Spanish soccer club unveils depressing mascot

Wed, Aug 3

The Getafe Football Club is in a funk.

The club competes in La Liga, the top soccer division in Spain and one of the best leagues in the world. But in a league dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid, Getafe has struggled in recent years. The team, which plays in the southern part of metropolitan Madrid, has finished 14th or worse in the standings of the 20-team league in three of the past four seasons. Last season, it finished 16th, narrowly avoiding relegation to the second division.

So as the team ramps up for the 2011-12 La Liga season, which begins Aug. 21, it has unveiled a television commercial featuring a mascot which lampoons the team's struggles: Rocky the downtrodden, piano-playing, seemingly suicidal koala bear.

As you can see from the video above, the future doesn't seem bright -- or even hopeful -- for Getafe.

For that reason, Page 2 suspects this man might be involved somehow.