The FIFA World Cup first took place in Uruguay in 1930 and has been arranged every fourth year since, except in 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War. Germany are the current champions after winning their fourth title in 2014. This makes the German team the second most successful team in World Cup history, following Brazil who have won five times.

The tournament is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world. Last time, 715.1 million people watched the final game- a ninth of the entire world’s population. The interest in the tournament is even bigger than the Olympics.

First World Cup took place in Uruguay in 1930. Image: thisdayinworldhistory.com First World Cup took place in Uruguay in 1930. Image: thisdayinworldhistory.com

Once again the auction world does not stand unaffected with lots of sports memorabilia up for auction on Barnebys. If you’re interested in an auction that is World Cup specific, we recommend Catawiki!

For more sports memorabilia Barnebys has an entire category for sports to narrow down your search, making it easier to find exactly what you are looking for.

How about Ronaldinho’s signed jersey from the FIFA World Cup 2002? As one of the best Brazilian players of his decade, Ronaldinho scored a penalty against China as well as the free-kick from a long distance against England - winning the game.

Or maybe you’re more interested in the signed jersey of England’s all time top scorer Wayne Rooney? He was the youngest player to ever play for England and has already played in three World Cups. He retired from international football in August 2017.

Another player represented in Catawiki’s World Cup auction with a signed jersey is Argentina’s Lionel Messi - considered one of the greatest player in the world by many. He is a five time winner of the FIFA Ballon d’OR.

If you’re more interested in the history behind the games we can recommend the 1958 World Cup Replica final ball signed by Pelé himself. The tournament in 1958 was Pelé’s first World Cup Championship. He has won three World Cups; in 1958, 1962 and 1970, the only player to have ever done so. He is regarded as the greatest player of all time. In 1999, Pelé was voted World Player of the Century by IFFHS, the IOC elected him Athlete of the Century, and Time named him in the list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

Pelé during the 1958 World Cup finals in Stockholm, Sweden. Image: RTE Pelé during the 1958 World Cup finals in Stockholm, Sweden. Image: RTE

According to IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful league scorer in the world with 541 league goals. Including unofficial friendlies and tour games, he has scored 1281 goals during 1363 games. In Brazil he is considered a national hero for his accomplishments on the field as well as his advocacy for improving social conditions for the less fortunate.

The games will last until the 15th July, But you only have until Thursday, 21 June, to bid on this fantastic collection of football history!

 

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