For my money, the World Cup is more exciting than the Olympics. There’s a lot more riding on each game, and I get to root for my home country — the United States — and be an underdog. That pretty much never happens to America in international sporting events.

There’s just a few weeks left until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil starts up, and to commemorate the event, ESPN commissioned Brazilian artist Cristiano Siqueira to create national posters for each team. The posters include one or more of the team’s star players, their nickname, and a unique design. They are basically perfect for printing out and hanging up on your wall for the duration of the tournament.

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Algeria’s team nickname, “Les Fennecs,” translates to “The Fennec Foxes.” Pictured is Sofiane Feghouli, who plays for Valencia CF when he’s not playing for the Algeria National Team.



The nickname Albicelestes translates to “White and Sky Blue,” which, come on Argentina, you can do better than that. How about the Gauchos, or the Grass-Fed Argentine Beefs? The player, obviously, is Lionel Messi, who is a year younger than me and arguably one of the best soccer player of all time.



Australia obviously needs to field a national basketball team and call them the “Dunkaroos.” Pictured here is all-time Australia National Team top-scorer and Vice Captain Tim Cahill, who, in his free time, plays for the New York Red Bulls in the MLS. He also played for Millwall and Everton in the UK.



The Belgium Red Devils have never won a World Cup, but they’re certainly hungry for it: This past year, a Belgian team recruited a 20-month old baby. Get ‘em while they’re young, Belgium. Pictured is Chelsea star Eden Hazard, who tore it up for my fantasy team last year.


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina is the highest ranked of the former Yugoslav countries in FIFA. Pictured is their top scorer Edin Džeko, a forward for reigning Premier League Champions Manchester City.



The most successful team in World Cup history is also this year’s host: Selecao just means “The Selection,” although another nickname is “Pentacampeões” or “The Five-Time Champions.” Pictured is top-scorer Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, who at age 22, has reached the status of being known only by his first name.



Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions have been to 7 World Cups, more than any other African team. Pictured is captain and star forward Samuel Eto’o, who has received the “African Player of the Year” award four times.



With a nickname just meaning “The Red One,” Chile has been in 8 World Cups, but the closest they ever came to winning was third, when they hosted in 1962. Alexis Sanchez is their top scorer. He plays for Barcelona.



“Cafeteros” means “The Coffee Growers.” Which is definitely fitting for Colombia. They are currently ranked fifth in FIFA’s World Rankings. James Rodriguez, pictured, is only 22 years old, but has been declared the successor to Colombia’s football legend Carlos Valderrama by many – including Valderrama himself.


Costa Rica

“Los Ticos” is a nickname for Costa Ricans in general, so it’s been adopted as their team’s nickname. Costa Rica is the most successful Central American country in World Cup history, having made it to four. Pictured is Joel Campbell, a young player who is signed to Arsenal, but has been on loan to a series of teams for the last few years.



The Croatia Vatreni (“Blazers”) have only been around since 1991, but in their World Cup debut in 1998, they finished third and produced the top scorer. In front is Bayern Munich star Mario Mandzukic, and behind is Luka Modric, a midfielder for Real Madrid.



This will be Ecuador’s third World Cup – “Tricolor” means the same thing in Spanish as it does in English by the way – with their first being only in 2002. It’s hard to be a small country that shares a continent with Argentina and Brazil. Their captain is Antonio Valencia, a Manchester United player who had the number of Christian Benitez, a former teammate who died suddenly at 27 of a heart attack, tattooed on his arm.



The oldest national team in football is England’s team, which hasn’t won a World Cup since 1966. Their best player is Wayne Rooney, a forward for Manchester United and one of the highest paid football players in the world. England’s last World Cup appearance in 2010 ended in a very well-publicized disaster, and included a draw with America that was, if we’re being totally honest, not because America was playing all that well.



France has two nicknames, “the Blues,” and, like Ecuador, “the Tricolors.” They won the World Cup back in 1998 when they were hosting. On the left is Franck Ribery, one of their top scorers and a star at Bayern Munich, who will be participating in his last World Cup this year, and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema.



Germany is consistently one of the best teams in the world. “Die Mannschaft” or “The Team” made it to the finals in 2010, where they lost to Spain. With any luck, they’ll be losing against the US in the Group Stage. Sorry, did I say “any luck”? I meant a ton of luck. Up top is Mesut Ozil, a midfielder with Arsenal who broke out in the 2010 World Cup. Clockwise from him is Bastian Schweinsteiger, a midfielder for Bayern Munich, and then in the bottom left is Philipp Lahm, team captain and fullback for Bayern Munich.



