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The World Cup In Germany Has Its First Victim  
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2127 times:

And it's the Nici AG, the distributor and manufacturer of the World Cup Mascot "Goleo". The company has today filed for bankruptcy at the Coburg Administrative Court in Germany.

Prior to the bankruptcy filing, managers from Nici have said that problems with the marketing of the Goleo mascot were one of the contributing factors of their financial problems. In fact, their problems come from the fact that Goleo has not become the success it was expected to become.

Full article (in German): http://focus.msn.de/finanzen/news/wm-maskottchen_nid_29026.html

Curious that now we hear Goleo has been a sales disaster. I've been out of Germany for quite a while, so I'm not in the loop about this.

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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8942 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2116 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Thread starter):
In fact, their problems come from the fact that Goleo has not become the success it was expected to become.



I wonder why...  confused   Yeah sure



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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4756 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2099 times:

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 1):

I think it's cute... And that's the issue here, it looks too cute for a football mascot.



What do I know, I'm just an 'immature troublemaker with only a passing interest in aviation' (or so they say)
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3808 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

The ball on it's hand can talk. I saw it on TV. Now that is scary.

Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 3):
The ball on it's hand can talk.

The talking ball is called "Pille".

Patrick


User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

What the hell is that? Dog, wolf, llama, camel, stoner hippie? People might be more inclined to buy it if they actually knew what it was.


It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes.
User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 4):

The talking ball is called "Pille".

That thing is incredibly creepy.


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5126 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

ive never heard of the damn thing until now.......a major advertising disaster i think....


That'll teach you
User currently offlineA319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 4):
The talking ball is called "Pille".

They must have been on the little 'Pillen' with the   happy faces on them when they came up with them 

[Edited 2006-05-16 22:59:40]

User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4756 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 5):
stoner hippie?

Hey hey hey, let's leave Sabena332 out of this...



What do I know, I'm just an 'immature troublemaker with only a passing interest in aviation' (or so they say)
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8684 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 5):
What the hell is that? Dog, wolf, llama, camel, stoner hippie?

That's all they put in the mix?  Wow! Must be that German efficiency.  Wink



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2013 times:

I though the mascot was the ball not the Llama/sheepdog/stoned bear hybrid  Smile

Well as far as mascots go, remember that spring thing Homer Simpson devised for the Springfield olypics? - now that was bad.

Phil
FlyingColours



Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2013 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 10):
Must be that German efficiency.

Doubtful, because this mascot was created by the Jim Henson Company.   Nici only has the licence to produce and distribute them.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 4):
The talking ball is called "Pille".

I prefer their antimascot counterparts, Prolleo and Pulle Pilz.  



But why, why did they rip the German nickname of Bones, aka Star Trek's Dr Leonard McCoy?   Here in Germany, it's Dr McCoy who gets called "Pille".

[Edited 2006-05-16 23:47:53]

[Edited 2006-05-17 00:02:45]

User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 2):

I think it's cute... And that's the issue here, it looks too cute for a football mascot.

and why did they have to chose a lion....nothing to do with germany.
A lion would have been better for South Africa 2010



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

That mascot looks like the Bear In The Big Blue House  Smile

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 13):
and why did they have to chose a lion....nothing to do with germany.

I agree. An Eagle would have been more appropiate, because the Eagle is part of Germany's coat of arms.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13031 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1969 times:

Why oh why do major events like the Olympics and the World Cup have to have mascots. All of them as far as I recall for many years have been ignored, quickly forgotten and good examples of bad maketing. Often they have to be so sensitive to so many ethnic, social, racial, religious, gender and cultural issues that you end up with some horrible mix (kinda like the 'lion' above) that no ones wants or ignores. It would be better to spend the money on something that benefits the communities where the matches are held or some of the poorer countries that participate in the events.

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1962 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 16):
It would be better to spend the money on something that benefits the communities where the matches are held or some of the poorer countries that participate in the events.

I can only agree to that. But in their greed, it's very unlikely with the current FIFA.


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

That is one of the dumbest mascots I have ever seen, behind most of the Olympic mascots.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 5):
What the hell is that? Dog, wolf, llama, camel, stoner hippie?

It's supposed to be lion (we have so many here you know ... ) but it's called "hosenloses Wuscheltier" in Germany, which translates very loosely to "trouserless wispy animal".



I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 19):
It's supposed to be lion (we have so many here you know ... ) but it's called "hosenloses Wuscheltier"

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 


User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

Wow, that's a lion? I guess I can kinda see that, but I never would have guessed that on my own. Thanks guys.

At least it is better than the thing "Izze", the mascot for the Atlanta Olympics. That looked like a glob of toothpaste with eyes and legs.



It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes.
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 12):





 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Patrick


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