Traditionally, each World Cup will have a common mascot symbolizing the cultural characteristics, as well as the message that the host country wants to spread to the world.
Lion Willie, England 1966
The first mascot in the history of the World Football Tournament is a picture of a Willie lion, wearing a United Kingdom flag shirt with the words World Cup.
The lion is the traditional symbol of England on the national emblem as well as the name of this country’s team, the Three Lions team. At this World Cup, the host of England won the championship and Brazil became the first defending team to be eliminated in the group stage.
Juanito boy, Mexico 1970
Boy Juanito wears a blue soccer uniform, Mexico’s play outfit, and a wide-brimmed hat (sombrero) with the words Mexico 70. The boy’s name is cordially known as Juan, a common name turns in Spanish speaking countries. Brazil is the team that won the cup this season.
The boys Tip and Tap, West Germany 1974
The boys- Tip and Tap-play happily in the uniform of the West German national football team with the words WM (in German Weltmeisterschaft means the World Cup) and the number 74. After World War II ended, the country Germany is divided into East and West Germany, separated by the Berlin wall. At the same time, the third World Cup was held in 1974, during a period of the Cold war between the two regions.
Born in this special time, the symbol of the season was more or less influenced by politics. The two boys Tip and Tap, dressed in German military gear, were not only mere mascots but also a symbol of their desire to restore peace between the two regions. Finally, West Germany is also the team that won the World Cup.
Gauchito boy, Argentina 1978
For 3 consecutive years, the image of the boy was used as a mascot at the World Cup and this time it was Argentina’s turn. The image of a boy wearing an Argentine football outfit, along with a scarf, whip, and a hat with the Argentine inscription 78, is imprinted on the minds of football fans in the world. Argentina won the World Cup for the first time at home.
Trái cam Naranjito, Tây Ban Nha 1982
Orange is a typical Spanish fruit. Therefore, the country has taken the image of an orange in a uniform, holding the ball, as the mascot of this 82 World Cup. The name of the orange comes from the Spanish word Naranja meaning “orange”, along with the intimate predicate “-ito”. However, Italy was the team that won the 1982 World Cup.
Pique chili, Mexico 1986
The mascot of the 86 World Cup is the image of a chili wearing a yellow hat with a mustache, a very popular fruit in Mexico because people eat it very hot and hot. And Argentina is the team that won the tournament.
Ciao, Italy 1990
This year’s mascot is quite different from the previous World Cup. The mascot Ciao is a stick-shaped player, with a ball head and a flagging body. Ciao’s name comes from the famous greeting in this country. Recruit West Germany and overcome the host to win the World Cup.