Story of the FIFA World Cup trophy

This summer in Brazil 32 teams will compete to win the FIFA World Cup.

This summer in Brazil 32 teams will compete to win the FIFA World Cup.

ISTANBUL – This summer in Brazil 32 teams will compete to win the FIFA World Cup.

Made from 18 carat gold and weighing 6.1 kilos the famous trophy has endured many incidents, including being hidden in a shoebox under FIFA Director Ottorino Barassi’s bed during World War II.

In 1966, during the tournament taking place in the U.K., the trophy was stolen, but recovered several days later after a dog named "Pickles" came across it in south London.

In 1970 having won the tournament for a third time Brazil were made permanent owners of the trophy only for it to be stolen in 1983, never to be seen again.

A new cup was commissioned for the 1974 tournament using the design of Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga, however, regulation changes mean this cup cannot be permanently awarded to a country, instead gold-plated replicas are handed out.

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