History of Official Mascot for FIFA World Cups

The Official Mascot for the FIFA World Cups was first introduced in the year 1966 when the tournament was hosted by England and since then every FIFA World Cup featured a unique mascot for the tournament.  Generally, the selected mascot has some or the other unique feature of host nation/s and which in turn is a great way of expressing the spirit of the host nation. The role of the official mascot of FIFA world cup is not just for entertaining the crowd and fans but it also promotes the game in its unique way.

There have been different mascots for the various FIFA World Cups and most of them signify a unique feature of the host country some of them were a famous animal, vegetables, fruit, or children. The table below shows all the mascots used in past in FIFA World Cups:-

Year Host Country Mascot
1966 England World Cup Willie (lion)
1970 Mexico Juanito (boy)
1974 West Germany Tip and Tap (two boys)
1978 Argentina Gauchito (footballer)
1982 Spain Naranjito (Orange)
1986 Mexico Pique (hot Pepper)
1990 Italy Ciao (Stick figure player)
1994 USA Striker (Dog)
1998 France Footix (Cockerel)
2002 Korea/Japan Spheriks (energy)
2006 Germany Goleo VI (lion)
2010 South Africa Zakumi (leopard)
2014 Brazil Fuleco (Three-banded armadillo)
2018 Russia Zabivaka (Wolf)
2022 Qatar La’eeb

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