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Wednesday, 29 May, 2002, 11:14 GMT 12:14 UK
Spanish team 'save' Korean dog
The puppy 'Camachin'
An early World Cup winner: Camachin
Spain's football team have adopted a Korean puppy as their World Cup mascot.

A Spanish journalist bought the dog to prevent it from ending up on a Korean dinner table.

Spanish coach Jose Antonio Camacho and the puppy 'Camachin'
Camacho and Camachin: The Spanish coach ponders his namesake
He named it "Camachin", using the diminutive form of the surname of Spain's national team coach Jose Antonio Camacho, and presented it to the players.

Camacho accepted the good luck token but joked that his name may not bring any benefit.

"That won't save him from anything," he said.

The puppy was bought for $25 after it was seen in a cage by the Spanish TV crew filming a feature in the Ulsan dog-meat market, close to the Spanish team's training camp.

Camacho was diplomatic when asked about the Korean custom of eating dogs when they are five months old.

Cradling the puppy in his arms, he said: "We eat snails. The customs of all foreign countries are sometimes strange."


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