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2014 World Cup mascot named Fuleco

The official 2014 World Cup mascot
The official 2014 World Cup mascot is named Fuleco.
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Brazilians have voted to name the 2014 World Cup mascot Fuleco.

FIFA says more than 1.7 million people in Brazil took part in the vote to select the name for the three-banded armadillo. The other options were Zuzeco and Amijubi.

Fuleco comes from the Portuguese words ''futebol'' (football) and ''ecologia'' (ecology), and FIFA says it ''seamlessly represents the way in which the FIFA World Cup can combine the two to encourage people to behave in an environmentally friendly way.''

Football's governing body said Sunday that Fuleco received 48 percent of the vote, while 31 percent went for Zuzeco and 21 percent for Amijubi.

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