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World Cup Team Calendar Cards

cale002 - Belguim Van der Elst cale002 - Belguim Van der Elst back

Image courtesy of Mark Avenell

This Calendar card features Francois Van der Elst

The 1990 FIFA World Cup was the 14th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. It was held from 8 June to 8 July 1990 in Italy, the second country to host the event twice. Teams representing 116 national football associations from all six populated continents entered the competition, with its qualification process beginning in April 1988. Twenty-two teams qualified from this process, along with host nation Italy and defending champion Argentina, for the finals tournament. The official match ball was the Adidas Etrusco Unico.

MANIL (Portugal)

Inglaterra 1966 Italia 90

The tournament was won by West Germany, who claimed their third World Cup title by defeating reigning champions Argentina 1–0 in the final, a rematch of the previous final four years earlier. Hosts Italy beat England 2–1 to finish third after both lost their semi-finals in penalty shootouts.

The 1990 World Cup is widely regarded as one of the poorest World Cups ever. It generated a record low goals-per-game average of just 2.21 and a then-record 16 red cards were handed out, including the first ever dismissal in a final.

Following this World Cup, the back-pass rule was introduced in 1992 to discourage time-wasting and overly defensive play, and wins were awarded three points in the group stage of the 1994 World Cup to encourage more aggressive offensive tactics and discourage the strategy of playing for a draw.

Coloured calendar cards depicting World Cup team groups from previous World Cup finals. Rounded corners

Size: 92x63mm


Teams: 24

Date: 08 June 1990 to 08 July 1990

Final: 08 July 1990

Matches: 52

Goals Scored: 115 (average 2.2 per match)

Attendance: 2,516,348 (average 48,391)

Winner: West Germany

Runners-Up: Argentina

Third: Italy

Fourth: England

adidas Golden Ball: Salvatore SCHILLACI (Italy)

adidas Golden Shoe: Salvatore SCHILLACI (Italy)

FIFA Fair Play award: England

The World Cup Sticker Collection


Numbered series of 344 self-adhesive Italia '90 stickers. Reverse has currency values and inscribed "BANK of MERLIN"

Size 82x49mm - PRICE GUIDE: £0.35

67. Liam Brady

Orbis Publications Ltd

World Cup '90

Coloured, numbered series of 551 self-adhesive stickers. Special album issued to accompany the series.

Size 65x54mm


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176. Liam Brady

390. Ludek Miklosko                                                      G - Geoff Hurst                                                                 U - Geoff Hurst

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Panini Publishing Ltd

World Cup Story

18. England 1966

pani030b - Ludek Miklosko

Panini Publishing Ltd

Italia '90

Coloured, numbered series of 448 self-adhesive stickers. Features competing countries in the World Cup Finals. Special Album issued to accompany the series

Size: 65x49mm


78. Ludek Miklosko

Gateaux (Confectionery)

Irish World Cup Squad

gateaux001 - David Kelly

Coloured, numbered series of 22 cards featuring the Irish World Cup squad. Inscribed on reverse "Gateaux"

Size: 72x40mm


IPC Magazines Ltd

60 Glorious Years World Cup Heroes

Coloured, unnumbered series of 24 drawings, depicting personalities from previous World Cup's 1930-1990. Special album issued to accompany the series. A statistical and pictorial history of the competition. Presented free with "World Soccer" magazine.

Size 90x48mm

PRICE GUIDE: £2.00 - Album £10.00

ipc016a - Album ipc016 - Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore...

The supremely gifted England defender and captain became a national hero when he lifted the World Cup at Wembley after England's dramatic 4-2 extra time win over West Germany

mani001 - Inglaterra 1982

This Calendar card features Trevor Brooking

13. David Kelly

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9. Bobby Moore - England

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