FIFA World Cup Tournament Official Posters Through the Years

by in Inspiration on 23rd Jun 2014 · 0 Comment

The FIFA World Cup tournament, hosted this year in Brazil, turns 84 years old. 32 teams will head to the South American country to play matches in Brazil’s 12 new or redesigned venues. Elanders UK take a look at posters from each of the tournaments, some 84 years old and estimated to be worth between £15,000 and £20,000.

The overall design of the early World Cup posters were relatively similar to one another, with the first major design change happening in 1982 when Spain hosted the World Cup. Spain called upon Joan Miró, an artist from Catalan, to design the poster that consisted of Miró’s simplistic style combined with bright colors and playful shapes. A similar artistic design was created in 1994 for when the United States of America hosted the tournament.

Let’s take a look at how this year's World Cup posters compare to the previous editions in terms of design and concept.

World Cup Posters

1930 - Uruguay
1930 Uruguay

1934 - Italy
1934 World Cup Poster

1938 - France
1938 World Cup Poster

1950 - Brazil
1950 World Cup Poster

1954 - Switzerland
1954 World Cup Poster

1958 - Sweden
1958 World Cup Poster

1962 - Chile
1962 World Cup Poster

1966 - England
1966 World Cup Poster

1970 - Mexico
1970 World Cup Poster

1974 - West Germany
1974 World Cup Poster

1978 - Argentina
1978 World Cup Poster

1982 - Spain
1982 World Cup Poster

1986 - Mexico
1986 World Cup Poster

1990 - Italy
1990 World Cup Poster

1994- United States
1994 World Cup Poster

1998 - France
1998 World Cup Poster

2002 - South Korea/Japan
2002 World Cup Poster

2006 - Germany
2006 World cup poster

2010 - South Africa
2010 World Cup Poster

2014 - Brazil
2014 World Cup Poster

Conclusion

As you can see from this collection, the design changed significantly between the late 1980s and the early 2000s, indicating a change in design trends and styles between the 20th and 21th centuries. The minimalism and simplicity of the poster design became apparent between 1998, when France hosted the World Cup, and 2002, when South Korea and Japan joined together to host the tournament between the two countries.

Minimalism has become the focus of the design, especially when looking at the 2010 and this year’s editions of the poster design. It will be interesting to see what the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournament posters look like, which will be hosted by Russia and Qatar respectively.

Please feel free to share your favorite ones in the comments below.

Jonny Rowntree is a freelance writer working with worldwide printing partner, Elanders UK, who specialise in digital and litho printing.