Every major sporting event has a mascot to promote and support the event. Likewise, FIFA world cup also have a separate mascot for each world cup. There was a lot of enthusiasm about the FIFA world cup 2018 Mascot. The FIFA World Cup 2018 Official Mascot is a Wolf.
Russia is hosting the FIFA world cup this year and the result is that FIFA World Cup 2018 Official Mascot is a Wolf. The name of the FIFA World cup 2018 mascot is Zabivaka. Zabivaka is a Russian name which translates into “The Goalscorer”.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Official Mascot Zabivaka the Wolf Details:
Let’s look at the previous mascots of FIFA World Cup:
|World Cup||Year||Mascot(s) Name||Description|
|England||1966||World Cup Willie||A lion, a typical symbol of the United Kingdom.|
|Mexico||1970||Juanito||A boy wearing Mexico’s kit and a sombrero (with the words “MEXICO 70”).|
|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.|
|Mexico||1986||Pique||A jalapeño pepper, characteristic of Mexican cuisine, with a moustache and wearing a sombrero.|
|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,||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.|
|South Korea/Japan||2002||Ato, Kaz, and Nik (The Spheriks)||Orange, purple and blue (respectively) futuristic, computer-generated creatures.|
|Germany||2006||Goleo VI||A lion wearing a Germany shirt with the number 06 and a talking football named Pille.|
|South Africa 2010||2010||Zakumi||Zakumi is a leopard, a common animal found in South Africa, with green hair wearing a shirt saying South Africa 2010|
|Brazil||2014||Fuleco||A Brazilian three-banded armadillo wearing a white T-shirt reading “Brasil 2014”.|
|Russia||2018||Zabivaka||A wolf with a name translating from Russian like The Goalscorer.|
The mascot for the FIFA world cup 2018 was selected in a unique way. The selection of the official FIFA 2018 mascot was done through an online voting poll. A total of 51,000 Russian fans participated in the online voting for the FIFA 2018 mascot. The results of the poll was announced on 22nd October 2016. The competing mascots were wolf, tiger and cat. A whopping one million votes were casted for this decision. The percentage of votes for different mascot options are 53% votes for Wolf, 27% for Tiger and 20% for Cat. The winning mascot was wolf which was designed by a Russian student named Ekaterina Bocharova.