World Cup 2014: Nicknames and shields for each country

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Dec 6, 2013; Kansas City, KS, USA; A general view of the 2014 World Cup draw during the World Cup draw event in advance of the MLS Cup at Sporting Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 6, 2013; Kansas City, KS, USA; A general view of the 2014 World Cup draw during the World Cup draw event in advance of the MLS Cup at Sporting Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 World Cup is underway in Brazil and all 32 participating countries have almost one game in the books. With that said, there is plenty about the World Cup 2014 participants that fans across the globe may not know.

Much like any professional sports team, the nations who are in the World Cup have nicknames for their teams.

Some of the most popular nicknames are El Tri, Les Elephants and Azzurri, but what about the rest of the countries that you may not have heard of before?

And, no, USMNT does not count as the nickname for the United States men’s national team.

With 32 teams, it may be difficult to keep track of every nickname, so we have put all of the information you will need in one place.

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We have also included the shields for each nation, which are worn on their jerseys.

If you want to be more “in the know” when it comes to speaking about each of the countries in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, cycle through the following pages for each nickname for the national association football teams from each participating country.

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