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FIFA World Cup Trophy - History, Winners and Information

Updated on March 09, 2017
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FIFA World Cup Trophy - Overview

The FIFA World Cup trophy is something that every professional soccer player dreams of winning. The trophy has been won by many greats however it has alluded others and it has always been one of the greatest symbols of world sports.

The most important trophy in football carries a very rich yet mysterious history. It has been classified as the most important trophy in sports, mainly due to the fact that it represents a true World Cup champion. Being the winner of the FIFA World Cup means a lot more than just winning a tournament. The FIFA World Cup is a symbol of how far humanity has come throughout the years. This tournament unites the entire world, and for two months every four years, nations forget their differences and let the wonderful game of football immerse every individual on the planet.

FIFA World Cup Trophy -  Jules Rimet Trophy
FIFA World Cup Trophy - Jules Rimet Trophy | Source

Jules Rimet Trophy Facts

  • First Winner: Uruguay
  • Named After: Jules Rimet (FIFA President, died in 1929)
  • Weight: 3.8 kilograms (8.4 lb)
  • Represented: NIke (ancient Greek goddess)


FIFA World Cup Trophy - Early History - The Jules Rimet Trophy

Starting in 1930, the World Cup winners had the privilege to win one of the most memorable/remarkable trophies not only in history of soccer but in sports in general. The Jules Rimet Trophy was given from 1930 to 1970 as the most prized possession in world football. It was given a total number of nice times as very few teams actually had the chance to call themselves World Cup winners during that period.

It is a very little known fact that the Jules Rimet Trophy was actually stolen and it has never been recovered. It is believed by most football fans and experts that the Jules Rimet Trophy was melted into gold bars and sold to various individuals around the world. The people who stole the trophy were convicted, however the trophy itself was never found, as the criminals did not indicate what they`ve done with it. It is an interesting fact that even before the heist in 1983, the Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen in 1966 however the trophy was recovered only seven days later wrapped in a newspaper near a garden by a dog. FIFA has admitted before that they have actually used replicas of the Jules Rimet Trophy as it was considered one of the hottest items for criminals to target, considering not only its historical value but the materials the trophy was made from. Jules Rimet Trophy was replaced by the FIFA World Cup Trophy for first time during the 1974 World Cup in West Germany.

England - World Cup Champions - Bobby Moore Lifts the Jules Rimet Trophy
England - World Cup Champions - Bobby Moore Lifts the Jules Rimet Trophy | Source

Jules Rimet Trophy Winners

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Nation  
Year  
Uruguay
1930
Uruguay
1950
Italy
1934
Italy
1938
England
1966
West Germany
1954
Brazil
1958
Brazil
1962
Brazil
1970

FIFA World Cup Trophy 1970 - Present

The modern day FIFA World Cup Trophy has been given to World Cup winners since 1974. The first winner of the trophy was West Germany in 1974. Silvio Gazzaniga was the creator of the most recognized trophy in worldwide sports. The trophy is usually engraved with the winners name on it, and the language is the native language of the winners. This trophy will be always part of football and it is highly doubtful that FIFA will make any changes to it, or even replace it with another one.

FIFA has expressed how happy they are with the current trophy and that they plan on keeping it forever (unless someone steals it just like the previous one). The actual FIFA World Cup trophy is never given to the winning nation permanently as the winners usually get a replica to keep which is not solid gold but gold plated.

FIFA World Cup Winners

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Nation  
Year  
West Germany
1974
Argentina
1978
Italy
1982
Argentina
1986
West Germany
1990
Brazil
1994
France
1998
Brazil
2002
Italy
2006
Spain
2010
Brazil won the World Cup in 1994
Brazil won the World Cup in 1994 | Source

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Great statistics about the FIFA World Cup trophy. All soccer fans will enjoy this article. Voted up!

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