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Official FIFA World Cup posters & leaflets through the ages: (1930 – 2014)

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In this blog post we take a look at each poster from every 4 years since the world cup was held in 1930 watching the marketing progress and the design and graphical skills develop throughout the ages.
Click on each poster to see it at full size.

Uruguay 1930 FIFA World Cup

The world cup started in 1930 due to the unprecedented success of the Olympic football tournaments both FIFA and President Jules Rimet decided to hold the first FIFA world cup with Uruguay who have now won the Cup twice.

Interesting Facts

Final: Uruguay 4 – 2 Argentina

Top Goal Scorer: Guillermo Stábile (Argentina) 8 Goals.

Attendance: 80,000

Where England came: England did not enter the 1930 World Cup.

Italy 1934 FIFA World Cup

The 1934 FIFA World Cup was the second ever and was to be hosted by Italy on the 27th May through to the 10th June 1934, it was the first World Cup to initialise the qualifying criteria for teams to take part.

Interesting Facts

Final: Italy 2 – 1 Czechoslovakia

Top Goal Scorer: Oldřich Nejedlý (Czechoslovakia) 5 Goals.

Attendance: 358,000

Where England came: England did not enter the 1934 World Cup.

France 1938 FIFA World Cup

The 3rd FIFA World Cup was held in France. This was to be the last World Cup before the outbreak of World War II. Argentina and Uruguay refused to enter over anger of the second successive European location.

Interesting Facts

Final: Italy 4 – 2 Hungary

Top Goal Scorer: Léônidas (Brazil) 7 Goals.

Attendance: 369,720

Where England came: England did not enter the 1938 World Cup.

Brazil 1950 FIFA World Cup

The 1950 FIFA World Cup (Brazil) was the fourth installment from FIFA and the first World Cup to commence after the second world war. It was also the first World Cup to hold the Jules Rim Cup.

Interesting Facts

Final: Uraguay 2 – 1 Brazil

Top Goal Scorer: Ademir (Brazil) 9 Goals.

Attendance: 1,043,500

Where England came: This was the first World Cup England entered and they left with a crushing defeat from the United States in a 1-0 defeat on the 29th June.

Switzerland 1954 FIFA World Cup

The 1954 FIFA World Cup was the fifth tournament of its kind and was hosted in Switzerland. German teams were allowed to enter the competition again since being banned from the 1950’s World Cup.

Interesting Facts

Final: West Germany 3 – 2 Hungary

Top Goal Scorer: Sándor Kocsis (Hungary) 11 Goals.

Attendance: 889,500

Where England came: England were defeated by Uruguay in the quarter finals with a 4-2 defeat on the 26th June.

Sweden 1958 FIFA World Cup

The 6th World cup was hosted by Sweden and is to date the only world cup where a non european team has won the cup whilst being hosted in europe. This world cup saw the entry and qualification of the Soviet Union for the first time.

Interesting Facts

Final: Sweden 2 – 5 Brazil

Top Goal Scorer: Just Fontaine (France) 13 Goals.

Attendance: 919,580

Where England came: England got defeated at the group stages against the Soviet Union.

Chile 1962 FIFA World Cup

This was the 7th FIFA World Cup and was held in Chile. The atmosphere of the competition created the now infamous Battle of Santiago over the match between Chile and Italy in the first round.

Interesting Facts

Final: Brazil 3 – 1 Czechoslovakia

Top Goal Scorer: Flórián Albert (Hungary) 4 Goals.

Attendance: 899,074

Where England came: England exited in the quarter finals against Brazil in a 3-1 defeat on the 10th June.

England 1966 FIFA World Cup

The 8th FIFA World Cup tournament was held in England. The final was held at Wembley Stadium on the 30th July and was the last to be broadcast in black and white television. A record number of 70 nations took part in the competition.

Interesting Facts

Final: England 4 – 2 Germany

Top Goal Scorer: Eusébio (Portugal) 9 Goals.

Attendance: 1,608,723

Where England came: The first and the only World Cup to date that England have won.

Mexico 1970 FIFA World Cup

The 9th FIFA World Cup was the first to be hosted in North America. 75 nations entered the competition of which 14 teams qualified. With satellite television taking off the championship recorded high levels of TV viewing.

Interesting Facts

Final: Brazil 4 – 1 Italy

Top Goal Scorer: Gerd Müller (Germany) 10 Goals.

Attendance: 1,603,975

Where England came: England exited in the quarter finals against West Germany in a 3-2 defeat on the 14th June.

Germany 1974 FIFA World Cup

The 10th FIFA World Cup hosted in West Germany was the first world cup in which the winners were awarded the FIFA World Cup Trophy created by Silvio Gazzaniga. 98 Countries took part of which 16 qualified for the competition.

