Interesting Fact - World Cup Fact - The Trophy

The trophy, now known as the FIFA World Cup Trophy, was designed by the Italian designer Silvio Gazzaniga.

(It is 36 cm (14.2 in) high, made of solid 18 carat (75%) gold and weighs 6.175 kg (13.6 lb). The base contains two layers of semi-precious malachite while the bottom side of the trophy bears the engraved year and name of each FIFA World Cup winner since 1974.

Not surprisingly, given the fate of the original trophy, the new trophy is not awarded to any winning nation permanently. World Cup winners retain the trophy until the next tournament and are then awarded a gold-plated replica rather than the solid gold original.)

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