Seven Most Famous and Funniest Mascots in Bundesliga, Germany.
Seven Most Famous and Funniest Mascots in Bundesliga, Germany.
Bundesliga the number one German professional association of football league sometimes referred as Fußball-Bundesliga or 1. At times one can say the league has lack of humor and club spirit with exception of the two big rivals; Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund with their well known derby Der Klassiker.
This is a thing of the past, the wacky and weird part of the Bundesliga clubs has embraced the spirit and the humor in football in many ways. One of the main ways is the use of famous, close to heart, family and symbolic mascots that uniquely identifies each club.
It is normal clubs use different tactics to bring fans closure and share the culture, this helps in sales of merchandise and at the end rise in clubs revenue. As is said the club is bigger than one person.
These mascots have become famous in the German and Europe football space and symbolic to the club. Bellow are the top fifteen funniest and most famous mascots in the Bundesliga:
Berni (a bear) – FC Bayern Munich
Berni is characterized as a red dressed bear who was born on 1st May 2004 in Munich with a Bavarian Nationality, his purpose is to delight and inspire the FC Bayern Munich spirit to all ages of the club fans with a favorite phrase “Mia san Mia!” (for the complete will to succeed) club’s motto .
With a never ending contract Berni is one of the most trophy decorated mascots in the Bundesliga since 2004. Berni is envied by his rival mascots as he was referred as arrested by Emma the Bee from Borussia Dortmund when they FC Bayern Munich lost Der Klassiker derby in a heavily contested derby.
In reality Berni the bear and Emma the bee were once arrested in company of Arturo Vidal former Bayern midfielder and his entourage in 2018, after a wild Sunday night out. The incident caused a reaction resulting in massive sales of mascots.
Emma (a bee) – Borussia Dortmund
Emma is characterized as a sweet yellow bee with black stripes, to represent the symbolic color of Borussia Dortmund and the aggressive club spirit. The name “Emma” came from a legendary Borussia Dortmund left winger Lothar "Emma" Emmerich for his great achievements in the club and German football.
Emma, originally was a Borussia Dortmund junior kids mascot, she was later moved to the main team as she faced setbacks by not being accepted for a while. Nevertheless the mascot proved her worth to be accepted by the fans of all ages despite the thought she represented the kids.
Emma has embraced her skill and brought the clubs aggressive spirit to her advantage by walking with the yellow flames, chanting clubs slogans and songs as well as beefing up on rivals especially the derbies.
In the major events of Borussia Dortmund Der Klassiker derby, Emma has been spotted severally embracing the beef of the derby. She has been in a series of trolling the rivals Bayern Munich; from faking urinating on the Bayern Munich bus while faking checking the tires pressure. She once stopped in a Bayern Munich shop dropping yellow blood bags marked adrenaline before the weekend match. She also threw bananas at the Bayern Munich Goalkeeper and screamed in Arjen Robben’s Face when he lost a penalty against Borussia Dortmund.
Despite her being arrested with Burni Bayern Munich mascot and a former Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal, her character has been accepted in the club as a symbol of the club's spirit.
Wölfi (a wolf) – VfL Wolfsburg
With the ups and down of Vfl Wolfsburg; from the huge losses beyond belief, the comebacks without wins, comebacks with a knockout, threats of relegation to the emphatic wins over rivals the team has never been the same without the symbolic mascot Wolfi. The display of team spirit and unity from the founding days has been displayed from the humor of a mascot.
Wolfi is characterized as a green wolf with white or gray head. The aggressive character has been on display in Vfl Wolfsburg football despite their out of form recent seasons.
Wolfi has been symbolic with the growling or howling against opponents in different rival matches. This was displayed well in the relegation playoff which they won due to the mascots influence that spearheaded a six game win in a row. After the pandemic a new signing for the club from China, the mascot brought life by announcing a new Wolfi from China, the humor caused a spirit of performance in the following games.
As the main sponsor Volkswagen the wolf has embraced the marketing of the club and the sponsor by featuring in a couple of advertisements. In a symbolic animation of celebrating the club an animation was created cheerleading the team and mimicking rivals.
With the history of the team from a workmanship of the Volkswagen, the Wolfi symbol as a wolf displays the aggressiveness, hard work and persistence that a wolf has.
Brian the Lion (a lion) – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Brian the Lion has been displayed as a low key Mascot only in display in home and away games. He is a red dress with fluffy lion hair and black for away games.
He has not been noticed despite his existence over the years until the untouchable performance of the club in recent seasons.
He was once mocked by Hannover SC fans “ It was a cold environment for the lion, but lions do not recover like humans”. Despite that the club bounced back and finished fourth and gave the Lion a chance to roar again.
Herthinho (a bear) – Hertha BSC
Herthinho is characterized as a bear dressed with the Hertha BSC kit with brown fluffy hair. Despite his presence in the matches and driving chants against rivals, he has taken a new trait to the streets of Berlin, being noticed by football fans all over the world.
Herthinho has been busy in giving out gifts to the fans and attending school events.He has been seen dressed in Santa Herthinho suits and gifting out presents.
He stood out during the pandemic with his truck gifting and helping out the community during the hard times. He gifted a 42 year old a car due to the challenges they were facing.
With his display of a big heart he has been enjoying a series of invitations to rivals clubs games to share the gifts and will with their fans.
Hennes VIII. (a billy goat) – 1. FC Köln
Mascot Hennes is a real life billy goat symbolizing the club from the North-Rhein Westphalian city. The identical thing about Hennes is his symbolic coat with the warm effect of habitation throughout the season, an instrumental spirit for the FC Koln.
With a never ending contract embodying club identity, Hennes took the Rhein- Energie Stadion as home for life. He is one of the most famous goats and was named after Prince Podolski, Hennes VII. He fortunately has a mate known as Willi.
In his good days he has been symbolic to the club as a public figure, bringing the club to big attractions and embodied Germans greatest traditions. Big TV stations the BBC and several film crews have paid for interviews, while TV stations from Japan and Brazil have created a routine picture book home to their shows.
With Hennes silver screen character on TV shows he is a busy goat. He is frankly more than a living symbol of the club. His image is not only on the marchandise but in books of history. His presence in matches and his voice bring the spirit to the fans reminding them of the support to the club.
Since the 1950s Hennes has been in Cologne just two years after Hennes Weisweiler founded the club. He has honorably embraced the name of the club's coach over the years, from the first time winning German titles to present.
Hennes successors have followed his genes and forever will be in the club.
Bumsi and Jünter (a foal with a Telstar head) – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Bumsi was the first mascot of the club created by Helmut Grashoff, it was a style baa embodied with curly black hair and eyes.
Later in 1998 a characterized foal named Junter was born, the name was symbolic to a Monchenglabach native and a former lend of the club called Gunter Netzer.
Its symbolic dress is a club shirt numbered 10 of the 1973 season Jersey. This was the same jersey Gunter Netzer wore in his last game with a win against FC Koln.
In early 1965 a newspaper published every Gunter Netzer home game, in the columns stating the humor he had on current issues and he was influential in the magazine that he appeared twice the years of the magazine. This influence led to naming a mascot after him to keep his spirit in the club. In the histories documented Junter meets Borussia players and kids recounting Gunter Netzer daily life to remind them about the club. This has been a definition of the life of Junter and how important he is to the Borussia Mönchengladbach community.