The official site of the Eurocup revealed the history behind the nicknames that each of the teams have, and here we present them to you.
Ay-Yıldızlılar (The Rising Stars), Bizim Çocuklar (Our Boys)
The name of Turkey is inspired by the elements of its national flag: a white crescent and a star on a red background, dating back to the flag of the former Ottoman Empire. # BizimÇocuklar (literally #NuestrosHijos) is a very popular hashtag on social media.
Gli Azzurri (The Blues), La Nazionale (The National Team)
Known as the Tricolore, the national flag of Italy is characterized by its striking green, white and red stripes. And why Gli Azzurri (Los Azules)? In honor of the color of the Royal House of Savoy, which unified the nation in 1861.
And Dreigiau (The Dragons)
The mythical nickname of Wales can be seen as an emblem throughout Welsh history, dating back to the reign of Cadwaladr, King of Gwynedd, in the 7th century. In 1959, a red dragon on a white and green background was officially recognized as the Welsh national flag.
A-Team, Nati (National Team), Rossocrociati (Red Cross)
With four official languages (French, German, Italian and Romansh), the Swiss opt for the simplicity of A-Team and Nati. Rossocrociati (in Italian) refers to the square-shaped Swiss flag that represents a white cross on a red background.
De Rød-Hvide (The Red-White), Danish Dynamite
“We are red, we are white, we are Danish Dynamite,” reads the chorus of the Danish song for EURO ’84, composed by 78-year-old sports journalist Gunnar ‘Nu’ Hansen. Known as Dannebrog, the national flag with a white cross on a red background inspires both its stripe and the nickname De Rød-Hvide.
Huuhkajat (Royal Owls)
Bubi, the eagle owl, was the inspiration for the Danish national team’s nickname. Bubi swooped down to land on the goal and interrupt the Finland-Belgium duel at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in 2007.
De Rode Duivels, Les Diables Rouges, Die Roten Teufel (The Red Devils)
In a 1905 Dutch derby between Belgium and the Netherlands, the Dutch press reported that some Belgian players “worked like hell.” In reference to their red jerseys, the national team soon became known as The Red Devils (with the name translated into the three official languages of Belgium: Dutch, French and German).
Sbornaya or Сборная (National Team)
The winning team of the first edition of the EURO in 1960 (as the Soviet Union), Russia went directly to be known as Sbornaya.
Oranje, Clockwork Orange
The color orange symbolizes the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange, hence their brightly colored shirts and their Dutch nickname for Oranje. A finalist in the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cup Finals, the Johan Cruyff-era Dutch national team was nicknamed ‘A Clockwork Orange’ for the mechanical brilliance of their ‘total football’.
Synio-Zhovti or Синьо-жовті (Blue-Yellows)
Blue and yellow are the national colors of Ukraine. Divided horizontally into two halves, the blue half of the flag is said to represent the sky and the yellow half the cereal fields.
Das Nationalteam (The National Team), Unsere Burschen (Our Boys)
A very fond nickname for Austria, who will take part in a UEFA European Championship for the third time when EURO 2020 kicks off.
Рисови (The Lynxes)
The Balkan lynx, which appears on the North Macedonian 5-denarius coin, is an indigenous species in serious danger of extinction.
England – Three Lions
The coat of arms of England shows a trio of lions ‘passant guardant’ (walking with their heads turned) surrounded by ten Tudor roses, which are traditional heraldic emblems of England. It is said that they were brought into battle to spur the soldiers under Richard the Lionheart in the 12th century. And since then, all the royal arms of the English monarchs carry three lions.
Croatia – Vatreni (Full of Fire / Fieros), Kockasti (The Chessmen)
Croatian writer Josip Prudeus first coined the term ‘Vatreni’ in 1996 in the lyrics of the football anthem ’11 Vatrenih ‘(11 fierce). The nickname became fashionable. Kockasti refers to Croatia’s red and white jerseys and the traditional pattern that fills the national crest.
Scotland – The Tartan Army
Tartan is a traditional Scottish fabric. In its multiple color combinations it is used to represent the different clans that make up the country.
Czech Republic – Národní tým (National Team), Naši (Our Boys)
Národní tým is also known by the shortened version of Nároďák. Naši personifies his bond with the Czech fans.
Spain – La Roja, The Spanish Fury
The silver medal-winning Spanish team at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp was first dubbed La Furia Española. It was due to his fierce, aggressive and direct style, in addition to the red jerseys. The most recent versions of the ‘tiki-taka’ are usually known simply as La Roja.
Sweden – Blågult (Blue-Yellow)
Sweden’s nickname is based on his yellow t-shirt and socks and blue shorts, which match the colors of a national flag that features an off-center yellow cross on a blue background. Those national colors date back to the rule of Magnus III in the 13th century.
Poland – Biało-czerwoni (White and Red), Orły (Eagles)
Based on its coat of arms, a white-tailed eagle on a red shield, which also appears on its stripe, Poland is nicknamed the Eagles. Given the color scheme of the flag and their kit, the Poles are also referred to as ‘White and Red’.
Slovakia – Sokoli (Falcons), Repre (Representatives)
Seeking a symbol that reflected the traditions of the country in the modern era, in 2015 the Slovak Football Association decided that the “insight, speed, dexterity and savagery” of a hawk embodied the attributes of the best players in the country.
Hungary – Magyarok (Magiares), Nemzeti Tizenegy (National XI)
Magyars refers to the ethnic group originating in Hungary. The dazzling national team of the 1950s, captained by Ferenc Puskás, was also known as the ‘Magyars Magyars’ or the ‘Wonderful Magyars’.
Portugal – A Seleção (The Selection), Seleção das Quinas (Selection of the Shields)
The Seleção das Quinas (Selection of Shields) is a nod to the five blue shields of the Portuguese shield.
France – Les Bleus (The Blues)
Les Bleus comes from their blue shirts and from the left band of the tricolor flag. Blue is rooted in French history, appearing in heraldry as a national color since the 12th century.
Germany – Nationalelf (National Eleven), DFB-Elf (DFB Eleven), Die Nationalmannschaft (The National Team), Die Mannschaft (The Team)
In 2015, Germany was renamed internationally as ‘Die Mannschaft’ (The Team). Former striker Oliver Bierhoff noted that the new label represents everything the team conveys: “creativity, quality, respect, fair play.”