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FIFA World Cup Trophy

22" title="Abel Lafleur">Abel Lafleur and made of gold-plated sterling silver on a white/yellow marble base. In 1958 this base was replaced with a high base made of lapis lazuli. It stood 35 centimetres (14 in) high and weighed 3.8 kilograms (8.4 lb).[2] It comprised a decagonal cup, supported by a winged figure representing Nike, the ancient Greek goddess of victory. The Jules Rimet Trophy was taken to Uruguay for the first FIFA World Cup aboard the Conte Verde, which set sail from Villefranche-sur-Mer, just southeast of Nice, on 21 June 1930. This was the same ship that carried Jules Rimet and the footballers representing France, Romania and Belgium who were participating in the tournament that year. The first team to be awarded the trophy was Uruguay, the winners of the 1930 World Cup.

During World War II, the trophy was held by 1938 winners Italy. Ottorino Barassi, the Italian vice-president of FIFA and president of FIGC, secretly transported the trophy from a bank in Rome and hid it in a shoe-box under his bed to prevent Adolf Hitler and the Nazis from taking it.[3]

On 20 March 1966, four months before the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, the trophy was stolen during a public exhibition at Westminster Central Hall.[4] The trophy was found just seven days later wrapped in newspaper at the bottom of a suburban garden hedge in Upper Norwood, South London, by a dog named Pickles.[5]

As a security measure, The Football Association secretly manufactured a replica of the trophy for use in exhibitions rather than the original. This replica was used on subsequent occasions up until 1970 when the original trophy had to be handed back to FIFA. Since FIFA had explicitly denied the FA permission to create a replica, the replica had to also disappear from public view and was for many years kept under its creator's bed. This replica was eventually sold at an auction in 1997 for £254,500, when it was purchased by FIFA. The high auction price, ten times the reserve price of £20,000–£30,000, was led by speculation that the auctioned trophy was not the replica trophy but the original itself. Subsequent testing by FIFA, however, confirmed the auctioned trophy was indeed a replica[6] and FIFA soon afterwards arranged for the replica to be lent for display at the English National Football Museum, which was then based in Preston but is now in Manchester.

The Brazilian team won the tournament for the third time in 1970, allowing them to keep the real trophy in perpetuity, as had been stipulated by Jules Rimet in 1930.[7] It was put on display at the Brazilian Football Confederation headquarters in Rio de Janeiro in a cabinet with a front of bullet-proof glass.

On 20 December 1983, the wooden rear of the cabinet was pried open with a crowbar and the cup was stolen again.[8] Four men were tried and convicted in absentia for the crime.[9] The trophy has never been recovered, and it is widely believed to have been melted down and sold.[10]

The Confederation commissioned a replica of their own, made by Eastman Kodak, using 1.8 kg (3.97 lb) of gold. This replica was presented to Brazilian military president João Figueiredo in 1984.[9]

The trophy was the subject of a 2014 documentary "Mysteries of the Rimet Trophy" shown as part of ESPN's 30 for 30: Soccer Stories films series during the 2014 World Cup.

FIFA World Cup Trophy

Captain Philipp Lahm lifts the World Cup trophy for Germany in 2014

A replacement trophy was commissioned by FIFA for the 1974 World Cup. Fifty-three submissions were received from sculptors in seven countries.[10][11] Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga was awarded the commission. The trophy stands 36.5 centimetres (14.4 inches) tall and is made of 5 kg (11 lb) of 18 carat (75%) gold with a base (13 centimetres [5.1 inches] in diameter) containing two layers of malachite. It has been asserted by Martyn Poliakoff that the trophy is hollow; if, as is claimed, it were solid, the trophy would weigh 70–80 kg and would be too heavy to lift.[12][13] Produced by Bertoni, Milano in Paderno Dugnano, it weighs 6.175 kg (13.6 lb) in total and depicts two human figures holding up the Earth. Gazzaniga described the trophy thus, "The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world. From the remarkable dynamic tensions of the compact body of the sculpture rise the figures of two athletes at the stirring moment of victory."[10]

The trophy has the engraving "FIFA World Cup" on its base. After the 1994 FIFA World Cup a plate was added to the bottom side of the trophy on which the names of winning countries are engraved, and are therefore not visible when the trophy is standing upright. The inscriptions state the year in figures and the name of the winning nation in its national language; for example, "1974 Deutschland" or "1994 Brasil". In 2010, however, the name of the winning nation was engraved as "2010 Spain", in English, not in Spanish.[14][15] As of 2014, ten winners have been engraved on the base. The plate is very likely to be replaced after they run out of space; as recent images of the trophy show, there is space left for only three more engravings at the most, which means that should occur in 2030, when the tournament will celebrate its 100th anniversary.[14] FIFA's regulations now state that the trophy, unlike its predecessor, cannot be won outright: the winners of the tournament receive a Bronze replica which is gold plated rather than solid gold.[10] Germany was the first nation to win the new trophy for the third time in 2014.[16]


Jules Rimet Trophy

FIFA World Cup Trophy

See also


  1. ^ "CBCSports". Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  2. ^ FIFA. "Jules Rimet Cup". Archived from the original on 18 Mar 2013. Retrieved 1 Aug 2014. 
  3. ^ DDI News (2006). "History". Retrieved 5 July 2006. 
  4. ^ "1966: Football's World Cup stolen". BBC News. 20 March 1966. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  5. ^ REID, ALASTAIR (10 September 1966). "The World Cup". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 24 February 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2007. 
  6. ^ Simon Kuper (2006). "Solid gold mystery awaits the final whistle". Financial Times. Retrieved 5 July 2006. 
  7. ^ Mark Buckingham (2006). "1970 World Cup – Mexico". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 13 October 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2006. 
  8. ^ Bellos, Alex (2003). Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life. London: Bloomsbury. p. 342.  
  9. ^ a b Associated Press (2006). "Trophy as filled with history as Cup". CNN. Retrieved 5 July 2006. 
  10. ^ a b c d "The FIFA World Cup Trophy".  
  11. ^ "Classic Football History of the FIFA World Cup". FIFA. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Periodic Videos. "Chemistry of the World Cup Trophy". Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "Professor says World Cup trophy cannot be solid gold". BBC News. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Taça da Copa do Mundo chega ao Brasil (World Cup trophy arrives in Brazil)". Globo TV. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Alemanha x Argentina – AO VIVO". UOL. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  16. ^ 2014 FIFA World Cup Final

External links

  • The story of the 1966 theft The Observer
  • FIFA Trophies (PDF)
  • Official website of Silvio Gazzaniga, the sculptor of the trophy
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