We saw the mascots at the UEFA Euro for the first time almost 4 and a half decades ago. The practice of each UEFA Euro having a face in the form of a recognizable mascot began in 1980 when the championship was held in Italy. This means that the championship represented a turning point in a certain way, and after the championship in Italy, we could see very interesting mascots at every tournament.
At the first EURO, the official mascot was the well-known cartoon character Pinocchio. As we all know, Pinocchio is a boy made of wood whose nose grows when Pinocchio puts something together. Pinocchio, who was the face of UEFA Euro in Italy, had a nose painted in the colors of the Italian flag and a white cap with the words Euro 80 on it. The upcoming championship in Germany will be the twelfth championship where we will have the opportunity to see the mascot, and this time it will be a teddy bear named Albärt.
Mascots of UEFA Euro: Peno and Berni
At UEFA Euro 1984, where Michel Platini dominated and France took the title, as expected, the mascot was a rooster, a traditional symbol of France, named Peno. Peno was wearing a jersey, shorts and socks in the colors of the French flag, and he also had white gloves. Four years later in Germany, the mascot was Berni, a rabbit whose body had a human form. The Flemish giant rabbit wore a jersey in the colors of the German flag.
He was wearing a black T-shirt with the word UEFA, red shorts and yellow socks. He had a white band on his head and wristbands. He is shown jumping and dribbling the ball. The Euro, which was completely sensationally won by Denmark and which was held in Sweden, did not bring any innovations in terms of mascots. The Swedes almost copied the Germans, since this time the mascot was a rabbit. Of course, this time he wore sports equipment in the colors of the Swedish flag.
Mascots of UEFA Euro: Goaliath, Benelucky, Kinas
Three decades after the world title, England failed to bring the football home and the mascot of that tournament was made to look like the mascot named Willie, which was the symbol of the world cup in 1966. A lion named Goaliath wore the England jersey and the football emblem was on his chest. associations and under the right arm he held the ball.
We watched the last UEFA Euro in the last century in two countries, and the organizers were the Netherlands and Belgium. It was decided to name the mascot Benelucky, since together with Luxembourg, the mentioned two countries make up the Benelux, a term used for these three countries.
Lucky alludes to wishing the participants of the championship luck. The mascot was a lion with a devil’s tail and human hands. The lion’s head is the symbol of the Dutch football association and the Belgians are popularly called the Red Devils. He wore football boots and held the ball under his left arm. His hair was the colors of the Dutch and Belgian flags.
The first major competition for Cristiano Ronaldo was the UEFA Euro 2004 which was hosted by Portugal. Accordingly, a cartoon boy named Kinas was chosen as the mascot, wearing equipment in the colors of the Portuguese flag. It got its name precisely because the Portuguese flag is called the Bandeira das Quinas.
Mascots of UEFA Euro: Trix and Flix, Slavek and Slavko, Super Victor, Skillzy
The two countries were again the organizers in 2008 when Austria and Switzerland were the hosts. It was decided that the mascots of that championship would be the twins Trix and Flix dressed in red and white jerseys, considering that these are the colors of the flags of the mentioned countries. Companies like The Rainbow Productions and Warner Bros. were hired to create these two boys. These companies were hired to create the mascots four years later when the two countries again hosted the UEFA Euro.
Then the championship was organized by Ukraine and Poland. The mascots were twins named Slavek and Slavko who wore gear in Ukrainian and Polish colors. Slavek wore equipment in the colors of the Polish flag and Slavko in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
The mascot of UEFA Euro 2016 in France was Super Victor, a boy wearing the colors of the French national team. Victor had a red cape that, along with the ball, was supposed to represent his super powers. Two summers ago, the mascot of the tournament that was held all over Europe was Skillzy, and his character was inspired by street and freestyle football, and football that brings with it a lot of attractive moves, dribbling and the like.
Mascots of UEFA Euro: Teddy Bear Albärt
The mascot of the upcoming championship will be one of the symbols of Germany. It will be a teddy bear that was originally created in Germany at the beginning of the last century and will bear the name Albärt. He received the most votes from the public who voted on the website, and children and the whole of Europe chose him as their face.
“As a parent, I know how important it is to stimulate children’s imagination,” explained Phillip Lahm, EURO 2024 tournament director. “With the launch of our tournament mascot, we hope to create a fun and likeable character that will inspire them to enjoy playing football.”