The Mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The mascot of the 2018 World Cup in Russia

The 2018 FIFA World Championship Mascot is an integral part of the tournament. The World Cup mascot is chosen by the host country, and Russia voted for the wolf (Wolf of FIFA 2018).

For the first time, the talisman was introduced in 1966 in England. He became the lion Willie. Since that time, naming a fictional character as an official mascot has become a good tradition.

One of the most memorable and cute pets was the Naranhito orange in 1982 in Spain, and the gastronomic theme was continued by Piquet pepper in 1986 in Mexico. In Italy in 1990, they followed the path of futurism, creating the image of Chao, a fictional character, painted in the colors of the Italian national flag. In the United States, organizers returned to the topic of animals when they chose the Stryker dog talisman.

In 1998, the audience in the fields of France was entertained by the rooster Futix, in Japan and Korea it was decided to emphasize their own commitment to the information technologies created with the help of computer graphics of the characters of the Ato coach and the soccer players Kaz and Nick.

At the 2006 World Championship in Germany, the lion was once again a mascot, but this time German, Goleo. In South Africa, mainly the cheetah Zakumi, and in Brazil, the battleship Fuleko.

The choice of the 2018 Soccer World Cup mascot began with the pre-molding characters created by Russian art students, among which are the three main candidates: the Amur tiger in the suit, the cat and the wolf, the Mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Championship.

The tiger was created by a Saint Petersburg artist, Valery Taburenko, who was to develop a spatial theme and symbolize speed. Kot Sofi Podlesnykh from Nizhny Novgorod has been painted in the colors of the Russian flag, and the wolf Ekateriny Bocharovoy from Tomsk unexpectedly a playful orange color.

In the vote on the FIFA website, the 2018 FIFA Wolf won, which collected 53% of the votes. Then the name of the talisman was chosen. Simple and clear for the Russian and foreign ear, that was the criterion. We stopped at Zabivaka (the name of the 2018 FIFA wolf). The alternation of consonants and vowels is convenient for any language. Also, the name seems modern due to its consistency with memes.

Russia’s chances at the 2018 World Cup

Despite the fact that Russia will host the World Cup and have the advantage of playing at local stadiums, bookmakers estimate the chances that Stanislav Cherchesov’s team will be skeptical.

In “Parimatch” you can put the winner of the World Cup (registration in BC “Parimatch” will give newcomers a bonus of up to 2500 rubles). Russia has a coefficient of 41.0, along with the national teams of Croatia, Chile and Uruguay.

By the way, a well-known Russian player, Alexander Kerzhakov (top scorer in the history of Russian football, is the best scorer in the history of “Zenith” and the Russian team) shared that he was surprised by the mascot of the World Cup or with glasses, and complained that among the candidates for the World Cup mascot there must be a bear “I was surprised that there was no bear, a symbol of Russia.” The wolf from FIFA 2018 liked it, but it’s unclear why he wears glasses. It’s like skiing, – said the soccer player.

The favorite is Germany, who won the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. The coefficient for the Germans’ victory is 6.0, and their main competitors are Brazil (8.0), France (8.0) and Argentina (9.0) with Spain (10.0).

But still the favorite of the sports festival is Zabivaka, the Mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Championship.

The World Championship will take place from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in 11 cities in Russia. These are Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.

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