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The first mascot to make an appearance at the European Championships was a large-nosed young fellow called Pinoccio, back in the 1980 tournament over in Italy. And since then it's probably made rich men of a few bosses of some advertising and marketing companies across Europe as it became big business to create these cheeky little chappies.

1980 - Italy - "Pinoccio"

mascot A naked wooden lad with a ball and a paper hat. And a large stripey nose.

1984 - France - "Peno"

mascot Enormous-footed rooster in a French football kit. With a ball.

1988 - Germany - "Berni"

mascot Tough looking rabbit with dodgy euro-rock headband and even dodgier ball control.

1992 - Sweden - "Rabbit"

mascot The most cunningly named of all the mascots. Slightly better ball control than Berni but equally bad head gear.

1996 - England - "Goaliath"

mascot Slightly boss-eyed lion in excruciatingly tight shorts. With a ball.

2000 - Holland and Belgium - "Benelucky"

mascot Strange demon-lion thing. With a ball.

2004 - Portugal - "Kinas"

mascot A Portuguese kid. With enormous, fat hands. But only 3 fingers.

2008 - Austria and Switzerland - "Trix and Flix"

mascot Fun-loving Austro-Swiss chums with jester-style haircuts. But no ball.