Mascots of Brazilian football sides


Mascots of Brazilian football sides

Each Brazilian football team has a number of symbols attached to it and used prominently by the fandom. Among these symbols are the badge, the flag, the anthem and the mascot. While the first three are commonplace all over the world, the last one is peculiarly Brazilian both in its character and its use.

A club's mascot is a cartoon character, often that of an animal, that symbolises some virtue boasted by the team. Most of them have proper names. Usually mascosts come in two versions, a "soft" une, which is the official and a "hardcore" one used by ultras and torcidas, which often contain traces of vulgarity or violence.

Animals

ABC

Elefante

An elephant

América Futebol Clube (MG)

Coelho

A cute white “bunny” rabbit. Extremely popular.

Associação Atlética Ponte Preta

Macaca (“she-monkey”)

A female ape. Extremely popular.

Associação Desportiva São Caetano

Azulão (“big blue”)

A blue bird

Atlético Rio Negro Clube (AM)

Galo Carijó (“Spotty Rooster”)

A black-and-white feathered rooster.

Avaí Futebol Clube

Leão

A lion

Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas

Biriba/Cachorro

A mongrel dog, very popular in the 40's/50's, is being adopted again by the fans since the late 90's.

Brasiliense Futebol Clube

Jacaré

An alligator

Centro Sportivo Alagoano

Azulão (“big blue”)

A blue bird

Clube Atlético Mineiro

Galo

A black-and-white feathered rooster. Extremely popular.

CRB

Galo-da-campina

A small white-red bird (the name translates literally into “country rooster”)

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

Urubu

A black vulture. Extremely popular.

Clube do Remo

Leão

A lion

Clube Náutico Capibaribe

Timbu

A brown rat

Criciúma Esporte Clube

Tigrão

A tiger

Cruzeiro Esporte Clube

Raposa

A brown fox. Extremely popular.

Esporte Clube Juventude

Papagaio

A parrot

Esporte Clube Vitória

Leão

A lion

Ferroviário Atlético Clube (CE)

Tubarão

A white shark

Fluminense de Feira Futebol Clube

Touro do Sertão (“the bull from the outback”)

A ferocious bull

Fortaleza Esporte Clube

Leão

A lion

Goiás Esporte Clube

Periquito

A green parakeet

Joinville Esporte Clube

Coelho

A rabbit

Maranhão Atlético Clube

Bode

A goat

Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube

Sapão (“he-toad”)

A big green toad

Operário Futebol Clube (MS) (MS)

Galo

A rooster

Paraná Clube

Gralha azul

An Azure Jay, a dark-blue bird with a long beek

Piauí Esporte Clube

Ratinho

A mouse

Santa Cruz Futebol Clube

Cobra-coral

A striped snake

Santos Futebol Clube

Peixe (“fish”)

A white whale (though the whale is not actually fish).

Sociedade Esportiva do Gama

Periquito

A green parakeet

Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras

Periquito, Porco (“swine”)

A green parakeet, the original and official mascot, and a hog, adopted by the supporters. The second is more popular nowadays.

Sport Club do Recife

Leão da Ilha (“Island Lion”)

A lion

Treze Futebol Clube

Galo da Borborema

A rooster

Vila Nova Futebol Clube

Tigre

A tiger

Human (or Somewhat Human) Figures

América Football Club

Diabo

The devil, himself, pictured red, with pointy black beard, horns, arrow-pointed tail and sporting a trident. Very popular.

ASA

Fantasma (“phantom”)

A fiendish ghost

Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas

Manequinho

A boy pissing, a replica of Manneken Pis. Adopted in the 80's, since the late 90's is being replaced by the mangrel dog (used in the 50's) among fans.

Botafogo Futebol Clube (PB)

Xerife

A sheriff

Ceará Sporting Club

Vovô (“grandpa”)

An old man with a shotgun.

Clube Atlético Paranaense

Furacão (“hurricane”)

A lamp genie

Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama

Almirante

A Portuguese sea captain. Not much used by the fandom.

Clube Sportivo Sergipe

Capeta (“demon”)

The devil (with horns, pointy tail, trident and all)

Coritiba Football Club

Vovô (“grandpa”)

An old man (usually sporting a cane or listening to a portable radio)

Esporte Clube Bahia

Super-Herói

A man in a blue super-hero costume.

Fluminense Football Club

Pó-de-Arroz

A man in a colourful suit. Not much used by the fandom.

Grêmio Esportivo Brasil

Xavante

An Indian

Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense

Mosqueteiro

A musketeer (a man in a XVI-Century army uniform). Very popular.

Guarani Futebol Clube

Bugre

An Indian

Clube Atlético Juventus (SP)

Moleque Travesso (“trickster boy”)

A fair-haired boy with a freckled face (homage to the Italian immigrants who founded the club).

São Paulo Futebol Clube

Saint Paul

A white-bearded man wearing the club’s jersey.

Sociedade Esportiva e Recreativa Caxias do Sul

Bepe

A drunk man in Italian costume.

Sport Club Corinthians Paulista

Mosqueteiro

A musketeer (a man in a XVI-Century army uniform). Very popular.

Sport Club Internacional

Saci

A black one-legged boy wearing a phrygian cap and smoking from a pipe. Very popular.

Monsters and other

América Futebol Clube de Natal

Dragão

A dragon

Atlético Clube Goianiense

Dragão

A red dragon

Moto Clube (MA)

Bicho-papão

A red furry monster.

Paysandu Sport Club

Bicho-papão

A furry monster. Very popular. Sometimes pictured as the “big bad wolf”.

Souza Esporte Clube

Dinossauro

A dinosaur

External links

  • Mascotes do Futebol -- features custom cartoons (not the official ones, which are copyrighted by the clubs).
  • Juarez Corrêa's cartoons are the most used officially. Also in paperback picture book elsewhere.

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