Football is an extremely famous game which attracts people’s attention worldwide.The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body.Lets us Know about the Epic History of World cup Trophy


The Jules Rimet Cup, originally named Victory, was awarded to FIFA World Cup™ winners until 1970. The third FIFA President, Jules Rimet, passed the vote to initiate the first global football championship in 1929. A year later, he would be awarding the Cup to the Uruguay team, the first World Cup winners in history. The Cup was renamed in honour of Jules Rimet after the Second World War.

Third FIFA President Jules Rimet presents the Jules Rimet Cup to President of the Uruguayan Football Association, Paul Jude, following Uruguay's win over Argentina in the World Cup 1930 final, 30 July 1930

Designed by French sculptor Abel Lafleur, the Cup depicted the ancient Greek goddess of victory, holding a decagonal cup aloft. The statuette, weighing 3.8kg, was made of gold-plated sterling silver on a base of lapis lazuli. The trophy was nicknamed "Golden Goddess."

On the gold plaques affixed to each of the four sides of the Cup's base, the names of the nations were engraved that had won the World Cups from 1930 to 1970: Uruguay (1930, 1950), Italy (1934, 1938), Germany (1954), England (1966) and Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970).


On the gold plaques affixed to each of the four sides of the Cup's base, the names of the nations were engraved that had won the World Cups from 1930 to 1970: Uruguay (1930, 1950), Italy (1934, 1938), Germany (1954), England (1966) and Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970). Having won its third FIFA World Cup, the 9th editon in Mexico in June 1970, the Brazil team earned the right to keep the Cup in perpetuity, according to the then-current FIFA regulations.

It was only fair that the Cup was named after Rimet, the third President of FIFA, who had stood at the helm of FIFA for 33 years, following his appointment in 1921. It is to Jules Rimet that the world owes its first global football tournament. He had negotiated long and hard with top government officials, football federations and national teams. Rimet's obsession with the idea kept him on track until the first World Cup materialised in Uruguay in 1930. While leading FIFA, Rimet succeeded in boosting football's popularity dramatically worldwide, establishing the national team tournament as the premier four-year football highlight, and strengthening FIFA's authority. FIFA listed 56 member nations in 1954, when Rimet resigned from the office of President, nearly a triple of its early 1920s membership.


Three thefts and a dog

The Jules Rimet Cup embarked on its maiden voyage to Uruguay aboard a transatlantic liner, the Conte Verde, in 1930. Interestingly, the legendary Russian opera singer Pyotr Shaliapin also travelled aboard the Conte Verde for his South American tour that year.

The Cup was held by 1938 winners Italy when World War II broke out. Italy was no place for a valuable trophy amid the tumult of the pre-war months, so Ottorino Barassi, President of the Italian Football Federation, decided to hide it in a way that would look like a theft. He secretly removed the cup from the bank vault, and hid it in a shoebox under his bed, hoping that the Nazis would not find it there. The cup was saved and, come 1950, awarded to the Uruguay team, the first post-war winners, again.


The original Cup was moved to Brazil in 1970, but that was not the end of its vicissitudes. The news that Golden Greek Goddess is "no more" left the world dumbstruck in December 1983. Some evil-minded people had purloined the cup from its display cabinet at the Brazilian Football Confederation headquarters in Rio, having pried open the wooden rear of the cabinet with a regular crowbar. Four men were tried and convicted in absentia for the theft, but the cup was never recovered.


The Brazilians had to have another replica of the Jules Rimet Cup manufactured. No one knows what happened to the original. It is generally believed that it was either melted down and sold, or ended up in a private collection.


History of the new trophy

After the handing-over of the Jules Rimet Cup to Brazil, FIFA had to commission a replacement trophy for the 1974 FIFA World Cup™. Fifty three submissions were received for the design tender, announced in 1971, from sculptors in seven countries. Silvio Gazzaniga, who would end up winning the commission, made two submissions. The earliest one was accepted.

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