Goleo and Pille

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Goleo VI, commonly known as Goleo, and Pille were the official mascots for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Goleo takes the form of a lion, and is never found far from his sidekick, Pille, a talking football.

Goleo is clad in a white football shirt with black collar and sleeve rims, similar to those worn by the German national team between the 1950s and 1970s, and is trouserless. He wears the shirt number 06 (for the 2006 FIFA World Cup) and has his name written above it on the back of his shirt. The Goleo costume was manufactured by The Jim Henson Company, at a cost of around 250,000. The word Pille, meaning "pill" in standard German, is otherwise a common German sports jargon for a football.

Goleo was unveiled as the World Cup mascot on November 13, 2004 during the German television program Wetten, dass..?, presented by Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer.

On May 16, 2006, the German licence holder to produce Goleo, Bavarian toy company NICI, filed for bankruptcy. One apparent reason could be very high licence fees of around €28 million euros.[1][2] Other sources, however, quote much lower licence fees of 3.5 million euros.[3]


The choice of a lion was criticized for not being a German animal, but rather the emblem of historical rivals England and the Netherlands. Renowned designer Erik Spiekermann suggested that the mascot should have been an eagle (which appears on Germany's coat of arms) or even a squirrel as a symbol of the nation of frugality in his opinion.[4] Criticism has also been raised of the fact that Goleo does not wear any trousers.[1]

Music appearances[edit]

"Love Generation"

He was also featured in the European version of music video for Bob Sinclar's song "Love Generation", which was released in Germany on December 9, 2005, the day of the World Cup draw.


A computer-animated Goleo also appeared in music videos for Lumidee's "Dance!" released in Spring 2006 just in time for the opening ceremonies for the World Cup.

"All Together Now"

Goleo VI also appears in Atomic Kitten's "All Together Now (Strong Together)", also released in the spring of 2006. The song was a remake of a 1990 song by The Farm called "All Together Now".

Goleo VI Discography[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2006 "Dance!"
(Goleo VI presents Lumidee VS. Fatman Scoop)
5 17 5 30 5 18 70 32 FIFA World Cup 2006 Soundtrack
"All Together Now (Strong Together)"[6]
(Goleo VI & Atomic Kitten)
35  –  –  – 16  –  – 42  –
Featured in
Year Single Peak chart positions Album


2005 "Love Generation"
(Bob Sinclar presents Goleo IV featuring Gary "Nesta" Pine)
1 1 3 1 9 2 6 2 12 1 Western Dream

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Plüschtier-Flaute: Hersteller von WM-Löwe Goleo ist pleite - Wirtschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten
  2. ^ BBC NEWS | Business | World Cup mascot firm goes bust
  3. ^ Nici-Chef: Verdacht des schweren Betrugs | Fußball WM 2006 | Bayern 3 | BR
  4. ^ Star-Designer hält WM-Maskottchen "Goleo VI." für "absolute Katastrophe" - C6
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "GOLEO VI PRES. LUMIDEE VS. FATMAN SCOOP - DANCE!". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  6. ^ LesCharts.com Goleo VI & Atomic Kitten - "All Together Now (Strong Together) page
  7. ^ Flanders peak
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Christophe Le Friant". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  9. ^ German peaks
  10. ^ Italian peaks
  11. ^ Dutch peaks
  12. ^ Spanish peaks
  13. ^ Swiss peaks
  14. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 503. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  15. ^ Allmusic peaks

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