Ghana is another team I’d very much like to see lose instantly. In 2010, they became the third African team in history to make it to the quarterfinals. To the left is midfielder Michael “The Bison” Essien, in the middle is team captain Asamoah Gyan, who plays for Al Ain in the UAE Pro League, and to the right is Kevin Prince-Boateng, who plays for Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga.



The Greek team hadn’t had much luck until, as underdogs, they won the UEFA Cup back in 2004. Now they’re a force to be reckoned with. Their captain is Giorgos Karagounis, who is the most “capped” player in Greek national team history – meaning he has played in the most international matches. He currently plays for Fulham.



“Catrachos” is a term used for Hondurans. They’ll be playing in their third World Cup this year. To the left is Wilson Palacios, a player for Stoke City, and to the right is Jerry Bengtson, a player for the New England Revolution in the MLS.



Iran’s “Team Melli” (“National Team”) is currently ranked as the best team in Asia. Furthest to the left is Jalal Hosseini, a defender for Persepolis in the Iranian Premier League; in the middle is Reza Ghoochannejhad, a forward for Charlton Athletic in the English Championship League; and furthest to the right is Javad Nekounam, the team captain and by far the leading scorer for the team.



Italy’s National Team Azzurri (“The Blues”) has won 4 total World Cups, second only to Brazil. Their star player is Mario Balotelli, a striker for AC Milan. Balotelli is absolutely insane, and you should Google him immediately. He once went to a women’s prison for a “look around,” and when the police found a ton of cash on him, they asked him why, and he responded, “because I am rich.”


Ivory Coast

I probably don’t need to translate “Les Elephants.” The Ivory Coast is captained by the legendary Didier Drogba (to the left) who has been credited with literally stopping a civil war through the sheer awesomeness of his football. Seriously, read up on him. Pictured next to him is Man City star Yaya Toure.



Let’s all give Japan credit for having the most badass name, shall we? “Samurai Blue” sounds like the last words you hear before you die. To the right is Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda, and to the left is Shinji Kagawa, who plays for Man U and was the 2012 Asian Football Confederation International Player of the Year.



Mexico, yet another team with the nickname “The Tricolor” (come on guys, most flags have three colors in them, get creative), won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, and played the very first match in the first World Cup, but they have yet to win a World Cup. Their star player (pictured) is Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who plays for Man United, and is the third highest scorer ever for the Mexico team.



The Netherlands nickname means “Orange” as you may have guessed, but they also go by “Clockwork Orange,” and “The Flying Dutchmen,” both of which are solid in my books. They’re ranked 9th overall, and their captain (the big guy in the middle) is Robin Van Persie, the Man United striker who ruined my Fantasy team this year. Thanks, RVP.



Nigeria’s Super Eagles are captained by goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. To the right of him is Chelsea Midfielder John Obi Mikel, and to the left is Liverpool forward Victor Moses.



Portugal’s National Team (“A Seleção das Quinas” means “The Selection of the Five Shields,” referring to their flag) is currently ranked third. The reason? Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best players in the world right now, and also one of the highest paid.



Russia’s Sbornaya (“The National Team”) is currently ranked 19th in FIFA. Pictured is their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.


South Korea

South Korea’s Taeguk Warriors have been in nine World Cups, more than any other Asian team. Pictured is Park Chu-Young, who played for Arsenal most recently, but is now between teams.



Spain’s “Red Fury” has earned its name: They are the reigning champions, and are considered one of the best ever national teams in soccer. In the middle is goalkeeper for Real Madrid and captain Iker Casillas, who is generally thought to be one of the best goalkeepers ever. On the left is Xavi Hernandez, who won World Soccer Player of the Year in 2010, and to the right is Andres Iniesta.



Switzerland’s “La Nati” (“The National”) is currently ranked 8th. They’ve never made it past the quarterfinals, and in 2006 were eliminated without allowing a single goal, which was a World Cup record. Pictured is their captain Gokhan Inler, a midfielder for Naples.


The United States

The USA team is currently ranked 13th, and has never gotten past the semifinals in the World Cup. They’ve drawn the “Group of Death” this year, having to play Germany, Ghana, and Portugal in the group round. Pictured to the left is Michael Bradley, a midfielder for Toronto, and to the left is goalkeeper Tim Howard, who has been playing forever. He’s currently at Everton. In the middle is team captain Clint Dempsey, who currently plays for the Seattle Sounders. Inexplicably missing from the squad is US star Landon Donovan, who was cut at the last minute.



This tiny country has won the World Cup twice. They're nicknamed “La Celeste” (“The Sky Blue”), and their star player and captain is Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. Suarez is a gigantic jackass, having racially abused teammates and bitten people. Note the plural: he’s been called out for bitings. He’s an incredible player, though.