The first World Cup mascot was England’s “World Cup Willie” in 1966. Forty years later, the latest official mascots also feature a lion called “Goleo”, who is accompanied by a talking football named “Pille”. Both were designed by the Jim Henson Corporation of Muppets fame.
Turkish-American author, Umut Ozturk, has published a book entitled Three Lions Roar. In it, England go on to win the 2006 trophy under manager Robbie Kiel, whose captain on the pitch, one Josh Roark, turns out to be his estranged illegitimate son. A cautionary tale that should have Sven Goran Eriksson and David Beckham sitting up in their deckchairs!