10 things to know about the trophy

2010-05-15 00:00

THE Fifa World Cup Trophy is coming to Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday. Residents will be happy to know that the trophy they will be seeing is not a replica, but the original, solid gold trophy.

Here are 10 facts that will add to your World Cup Trophy viewing experience.

•The trophy is 36 cm high and is made of 18-carat (75% pure) gold. It weighs 6,175 kg.

•The base contains two layers of malachite, while the bottom is engraved with the years and names of each Fifa World Cup winner since 1974.

•The existing Fifa World Cup Trophy was introduced during the 10th World Cup tournament in 1974 in Germany, where it was awarded to West German captain Franz Beckenbauer.

•The original trophy, called “Victory”, was made of solid gold and weighed 3,8 kg. It was presented to Uruguay, who defeated Argentina in the final of the first-ever World Cup.

•In 1946 the trophy was re-named after Fifa president Jules Rimet.

•Four months before the 1966 World Cup in England, the trophy was stolen during a public exhibition. It was found seven days later wrapped in newspaper at the bottom of a hedge in south London, by a dog named Pickles.

•The Brazilian team won the tournament for the third time in 1970, allowing them to keep the real trophy indefinitely. It was stolen again in 1983 and has never been recovered.

•A replacement trophy was commissioned by Fifa for the 1974 World Cup. After a competition, Italian Silvio Gazzaniga was chosen to sculpt the trophy.

• The new trophy cannot be won outright. The winners of the tournament receive a replica, which is gold-plated rather than solid gold.

•The trophy shows two human figures holding up the Earth together.

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