Champion the World Cup Bear (Saudi Arabia)

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: 01/06/2002
Animal: Bear
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The Saudi Arabian version of Champion is a fuzzy, brown bear with black button eyes and a button nose with the Saudi Arabian 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.


Saudi Arabia first attempted to
qualify for the FIFA World Cup
In 1978. It lost to Iran and was
eliminated. Qualification for the
1994 FIFA World Cup came when
Saudi Arabia beat Iran 4-3. Saudi
Arabia took part in 2 FIFA World
Cup tournaments (1994, 1998).

Collectors note

Champion the Bear was introduced on 4th April 2002.

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

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

The Saudi Arabian Champion the Bear retired on 1st June 2002.

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