Mascots are an ever more prominent presence at sporting competitions nowadays and even more so at FIFA competitions, whatever the category or age level. The tournament’s Official Mascot aims to show the event’s joyful, festive side, and this young Chilean boy, who will represent both the host nation and the young players taking part in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015, will be no exception.
Brochico, a nickname he has had for as long as he can remember, has always been very talented and skilful on the ball, qualities that meant he could hold his own during long afternoons of football – even with older children. His abundant ability earned him the respect of his colleagues and soon, the player initially dubbed cabro chico, local slang for ‘little kid’, was being asked to play so often that a shorter nickname was required – thus ‘Brochico’ came about.
A sporty, active youngster, with an unlimited thirst for football, Brochico is perfect for sharing a pitch and, ideally, a team with, as his leadership and charisma rub off on those around him. So much so that, despite starting out as a striker, as time has gone by he has taken on a deeper, more creative role, ending up as a midfielder with an unerring eye for supplying goalscoring opportunities.
Deeply proud of his country, Brochico could hardly be a more ideal representative of Chile at this year’s youth showpiece. For one thing, blue and red are his favourite colours, particularly when combined with white and put together in an outfit in the colours of the Chilean national flag.
Brochico is also eagerly looking forward to welcoming the players and fans of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015, so he can show them the diversity of the Chilean landscape of which he is so proud. An area spanning over 1,400km in length, from the region of Coquimbo all the way down to the region of Los Lagos, will contain the competition’s host cities – which are sure to extend their own unique brands of hospitality to visitors from home and abroad.