Zabivaka the wolf has been unveiled as the mascot for the next edition of the FIFA World Cup that will be held in Russia in 2018. Zabivaka is loosely translated as “the one who scores” in Russian, and the mascot has been designed by Russian student Ekaterina Bocharova.
The wolf, who received 53% of the votes in an online
Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said that he was confident that
“I am sure
FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura told the media that the project to select the next mascot had started 18 months ago. He also praised the enthusiasm of the Russians during the selection that highlighted their commitment to the World Cup.
“To get to the stage of seeing the wolf chosen today, we first collected the preferences of Russian kids through an online poll. Based on those ideas, university students submitted their designs and now the public have chosen their
"Eighteen months after
Brazillian legend Ronaldo was also in attendance in Moscow where the ceremony was
“Mascots are great ambassadors for promoting the event and bring so much joy to the stadiums. I can see it happening already in Russia with