UEFA European Championship mascot
The UEFA European Football Championship has featured mascots since 1980. The very first mascot was Pinocchio, for the UEFA Euro 1980 in Italy. Since then, every tournament has had a mascot except for the UEFA Euro 2008 and UEFA Euro 2012, that both had two. The mascots are mostly targeted at children, with cartoon shows and other merchandise released to coincide with the competition.
List of mascots
There have been a total of eleven mascots (a duo was featured in both 2008 and 2012) in the nine tournaments since 1980:
|European Football Championship||Mascot(s)||Description|
|Italy 1980||Pinocchio||Based on the character from the children's story of the same name. Pinocchio comprised a small wooden boy with long nose in the colours of the Italian national flag and a white hat emblazoned with EUROPA 80.|
|France 1984||Péno||A white cockerel, a traditional national symbol of France, dressed in a French coloured football strip including football boots and white gloves.|
|West Germany 1988||Berni||A cartoonised German Grey Rabbit with human shaped body. Berni wore an outfit in the colours of the German national flag with a black football jersey with UEFA across the front, red football shorts and yellow or golden socks additionally with white head and wristbands. Mostly depicted while jumping and controlling a football.|
|Sweden 1992||Rabbit||The Swedish mascot was also a rabbit in the national colours with head and wristbands controlling a football like the mascot from four years previously and was called name of Rabbit.|
|England 1996||Goaliath||Goaliath was designed in a similar fashion to the original World Cup mascot from 1966 World Cup called World Cup Willie. Goliath comprised a lion, the image on the English football teams crest, dressed in an England football strip and football boots whilst holding a football under his right arm.|
|A lion with a devil's tail and human hands. A lion appears on the crest of the Dutch national federation, and the Belgian national team is historically nicknamed "Red Devils". The name Benelucky is a portmanteau of "Benelux", the term for the three nations of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and the ending "-lucky" wishing the participating teams "good luck".
It wore football boots and held a football under its left arm.
|A cartoon version of a boy dressed in the Portugal football strip. The mascot's name, Kinas, is taken from "Bandeira das Quinas", which is a name for Portugal's national flag.|
|Austria/Switzerland 2008||Trix and Flix||A twin set of mascots two represent the two host countries, Austria and Switzerland. The Rainbow Productions and Warner Bros. design was of two child like characters both dressed in football strips comprising solely red and white, the colours of the national flags of Austria and Switzerland.|
Slavek and Slavko
|Once again Rainbow Productions and Warner Bros. created the mascots. The twins represent two host nations, Poland and Ukraine. One twin wears Poland's national colours of white and red, the other the yellow and blue of Ukraine. People have criticised them for looking like Irish singers and TV stars Jedward.|
|A child in the kit of the French national football team, with a red cape at the back, to echo the blue, white, red flag. Other considered named were Dribblou and Goalix. The cape, boots and ball are claimed to be the Child's superpowers.|
- "Italy meets UEFA European Football Championship 1980 (Euro 80)". Euro 2012 Live Online. Retrieved 13 September 2007.[dead link]
- "Brands - Pinocchio". Brands of the World. Retrieved 13 September 2007.
- "Brands - Peno". Brands of the World. Retrieved 13 September 2007.
- The weird and wonderful world of EURO mascots at UEFA.com