Armadillo chosen as Brazil 2014 mascot
Thursday, 13th September 2012 at 09:31am
Ever since 1966 and England's Leo the Lion, mascots have been an integral part of the Fifa World Cup, and that will be the case for Brazil 2014.
In recent finals we have seen another lion in the shape of Germany's Goleo and a green-haired leopard called Zakumi in South Africa.
Well for the Fifa 2014 Brazil World Cup it has been reported that we will have an armadillo.
Reports emerged on Wednesday, September 12 that Fifa had registered a smiling armadillo symbol with the European Patent Office.
It is understood that the design will be unveiled on Brazilian TV on Sunday with the name for the mascot decided by an internet vote.
The armadillo in question is believed to be a three-banded armadillo, known in Brazil as a 'tatu-bola', and is an endangered species.
The armadillo was chosen ahead of a puma and a character from Brazilian folklore known as 'Saci', who was rumoured to be the preference of Aldo rebelo, the Brazilian Sports Minister.