2014 World Cup armadillo mascot named Fuleco

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Associated Press

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 26 at 10:04 AM

SAO PAULO (AP) — 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 armadillo. The other options were Zuzeco and Amijubi.

Fuleco comes from the Portuguese words "futebol" (football) and "ecologia" (ecology). 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."

Soccer'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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