This year the organisers have to decided to treat us with not one, but two mascots, each representing one of the joint host nations of Austria and Switzerland.
They are (Siamese?) twins "Trix" and "Flix" (both trademarked, though why anyone would want to rip off such pathetically anodyne names is beyond me, although thinking about it my dog is called "Trix" so does that mean that I now have to pay UEFA royalties whenever I call her?), a pair of strangely Japanese style cartoon characters who appear to be wearing bizarre wrestling style masks/hairpieces.
Still, at least having learnt the lessons from the rather disturbingly semi-naked lion Goleo fiasco of the World Cup in Germany '06, the designers have opted for the safer full football kit option, although Trix (assuming he's the one on the left) is going to, literally, have to pull his socks up if he wants to be allowed onto the field of play.
Worryingly at the UEFA unveiling of the mascots they were described as "footballing pixies", which conjours up images of a slightly less malevolent version of Dennis Wise in my mind.
Their hairstyles and Harry Potter-esque eyebrow scars are supposed to represent the shared Alpine border of the host nations rather than plotting a graph of England's international tournament record throughout the years.
As mascots go they are pretty rubbish but then being an honorary Londoner I can't really cast stones not when you consider the abomination that is the London 2012 Olympics logo, but if the mascots are a pointer to the standard of the tournament as a whole I think we're in store for a typically bland Swiss affair mixed with the Würst that Austria has to offer...
(Come on I had to get a terrible pun in there somewhere...)