Mascots of Brazilian football sides

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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 1990s.
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
Clube do Remo Leão A lion
Clube Náutico Capibaribe Timbu A brown opossum
Criciúma Esporte Clube Tigrão A tiger
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube Raposa A brown fox
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 Coral 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
Ypiranga Futebol Clube Canarinho A yellow domestic canary
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.
ASA Fantasma ("phantom") A fiendish ghost
Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas Manequinho A boy pissing, a replica of Manneken Pis. Adopted in the 1980s, since the late 1990s is being replaced by the mangrel dog (used in the 1950s) 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 ("Admiral") A Portuguese sea captain
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-Homem A man in a blue super-hero costume, inspired on DC Comics' Superman.
Fluminense Football Club Cartola ("Top Hat") A man in a colourful suit and top hat. Not much used by the fandom.
Grêmio Esportivo Brasil Xavante An Indian
Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense Mosqueteiro A musketeer (a man in a 16th-century army uniform)
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 with a halo over its head 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 16th-century army uniform)
Sport Club Internacional Saci A black one-legged boy wearing a phrygian cap and smoking from a pipe
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. Sometimes pictured as the "big bad wolf".
Souza Esporte Clube Dinossauro A dinosaur

External links[edit]

  • 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.