Champion the World Cup Bear (South Africa)

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: 12/06/2002
Animal: Bear
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Description

The South African version of Champion is a fuzzy, brown bear with black button eyes and a button nose with the South African 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.

Poem

In the last 10 year, the country
has emerged as a strong power on
the African continent. South
Africa qualified for the last FIFA
World Cup finals in France.

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 South Africa.

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

The South African Champion the Bear was retired on 12th June 2002.

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