Friday, February 15, 2008

FIFA World Cup Logo Designs

The sport of football (or soccer as it's known in the US and Australia) holds a World Cup every four years.

Sadly, my own national team, Northern Ireland, hasn't reached the World Cup Finals since 1982, and despite the recent goal-scoring feats of David Healy, we don't look like doing so anytime soon.

Wiping my tears aside, here I present the first in a series of articles that feature sporting logos, this time showcasing World Cup logo designs from Brazil in 1950 to South Africa in 2010. I've added a little World Cup trivia for the football buffs among you, and mention my favourite / least favourite at the bottom.

The 1950 World Cup was the first to include British participants. British teams withdrew from FIFA in 1920, partly out of unwillingness to play against the countries they had been at war with, and partly as a protest against a foreign influence on football.

Uruguay 2-1 Brazil (there was no actual final this year, and the tournament was decided by a round-robin between four teams, with this match considered the decisive result to crown Uruguay world champions)

The World Cup was first televised in 1954 and is now the most widely-viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games. The cumulative audience of the 2006 World Cup (including all of the matches) is estimated to be 26.29 billion. 715.1 million individuals watched the final match of this tournament (a ninth of the entire population of the planet).

FINAL SCORE: West Germany 3-2 Hungary

With its third title (and three second place finishes) West Germany became the most successful World Cup nation for four years, until Brazil won their fourth title in 1994. West German team manager Franz Beckenbauer became the second footballer, after Mário Zagallo of Brazil, to win the World Cup as a player (in 1974) and as team manager. In doing so, Beckenbauer also became the first captain of a winning team to later manage a winning squad. Italy's Salvatore Schillaci won both the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goalscorer, with six goals, and the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.

FINAL SCORE: West Germany 1-0 Argentina

The average stadium attendance for the tournament was 69,000 while the total attendance was 3.6 million. The 1994 World Cup holds the record for the highest attendance in World Cup history. It was also the highest-attended single sport sporting event in United States history.

FINAL SCORE: Brazil 0-0 Italy (Brazil win 3-2 on penalties)

This article featured on Logo Design Love and written by David Airey. To read more click here!

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