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The illustrated history of official World Cup games

From 1986 to 2014 - how many did you own?

The 2014 FIFA World Cup may not kick off until June 12, but for gamers the tournament unofficially begins this week.

On Thursday, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is released on PS3 and Xbox 360, marking the fifth official World Cup game developed by EA Sports.

The history of official World Cup games extends way beyond this though, with licensed titles spanning as far back as the Mexico 86 tournament.

With that in mind, we've put together this list of World Cup games, so you can not only see how long this tradition has lasted, but also see how dramatically the quality of football games has improved in nearly three decades.

Feel free to share your thoughts and World Cup memories in the comments below, and let us know how many of these official World Cup games you actually owned back in the day.