The 2002 FIFA World Cup will
make the sixth appearance at the
finals for the year’s co-host. The
Korea Republic set an Asian record
when they reached the finals five times in a row.
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.
Republic of Korea had 2 Champion bears, one in English and one with Korean writing inside the hang tag that was exclusive to Korea.
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.