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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 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2291 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, 8977 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2280 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, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 1):

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



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3836 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2252 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 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2247 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, 2812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2247 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 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2247 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, 5186 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2235 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 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2230 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, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 5):
stoner hippie?

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



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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8770 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2208 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



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User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2177 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



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2177 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 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2176 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 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2176 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 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2170 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, 13202 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2133 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 7 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2126 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: 29
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2123 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, 7966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2106 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".



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2091 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, 2812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2080 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.



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 12):





 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Patrick


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