The International Associated Football Federation (FIFA) will celebrate XXII from November 20 to December 18. edition Football World CupWhere 32 top teams compete to reach victory and raise the bar World Cup. The official mascot of the tournament is La’eeb, an animated white turban in the shape of a child.
‘La’eeb’ means ‘talented actress’ in Arabic. According to the organization, “brave and dashing, La’eeb has been at every FIFA World Cup and has been involved in some of the greatest moments in football history, including many memorable goals.”
The first Football World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930, but then there was no official mascot and it wasn’t until 1966 for England when the first one appeared. There have been different types of pets, including animals, humanoids or futuristic characters.
England 1966: Willie
The first and for many the best Official Mascot of the FIFA World Cup. The English lion wore his country’s flag and a shirt with “World Cup” written on his chest, representing a traditional symbol of the host country of the 1966 event.
Mexico 1970: Juanito
He was a boy wearing a Mexican hat that read “Mexico 70” and the famous green shirt of the time. three. Juanito was a radiant mascot befitting the first FIFA World Cup to be broadcast in colour.
Federal Republic of Germany 1974: Tip and Tap
The country that edited the 1974 edition decided to keep the same theme, but on this occasion not a child figure was used, but two figures of children, both dressed in the traditional white shirt of the German team. Tip wore the letters WM (WeltmeisterschaftGerman World Cup) and Tap number 74. The jovial duo presented an image of unity and friendship that was revisited in the 2006 edition.
Argentina 1978: Gauchito
For the third time in a row, the image of an enthusiastic young man was chosen. Gauchito also wore the jersey of the host country’s national team. He also wore a hat that read “ARGENTINA 78” and a scarf around his neck, both characteristic of the traditional gaucho costume; and a whip in his right hand.
Spain 1982: Naranjito
The Spanish edition had a more fruity feel, with Naranjito dazzling in national team colors and a wide smile.
Mexico 1986: Pike
In its second edition as host after the fall of Colombia, the Aztec nation retained the hat, but this time it was worn not by a child but by a giant chili pepper. This mascot also had the inevitable Mexican mustache and continued the fruit and vegetable theme that Naranjito started.
Italy 1990: Ciao
In this issue, the traditional image of the mascot has been set aside and a more modern design has been preferred. Ciao, like the Italian salute, was the first faceless mascot and the only mascot to date. The design consisted of a human figure made of cubes in the colors of the Italian flag and a soccer ball instead of a head.
USA 1994: Stryker
The mascot for this edition was chosen by the people of the tournament. The figure showed a friendly dog dressed in his team’s uniform with the competition’s logo on it.
France 1998: Footix
In 1998, France regained the essence of the English lion Willie with the rooster, which is the perfect French national symbol. Footix has been one of the most colorful mascots to date. It had a dark blue body, a red head, and a yellow beak.
Korea/Japan 2002: Spheres (Ato, Kaz and Nik)
This edition brought the first trio of pets. Three brightly colored figures (orange, purple and blue) with a futuristic look, very in tune with the host countries, always at the forefront of innovation. Ato, Kaz, and Nik played Atomball on their home planet, which is very similar to football. Ato was the coach and Kaz and Nik were his players. Their names were picked up on the internet and in McDonald’s stores in Korea and Japan.
Germany 2006: Goleo VI and Pille
Following the hi-tech Spheriks introduced in 2002, Goleo and Pille represented a return to a more traditional mascot form. This pressure also marked the return of the lion, Goleo, Pille, who did not stop talking, this time accompanied by a soccer ball.
South Africa 2010: Zakumi
The name of this friendly leopard consists of the syllable “ZA” (South African initials) and the word “kumi” meaning ’10’ in various African languages. Zakumi is a football fan who dyes his hair green to blend in with the grass.
Brazil 2014: Fuleco
more than 1,700,000 People voted for the Fuleco, a title derived from the combination of “soccer” and “ecology,” to be given to the tatú-bola, a type of armadillo. An endangered 100% Brazilian who turns into a cannon for self-defense. Shades of blue represented the sky and clear water in and around Brazil.
Russia 2018: Zabivaka
This edition featured a wolf as the mascot, whose name means “little scorer” in Russian. The colors the wolf wore were similar to the Russian flag, emphasizing the use of glasses for better vision when scoring goals. (D)
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