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Traditionally, each team is referred to by the name of its country. However, each team also has its own nickname. This can be linked to the country’s culture, to one of its national symbols or simply to the colour of their jersey. Today, we invite you to discover the nickname of each of the 24 Euro 2020 teams.
Euro 2020 Team Nicknames
- Italy 🇮🇹 : Squadra Azzurra
- Switzerland 🇨🇭 : Nati
- Turkey 🇹🇷 : Ay-Yıldızlılar
- Wales 🏴 : The Dragons
- Belgium 🇧🇪 : Belgian Red Devils
- Denmark 🇩🇰 : Danish Dynamite
- Finland 🇫🇮 : Huuhkajat
- Russia 🇷🇺 : Sbornaya
- Austria 🇦🇹 : Wunderteam
- The Netherlands 🇳🇱 : Oranje
- North Macedonia 🇲🇰 : Crveni Lavovi
- Ukraine 🇺🇦 : The Blue and Yellows
- Croatia 🇭🇷 : Vatreni (ou Kockasti)
- Czech Republic 🇨🇿 : Reprezentace
- England 🏴: The Three Lions
- Scotland 🏴: The Tartan Army
- Poland 🇵🇱 : Biało-czerwoni
- Slovakia 🇸🇰 : Repre
- Spain 🇪🇸 : La Furia Roja
- Sweden 🇸🇪 : Blågult
- France 🇫🇷 : Les Bleus
- Germany 🇩🇪 : Die Mannschaft
- Hungary 🇭🇺 : Nemzeti Tizenegy
- Portugal 🇵🇹 : Selecção das quinas
The Origin of Each Qualified Team’s Nickname (by Group)
Italy 🇮🇹 Squadra Azzurra: This is a nickname mostly used by foreign countries and refers to the blue colour present on the Italian jersey. Transalpine people rather refer to their team as the Azzurri (the Blues) because blue and white are the colours of the House of Savoy, a European dynasty that has held the titles of Count of Savoy, Duke of Savoy, Prince of Piedmont, King of Sicily, King of Sardinia and, finally, King of Italy.
— Italy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@azzurri) March 31, 2021
Switzerland 🇨🇭Nati: This nickname is simply an abbreviation of Nationalmannschaft which means “The National Team” (in German).
Turkey 🇹🇷 Ay-Yıldızlılar: To be understood as “The Crescent-Stars” which appears on the Turkish flag.
Wales 🏴 The Dragons: The dragon is a symbolic creature in Wales and appears on the country’s flag.
Belgium 🇧🇪 Belgian Red Devils: The nickname given to the national team by journalist Pierre Walckiers. According to some, he named them after Camille Jenatzy, a Belgian racing driver who was called the “Red Devil” because of his red beard.
Denmark 🇩🇰 Danish Dynamite: This nickname was given to the Danish golden generation in the 1980s.
Finland 🇫🇮 Huuhkajat: The origin of the nickname “The Eagles Owls” can be traced back to 2007. During a match between Finland and Belgium, when the score was 0-0, a great horned owl landed on the crossbar of one of the goals. It brought good luck to the Finns, who won 2-0. Since then, the bird’s name has become the nickname of the national team.
Russia 🇷🇺 Sbornaya: This nickname also translates as the “National Team”.
Гимн 🇷🇺 pic.twitter.com/C5EeIulRmC
— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) March 30, 2021
Austria 🇦🇹 Wunderteam: Refers to the nickname of the national team between 1930 and 1933, the “Super Team”.
Netherlands 🇳🇱 Oranje: The nickname comes from the orange colour of the first Dutch flag, the “Prince’s Flag”. This flag originated in the 16th century during the revolts against Spanish rule.
— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) March 30, 2021
North Macedonia 🇲🇰 Crveni Lavovi: The “Red Lion” refers to the crowned golden lion that appears on the traditional red embroideries of Korenich-Neorich (which lists the arms of eleven other Central European countries).
Ukraine 🇺🇦 The Blue and Yellows: Ukrainians are nicknamed the “Blue and Yellows” after the two colours on its flag.
Croatia 🇭🇷 Vatreni (or Kockasti): The first Croatian nickname translates to “The Fiery Ones” or “The Blazers”. The second one means “The Checkered Ones”, relating to the 25 checks on the Croatian jersey. These red and white checks represent the 25 provinces of the country.
Czech Republic 🇨🇿 Reprezentace: This nickname means “The Selection” in Czech.
England 🏴 The Three Lions: The English nickname comes from the three lions that appear on the English coat of arms.
What a feeling 🏴🦁❤️ pic.twitter.com/gn9tzt0tqm
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) March 31, 2021
Scotland 🏴 The Tartan Army: Tartan is a textile mostly worn by Celtic people and refers to Scottish supporters.
Poland 🇵🇱 Biało-czerwoni: Means “The Eagles”, relating to the Polish emblem.
Slovakia 🇸🇰 Repre: Short for ”Národná reprezentácia” which translates as “The National Team”.
Spain 🇪🇸 La Furia Roja: Translating as “The Red Fury”, this nickname refers to the red of the Spanish jersey.
Sweden 🇸🇪 Blågult: This means the “Blue-Yellow”, in reference to the colours on the Swedish flag.
Tre hållna nollor
— Svensk Fotboll (@svenskfotboll) April 1, 2021
France 🇫🇷 Les Bleus: All French selections refer to the blue colour of the national team jersey (Bleuets (youth selection), Bleues (women’s selection), Bleuettes (youth women’s selection)).
Germany 🇩🇪 Die Mannschaft: The German selection is simply called the “National Team”.
— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) March 29, 2021
Hungary 🇭🇺 Nemzeti Tizenegy: Translates as ‘National Eleven’ and refers to the starting 11 players.
Portugal 🇵🇹 Selecção das quinas: “Quinas” are the name given to the five shields in which five silver coins appear on the Portuguese flag.