Each FIFA World Cup since 1966 has its own mascot. World Cup Willie, the mascot for the 1966 competition, was the first World Cup mascot, and one of the first mascots to be associated with a major sporting competition. The mascot designs represent a characteristic feature (costume, flora, fauna, etc.) of the host country.
The World Cup mascot is frequently one or more anthropomorphic characters targeted at children with cartoon shows and other merchandise released to coincide with the competition.
|World Cup||Mascot name||Description|
|England 1966||World Cup Willie||A lion, a typical symbol of the United Kingdom, wearing a Union Flag jersey with the words "WORLD CUP". Designed by freelance children's book illustrator Reg Hoye. Bill Titcombe made a comic strip about the character. In 2014 Lonnie Donegan Jr. re-recorded the campaign song originally sung by his father Lonnie Donegan.|
|Mexico 1970||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.|
|West Germany 1974||Tip and Tap||Two boys wearing Germany kits, with the letters WM (Weltmeisterschaft, World Cup) and number 74.|
|Argentina 1978||Gauchito||A boy wearing Argentina's kit. His hat (with the words ARGENTINA '78), neckerchief and whip are typical of gauchos.|
|Spain 1982||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".|
|Mexico 1986||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.|
|Italy 1990||Ciao||A stick figure player with a football head and an Italian tricolore body. Its name is an Italian greeting.|
|United States 1994||Striker, the World Cup Pup||A dog, a common US pet animal, wearing a red, white and blue soccer uniform with the words "USA 94".|
|France 1998||Footix||A cockerel, 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", a name suffix common among the Gauls. Other proposed names were "Raffy", "Houpi" and "Gallik".|
|South Korea/Japan 2002||
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.|
|Germany 2006||Goleo VI Sidekick: 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.|
|South Africa 2010||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.|
|Brazil 2014||Fuleco||A Brazilian three-banded armadillo wearing a white T-shirt reading "Brasil 2014". The Brazilian three-banded armadillo is found only in Brazil and is classified as a vulnerable species, and the selection of Fuleco brings attention to Brazil's great biodiversity. The name Fuleco is a portmanteau of the words "Futebol" ("Football") and "Ecologia" ("Ecology").|
|Russia 2018||Zabivaka||A wolf with a name that translates from Russian as The Goalscorer. Zabivaka wears red shorts and a blue and white T-shirt emblazoned with the words "Russia 2018". The colour combination is that of the Russian team, with the mascot being selected via internet voting.|
|Qatar 2022||Will be unveiled in 2020||TBA|
|Canada/Mexico/United States 2026||Will be unveiled in 2024||TBA|
Although it is the second oldest continental tournament after Copa América, the AFC Asian Cup didn't practice using mascots until near the end of 20th century when UEFA European Championship had begun to practice since 1980. This late catch up was due to different in regions, and different in cultures affected on the decision of several host nations in the continent, and lack of interests. The AFC Asian Cup only began to use mascot for the first time in 2000. The first mascot was Nour, a Sparrow for the 2000 AFC Asian Cup in Lebanon. Since then, with the exception of 2007 edition, every Asian Cups all feature mascot for the tournament. It depends on the number the host wants to choose, such as the 2011 edition in Qatar had five mascots, but others except upcoming UAE only had one. The mascot for the Asian Cup is also very diverse, based on rich cultural heritages reflection of the host country.List of association football mascots
The following is a list of mascots of Association football teams, sorted by the country in whose league they appear.UEFA European Championship official mascots
The UEFA European Football Championship has featured mascots since 1980. The very first mascot was Pinocchio, for the UEFA Euro 1980 in Italy. Since then, every tournament has had a mascot except for the UEFA Euro 2008 and UEFA Euro 2012, that both had two. The mascots are mostly targeted at children, with cartoon shows and other merchandise released to coincide with the competition.
|Overall records and statistics|
Notes: There was no qualification for the 1930 World Cup as places were given by invitation only. In 1950, there was no final; the article is about the decisive match of the final group stage.