With the 2014 World Cup a little over a year away, official news on the event keeps trickling in. As of this last week, two items have caught the attention of the blogosphere and soccer fans, mainly the official posters for each hosting city and the official name for the mascot.
As for the mascot, it’s an armadillo which was just introduced to the public this September. Yesterday, via popular vote, the mascot finally received an official name: Fuleco. Winning out over two other possibilities, Zuzeco (azul & ecologia, or blue and ecology) and Amijubi (amizade & jubilo, or friendship and joy), the name Fuleco, with almost 50% of the votes, reflects a combination of two words in Portuguese, namely “futebol” (football) and “ecologia” (ecology).
Also to make its debut was the official posters for each hosting city. At first they were leaked but, shortly after, the announcement came from FIFA. Below is the Rio de Janeiro version (the full set can be found here) where each layer depicts a different aspect of the city, among them the beach, the sea, the mountains, Sugarloaf, and the sky.
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