The official posters of all editions of the FIFA World Cup
The phenomenon of a fifa world cup is multidimensional, because it goes beyond the strictly sporting framework. The memories he leaves behind are made of celebrations, spectacular plays, mistakes, goals, songs, mascots and official posters. What memories will you keep of Qatar 2022?
So that the millions of football fans and lovers of this mythical tournament to enjoy it are thousands of people who do a titanic job to prepare everything so that each edition of the FIFA World Cup can be considered a success.
With 92 years of history, the FIFA World Cup has thousands of stories to tell, but the following lines of this story will focus on the graphic footprint left by each edition, i.e. official posters from each of the tournaments, including Qatar 2022. Check them out.
Official FIFA World Cup History Posters
The vast majority of cultural events related to the FIFA World Cup were born when this tournament was already several years old, if not several editions. The first official song has arrived until England 1966, just like the first mascot. Likewise, the first ball designed exclusively for the tournament was the one used in Mexico 1970.
However, since Uruguay 1930, and obviously until Qatar 2022, the FIFA World Cup has relied on the work of real artists who have taken it upon themselves to capture the spirit of the tournament to mix it with the culture of the host country, then to capture it on canvas to eternalize the moment. Football oriented art.
The venue for the first World Cup was awarded by FIFA to Uruguay for having been then double football champion at the Olympic Games (1924 and 1928) and also for the centenary of its independence. An iconic poster with Art Deco accents was the first graphic image of an edition of this tournament.
The second edition of the FIFA World Cup took the world to Europe, where an Italy steeped in the politics of its then Prime Minister, Benito Mussolini, hosted the tournament. The poster corresponded to these inclinations: more formal and strict.
On the eve of a massive world war, France was allowed to host the FIFA World Cup. Its official poster revives the Art Deco trend with a fantastic design that exalts the ball as the epicenter of the world, at least during the 15 days of the tournament.
Once the turmoil of war that plagued mankind passed, the mood and the opportunity to celebrate a FIFA World Cup returned. Brazil served as host and eternalized its edition with a design much closer to caricature than the tendencies used in the previous three editions.
Undoubtedly, the official poster of the 1954 FIFA World Cup Switzerland stood out for its iconic layout: straight lines, well-established colors and the first ode to the true source of footballing joy: the aim.
Once again, there was a break with what had been established. The 1958 edition of the Football World Cup in Sweden was responsible for marking the distance with its sobriety, classic of the Scandinavians, with a simple official poster.
Football cannot be understood without all the social, political and cultural context that surrounds it. Thus, the official poster of the FIFA World Cup Chile 1962 was carried away by the current space conquest which was beginning to worry humanity at that time.
Host country sobriety at its finest. Possibly one of the simplest official FIFA World Cup posters of all. Only the ball as the protagonist of a light background, with the first mascot in the history of the tournament as a companion.
If any official FIFA World Cup poster rivals England for the position of king of simplicity, it is this one. Mexico 1970 made an ode to the country’s traditionally striking colors and patterns for its Day of the Dead paper decorations, but with a ball as the protagonist.
A complete contrast was this official poster. A black, lapidary background, notably altered by a rain of colors that gives shape to a footballer kicking a ball. There is no doubt that the 1974 FIFA World Cup Germany provided one of the most iconic posters.
Abstract shapes, such as dots, and few colors, even three. Just that, and a lot of imagination is needed to bring an official FIFA World Cup poster to life. Argentina 1978 brilliantly represented the essence of the game.
Surrealism in Spain could only be showcased by Joan Miró, who let loose all of his creative genius attached to his favorite trend in the official poster that gave the world the 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain.
The second World Cup hosted by Mexico delivered an official poster that broke all ties with its predecessors. The photograph that was the central object of the poster unites the ball with Mexican pre-Hispanic culture, a postcard taken by American Annie Leibovitz.
With no trace left of being under Mussolini’s spell, Italy were once again hosting a FIFA World Cup and wanted to bring out their new face from their official poster, in which they dressed creatively the Colosseum as the site of a football battle.
United States 1994
Pure symbolism. The United States showed the world that in addition to football, basketball and baseball, they have football at their heart, with an official poster of the FIFA World Cup they hosted in which the colors of their flag stood out prominently.
The 90s said goodbye to a social and cultural phenomenon like the FIFA World Cup. The official poster of France 1998 was made on the basis of abstraction, but full of colors and typography that is a scandalous nod to the American series Friends.
The first FIFA World Cup organized in Asia by two host countries had to show consensus in its graphic line so as not to disadvantage any of the organizers. They therefore opted for simplicity: brush strokes in the official colors of the tournament which gave a sober and elegant look to their official poster.
The FIFA World Cup is a beautiful dream for many, whether they participate in it or enjoy it. That’s what the official Germany 2006 poster tried to capture: a ball made up of stars that illuminates the firmament of the world with the light that only football can emit.
South Africa 2010
The African continent has only been able to host one FIFA World Cup. And the official poster has gone down in history as one of the most symbolic in history: the shape of the continent in the form of a footballer dominating the ball with his head, a canvas illuminated with the most representative colors of the region. A jewel.
The sum of the details has built a very representative concept for the official poster of Brazil 2014. Silhouettes of animals and flowers from the host country of that year’s FIFA World Cup formed a pair of legs that were fighting for a ball. Color, a sign of the joy of the Brazilian people, was also present.
The most vintage official FIFA World Cup poster ever. Russia 2018 paid huge tribute to its most representative footballer, goalkeeper Lev Yashin, and to the design of the Uruguay 1930 poster, in terms of colors and shapes.
Qatari artist Bouthayna Al Muftah was commissioned to design the official FIFA World Cup 2022 poster, which features one main design and seven complementary designs for the first time in history. Al Muftah described his work as follows: “I wanted each poster to show the celebration and love of football in Qatar. The main poster shows the ‘gutra’ and ‘egal’ (traditional headdress) waving in the air in celebration, which fans do here when a goal is scored.“