Each World Cup offers fans the opportunity to improve their knowledge of geography and learn a bit more about countries around the world.
As usual, 32 nations have qualified for the Qatar 2022 tournament, with five continents represented.
Each team will arrive hoping to make their country proud and achieve success in what is arguably the world’s greatest sporting event.
Each nation is often referred to by its respective nickname in Qatar, so it pays to know who’s who.
The sports news looks at each team’s nickname for the 2022 World Cup and explains how some nations got their nickname.
Nicknames of World Cup teams 2022
|Argentina||La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue)|
|Belgium||Rode Duivels (The Red Devils)|
|Brazil||Selecao (The Team), Canarinho (Little Canary)|
|Cameroon||Les Lions Indomptables|
|Canada||The Reds, the Maple Leafs|
|Costa Rica||Los Ticos (The Ticos)|
|Croatia||Vatreni (The Blazers), Kockasti (The Checkered)|
|Denmark||De Rød-Hvide (The Red and White)|
|Ecuador||La Tricolor (The Tricolors)|
|England||The three lions|
|France||Les Bleus (The Blues)|
|Germany||National Eleven, The Team|
|Iran||Team Melli (The National Team)|
|Mexico||El Tri (The Tricolor)|
|Morocco||The Atlas Lions|
|Poland||Biało-czerwoni (The White and Red), Orły (The Eagles)|
|Portugal||A Seleção (The Selection), Os Navegadores (The Sailors)|
|Saudi Arabia||The Green Falcons|
|Senegal||Lions of Teranga|
|Serbia||Оrlovi (The Eagles)|
|South Korea||Taegeuk warriors, tigers of Asia|
|Spain||La Roja (The Red One), La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)|
|Switzerland||Nati (National Team), Rossocrociati (Red Crosses)|
|Tunisia||Eagle of Carthage|
|United States||USMNT, The Stars and Stripes|
|Uruguay||La Celeste (The Sky Blue)|
|Wales||Y Dreigiau (The Dragons)|
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How are national team nicknames chosen?
Nicknames often reflect a country’s colors, emblems, or national animals.
The “Tricolors” is a nickname shared by some teams and is chosen because these nations have three colors in their national flag.
Animals are often a common theme when it comes to nicknames, with lions, tigers, hawks, eagles and canaries all set to be mentioned at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Japan’s moniker Samurai Blue is particularly unique as blue does not appear on the flag, but it is a color the team has sported since the 1930s. Samurai, on the other hand, is a common nickname for Japanese men’s sports teams and a nod to their history.
Another interesting nickname is that of Morocco, known as the Atlas lions. This moniker refers to the Atlas lion, also known as the Barbary lion, an extinct subspecies of lion previously found in Morocco and other parts of North Africa.
Why is England called the three lions?
One of the most famous football nicknames belongs to England, also known as the Three Lions.
This nickname is a direct reference to the team’s three lions badge and the official logo of the Football Association.
England have worn the badge since their first game in 1872, while the FA put the three lions on their logo when it was founded in 1863.
Lions have been a common emblem on battlefields in England throughout history, with the three lion images first used as royal arms by Richard I in 1198.