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2014-World-Cup-Brazil-mascotFrom Soccer America comes news of the mascot for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

The mascot of the 2014 World Cup is a yet to-be-named Brazilian endangered armadillo.

Brazilians will choose the mascot’s name from three choices — Amijubi, Fuleco and Zuzeco.

The three-banded armadillo, commonly found in northeastern Brazil, rolls up into the shape of a ball when threatened.

Read more at Soccer America Filed under “World Cup”.

By the way, Brazil and Argentina will play a pair of friendlies, the first Wednesday in Goiania and the second two weeks later in Resistencia in northern Argentina, both rare these days because they fall outside the FIFA international calendar. Both teams will rely on domestic-based players. Brazil coach Mano Menezes’ callups include young stars Neymar, Leandro Damiao and Lucas, all members of the Brazil Olympic silver-medal team. We’ll keep an eye out for possible TV broadcasts as well as watch imitators jump all over this news as if they discovered it.

In the meantime, learn more about Armadillo’s in this classic This American Life episode. It’s the final story in this broadcast if you want to fast forward.