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1994 – USA – Striker (The World Cup Pup) 

Striker the canine was designed by Warner Brothers, they usually selected a canine just because it’s a widespread home pet within the US. He wore purple, white and blue for instance the American flag.

Striker, the mascot for the 1994 World Cup in the US (Getty Photos)

1998 – France – Footix

The cockerel is a standard image of France, and graphic designer Fabrice Pialot’s ‘Footix’ design received over 5 others. He’s within the colors of the French flag, and so is the soccer he holds.

French coach Aime Jacquet with Footix (Getty Photos)

2002 – South Korea and Japan – Ato, Kaz, and Nik (The Spheriks) 

For the primary time, the mascots had been pc generated and futuristic. The backstory is that Ato (orange/yellow) is the coach and Kaz (purple) and Nik (blue) are the gamers for a crew on the fictional sport of ‘Atmoball’. The colors curiously, don’t have any connection to South Korea or Japan.

The three mascots for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan (Getty Photos)

2006 – Germany – Goleo VI (sidekick – Pille)

Most likely designed at a youthful viewers, the 2006 mascot included Goleo, the lion, and a speaking soccer known as Pille. It did draw criticism too with individuals calling for a extra appropriate animal to be chosen to characterize Germany, and for him to be sporting trousers.

Goleo, and Pille the soccer had been mascots or the 2006 event (Getty Photos)

2010 – South Africa – Zakumi

The animal development would proceed for South Africa in 2010 with the leopard Zakumi. Colored in yellow and inexperienced to indicate the South African colors, his identify comes from ‘ZA’ which implies South Africa, and ‘Kumi’ which is ten in a number of African languages.

Zakumi , the 2010 mascot (Getty Photos)

2014 – Brazil – Fuleco

Six Brazilian companies had been tasked with arising with indicators for the 2014 mascot, and Fuleco the armadillo received. Apparently, Brazil sought to acknowledge environmental points on this design. That is illustrated by the actual fact he’s a three-banded armadillo, which is weak, and his identify Fuleco fuses the phrase soccer and ecology in Portuguese.

Fleece the 2014 mascot stands alongside Thiago Silva (Getty Photos)

2018 – Russia – Zabivaka

The 2018 event’s mascot is Zabivaka which interprets to ‘the one who scores’ in Russian. His identify was chosen by over 1 million voting Russians, and he was revealed on reside tv.

Zabivaka is the mascot for the 2018 World Cup in Russia (Getty Photos)

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