Sao Paulo: Brazilians have selected the name "Fuleco" for the three-banded armadillo mascot for the 2014 World Cup after a three-month voting process that was derided by fans as undemocratic.
FIFA said on Sunday that more than 1.7 million people in Brazil took part in the controversial vote to select the name for the mascot. The other options were Zuzeco and Amijubi.
Polls across the country had shown the vast majority of Brazilians were not pleased with the names picked for public voting and critics said organizers should have allowed fans to choose other names. There was even an online petition demanding a more democratic approach in which the public could make suggestions.