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13 the coolest mascots in the history of the FIFA World Cup

We are in Jiji.ng decided to remember what were the mascots of the world championships of the past years.

So we collected 13 images with mascots. P.S. For us South Africa most beautiful of them.

Willie – England, 1966

Mascot Willie - EnglandLion mascot Willie was the first World Cup in England and one of the first general sports mascots in history. After him, all countries began to portray traditional mascots with the ball. Leo is a typical symbol of the United Kingdom, he was dressed in a form with the symbols of the national flag.

Juanito – Mexico, 1970

Mascot Juanito - MexicoThe boy named Juanito (Juan – the most common male name in Mexico) became the symbol of the 1970 World Cup. On toddler flaunts traditional Mexican headdress – a sombrero.

Type and Top – Germany 1974

Mascot Type and Top - GermanyShould give tribute to the sense of humor and self-criticism of the Germans: their mascot bit caricature. But such charming, is not it? Letters «WM» T-shirt – an abbreviation of the word Weltmeisterschaft («the World Cup ‘), and the inscription” 74 “, respectively, of the year.

Gauchito – Argentina, 1978

Mascot Gauchito - ArgentinaArgentines have decided to continue the tradition, and again a symbol of the championship was a boy. Against the background of Juanito chubby and funny type and stomp it looks like a real athlete. Gauchito dressed in traditional form, but a whip in his hand and a handkerchief around the neck give him a gaucho – a person living in the pampas (the analog of the cowboys in America).

Naranjito – Spain, 1982

Naranjito Mascot - SpainIt may seem strange, but the Spaniards chose their mascot … orange! And even put it into a football shape with national symbols. Do not be surprised, just this country is proud of its legendary oranges, of which make the most delicious juice.

Pique – Mexico, 1986

Mascot Pique - MexicoCulinary theme supported by the Mexicans, and replace Juanito came hot pepper Pike as a symbol of the traditional cuisine. However, the attributes remain unchanged Sobrero – national headdress of Mexico. Piquet name comes from the Spanish word picante, which summarizes the local name for the spice.

Chao – Italy, 1990

Mascot Chao - ItalyCubism in all its glory. Talisman Italian championship was the man of the cubes in the colors of the national flag. Soccer ball for a head – a symbol of passionate love Italian football. As it was he was chosen the most popular word in Italy, which is used for greetings. Such here it is, the progressive Italian design.

Stryker – the United States, 1994

Mascot Stryker - USAAmericans have created a very nice and cute mascot named Stryker (from the word strike – «slaughter»). And although football is not the most favorite sport of Americans, this mascot was extremely popular. Different attributes to him successfully sold during the championship.

Futiks – France, 1998

Mascot Futiks - FranceThe French did not hesitate to choose as a mascot rooster – a national symbol of this country. Very bright and beautiful character helped France win first place in the championship in 1998. And he broke the sales record of the American Stryker.

Ato, Kaz and Nik – Japan and South Korea 2002

Mascot Ato, Kaz and Nik - Japan and South KoreaSymbol of the first FIFA World Cup in Asia have three characters at once. They were created with the help of computer graphics and high-tech are designed to emphasize the championship host countries. All three were considered members of the team atmobolu – fictional sport akin to football: Ato – coach and Kaz and Nik – players.

Gol VI and Pille – Germany, 2006

Mascot Gol VI and Pille - GermanyAfter 40 years in Germany, the mascot of the championship was again a lion, is now named Gol VI, but in speaking of the ball Pille. Unfortunately, the bankruptcy of the company producing the symbols shown that the choice as mascot dolls – not the best idea.

Zakum – South Africa 2010

Mascot Zakum - South AfricaGreen-yellow (the national colors of South Africa) became a symbol of the leopard Championship 2010. This animal is traditionally symbolizes a proud and freedom-loving people of Africa. However extravagant color of his hair has caused a huge amount of controversy.

Fuleco – Brazil 2014

Mascot fuleco - BrazilWith this talisman we have learned that in Brazil, home to armadillos. Fuleco (from words futebol – «football” – and ecologia – «Ecology”) has turned out cheerful, lively and energetic. It was beautifully animated: from time to time curled up into a ball and even danced the samba every time a Brazilian team scored a goal.

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