FIFA World Cup Trophy Makes an Official Stop in Cairo

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Football fans across the globe are excited once again for the world’s biggest football competition taking place next June: the 21st FIFA World Cup. In anticipation of the event, the fourth global FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off last September in Russia, the host country of this year’s competition.

This time around, the trophy is making its way to Egypt for the first time in years, and this time the event is more exciting than ever, as Egypt has qualified for the competition for the first time in 28 years.

Football fans already know a lot about the iconic trophy, but here are some little-known facts you might not know:

1. The original trophy is made of solid gold and weighs 6.142 kilograms, which is about two and a half times as heavy as a Chihuahua.

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2. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour is crossing six continents in a specially chartered plane, traveling more than 152,000 kilometers and visiting 91 cities in 51 countries over the course of nine months.

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3. As one of the most recognized sports symbols in the world and a priceless icon, the FIFA World Cup Trophy can only be touched and held by a very select group of people, including former winners of the FIFA World Cup and Heads of State.

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4. The winning team of each competition keeps the original trophy temporarily and is later awarded with a replica to keep permanently.

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Coca-Cola has been an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ since 1978. This is the fourth collaboration between Coca-Cola and FIFA to present fans with this rare experience.

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