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FIFA World Cup - 2002 Korea-Japan

[World Cup 2002] image by Zachary Harden, 25 October 2017

The 2002 FIFA World Cup was the 17th instance of the tournament that took place from 31 May to 30 June 2002. The host nations (the first and only instance of two nations hosting the same World Cup) were South Korea and Japan. This is the first major FIFA tournament to use the "slanted letters" wordmark that is currently the FIFA logo. While shows the mark was adopted in 1998, it does not seem to be used for the 1998 World Cup that took place in France, judging by
(ticket stubs).

For the logo used, it was created by the Interbrand company from its London office, in consultation with its offices in Tokyo and Seoul. According to a FIFA Press Release, it was the first time in the history of the event that the World Cup Trophy was a main feature of the logo design. While the use of blue and red for Korea and Japan, respectively, was not stated in the press release, I guess it was to tie in both national flags (blue/red for South Korea and red for Japan). The circle element that goes around the trophy also ties in to Asian culture, and in turn, both the flags of South Korea and Japan. The press release can be seen at

As for a flag, has a horizontal logo on a white flag with champions of previous editions of the World Cup on bottom in blue. At the Japanese Wikipedia version of the World Cup article, there is a stadium background with vertical banners that are in the different logo colors charged with a white logo. There is also a white vertical banner, similar to the "Fair Play" banners, used during the closing and opening ceremony where the full color logo is on white.
Zachary Harden, 25 October 2017

[World Cup 2002] image by Randy Young, 25 October 2017

When I visited Seoul in August 2003, I found and purchased a 2002 FIFA World Cup desk flag (4in x 6in). It looks just like the one presented by Zachary, but with a purple field instead of white.
Randy Young, 25 October 2017

Vertical banner

[World Cup 2002] image by Zachary Harden, 25 October 2017

FIFA World Cup - 2018 Russia

[World Cup 2018] image located by Esteban Rivera, 21 June 2018

2018 FIFA World Cup was held from June 14, to July 15, 2018 and organized by FIFA in Russia. The logo was officially unveiled on October 28, 2014 by Cosmonauts at the International Space Station. The logo was inspired by Russia's rich artistic tradition and its history of bold achievement and innovation. The shape of FIFA 2018 logo has an outline of the World Cup trophy. The design consists of the most dramatic use of red, blue and gold colors which symbolize the “Age-old Art Techniques” from Russia.
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The flag is a red background with the logo ( to the hoist and the name of the competition in white letters and on the bottom left corner the distinctive mark ( of official licensed product. The size is 150 x 90 cm. The flag is seen here:
(source: Here's a render featuring the exact background but not the location of the logo and the title:
The official flag is available at the FIFA store official website:

For additional information go to 2018 FIFA World Cup (official website):
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Organising Committee (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 21 June 2018

There was a special flag used during the qualification stage for this tournament. It is dark blue in background with the cup logo in full color in the middle. Above the cup logo is "qualifier" and below reads "Moscow 2018" (I think). The text was in the same font described by Esteban and it is in white in color.
Zachary Harden, 21 June 2018