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10 Things You Didn't Know About The World Cup Trophy

 10 Things You Didn't Know About The World Cup Trophy! The Jules Rimet Trophy - The trophy we know and love today isn't the original design of the world cup trophy. The original trophy was used from 1930 to 1970 and was named 'victory' as it depicted Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, based on the incomplete Nike of Samothrace sculpture, which remains on display at the Louvre. The FIFA World Cup Trophy - This is the trophy used today, called the 'FIFA World Cup Trophy'. Introduced in 1974 it stands at 36.8 centimetres high and weighs 6.1 kilograms.

A mysterious past - Believe it or not, despite the trophy being such an important item, it's had a rough history. On the 20th March 1966, four months before the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, the original Jules Rimet trophy was stolen during a public exhibition. The original Trophy's fate - When the brazilian team won the tournament for the third time in 1970, they put it on display at the Brazilian Football Confederation headquarters in Rio de Janeiro in a cabinet that was made of bullet-proof glass. 


A tradition is born - Have you ever wondered why the trophy is held up high when it has been won? Engravings - Most prestigious awards are engraved after each historic milestone, and the world cup trophies are no different. You Can't Keep it - Unlike its predecessor, the current trophy cannot be won outright. It's probably hollow  - The internet claims that the world cup has 5 kilograms of gold in it. Trophies by country - Here's a list of countries that have won the trophy, with the respective trophies and year they won them. How Much it's Worth - In terms of raw materials, with its malachite base and 5 kilograms of 18 carat gold, at current prices, the trophy will net you about $200,000 dollars.

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