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World Cup Willie
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    Born in Marlow, United Kingdom
    Official mascot of the 1966 World Cup
    An anthromorphic lion who wears a Union Jack shirt and is frequently seen playing soccer
    Designed by British commercial artist Reg Hoye
    He wears a Union Jack shirt but he's supposed to represent England, not Britain.
    He would have a big start in the sports mascot phenomenon which included heavy merchandising.
    He even had his own theme song, performed by Lonnie Donegan.
    He is a lion, which is the symbolic animal of England.
    Reg Hoye based Willie off of his young son Leo.
    He was one lion character that didn't appear threatening.
    He still makes the occasional public appearance and remains one of the most beloved World Cup mascots ever.
    He was mascot when England not only hosted the World Cup but won it.
    Just like Donegan's song, 'He's tough as a lion and never will give up!'

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