Wednesday, April 23, 2014

FIFA World Cup Mascots

FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil Mascot - Fuleco

The three-banded armadillo Fuleco is a portmanteau of the words "Futebol" ("Football") and "Ecologia" ("Ecology").

Mascots of the past FIFA Football World Cups

1966 - England - World Cup Willie - A lion, a typical symbol of the United Kingdom, wearing a Union Flag jersey with the words "WORLD CUP".

1970 - Mexico - Juanito - A boy wearing Mexico's kit and a sombrero (with the words "MEXICO 70"). His name is the diminutive of "Juan", a common name in Spanish.

1974 - West Germany - Tip and Tap - Two boys wearing Germany kits, with the letters WM (Weltmeisterschaft, World Cup) and number 74.

1978 - Argentina - Gauchito - A boy wearing Argentina's kit. His hat (with the words ARGENTINA '78), neckerchief and whip are typical of gauchos.

1982 - Spain - Naranjito - An orange, a typical fruit in Spain, wearing the kit of the host's national team. Its name comes from naranja, Spanish for orange, and the diminutive suffix "-ito".

1986 - Mexico - Pique - A jalapeño pepper, characteristic of Mexican cuisine, with a moustache and wearing a sombrero. Its name comes from picante, Spanish for spicy peppers and sauces.

1990 - Italy - Ciao - A stick figure player with a football head and an Italian tricolore body. Its name is an Italian greeting.

1994 - United States - Striker,the World Cup Pup - A dog, a common US pet animal, wearing a red, white and blue football uniform with the words "USA 94".

1998 - France - Footix - A rooster, one of the national symbols of France, with the words "FRANCE 98" on the chest. Its body is mostly blue, like the host's national team shirt and its name is a portmanteau of "football" and the ending "-ix" from the popular Astérix comic strip. Other proposed names were "Raffy", "Houpi" and "Gallik".

2002 - South Korea/Japan - Ato, Kaz and Nik (The Spheriks) - Orange, purple and blue (respectively) futuristic, computer-generated creatures. Collectively members of a team of "Atmoball" (a fictional football-like sport), Ato is the coach while Kaz and Nik are players. The three individual names were selected from shortlists by users on the Internet and at McDonald's outlets in the host countries.

2006 - Germany - Goleo VI (Goleo) and Pille - A lion wearing a Germany shirt with the number 06 and a talking football named Pille. Goleo is a portmanteau of the words "goal" and "leo", the Latin word for lion. In Germany, "Pille" is a colloquial term for a football.

2010 - South Africa - Zakumi - Zakumi is a leopard, a common animal found in South Africa, with green hair wearing a shirt saying South Africa 2010. Zakumi's green and gold colors represent South African national sports' teams colors. His name comes from "ZA", for South Africa, and "kumi", a word that means "ten" in various African languages.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Black Diamond - Pele - Top 20 Goals

Pele - Top 20 Goals

Pelé whose real name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento became a superstar with his performance in the 1958 World Cup. Pelé played professionally in Brazil for two decades, winning three World Cups along the way, before joining the New York Cosmos late in his career. Named FIFA co-Player of the Century in 1999, he is a global ambassador for soccer and other humanitarian causes.

A member of three Brazilian World Cup-champion teams, Pelé is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time.