Champion the Bear – Saudi Arabia

Theme: Beanie Buddies
Subtheme: Sports, Football, Soccer
Style Number: 09501
Colour: Brown
Swing Tag Generation: Champion
Tush Tag Generation: -
Birthday: None
Release Date: 04/04/2002
Release Year: 2002
Retirement Date: 24/05/2002
Animal: Bear
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Champion (Saudi Arabia) is a fuzzy, brown bear with black button eyes and a Saudi Arabian flag nose. He wears a golden ribbon tied around his neck and he has a FIFA World Cup 2002 badge on his chest.


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 (Saudi Arabia) was released on 4th April 2002.

He was retired on 24th May 2002.

There are 32 Champion bear Beanie Buddies for each country that entered the FIFA World Cup football tournament in 2002: ArgentinaBelgiumBrazilCameroonChinaCosta RicaCroatiaDenmarkEcuadorEnglandFranceGermanyRepublic of IrelandItalyJapanKorea RepublicMexicoNigeriaParaguayPolandPortugalRussiaSaudi ArabiaSenegalSloveniaSouth AfricaSpainSwedenTunisiaTurkeyUnited States and Uruguay.

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