In keeping with this week's theme of bottomless mascots and made-in-China products, including that "football nose decoration" that's going to be all the rage in about a month, the World Cup Watch blog has put together another list of "the very worst we can find."
|Just the thing to feed your World Cup party guests.|
Of all of them -- the dog shirt is kinda cute -- the one that stands out has to be the 2006 World Cup Special Edition Can of Spam that's due out soon. I've always felt that nothing says World Cup footy better than a nice slab of Spam.
Related: The World Cup Blog follows on the story of the bankrupt, pantless mascot story with a statement from FIFA that they're not to blame:
The reported figures, drawn from various sources, relating to the licensing agreement for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ between Nici AG and world football’s governing body are far in excess of the actual amount. It has been reported, for example, that the licensing fee for the rights to manufacture toy replicas of the GOLEO VI Official Mascot was USD 28 million. This figure, however, is nearly ten times higher than the correct sum.
According to the information at FIFA’s disposal regarding the number of GOLEO VI products that Nici has sold so far, the company has actually recorded a total turnover that is far in excess of the licensing fee which shows that Nici’s current financial problems have nothing to do with its relationship with FIFA.
Cost of an officially licensed Goleo VI Presents His World Cup Hits CD? 8.79 euros.
Cost of licensing fee for making the Goleo doll? 2.8 million dollars.
Cost of a FIFA Sets The Record Straight press release? Priceless.