Confident Germany had Printed World Cup Stamps Before Final

Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 to win the FIFA World Cup but postage stamps celebrating their triumph were printed even before the match was played.

Updated: July 14, 2014 20:52 IST
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This picture taken on July 14, 2014 in Berlin shows a German World Cup victory postage stamp worth 0,60 EUR (60 Cents) that reads "Germany Football World Champion 2014".


Berlin: Germany will this week issue a World Cup victory postage stamp, five million of which were printed before the final was even held, officials said Monday. (World Cup: Germany beat Argentina to win title)

"This year I dared to hope very early on that our team would take the title," said Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

"It's wonderful that the team turned this dream into a reality. I hope that this stamp will remind many citizens of the immense joy the team has given us."

The 60 cent stamp, marked "Germany Football World Champion 2014", will go on sale from Thursday after the first commemorative copies are presented to the coach, players and team staff.

Graphic designer Lutz Menze told German national news agency DPA that the image shows footballers running, but not their faces in order to honour the whole team, not an individual.

Menze said that producing a stamp usually takes six months, but that he was only contacted by the government after the tournament had already started.

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