The first version of the cup, created by the French sculptor Abel Lafleur, was presented in 1904. The second version, made by the Italian goldsmith Silvio Gazzaniga, was presented in 1970 and the third and current version, created by the Japanese artist Tetsuo Hara, was presented in 2005.
The history of the world cup cup is quite interesting and in this article we are going to tell you everything you need to know about it.
The first version of the World Cup
The first version of the World Cup was created for the 1930 World Cup, which took place in Uruguay. The cup was called the Jules Rimet Trophy and was named after Jules Rimet, the then President of FIFA. The trophy was created by the French firm Abel Lafleur and weighed 3.8 kg. It was made of solid gold and was 73 cm high. The original cup was designed to be presented to the winner after three consecutive championships, but ended up being presented to Brazil after the country won the 1958 Cup for the third time.
The cup that gives its name to the cup
The World Cup is a football competition organized by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, known as FIFA. It has been held every four years since 1930 and brings together the world's highest ranked men's football teams for a tournament over the course of the summer season. The World Cup was inspired by the Ice Hockey World Championship, which entered its first edition in 1924. In 2015, FIFA announced that the Women's World Championship would be held in parallel with the men's every four years.
The second version of the World Cup
The second version of the World Cup was introduced at the 1958 World Cup, which was the first competition to be broadcast globally on television. The cup, which weighed 3.8 kg and was 74 cm high, was made of solid gold and silver. The trophy was created by Italian designer Silvio Gazzaniga and produced by Bertoni. Brazilian Pelé was the first player to lift the cup as world champion.
The second version of the World Cup was introduced at the 1958 World Cup, which was the first competition to be broadcast globally on television.
This second version was created after the decision that the trophy would no longer be given to the champion country and would be a unique cup.
The steal of the world cup cup
Since the first edition of the World Cup, in 1930, until today, the cup has undergone some changes. The first version was very simple and was created by Frenchman Abel Lafleur. It was a kind of golden cup with the FIFA crest in the center.
Over the years, the cup gained more details and became more and more beautiful. In 1970, for example, it was made entirely of gold and had its design changed to a more rounded shape. Already in the 1974 edition, the cup gained a handle to facilitate transport.
From then on, the cup underwent minor changes until it reached its current version, which is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. It was created by the Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga and first presented at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
In 1983 the second version of the cup was stolen and years later it was discovered that it had been melted down and a part was found in the basement of the FIFA headquarters.
Differences between the two bowls
The first World Cup, held in 1930, in Uruguay, was won by the selection of the host country. The original cup was called the Jules Rimet and was handed over to the world champion for good.
The second version of the cup was created for the 1938 World Cup in France. Again, the host team was the big winner and kept the trophy forever.
The third and current version of the World Cup was created for the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. In the final, the hosts defeated Uruguay by 2 to 1 and kept the mug. Thus, Brazil is the only country that has three world titles.
Why did FIFA decide to change the cup?
FIFA, the organization that regulates football worldwide, decided to replace the original World Cup cup with a new version in 2014. The justification is that the current cup, created in 1974, is not a suitable image for one of the sporting events most important in the world.
The new cup will have a base of 18 karat gold and will be awarded to the winner of the World Cup from 2018 onwards.
The third (and current) version of the World Cup
The third version of the World Cup, which is the current one, was created by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga and first presented at the 1974 World Cup in Germany. The original cup was made of solid gold and weighed 5 kilos.
In this version, the cup is 74 cm high and 43 cm in diameter at the base. It is made up of 2 gold rings that support 18 strips fixed with screws, each representing one of the countries participating in the competition. On top of the cup there are 2 spaces to insert the initials of the winners and the date of the final.
The top of the cup is decorated with gold stars in the shape of pentagons, which represent the 5 continents in the world where football is played. In addition, the cup also contains the following text: "Played around the world for the glory of football".
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