For Malaysians, the thought of our national football team winning the FIFA World Cup will forever be a distant possibility. Even qualifying to the final round of the tournament seems unlikely to happen. With Harimau Malaya currently sitting at the lowly 154th spot in the FIFA Ranking, one can imagine that it will take a miraculous effort just to put our team among the elites that will compete at the biggest stage every four summers.
Therefore the best chance for Malaysians to lift the most coveted trophy on earth will come this Sunday.
The FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup has arrived at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport this evening and football fans will have a rare opportunity to view the trophy when it is exhibited at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here on Jan 5.
If you are a football fan, then this is a chance not to be missed! Take a closer look at the 18 carat gold trophy that has been lifted by many football greats such as Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Romario and Lothar Matthäus. If you get lucky, they may allow you to lift the cup yourself. Just be careful not to drop the trophy, ok. Our PM and the President of FAM have enough headaches already.
Please don’t add more misery to their already miserable souls. 😀
The trophy stands at 36.5 centimetres tall and is made of 5 kg of 18 carat (75%) gold with a base (13 centimetres in diameter) containing two layers of malachite. It was first presented at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, to West German captain Franz Beckenbauer, followed by Argentina captain Daniel Passarella in 1978, Italy captain Dino Zoff in 1982, Argentina captain Diego Maradona in 1986, West Germany captain Lothar Matthaus in 1990, Brazil captain Carlos Dunga in 1994, France captain Didier Deschamps in 1998, Brazil captain Cafu in 2002, Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro in 2006 and Spain captain Iker Casillas in 2010. (See: Wiki).
For now the trophy is on tour to 88 countries as one way of promoting the World Cup final in Rio, Brazil next May. Kuala Lumpur is one of the stopovers for the trophy during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour. To add more fun to the event, there will be a series of activities organised by Coca-Cola, one of FIFA’s corporate partners. I don’t know what the activities are, but if you live in KL, then be sure to join them.
It will be fun, I pretty sure of it.
– Lifting The FIFA World Cup Trophy