It is today quite normal that a mascot at a major sporting event is used to promote around the event and all activities. Not insignificant in this are the revenues generated by a mascot through merchandising. Consider: cups, shirts, stuffed animals and whatnot. The World Championships Football always have a mascot. The World Cup 1966 in England was only the first tournament where the mascot was introduced.
The name of the mascot for the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil: fuleco. It is a combination of the words futebol and ecologia. Thus, the World Cup organizers hope the audience besides the passion for football also to bring a little love for nature and the environment. The symbol is a blue yellow armadillo, which is threatened with extinction in Brazil. Fuleco got by election the most votes on the internet. More than 1,7 million people cast their votes. Fuleco won plenty of Zuzeco and Amijubi.
Zakumi is a leopard green. Zakumi is a contraction of South Africa and Kumi. Kumi means in different South African languages 'ten'. Jérôme Valcke, FIFA's secretary, said: "Zakumi represents the people, geography and spirit of South Africa", "He is therefore the symbol of the World Cup."
Mascot: Goleo VI
Goleo the lion is inseparable from his friend Pille ... his football. Goleo costume was designed by Jim Henson Studios, known from the Muppet's. He plays in the video for the hit Love Generation Bob Sinclair. Not all Germans were happy with a lion as a symbol of their World Cup. Precisely rivals like Britain and the Netherlands have a lion in their national football logo. The Germans would have liked an eagle.
Mascot: Kaz, Ato and Nik
They are orange, purple and blue futuristic, computer-generated creatures. They are the members of a "Atmoball" team, a fictional football-like sport. Ato is the coach and Kaz and Nik are players. The three individual names were selected many entries. People could vote via the Internet and at McDonald's outlets in South Korea and Japan. So one of the main sponsors also directly involved. A commercial deployment.
The rooster is the national symbol of France. The color is just like the mascot, dark blue. Incidentally, the colors of the national team. The name is a combination: Foot comes from football and the addition -ix refers to national folk hero Asterix. It has also thought about names like Raffie, Houpi and Gallik.
The dog Striker is elected by the American people as their mascot for USA '94. He is a symbol of America's pet number 1. The underlying idea is the connection. The dog was designed by Warner Bros. Striker wears the national colors red, white and blue. His shirt is USA'94 written.
This mascot deviates from the tradition to choose an animal. Ciao is a man made of slats. Others argue that it is made of Lego bricks. He wears the national colors ... tricolore. The reference to the football consists of the head. The name comes from the Ciao amikale greeting in Italian: Ciao.
Mascot: Senor Pique
In the same line as Naranjito for the previous World Cup in Spain, is chosen for this World Cup a piece of fruit / vegetable as a national symbol: a jalapeño chili pepper. The name comes from picante Pique. This is Spanish for spicy / pungent. This of course refers back to the hot pepper. Senor Pique wearing a sombrero and a big mustache. Fully to the stereotype people have of Mexicans.
The orange is a fruit that symbolizes Spain. That is why they chose the logo of the World Cup for the orange. The name comes from naranja, which means orange. Adds with '-ito' as a diminutive. Naranjito wears the uniform of the Spanish football team. The big smile symbolizes the pleasure that gives football.
The boy is wearing the uniform of the Argentine football team. He is linked to the World Cup football demonstrated by the ball he is carrying. The handkerchief around the neck and the whip are typsiche attributes for a gaucho. The name means little gaucho. A gaucho is a descendant of Spaniards who once ruled in South America. On his hat is Argentinia '78.
Mascot: Tip and Tap
Two gay guys in a white shirt, Germany football shirt. On the shirt of state Tip: WM. That stands for Welmeisterschaft, or World Championship. Tap on the shirt of state: 78, referring to the year of the championship. Critics argue that Tip and Tip, along with the pastor Willy, the only mascots that make a lasting impression on the audience. Others have made little or no impression and do not linger.
This mischievous boy wearing a sombrero. This is immediately clear that we are talking about Mexico. It is also written on it in large letters. Juanito does little Juan, a very common name in Mexico. The uniform of Juanito is the uniform of the Mexican national team. The ball refers to the football World Cup.
The first time a mascot is coupled to a large sporting event. The choice of a lion comes from the national symbol of the United Kingdom. Also on the shirt adorned with the Union Jack, the flag of the United Kingdom. While the tournament still played only in England. Willy is impressive: many remember the sporting lion. His shirt is written further World Cup.
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