Copa America Mascots
Back in the mid 80's when CONMEBOL decided to take the Copa America on the road to each member country, it also decided to introduce mascots for each of the hosts. But surely they didn't expect such a bizarre set of designs...
"Gardelito" A kid in an Argentina shirt. With a ball.
"Tico" Cute duck in a random football kit. With a ball.
"Guaso" Looks a bit like Roger Mellie (from Viz) in a Chile kit. With a ball.
"Choclito" Our favourite. A sweetcorn in an Ecuador kit. With a ball.
"Torito" A bull in a Uruguay kit. With a ball.
"Tatu" It's obviously an armadillo in a Bolivia kit. With a ball.
"Tagua" The Paraguayans step it up a gear in 1999, with a Chacoan Peccary in the colours of Paraguay's flag, rather than its football kit. The cheeky young scamp is having a drink and giving us a wave. Oh yes, and it has the compulsory ball.
"Ameriko" Appears to be a Pokemon character. Booting a rather flat ball.
"Chasqui" This is more like it. An ancient Inca of Peru, doing keepy-uppys down the wing.
"Guaky" A macaw dressed in the colours of La Vinotinto. And guess what he has under his wing ?