Interesting Facts

Final: West Germany 2 – 1 Netherlands

Top Goal Scorer: Grzegorz Lato (Poland) 7 Goals.

Attendance: 1,608,723

Where England came: England did not qualify for the 1974 World Cup.

Argentina 1978 FIFA World Cup

The 11th FIFA World Cup hosted in Argentina. Iran and Tunisia made their first appearances in this world cup and for the first time the number of entries passed 100 of which 16 qualified. The penalty shootout was introduced.

Interesting Facts

Final: Netherlands 1 – 3 Argentina

Top Goal Scorer: Mario Kempes (Germany) 6 Goals.

Attendance: 1,546,151

Where England came: England failed to qualify for the second time.

Spain 1982 FIFA World Cup

The 12th Official FIFA World Cup was held in Spain it was the first World Cup to feature 24 teams. There was thought as to whether England, Ireland and Wales should withdraw from the competition due to the Falklands War.

Interesting Facts

Final: Italy 3 – 1 West Germany

Top Goal Scorer: Paolo Rossi (Italy) 6 Goals.

Attendance: 2,109,723

Where England came: England got knocked out of the second round group stages with the lowest points in the group due to 2 draws.

Mexico 1986 FIFA World Cup

The 13th Official FIFA World Cup was held in Mexico it was originally intended to be held in Columbia but due to economic problems it was resigned to Mexico in 1982. The 1986 saw the first appearance of the Mexican wave.

Interesting Facts

Final: Netherlands 1 – 3 Argentina

Top Goal Scorer: Gary Lineker (England) 6 Goals.

Attendance: 2,393,031

Where England came: England exited the 1986 world cup at the hands of Argentina in the quarter finals in a 2-1 defeat on the 22nd June.

Italy 1990 FIFA World Cup

The 14th World Cup was held in Italy. This was the first cup to be broadcast and transmitted in HDTV. This world cup was regarded as the worst world cup on record due to the average goals (2.21) and the red cards (16).

Interesting Facts

Final: West Germany 1 – 0 Argentina

Top Goal Scorer: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy) 6 Goals.

Attendance: 2,516,348

Where England came: England got through to the semi-finals but was knocked out of the competition by West Germany in a penalty shootout 1(4) – 1(3) .

USA 1994 FIFA World Cup

The 15th Official FIFA World Cup was held in 9 cities across the United States. This World Cup holds the highest attendance of any Final match in history, alongside this the competition was expanded from 24 to 32 teams.

Interesting Facts

Final: Brazil 0 (3) – 0 (2) Italy

Top Goal Scorer: Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria), Oleg Salenko (Russia) 6 Goals.

Attendance: 3,587,538

Where England came: England failed to qualify for the 1994 world cup in USA.

France 1998 FIFA World Cup

The 16th Official FIFA World Cup was held in France this was the second time in history that France had been chosen to host the competition. A total of 64 matches were played in 10 locations.

Interesting Facts

Final: France 3 – 0 Brazil

Top Goal Scorer: Davor Šuker (Croatia) 6 Goals.

Attendance: 2,785,100

Where England came: England exited at the group stages with a defeat from Argentina which proceeded to penalties 2(4)-2(3)

Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup

The 17th FIFA World Cup was held in Korea and Japan this was the first World Cup to be held in Asia. A total of 199 teams entered. All seven previous World Cup winners qualified for the first time in history.

Interesting Facts

Final: Brazil 2  – 0 Germany

Top Goal Scorer: Ronaldo (Brazil) 8 Goals.

Attendance: 2,705,197

Where England came: England was defeated in the quarter finals by brazil in a 2-1 win.

Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup

The 18th FIFA World Cup was held in Germany. Teams from 198 nations entered the competition of which 31 teams qualified. The 2006 World Cup was the most watched in history the final viewing figures were 715.1 million.

Interesting Facts

Final: Italy 1 (5) – 1 (3) France

Top Goal Scorer: Miroslav Klose (Germany) 5 Goals.

Attendance: 3,359,439

Where England came: England got through to the quarter finals and was defeated by Portugal in a penalty shootout 0(3)-0(1).

South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup

The 19th FIFA World Cup was held in South Africa this was the first African nation to host the competition. During 2006 and 2007 rumours had it that the competition would be moved as there was some concern in South Africa’s preparation for the tournament but FIFA stated that they had full faith.

Interesting Facts

Final: Netherlands 0 – 1 Spain

Goals Scored: 145

Attendance: 3,178,856

Where England came: England exited the competition in the group stages.

Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup

The 20th Official FIFA World Cup held in Brazil. 32 nations qualified. This was the first time goal line technology was used in a World Cup, also the use of vanishing foam to allow the referee to mark a ten-yard mark for a free kick.

Interesting Facts

Final: TBA

Top Goal Scorer: TBA

Attendance: TBA

Where England came: TBA

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