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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:00

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Premium Sheet

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, or football World Cup, is holding its 21st edition in the Russian Federation.

The competition will take place from 14 June to 15 July at 12 stadiums located in 11 different cities around the country, including Moscow, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk and Sochi.

The tournament will bring together 32 national teams, distributed into eight groups, who will play a total of 64 matches in two rounds, with a group stage and a knock-out stage. The opening match will be Russia versus Saudi Arabia and will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which will also host the final match.

The World Cup has a cute mascot named Zabivaka, which means “little scorer”. He is a footballer wolf who radiates charm, confidence and friendliness; making him the perfect ambassador for sportsmanship in the competition. The design was chosen through an online popular vote.

The previous World Cup was held in Brazil in 2014, with Germany beating Argentina in the final match to win the tournament. With this trophy, Germany has now won four World Cups, tied with Italy; Argentina and Uruguay have won two each; and the national teams of England, France and Spain have won one each. Brazil remains the top winner with five World Cups.

The Football World Cup is one of the most important competitions in the world, in terms of the number of spectators that it brings together, the economic impact it can have on host countries, and the influence it currently has on our culture and society.

Correos is issuing a stamp presented on a Premium sheet featuring the official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Published in News
Friday, 17 August 2018 00:00

Stamps about football

From the outset, the European Championships yielded a fine crop of souvenir covers, cards and postmarks but it was not until 1980 that the host nation, Italy, released an 80 lire stamp showing a footballer. When Germany hosted the tournament in 1988 a 60+30 pfennig stamp showed two players. Albania regularly issued sets from 1984 onwards, while Bulgaria contributed a set of four in 1988. Things began to look up in 1992 when Sweden released a pair of 2.80 kroner coil stamps.

The 1996 championship was the biggest and most exciting football extravaganza England had ever seen, and Royal Mail rose magnificently to the occasion, with a set of five stamps depicting some of soccer's greatest players of yesteryear.

The golden rule on Royal portraiture precluded the portrayal of any living footballers, although this regulation was bent a little by issuing a prestige booklet whose mixed pane had a central non-postal label depicting George Best. The stamps depicted William Ralph 'Dixie' Dean (1907-80) who scored 18 goals for England in 1927-33, Robert Frederick 'Bobby' Moore (1941-93), England's captain in the 1966 World Cup, Duncan Edwards (1936-58), one of the players killed in the Munich air disaster which robbed Manchester United of the Busby Babes, William Ambrose 'Billy' Wright (1924-94) who captained the national team 90 times and Robert Dennis 'Danny' Blanchflower (1926093), twice Footballer of the Year who led Spurs to spectacular victory in the League and FA Cup double and the European Cup Winners Cup in the early 1960s.

Published in Thematics