The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is a chance for the best soccer-playing countries in the world to take pride in their teams and band together in the name of sport.

But wherever there are sport teams, there are also nicknames, and that holds true for this year's World Cup as in any other professional sporting event or league.

This year's crop of teams is a great showcase of some of the funniest team nicknames, as well as some of the greatest. Some are unofficial, some more official, but all of them are worth checking out.

Here's an alphabetical list of World Cup teams with classic team nicknames (translated into English when needed) for you to peruse as you watch all the 2014 World Cup matches. You'll notice there aren't too many teams left off the list, as most nicknames were too good to exclude:

Algeria - The Desert Warriors

Australia - The Socceroos

Brazil - The Selection

Cameroon - The Indomitable Lions

Colombia - The Coffee Growers

Croatia - The Fiery Ones

England - The Three Lions

Greece - The Pirate Ship

Honduras - The Letter H

Iran - The Princes of Persia

Japan - The Blue Samurai

Mexico - The Little Hands

Netherlands - The Flying Dutchmen

Portugal - The National Team of the Shields

Spain - The Red Fury

United States - The Yanks

Uruguay - The Celeste Claw