|Beanie Name||Champion – Italy|
|Sub Category||NF New Face|
|Theme||Soccer – FIFA – World Cup, Flag Nose Bears, Country Flag – Italy|
|Hang Tag Gen||Soccer|
|Tush Tag Gen||11|
Founded in 1898, Italy is one of the
three countries known as one of the
FIFA World Cup tournaments most
honored nations. The other two
countries are Brazil and Germany.
There were 32 buddies produced, and their hang tags had the same information as the Beanie Babies, but with ‘CHAMPION the BEANIE BUDDY” on the front and “The Beanie Buddies Collection” inside.
Representing the 32 countries participating in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Ty produced 32 Champion bears, plus 2 written in Japanese and Korean as they hosted the World Cup.
As the countries were eliminated, the Beanies were retired. Brazil and Germany were the final 2, and Brazil won, becoming the World Champion with a score of 2 – 0.
Each bear’s nose had the flag of their country, and inside the hang tags was information about that country. All had an extra FIFA hang tag. FIFA stands for Federation Internationale de Football Association.