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Issue Date: 06/06/2006
Issue Name: World Cup Winners - 40th Anniversary Set of Covers
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Royal Mail released stamps to mark the 40th anniversary of England's World Cup Victory. They feature 6 World Cup winning countries since 1966, including of course, England, and our cover has a Wembley Middx postmark (6th June, 2006). It is available as a set of 10 unsigned covers, or as a set of 9 covers each signed by a member of the 1966 World Cup winning team.
40th Anniversary of England Winners 1966 - 2006
160 national teams compete in the World Cup Championship, but since the competition began in 1930, only eleven countries have made it to the finals, of which seven have had the honour of winning. Brazil is at the top of the list with five wins, then Italy and Germany, with three each, Uruguay and Argentina have two wins each and England and France just one.
Six of the seven past world championships have won while playing in their homeland. The only previous winner not to have won on home ground is the otherwise extremely successful Brazil, who famously lost the deciding match when they hosted the 1950 tournament. Even traditionally weaker nations have been successful during their spell as hosts, most recently South Korea in 2002.
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