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The World Cup—A Pictorial History on Stamps

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With the World Cup beginning on June 12, 2014 and running through the championship game on July 13, 2014 in Brazil, we present here stamps that trace the history of this worldwide event from the first, 1930, competition to date.

The world’s most popular sport, football—known in the United States as soccer—has elements that trace back to ancient Greece and Rome, but the rules of the sport as we know it today came into fruition in the mid-19th Century in England, where various forms of the game were played as far back as the eight century.

The first formal “International” competition was held in 1872, albeit it between . . .

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