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- [Narrator] All serious players dream about

the day they can lift the world cup trophy

above their head as champions.

But what they don't know, is the interesting history

that this important symbol of success has to tell.

From its conception, to dark history,

here are some secret facts about

the coveted world cup trophy.

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- Amazing.

- [Narrator] Number 10.

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.

It was later renamed in 1946 to the Jules Rimet Trophy

in honor of the third and longest serving FIFA president,

Jules Rimet, who passed a vote to initiate the competition.

It was designed by a french sculptor named Abel Lafleur,

and was made of gold plated sterling silver

and lapis lazuli at the base;

which is a semi-precious stone.

As stipulated by Jules Rimet

when the tournament was conceived,

the country that won the cup 3 times would get to keep it.

This occurred when Brazil won for the third time in 1970,

prompting the commissioning of a replacement,

the current one in use today.

Number nine.

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 Cm's high

and weighs 6.1 Kg's.

Made of 18 carat gold with a malachite base,

it depicts two human figures holding up the Earth,

as if to represent fair competition.

It was designed by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga

after FIFA received 53 submissions

from sculptors in seven countries.

Number eight.

A mysterious past.

Believe it or not, despite the trophy being such

an important item, it's had a rough history.

On the 20th of March, 1966, four months before

the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England,

the original Jules Rimet trophy was stolen

during a public exhibition.

Seven days later, pickles the dog saved the day

by finding it wrapped in newspaper at the bottom

of a suburban garden hedge in south London.

Finding the missing trophy not only won Pickles

national fame, but a years supply of premium dog food

and appearances in several films

at twice the normal pay rate for dogs.

To prevent such an embarrassment from happening again,

as a security measure, The Football Association

secretly manufactured a replica of the trophy

for use in exhibitions rather than the original.

However, FIFA never gave permission for the FA

to create a replica, so it had to disappear

from public view.

But nobody was quite sure which trophy was the real one,

so it was eventually purchased by FIFA

at an auction in 1997 for 254,500 pounds,

ten times the reserve price.

Subsequent testing by FIFA, however,

confirmed the auctioned trophy was indeed a replica

and it now resides at the English National Football Museum.

Number seven.

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.

However, it seems the English aren't the only ones

who had trouble keeping it safe.

On the 19th of December 1983 some thieves thought, hmm,

the glass may be bulletproof,

but what about the wooden cabinet?

So, they pried it open with a crowbar

and stole the cup for the last time.

The trophy has never been recovered,

and it is widely believed to have been melted down and sold.

Number six.

A tradition is born.

Have you ever wondered why the trophy is held up high

when it has been won?

Yes, it's partly because they're ecstatic about winning it,

but this tradition was born for a more practical reason.

Back in 1958 the Jules Rimet Trophy was held up

by Brazilian captain Hilderaldo Bellini

after he heard photographers' requests

for a better view of the trophy.

That's why every Cup-winning captain ever since

has repeated the gesture,

to help photographers get that perfect shot.

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Number five.


Most prestigious awards are engraved

after each historic milestone,

and the world cup trophies are no different.

On the four sides of the Jules Rimet Trophy base

there were four gold plates,

onto which would be written the names

of the winners of the trophy.

Whilst they could be seen when the trophy

is standing upright, the same can't be said

about the current trophy.

After the 1994 FIFA World Cup a plate was added

to the bottom side of the trophy

on which the names of winning countries are engraved.

The inscriptions state the year in figures

and the name of the winning nation in its national language.

Embarrassingly, Spain was written in English in 2010.

However, it has been fixed since,

and following the 2014 world cup,

the names of the trophy winners have been rearranged

into a spiral to accommodate future winners.

Number four.

You Can't Keep it.

Unlike its predecessor, the current trophy

cannot be won outright.

Instead, the winners of the tournament receive

a bronze replica which is gold-plated

rather than solid gold.

Had the same rules as last time applied,

Germany would be in possession of the cup,

having become the first nation to win the new trophy

for the third time when they won the 2014 tournament.

Number three.

It's probably hollow.

The internet claims that the world cup

has 5 Kg's of gold in it.

So, with a few simple calculations,

Chemistry professor Martyn Poliakoff,

of Nottingham University,

calculated that a solid gold World Cup trophy

would weigh around 70 to 80 kilograms.

That's about the same as a heavy adult,

making it too heavy for footballers to lift

over their heads.

Therefore it must be hollow.

Poliakoff reckons the ball at the top must be hollow,

partly to be light enough to lift,

and partly because if it wasn't it would be

a big waste of gold.

So, for all we know, it could be filled with polystyrene!

Also, it's not even pure gold.

Because gold is such a soft metal,

the trophy would start deforming after being handled

if it was made out of pure hold.

That's why its approximately 75% gold, and not pure gold.

These other metals have been added

to the gold to make it tougher.

In general, the more of these other metals

that are added, the tougher it gets.

Number two.

Trophies by country.

Here's a list of countries that have won the trophy,

with the respective trophies and year they won them.

As you can see, some nations like England and Uruguay

are yet to win the FIFA World Cup Trophy

while other countries like Spain, France and Argentina

only won the current trophy.

Meanwhile Italy, Brazil and Germany

have had the pleasure of holding both.

Number one.

How Much it's Worth.

In terms of raw materials, with its malachite base

and 5 Kg's of 18 carat gold, at current prices,

the trophy will net you about $200,000.

However, you'd be mad to scrap it.

Its sentimental and historic value is far higher than that.

In fact, USA Today values it at an estimated $20 million.

Even so, I'm sure there are billionaire football fanatics

out there that would pay many more millions

than that for it!

How much do you think it would go for

if it went up for public auction?

Now, if you wondered what the purpose

of the green malachite base at the bottom of the trophy is,

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