I believe that you must know the world’s most prestigious international competition—FIFA World Cup, whether you are a football fan or not. This sporting event is hosted every four years since 1930, but it was not held in 1942 and 1946 because of the Second World War. Each champion will be awarded the FIFA World Cup Trophy, which is the dream of all national football teams and players around the world. The official and lovely mascots are also designed to guide and introduce the World Cup to various people and they play an increasingly important role in the subsequent World Cup games.
Willie, the first mascot for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, is a British lion wearing a Union Flag jersey with the words “WORLD CUP”. The mascot of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is called Zakumi, a lovely, confident and brave leopard with green hair because it is crazy about football. It thinks that the green hair will protect it perfectly when playing football at green fields, and the hair looks like a garland when it is hunting in wilderness. “Za” represents South Africa and “Kumi” means “10”, showing that the 2010 World Cup would be held at South Africa. Besides, “Zakumi” means “welcome” in some African languages, which is expected to pass the passion to people around the world. “Fuleco” is the mascot of the 2014 World Cup and the name is derived from Futebol (football) and Ecologia (ecology). It is dedicated to protect Brazil’s spectacular nature. What’s more, Fuleco is an ambassador for making the World Cup environment friendly. The 14-year-old Fuleco likes dancing, social media, Brazilian music.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is about to be held in Russia and there are 32 qualified national teams competing in the competition. However, the FIFA Council has decided to increase 12 teams as of 2026. Therefore, there will be 48 national teams to participate in the 2026 FIFA World Cup. It will be difficult for a country to host such a World Cup.
Recently, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay have agreed to host the centenary World Cup in 2030 together. In 1930, the first World Cup was held in Uruguay. The Uruguay national team finally won Argentina and became the champion. Paraguay was also one of the 13 teams that played games in the first World Cup.
The Argentine Football Association said that there would be eight cities in Argentina and two each in Paraguay and Uruguay in this plan. But the names of these cities were not disclosed.
In addition, the Argentine football star Messi and Uruguayan striker Suarez, who are teammates in Barcelona, will help the bid process this time.
“Messi will join our plan, and of course Suarez will, too,” said Fernando Marin, a member of the plan, in an interview. “We have already expressed our wishes to Messi and he thinks this is feasible.”