2014 FIFA World Cup
The Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India, released a set of four stamps and a miniature sheet, depicting action on the field, and ,the mascot Fuleco on 12th June, 2014, the day of the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup This was for the first time that India Post had released stamp to mark the occasion of FIFA World Cup. The stamps were released by the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi ,in the presence of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, MOC&IT and Law and Justice and Shri Sarbanand Sonowal, MOS(Sports). Many prominent players such as Choni Gowswamy, Sunil Chhetri, K. Malleshwari, Rajyavardhan Rathod, and eminent persons from the field of art and culture were also present on the occasion. The Prime Minister said in his address on the occasion that sports brings about a spirit of amity and belongingness among nations of the world, and hoped that the FIFA World Cup became a bridge for connecting nations.
2014 FIFA World Cup, which started on 12th June, 2014, in Brazil, is the 20th edition of the international football championship ever since the first tournament was held in Uruguay in 1930.The championship has grown bigger in scale, prestige and participation since its inception. Traditionally there is a tussle between the individual brilliance, guile and craft of teams from Latin America and the technological advancement, speed, strength and athleticism of European teams.
The FIFA World Cup™ is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world and is contested by the senior men's national teams from the 208 Member Associations of FIFA.
The competition has been played every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of one month – this phase is often called the Final Competition. A qualification phase, the Preliminary Competition which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation(s).
The mascot of 2014 FIFA World Cup is Fuleco. The term is a fusion of two words ‘fotebal’ and ‘ecologia’.