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Armadillo chosen as mascot for World Cup 2014 in Brazil

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Brazil has chosen an armadillo as its mascot for the 2014 World Cup.

The South American nation, which has been world champions more than any other, is set to host the next edition of the tournament, and preparations are already well under way.

Armadillo - the official Mascot for Brasil 2014

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FIFA announced today that the cartoon armadillo, who wears a white 'Brazil 2014' shirt and green shorts, is to be the official mascot of the ceremony - however, the name for the creature is yet to be decided.

The Brazilian public will be asked to vote on one of three possibilities for a name: Amijubi, Fuleco or Zuzeco.

FIFA's secretary Jerome Vaicke said that the choice is "very fitting", as the endangered status of the indigenous armadillo means raising awareness of the creature ties in with the tournament's aims to raise awareness about the environment and ecology.

Legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo, who has a position on the local organising committee for Brazil 2014, said that "the mascot will play a key ambassadorial role in the next two years", and that he is sure to "inspire many young football fans in Brazil and all over the world".

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