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    World cup 2010 mascot revealed

    It doesn't look even close to a leopard imho it looks more like a giraffe.

    Official 2010 mascot makes debut
    22 September 2008 (22:20)
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    The mascot for the 2010 Soccer World Cup was on Monday night officially introduced for the first time to the South African public on nationwide television. "Zakumi", a bright yellow Leopard, with the customary black spots and sporting curly green hair, green shorts and a white T-shirt was welcomed by Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan, Fifa Director of Marketing Thierry Weil, along with other dignitaries and soccer celebrities.
    The name Zakumi is a composition of "Za", standing for South Africa and 'kumi' which translates to "ten" in various languages across Africa.
    The mascots "birth date" is 16/6/1994 and according to Jordaan this is of huge significance. "He was born in the same year as our country's democracy," said Jordaan.
    "Zakumi is a proud South African and an ideal ambassador for the first African World Cup. He is young, energetic, smart and ambitious, a real inspiration for young and old, not only in our country."
    Jordaan said that the whole process of identifying and developing Zakumi took almost a year and stressed that the mascot was designed and produced exclusively in South Africa.
    "We chose the Leopard because the Lion and the Elephant and most of the other Big Five are used a lot as mascots," he explained. "We felt that a Leopard was a fresh idea."
    Weil said Fifa first introduced the concept of a mascot at the 1966 World Cup in England and they have come to play an ever increasing role in successive tournaments.
    "The first mascot in England was a Lion," said Weil. "Mascots are now key in acting as ambassadors. Not only are they ambassadors in representing the World Cup globally, but more importantly this mascot will be a great ambassador for South Africa."
    Jordaan, however, expects Zakumi to be more than just a football ambassador.
    "Now that Zakumi is here I am going to refer all media questions to him," quipped Jordaan.
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    That mascot sux.
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    Damn, even Borat would have been better.


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    damn, I agree. Looks ugly

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    Hahaha....it's cute, for cartoon.
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    Very short shorts, higlights....where are they going with this?

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    Worst. World Cup. Ever.

    I wish it was just the mascot... the whole tournament is falling apart.

    I was dreaming about going to 2010. Okay fine, have it in Africa, but how did South Africa beat Morocco! Stupid FIFA and their stupid PR moves... Blatter can go to hell.



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    All about politics. The moment Mandela talked to Blatter we knew the wc was going to SA. Plus the fact that the dempsey abstaining from the vote that let Germany win the vote to 2006 meant many of the politicians were sympathetic to SA.

    Personally I don't think the WC should go to Africa. Not one country is ready for it.
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    mascots shouldnt smile. they should frown.

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