Issue Date: 21/05/2002
Issue Name: Football World Cup 2002 Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport's global governing body.
Our fantastic football cover features the full football miniature sheet and has been postmarked at Wembley for the World Cup 2002 Korea/Japan. It is available signed by Sir Tom Finney or Sir Geoff Hurst.
The World Cup
The World Cup, the most important trophy in the world of football was instigated by then FIFA president Jules Rimet in the late twenties following the great succes of the football tournaments at the Olympics in Paris (1924) and Amsterdam (1928), both won by Uruguay. Until 1978 16 teams were admitted to the final tournament (in 1930 and 1950 this number of participants was not reached however), from 1982 up to the 1994 finals, 24 countries earned the right to play there, while from 1998 onwards 32 teams are represented.
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Sir Thomas Finney CBE was an English footballer who played from 1946 to 1960 as an outside left for Preston North End and England. He is widely acknowledged to have been one of the sport's greatest-ever players.
Sir Geoffrey Charles Hurst MBE is an English former professional footballer. A striker, he remains the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, when England recorded a 4–2 victory over West Germany at the old Wembley Stadium in 1966