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