The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
This friendly little character, Petrolito, is the mascot for the South American U-20 Championship, which kicked off yesterday in Venezuela. His name means “Little Oily,” according to the CONMEBOL website. He represents a drop of petroleum. The petroleum sector accounts for roughly a third of Venezuela’s economy. He is a friendly little creature based on an anthropomorphized unit of fossil fuel.
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by Brian Phillips · January 20, 2009