknames of the 2010 FIFA World Cup participants.
What do you get when you cross an elephant and a winged horse; or a blue Samurai and 11 indomitable lions? Well, it’s World Cup Football of course. For those like myself, who aren’t as “in the know” as they might like to be, but still want to sound like they know, here’s a handy little guide to the nicknames of the 32 clubs competing in South Africa, and a rough translation. So now when the Sons of Sam are taking on the Three Lions, you’ll be just a bit more prepared to discuss it.
South Africa – Bafana Bafana (The Boys)
Uruguay – La Charruas (Native people of what is now Uruguay)
France – Les Bleus
Mexico – El-Tri (for the tri-colored flag)
Argentina – La Albiceleste (the white and blue sky)
Nigeria – The Super Eagles
South Korea (aka Korea Republic) – Taeguek Jenosa (The Yin-Yang Warriors)
Greece – To Piratiko (The Pirate Ship)
USA – Sons of Sam or Uncle Sam’s Army
England – The Three Lions
Algeria – Les Fennecs (The Desert Foxes)
Slovenia – Zmajecki (The Dragon)
Germany – Die Mannschaft (The Team)
Ghana – The Black Stars
Serbia – Beli Orlovi (The White Eagles)
Australia – The Socceroos
Netherlands – The Oranje
Cameroon – Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions)
Denmark – The Danish Dynamite or Olsen’s Eleven (after coach Morten Olsen)
Japan – The Blue Samurai
Italy – The Azzurri or Squadra Azzurra (The Blue Team)
Slovakia – Repre (The National Team, shortened)
Paraguay – La Albirroja (The White and Red)
New Zealand – The All Whites
Brazil – The Samba Kings
Portugal – Os Navegadores (The Navigators) or Seleccao dos Quinas (The Five Shields)
Ivory Coast – Les Elephants
North Korea (aka Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) – The Chollima (a winged mythical horse)
Spain – La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)
Switzerland – Nati (The National Team, shortened)
Honduras – Los Catrachos (The Hondurans)
Chile – La Roja (The Red)
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