◼️ The most desired trophy by all football fans was not always the same. What’s the story?
That the World Cup is the obsession of any football fan and player is no secret, but do you know the history of the most precious trophy and all its characteristics? Now In Sports brings you everything you need to know about it.
THE HISTORY OF THE TROPHY AND THE CUP
The Jules Rimet Trophy was the original prize for the winners of the World Cups and was named after the former FIFA President, Jules Rimet, who collaborated to create the competition. It was made of gold plated sterling silver with a blue base of lapis lazuli, measuring 35 centimeters in height and weighing 3.8 kilos. It consisted of an octagonal cup, supported by a winged figure representing Nike, the Greek goddess of victory.
During the Second World War the vice president of the FIFA and president of the Italian Federation of Soccer, the Italian Ottorino Barassi, hid it in a box of shoes under his bed so that the Nazis didn’t seize it.
Twice the Jules Rimet trophy was stolen: the first on March 20, 1966 at an exhibition in London. A week later a dog named “Pickles” found it lying in some bushes in Upper Norwood and wrapped in newspapers.
In 1970, Brazil won it for the third time and claimed the right to keep it, but 13 years later the trophy was stolen again in Rio de Janeiro and never heard from it again. It’s believed that the four thieves, then imprisoned, melted the statuette. The Brazilian Football Confederation sent a gold replica to replace the lost trophy.
In 1974 the FIFA World Cup made its debut and presentation, which remains to this day.
HOW MUCH DOES IT WEIGH, WHO DESIGNED IT AND HOW MUCH IS IT WORTH
The FIFA World Cup was designed by Silvio Gazzaniga and produced by Bertoni, Milano (GDE Bertoni), measures 36.8 centimeters in height and is made with 5 kilos of 18-carat solid gold (ie, 75% gold) with a base of 13 centimeters in diameter with two concentric rings of malachite. In total, the trophy weighs 6,170 kilos and represents two human figures receiving the planet Earth. Currently it is valued around 250 thousand dollars.
The trophy has the visible inscription “FIFA World Cup” at its base. The names of the countries that have won each tournament are recorded in the base, so they are not visible when it is placed vertically.