Thursday, June 17, 2010

World Cup 2010 cover from Indonesia ...

Thanks Irene Chen for this nice World Cup cover :-))) The cover was sent from Malang in Indonesia's East Java province, on 11 June - the day that the 2010 FIFA World Cup was kicked off in South Africa.

The stamps were issued on 1st May with 4-stamp in a set. The stamps featured the logo of South Africa World Cup 2010, mascot "Zakumi", player and goalkeeper. Also shown below the stamps are flags from participating countries of Group G, i.e Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal.

Zakumi is a leopard commonly found in South Africa, with green hair wearing a shirt saying South Africa 2010. Zakumi's green and gold colours represents South African national sports' teams colours. His name comes from "ZA", the code for South Africa and "kumi", a word that means "ten" in various African languages.

The first World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay and was held every 4 years. The 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil.

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