If you aren't too knowledgeable about one of the most exciting and exhilarating events in all of athletics, you need to start sticker collecting immediately.
For you sticker-collecting newbies out there, here's some tips to get you in the know:
Panini, an Italian company, has been producing sticker albums for the World Cup since the 1970's and, ever since then, sticker-book fever has hit the world hard.
These sticker-books are full of team stats, trivia, and everything else a soccer fan needs to know to prepare for the World Cup. Most importantly, it's full of empty spaces just dying to be filled with collectible stickers.
Sticker collecting isn't cheap and it's no fun to buy your way into the sticker-collecting record books, so you need to start participating in the exciting and challenging world of sticker trading.
World Cup sticker trading is just as intense and competitive as the World Cup itself, therefore the sooner you start trading, the better.
Around the world, soccer fans have been lining up by the hundreds for weeks to trade stickers with other collectors.
The passion for buying and trading Panini book stickers has also begun to grow in the U.S. If you're a World Cup fan, you already know this. Your book should be almost full by now if you know how to play the game right.
Soccer specialty store Futbol Papa has already sold out of sticker books.
"People are really into trading, and I would say that this year has been the most successful year for the album in all the World Cups that I've seen," said Michelle De Barrionuevo, owner of Futbol Papa.
For those of you who want to get into the World Cup spirit, Panini sticker-books and packs can be purchased in stores throughout the U.S. and from the FIFA website.