Do you remember these popular mascots?

Ciudad del Fútbol 10 Feb 2018
A wolf named Zabivaka has been chosen as the Official Mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But how many do you remember from years gone by?

See if you can link the mascot to the tournament!

1) UEFA EURO 2008 mascots: Flix & TrixFlix y Trix

The names were chosen by more than 67,000 Austrian and Swiss fans. "It's like when parents announce the birth of a child," said Christian Mutschler, the Euro 2008 tournament director for Switzerland. "A child's name isn't always to everyone's liking, but the fact 67,406 football fans in Austria and Switzerland cast a vote shows that the names proposed were very popular."
 

2) Zakumi, the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa official mascot

Zakumi

Zakumi - the ZA stands for South Africa while kumi means ten in assorted African languages - was exclusively designed in the host country.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke explained the choice:  "Zakumi represents the people, geography and spirit of South Africa, personifying in essence the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We are certain we will have a lot of fun with him in the lead-up to and during the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup," said Valcke.

3) Official UEFA Euro 2012 Mascots Slavek & Slavko

Slavek y Slavko
Polish Football Federation president Grzegorz Lato and his Ukrainian counterpart Grigoriy Surkis, presented the mascots in a ceremony at Warsaw's Polish Theatre. Slavek was decked out in Poland's white and red national colors and Slavko in Ukraine's blue and yellow.

"The two mascots represent the joint effort and commitment of both countries and their football associations to organise a successful Euro 2012," Surkis told UEFA.com. "We share the same ideas and we are looking forward to the fun of the tournament", said Surkis.

 

4)  Zabivaka chosen as 2018 FIFA World Cup Official Mascot

The wolf, developed by student designer Ekaterina Bocharova, received 53 per cent of the votes.

“I am sure Zabivaka will be a massive hit among fans at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia,” said the Local Organising Committee Chairman Vitaly Mutko. "Our Mascot is tasked with inspiring supporters, getting the wider population involved in football and inviting them to the stadiums in order to experience memorable and positive emotions. Millions of Russian football fans took part in the vote and this means Zabivaka will do a worthy job representing our country around the world."

PhOTO: FIFA