Zakumi Our Favourite Leopard

Official Mascot for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

Official Mascot Zakumi

FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010

Memorable Events – Official Mascot

Official Mascots have come to play a more and more important role in the FIFA World Cup as they represent the fun side of the event. Cast as a variety of animals, fruit, vegetables and children (plus one or two abstract characters), their infectiously positive attitude have added to the atmosphere of each competition in their own unique way.

The first Official Mascot was introduced at the 1966 FIFA World Cup – ‘Willie’, a British lion wearing a Union Jack flag jersey with the words “WORLD CUP”.

The Official Mascot for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is Zakumi, a leopard, a common animal found in South Africa, with green hair wearing a shirt with the words South Africa 2010.

Following is a list of the Official Mascots to date:

  • 1966 England World Cup Willie (lion)
  • 1970 Mexico Juanito (boy)
  • 1974 West Germany Tip and Tap (two boys)
  • 1978 Argentina Gauchito (footballer)
  • 1982 Spain Naranjito (orange)
  • 1986 Mexico Pique (hot pepper)
  • 1990 Italy Ciao (stick figure player)
  • 1994 United States Striker (dog)
  • 1998 France Footix (cockerel)
  • 2002 Korea/Japan Spheriks (energy)
  • 2006 Germany GOLEO VI (lion)
  • 2010 South Africa ZAKUMI (leopard)

You may get to know them more, and see their pictures at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
FIFA World Cup Mascots

Zakumi, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Mascot

The official 2010 World Cup mascot was unveiled on September 22, 2008 during a live broadcast of SABC’s Coca Cola Soccerzone.

You may enjoy the launch video on YouTube:
Official World Cup 2010 Mascot – ZAKUMI

The mascot, a friendly, green-haired leopard called Zakumi, gets its name from a combination of South Africa’s country code ‘ZA’ and ‘kumi’, a word that means ‘ten’ in several languages across Africa.

Described by FIFA as ‘the mascot with an attitude’, he is extremely proud to be the Official Mascot and determined to be the best host for everyone visiting his beloved country. He symbolizes South Africa and the rest of the African continent through his self-confidence, pride, hospitality, social skills and warm-heartedness.

Fun-loving and lovable Zakumi is adventurous and naturally, passionate about soccer as it is a great way to connect with others and break down language barriers. He is never without a football and invites everyone to play with him.

Since then he has travelled the whole of Africa where the leopard habitat is good (pretty much everywhere from open savannahs, forests, jungles to mountainous areas, even deserts).

Zakumi’s main priority is to turn the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, the first on African soil, into one huge, joyful and unforgettable party and show the thousands of international guests the warmth and spirit of the African continent.

Zakumi was designed locally by Andries Odendaal from Capetown and had his costume produced by Cora’s Costumes of Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.

Zakumi’s green and gold colors represent South African national sports’ teams colors. FIFA claims that he decided to dye his hair green as he felt it would be the perfect camouflage against the green of the football pitch.

Zakumi was born on June 16, 1994, a day and a year of great significance in South Africa: 16 June, the youth day in South Africa, marks the start of a youth rising against apartheid, and 1994 is the year of South Africa’s first democratic election.

The group A match played between South Africa and Uruguay (Match 17) also coincided with Zakumi’s 16th birthday.

Zakumi’s Official motto is “Zakumi’s game is fair play”.

Zakumi South Africa’s 2010 Mascot Animated Promo

Fans may connect with Zakumi on Facebook: Zakumi on Facebook

FIFA World Cup Memorable Events
FIFA World Cup is the largest sporting event in the world, and soccer is the most beautiful game. The round of 16 matches have started today on June 26, 2010. From today onwards till the final on July 11, 2010, we will bring you memorable events of FIFA World Cup from past and present each day.

Articles Published:

26/6/2010: Goal Celebrations Coca-Cola Ad
A tribute to FIFA World Cup goal celebrations

27/6/2010: Africa’s legend – Roger Milla
Memorable image of 1990 World Cup – Roger Milla’s corner flag dance



30/6/2010: Write The Future Nike Ad
Football’s future with hidden revelations and images

1/7/2010: Akon’s Oh Africa Pepsi Ad
Pepsi commercial uses music sung by Akon

2/7/2010: The Dream Is Here Commercial Ad
Stop day dreaming, it’s already here

3/7/2010: Venues

Articles Coming Up:

5/7/2010: Official Song

Please, also read: Follow FIFA World Cup on Twitter
Complete list of FIFA World Cup 2010 Twitter images #flags.

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