|Beanie Name||Champion – Japan|
|Sub Category||NF New Face|
|Theme||Soccer – FIFA – World Cup, Flag Nose Bears, Country Flag – Japan|
|Hang Tag Gen||Champion|
|Tush Tag Gen||11|
As host to the 2002 FIFA World
Cup along with Korea, Japan is a
relative newcomer to the
competition. The country first
qualified for a FIFA World Cup
berth in the 1998 games in France.
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.
Japan had 2 Champion bears, one in Japanese, exclusive to Japan, and one in English with the rest of the 32 in the set.
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.