Champion the World Cup Bear (France)

Theme: Beanie Babies
Subtheme: Sports
Style Number: 04408
Colour: Brown
Swing Tag Generation: 7, 10
Tush Tag Generation: 11
Birthday: None
Release Date: 04/04/2002
Release Year: 2002
Retirement Date: 31/05/2002
Animal: Bear
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The French version of Champion is a fuzzy, brown bear with black button eyes and a button nose with the French flag on it. It wears a gold ribbon tied around it’s neck. on it’s chest is a badge with the words “2002 FIFA World Cup” on it.


France made football history as the
host country when they beat the
defending champions Brazil 3-0 to
win the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Collectors note

Champion the Bear was introduced on 4th April 2002.

There are 32 different versions of Champion, each representing the countries in the 2002 World Cup. This particular bear represents France.

Each version of Champion the Bear was retired separately on the day that the country was eliminated from the 2002 World Cup.

The French Champion the Bear retired on 31st May 2002.

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