Fuleco is the Official Mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He was chosen by over 1.7 million people in Brazil after three-months voting process that was derided by fans as undemocratic. "Fuleco" is a fusion of the words “futebol” (football) and “ecologia” (ecology), and FIFA said the choice showed that Brazilians cared for the environment just as much as for football.
"Fuleco" is an armadillo (placental mammals with a leathery armor shell), which is in danger of extinction, rolls up into the shape of a ball when threatened. The mascot carries the colors of the Brazilian flag - the armadillo is yellow, with green shorts and a blue shell and tail. It is dressed in a white shirt with the words "Brazil 2014" written on it. He also carried a ball called the “Adidas Brazuca” the Official Match Ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.