The stamp above is from the FRANCE'98 World Cup 6v and 1 S/S set which was officially issued on 10th January 1998.
And this is an essay of it.
One of the first materialized essays for the 6v are all in this format, a French Tricolour ribbon crosses the top left corner, a national flag placed vertically on the lower left, and a large picture of player on the right.
These are the flags chosen:
- 200r - Italy
- 500r - Brazil
- 900r - Germany
- 1000r - Argentina
- 1500r - the United Kingdom
- 4000r - Spain
Football fans easily spot the reason of selection and a foolish mistake. Except UK, all the countries were in the top 5 seeds. UK does not compete as a single entity, England and Scotland are represented by their own home nation teams.
The 5400r vertical souvenir sheet essay features a footballer with "World Cup Participants" in French at the bottom.
The finalized designs are all horizontal but not vertical, and the stamps are not specially devoted to specific national teams.