Zurich - FIFA have found a long lost piece of the original
World Cup which will become one of the major exhibits at its new museum to open
The gemstone base of the trophy first awarded in 1930 was
found last month, according to David Ausseil, creative director of the museum
which is still being built in Zurich.
"We found this base in storage at FIFA. It is the
original base of the Jules Rimet trophy in lapis lazuli," Ausseil said.
The 10 centimetre (4-inch) tall base has the names of the
first four World Cup winners between 1930 and 1950. Uruguay and Italy each won
the tournament twice in that time. The base was replaced in 1954.
Brazil was given the gold Jules Rimet trophy permanently
after they won the World Cup for the third time in 1970. It was stolen in 1983
and has never been found.
The new 3,500 square metre World Football Museum in the
centre of Zurich is expected to open its doors in March, 2016.
FIFA, which was established in 1904, is also based in the
Swiss city. It is hoping to get up to 300,000 visitors a year at the museum.
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