Panini World Cup Wall of Wonder unites every sticker ever issued in winning London show

By Culture24 Reporter | 20 June 2014

From Mexico to Manaus, a wall of wonder features every Panini World Cup sticker ever issued

A photo of a wall full of football stickers
The World Cup Wall of Wonder creates a sticky situation in London© Hector Proud
“Curious-looking” Chilean central defenders of the late 1970s and spent dreams are all part of the fabric of a huge light wall, uniting 4,173 of the finest footballers ever to play the game across a dozen World Cups.

Beginning in Mexico, in 1970, the 500 square foot altar pays homage to the players and a tradition intertwined with the tournament. Fans of the stickers are frequently obsessive about their mini-portrait collections.

“This is the first time all the Panini stickers have been brought together in one place for an exhibition anywhere in the world,” says Rob Manley, who has curated the display.

“At a time when the whole world is going just a little bit potty about the World Cup, this exhibition provides a highly resonant personal touch point to the other times in our lives, when our younger selves were going just a little bit potty about the world cups of yesterday.”


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A photo of a wall full of football stickers
© Hector Proud
A photo of a wall full of football stickers
© Hector Proud
A photo of a wall full of football stickers
© Hector Proud
A photo of a wall full of football stickers
© Hector Proud
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