In 1958 Sweden hosted the first
FIFA World Cup to receive
international television coverage.
Sweden has taken part in 8 FIFA
World Cup tournaments; 1934-
1950, 1958, 1970-1978, 1990.
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.