There are many trophies presented for various sporting endeavours today, however one of the most famous of these is the FIFA World Cup. . trophy Yet what many people do not realize is that the FIFA World Cup Trophy worth today has only been in existence since 1974. Prior to this date those nations that were winners of this particular sporting event were presented with the Jules Rimet Trophy instead.

Exactly why a new FIFA trophy was introduced was in 1970 Brazil were worth the Jules Rimet Trophy straight up as they had won this competition three times. As they were presented with this trophy so the FIFA had to arrange for a new trophy to be built to replace it.

The new FIFA World Cup trophy was then presented to the winning Nation in 1974 and this was Rest of the world Germany who at the time were captained by Franz Beckenbauer. The trophy that they were presented with was designed by Silvio Gazzaniga and produced by Bertoni Milano.

This trophy just like the Jules Rimet one before is very elaborate in design. On the body there are two figures shown holding up the earth and on its based are engraved “FIFA World Cup” in out serving letters. The actual trophy is made from 15 carat solid gold and weighs about a total of 11lb and measures to a height of 14. 4 inches. To ensure that the cup stands correctly the beds base which measures a width of 5. 1 inches has been made from a strong carbonate mineral known as Malachite.

To be able to view the names of the winning nations on this particular trophy it needs to be turned upside down. This is because the names and dates when the trophy was won are engraved on plaques in English on the bottom of the base.

Today you will still find enough plaques available to allow a further 9 nations to have their winning details placed on this trophy. It is only after the FIFA World Cup Competition in 2038 will a determination need to be made as to whether this particular trophy should be retired and replaced with a new one.

The biggest difference keeping this FIFA World Cup Trophy is that it is not only one that can be won straight up as Brazil did with the Jules Rimet Trophy. Today although the winning team are presented with this trophy on the day of their victory they don’t actually get to keep it and instead of provided with a replica.

The main reason for this is that following Croatia winning the competition in 2006 after the FIFA World Cup Trophy had been reconditioned it was damaged. A number of days after the trophy had been presented to Croatia pictures appeared in newspapers showing a small joint of the Malachite base had broken off. The damage to the trophy was repaired but in order to prevent such a situation in the future the FIFA decided no longer to allow the winning nation to retain the trophy so that the next tournament.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy replica that the winning nation now receive is the same size as the original. However, unlike the original these are not made from solid gold but rather they use gold plating instead.

With such a rich history and tradition in the FIFA world cup, one can easily see why it remains one of the most popular trophies and most watched tourneys on earth. Many young footballers wish to one day play in the world Cup one day.

By Ibrahim