An Illustrated History Of World Cup Poster Art

Ever since the first World Cup in 1930 through to the 2018 tournament being hosted by Russia, each edition of the football World Cup has had an official poster. Let's take a look at every World Cup poster since the tournament began.

Ever since the first World Cup hosted by Uruguay in 1930 through to the 2018 tournament being hosted by Russia, each edition of the football world cup has had an official poster representing the global scale of the event and the tournament hosts.

There are a number of brilliant artworks among them, some created by world-famous artists. Whether it’s Chile 1962’s lunar design or the African symbolism in 2010, most of these posters are stunningly beautiful.

Russia 2018’s poster features Yashin, the country’s most famous footballer, a goalkeeper diving with outstretched arms to his left to make a save. Yashin, who is the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or (in 1963) and was known as the ‘Black Spider’. He is featured wearing his signature outfit of a black shirt and shorts with a knee brace and a cap. This poster is designed by artist Igor Gurovich, who was inspired by art’s Constructivist movement that originated in Russia in the 1920s.

Let’s take a look at every world cup poster, since the tournament began.

Uruguay 1930

Uruguay 1930

Italy 1934

Italy 1934

France 1938

France 1938

Brazil 1950

Brazil 1950

Switzerland 1954

Switzerland 1954

Chile 1962

Chile 1962

England 1966

England 1966

England 1966

England 1966

Mexico 1970

Mexico 1970

West Germany 1974

West Germany 1974

Argentina 1978

Argentina 1978

Spain 1982

Spain 1982

Mexico 1986

Mexico 1986

Italy 1990

Italy 1990

USA 1994

USA 1994

France 98

France 98

Japan & South Korea 2002

Japan & South Korea 2002

Germany 2006

Germany 2006

South Africa 2010

South Africa 2010

Brazil 2014

Brazil 2014

Russia 2018

Russia 2018

Arjun Gera

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