The first replica of the World Cup trophy was known as the “Victory Cup” and then as the “Jules Rimet Cup” from 1930 to 1974, after the former FIFA president in honor of him for having the idea of ​​the tournament, and the cup was a statue of the god of victory in Greece made of Silver and gold plated, it has a blue gemstone base.

After Brazil guaranteed to keep the Jules Rimet Cup forever in 1970, in which it won the World Cup for the third time, the International Football Association “FIFA” made an alternative cup, and the World Cup model was adopted in its current form since 1974 as the “FIFA World Cup Cup”. The original trophy was valued at $20 million, knowing that the Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen in 1983 and has not been recovered since.

The current World Cup model was designed by Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga. It is made of 18 karat gold, weighs more than 6.1 kilograms, is 36.5 centimeters long and has a base of 13 centimeters. It depicts two people carrying the globe.

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FIFA regulations state that the original trophy cannot be owned for life; The winner retains the trophy for 4 years, after which he gets a gold-plated replica and keeps it for life. The name of the winning team is engraved on the back of the cup; So that it is not visible when it is uploaded, and it is engraved next to the name of the year of victory, and the writing is in the language of the winning team’s country; Like 1974 Deutschland in German.

The German Franz Beckenbauer was the first to lift the cup in 1974 after the host country West Germany beat the Netherlands (2-1) in the final, then Argentina captain Daniel Passarella in 1978, then Italy captain Dino Zoff in 1982, then Argentina captain Diego Maradona in 1986, then West German captain Lothar Matthaus in 1990, then Brazil captain Carlos Dunga in 1994, then France captain Didier Deschamps in 1998, then Brazil captain Cafu in 2002, then Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro in 2006, then Spain captain Iker Casillas in 2010, Then the captain of Germany Philipp Lahm in 2014, and finally the captain of France Hugo Lloris in 2018.

The cup is kept in a special safe with security forces to protect it after it was robbed several times in the countries that won the title. FIFA also made a hard copy for security reasons (to distinguish it from the original), and this copy was seen at an event for the 2002 World Cup and is kept by FIFA. A cup made of pure gold was cloned in 2004, then it was melted, disposed of, and sold as pure gold and donated its value to UNICEF, and there are currently no replicas of the gold cup.

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