World Cup trophy starts tour of Germany
11 April 2006, FREIBURG/LONDON - The World Cup trophy started its tour of the host nation Germany on Tuesday, less than three months before the captain of the winning team will have it presented after the final in Berlin.
11 April 2006
FREIBURG/LONDON - The World Cup trophy started its tour of the host nation Germany on Tuesday, less than three months before the captain of the winning team will have it presented after the final in Berlin.
The 5,000-kilometres tour of the trophy kicked off in southern German Freiburg and runs until May 28. It has 21 stops in all 16 federal states, including all the 12 host cities for the June 9-July 9 tournament.
Fans can have their picture taken with the trophy and the display in the cities is accompanied by other activities around the World Cup.
The trophy was first used at the 1974 edition in West Germany, after Brazil were allowed to keep the original Jules Rimet trophy following their third title in 1970.
Designed by Italian Silvio Gazzaniga, the trophy weighs 6.175kg and is 37 centimetres tall.
The unprecedented public display of the trophy in the host nation follows a unique World Tour January 6-April 10 which covered 31 cities in 29 countries.
In the past the trophy was locked away in a bank vault and only shown at formal events, the official presentation at the final and at the official reception of the winning team back home.
Meanwhile The Times newspaper in London has reported that the World Cup final on July 9 will be played with a golden ball which the winning team can keep and use for another four years.
"For the first time since 1994, the World Cup ball will be black and white - except in the final. The Times can reveal that football's showpiece event will be played using a gold-coloured ball that the winners will be entitled to use in all matches for the next four years," the report said.
The ball's manufacturers Adidas did not want to confirm the report, with company spokeswoman Anne Putz from the German headquarters in Herzogenaurach only saying that the ball used in the final will have at least "golden components".
Putz said she did not know whether the winning team is allowed to keep the ball.
The ball used at the World Cup is named Teamgeist (team spirit). The black and white colour is that of the German team kit, and the ball also has golden accents in reference to the colour of the World Cup trophy.
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Subject: German news