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World Cup mascot named Fuleco

by fwire  Nov 26, 2012 23:15 IST

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Rio de Janeiro, Nov 26 (IANS) The 2014 football World Cup mascot will be named Fuleco after a popular vote ended.

The name Fuleco received 48 percent of the votes from the Brazilian public Sunday, beating Zuzeco (31) and Amijubi (21), football's world governing body FIFA said, reports Xinhua

FIFA said that more than 1.7 million people in Brazil took part in the vote to select the name for armadillo the mascot.

The armadillo, which is in danger of extinction, rolls up into the shape of a ball when threatened. The mascot carries the colours of the Brazilian flag.