There is no Euro 2020 Championship in this summer, so 3 Lions faithful have been reminiscing about 1996. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

When England hosted the European Championship in 1996, a new mascot was born, following a line of iconic football tournament mascots. Italy had Pinocchio, Germany had Berni, and England made sure to create a symbol that would evoke the successes of previous teams and one that would be memorable itself.

Euro 2020 – Remembering Euro 96 mascot’s Name, stimulus and history of England's European Contest symbol
Euro 2020 – Remembering Euro 96 mascot’s Name, stimulus and history of England’s European Contest symbol

So who was the mascot for Euro 96 and what was the motivation? Objective investigates.

Who was the mascot for Euro 96?

The mascot for Euro 96 was Goaliath.

Drawing upon England’s relationship with Three Lions on their national group identification, Goaliath was a lion who wore an England shirt and was typically furnished with a ball under his arm. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

A play on the name of the scriptural character Goliath, who was a fearsome mammoth, Goaliath was the animation encapsulation of the competition has, England. The character of Goaliath was to a great extent enlivened by World Cup Willie – the mascot for the 1966 World Cup, which was likewise held in England.

Like Goaliath, Willie was a lion, yet he wore a pullover with an association banner decorated across it as opposed to a plain England shirt.

The mascot for Euro 96 was Goaliath.
The mascot for Euro 96 was Goaliath.

European Championship mascots

There have been several mascots for the European Championship over the years and they have taken various forms. In the 1980s and 1990s, European Championship mascots tended to be animals, but the trend has shifted since the turn of the millennium towards more human forms.

You can see the full list of mascots from 1980 to 2020 below.

Tournament Mascot
Euro 80 – Italy Pinocchio
Euro 84 – France Peno
Euro 88 – West Germany Berni
Euro 92 – Sweden  Rabbit
Euro 96 – England Goaliath
Euro 2000 – Netherlands & Belgium Benelucky
Euro 2004 – Portugal Kinas
Euro 2008 – Austria & Switzerland Trix and Flix
Euro 2012 – Poland & Ukraine Slavek and Slavko
Euro 2016 – France Super Victor
Euro 2020 – Pan European Skillzy

The principal European Championship mascot was revealed in front of the 1980 competition in Italy. It was called Pinocchio and based on the classic fairy-tale character, with a long nose. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

France 1984 saw the first run through a creature character filled in as European Championship mascot with a cockerel called Peno summoning the national group identification of Les Bleus. West Germany followed in 1988, opting for a rabbit called Berni – a nod to the city of Berne, where Germany won their first World Cup.

In 1992, Sweden hosted the European Championship, and, instead of taking the opportunity to make their unique mascot, they persisted with a rabbit. The rabbit was a different color and named Rabbit.

Goaliath followed in Euro 96, with the lion topic proceeding in Euro 2000, which was held across Belgium and the Netherlands, with Benelucky. The Belgo-Dutch mascot was the part devil and part lion, incorporating both countries’ national team symbols.

Portugal hosted Euro 2004 and their mascot was Kinas – a boy in a Portugal kit named in honor of the national flag, the Bandeira das Quinas (flag of the five shields).

When Austria and Switzerland hosted Euro 2008, they went for red-and-white-clad twin mascots Trix and Flix. A comparable mascot style followed when Poland and Ukraine facilitated Euro 2012, with every mascot wearing the hair shade of their separate national banners.

France continued the human style of mascot in 2016, dispensing with the cockerels that had served them in 1984 and the World Cup in 1998 (Footix) in favour of Super Victor, a child hero footballer.

The mascot for Euro 2020 – which will presently occur in 202 is Skillzy, who is a free-form football animation character.

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