After writing about those two, I thought I had finished with World Cup mascots. I didn't remember any of the other ones after 1990, but then something dawned on me.
I did remember the 1998 World Cup mascot. And there's a reason why.
France had a cockerel for its tournament. It bore a resemblance to a well-known character.
Woody Woodpecker, anyone?
The character was named Footix. Wikipedia states that the name was a 'portmanteau of 'football' and the ending "ix", a name suffix common among the Gauls.'
Just like with Italy's mascot from 1990, I didn't know - or may have forgotten - Footix's name until I did some research for today's post.
The above image of Footix is a keyring my mother gave me as a gift during the World Cup. It was part of a set.
Part of the set included a soft toy of Footix. You can see him from two different angles in the following pictures.
His body and side of his head.
And here is a look from the side.
The keyring and soft toy were extras that came with what I would consider the main part of the gift set - a limited edition Parker pen for the tournament.
The pen came in a red case. Footix appears on it alongside the France '98 logo.
Below is a picture of the pen. The top also has the France '98 logo. The body of it has Footix in numerous poses.
And that's really it as it pertains writing about World Cup mascots. Pique, Ciao and Footix are the only ones I can remember. I have no recollection at all of the characters created for 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.