With the 2014 World Cup in full swing, there are all sorts of creative interpretations of the game and its promotional materials popping up. From the Google Doodles to Brazilian illustrator Cristiano Siqueira‘s 32 posters capturing the spirit of the teams competing this year, which he created for ESPN, to soccer inspired typography, this international sporting event has inspired designers and artists to lend their pens and pixels to the game. And they’ve been doing so since the Cup’s inception in 1930.
This collection of posters from the past 84 years of the World Cup not only embodies each designer’s style but is also a great look back at how these designers, creating a poster for an international event, have captured current trends. The World Cup has been held every four years, except when it was cancelled due to World War II and its aftermath in 1942 and 1946, and is hosted by a different country similar to the Olympics.
Whether you’re a soccer fan, someone who just caught the fever or you still don’t get exactly how ties and points work, anyone can appreciate this look back at the history of the tournament. (The collection sent to us by Jonny Rowntree at Elanders UK, and FIFA originally commissioned the pieces, this year’s poster is available here.)
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