Stamps of World Cup.

Pyongyang, June 1 (KCNA) -- New postage stamps have been issued for the to-be-soon-held 2010 South Africa World Cup.

(from BING search)

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is the 19th FIFA World Cup, the premier international association football tournament. It is being held in South Africa, beginning on 11 June and scheduled to conclude on 11 July 2010. The tournament is the culmination of a qualification process that began in August 2007 and involved 204 of the 208 FIFA national teams. As such, it matches the 2008 Summer Olympics as the sports event with the most competing nations. The final is forecast to be among the most-watched events ever, possibly behind only the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games.[1]

This is the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation, after South Africa defeated Morocco and Egypt in an all-African bidding process. Italy are the defending champions, having won the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The draw for the finals took place on 4 December 2009 in Cape Town.

Seen in the souvenir sheet and sheetlet marking the world cup are its trophy and footballers playing matches.

Stamps as displayed by Herrick's website Aug. 18, 2010.

Stamp Information Cards, received from Maeda, Jan. 26, 2011.


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