teddy bear: Germany unveils a teddy bear as the mascot for Euro 2024 but this time with pants
The mascot made its first appearance on Tuesday morning by surprising children at a primary school in Gelsenkirchen, where it was to be seen again later before the team’s friendly match against Colombia.
The big-headed, big-eyed mascot has shorts – in contrast to the 2006 World Cup mascot, a lion named “Goleo” who was widely mocked for not wearing pants.
The as-yet-unnamed teddy bears a soccer jersey, socks and boots. Fans were to help him name it by choosing between Albert, Barnardo, Barnheart or Herzi von Bar. “Bar” is the German word for bear.
“As a parent, I know how important it is to encourage children’s imagination,” said Euro 2024 tournament director Philipp Lahm. “With the launch of our tournament mascot, we hope to create a fun and engaging character that will encourage them to enjoy playing football.”
The mascot can be seen in host cities during the next year. Germany will host the tournament between 14 June and 14 July 2024.
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