27.10.13

The Football Stamps of Brazil - Part 1: World Cups and Pele



Brazil is a country that boasts one of the most vibrant and successful footballing cultures on the planet. The Brazilian postal authorities certainly aren't shy in coming forward to celebrate and promote football in their country. Since the late fifties there have been many fine Brazilian football stamps issued and in a three-part series we'll take you on a philatelic journey to showcase the great and the good of Brazilian football. First up here in part 1 we take a look at the football stamps issued during the fifties and sixties.

The three stamps below were issued to commemorate the World Cup of 1950 which was hosted by the Brazilians. The Maracana Stadium had been built especially for the tournament and it hosted the opening game on 24th June 1950 between Brazil and Mexico which the home nation won 4-0. Brazil played all but one of their games at the Maracana including the famous Maracanazo which saw Uruguay, who did not read the script, crowned as World Champions for the second time. The Brazilians were that devastated they abandoned the white kit they'd used up until then and adopted the now famous yellow shirts and blue shorts.

Brasil Correio - Campeonato Mundial de Futebol - Estádio do Maracanã - 1950

World Cup Brazil 1950
Brasil Correio - Campeonato Mundial de Futebol 1950
In 1952 the Brazilian football authorities scored a World first. The 1952 Olympic issue doubled up as a commemoration of  Fluminense's 50th anniversary. This was the first time that an individual football club had been the subject of a postal issue. A fine honour indeed.

Fluminense 50th anniversary
Brasil Correio - Cinquentenario do Fluminense 1952


Brazil of course won the next two World Cups. 1958 in Sweden and 1962 in Chile. Both victories were celebrated with commemorative stamps. Oddly the 1959 victory did not see it's stamp issued until 1959 and again the 1962 victory wasn't recognised until 1963.

FDC Brazil World Cup Winners 1958
Brazil 1958 World Champions - First Day Cover

Brazil World Winners 1958 and 1962
Brazil World Champions 1958 and 1962
Along with the blue 1962 World Cup commemorative stamp above only one other football stamp was issued in Brazil during the sixties - but what a stamp it was. Commemorating Pele's 1000th goal it has become one the most iconic stamps in the World today.  See this post The King of Football - Pele on Postage Stamps for more.


So that concludes part 1 of our look at the football stamps of Brazil. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3. Thanks for reading.