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All World Cup Mascots!

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You already know that the best betting software loves to explore the weird world of sports, and today we will talk about the lovable World Cup Mascots!

Just like posters, balls, and theme songs, mascots are also part of the World Cup tradition. Since 1966 they are meant to represent the nation hosting the event, and in some cases even interact with the public in the stadiums during the tournament matches.

From the first of them, the lion Willie, at the 1966 World Cup in England, to the flying sheet La'eeb at this year's edition in Qatar, there have been many mascots that have left their mark throughout the history of the greatest soccer competition on the planet.

And how can we not forget the great orange called Naranjito, the mascot of the 1982 World Cup in Spain, which enchanted the world and is remembered to this day? The truth is that each one of them contributed to make tournaments more fun.

The Evolution of FIFA World Cup Mascots

1. 1966 World Cup - England: Willie

The English lion carried the UK flag on his shirt with the phrase World Cup.


2. 1970 World Cup - Mexico: Juanito Maravilla

The mascot featured a Mexican boy wearing the famous sombrero hat and the traditional uniform of the Mexican national team.


3. World Cup 1974 - Germany: Tip and Tap

The two mascots represented boys wearing the shirts of the two Germanies, the West and the East.


4. 1978 World Cup - Argentina: Gauchito

The controversial mascot featured a boy wearing the uniform of Argentina, a hat with the date of the World Cup and a machete in one hand.


5. 1982 World Cup - Spain: Naranjito

Considered by many as one of the most iconic mascots in history, Naranjito was an orange.


6. 1986 World Cup - Mexico: Pique

The mascot was actually a Mexican pepper, the jalapeño type, with the famous sombrero, plus a white shorts and a red shirt to complete the colors of the country's flag.


7. 1990 World Cup - Italy: Ciao

One of the strangest mascots in history was simply a set of blocks with the colors of the Italian flag balancing a soccer ball.


8. World Cup 1994 - United States: Striker

The cute puppy Striker had a similar appearance to the famous cartoons and wore a shirt with the name of the United States and the year of the World Cup.


9. 1998 World Cup - France: Footix

The French mascot was a rooster with a blue body and the same color cleats, who always carried a ball with him.


10. World Cup 2002 - Japan and South Korea: Kaz, Ato and Niki

The trio of aliens was a sort of homage to the World Cup that was considered by many to be the most technological in history.


11. World Cup 2006 - Germany: Goleo VI

The 2006 German World Cup mascot was a teddy bear that even scared some children with its "realistic" appearance, and was always accompanied by the talking ball Pille.


12. World Cup 2010 - South Africa: Zakumi

Zakumi was a green-haired Leopard wearing a white shirt with the name of the host country of the competition: South Africa.


13. World Cup 2014 - Brazil: Fuleco

This armadillo was one of the most participatory mascots of the competition, being present at games and other World Cup events here in Brazil.


14. World Cup 2018 - Russia: Zabivaka

Zabivaka was created to honor the gray wolf, a characteristic animal of Russia that is at risk of extinction.


15. World Cup 2022 - Qatar: La'eeb

Inspired by the famous Arab headscarves, La'eeb is one of the cutest and most unusual mascots ever created for a World Cup.


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