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Football World Cup of 1974 in Germany

Football World Cup - Morocco-1974-YT-710
Stamp of the Football World Cup in Germany issued by Morocco in 1974-YT-710

The 1974 Football World Cup was organized in West Germany. It was the tenth FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men’s senior national teams. The event took place in 9 west-german cities including west Berlin between 13 June and 7 July. 

Morocco issued a stamp to commemorate this event. The stamp has the photo of the new world cup trophy on it. It has the mention “Coupe du Monde de Football Munich 1974.” Munich is mentionned as it was the venue of the final game, between Germany and Netherlands. During the cup, West German team was led by Franz Beckenbauer, while the Dutch had their star Johan Cruyff, two very famous foorball players.

As for Morocco, which represented Africa in the 1970 tournament in Mexico, it did not qualify for the 1974 tournament, as Zaire eliminated it during the qualifiers.

The 1974 version of the world cup awarded a new FIFA World Cup Trophy, created by the Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga. The previous trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, had been won for the third time by Brazil in 1970 and awarded permanently to the Brazilians.

Catalogue Reference: Yvert & Tellier 710

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