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World Cup organisers present mascot, with shorts this time
So, what do you make of Zakumi, the green-haired leopard presented last night as the official mascot for the 2010 World Cup?
Organisers deserve credit for remembering to give a big cat a pair of shorts this time. For the last World Cup in Germany in 2006 we had the gormless-looking Goleo, who was (rather daringly) naked from the waist down.
Here’s a reminder of the Goleo years, and click here for a look at all the mascots from the pioneering World Cup Willy in 1966 all the way through to Goleo.
I’m a Naranjito man myself, but let us know how you rate Zakumi in the all-time list.
Zakumi photo by Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters. Goleo photo, with Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, from 2004 by Alexandra Winkler/Reuters. Goleo is the one in the middle.