World Cup trophy damaged amidst German celebrations
too far as it was revealed that a portion of the trophy was damaged in
the post-tournament festivities.
An estimated one million supporters packed the streets of
Berlin as their victorious side landed back in Germany last week as
Joachim Low’s charges celebrated with their fourth World title in front
of their jubilant fans.
However, it has been revealed that the trophy did not survive the
festivities, and was damaged by an unknown member of the squad.
“At one point, a small piece of our World Cup trophy was chipped
off,” German football association president Wolfgang Niersbach told Die Welt.
“But do not worry! We have specialists on the case who can fix it.”
The president said they were unable to pinpoint who the culprit was.
“We have investigated persistently who it was that damaged the
trophy, but the investigation was concluded without a result,” he said.
Fortunately, the Germans have only damaged a replica of the trophy
given to them by Fifa, and not the original with which they celebrated
on the night of the victorious Final against Argentina on 13 July.
The original World Cup trophy has an estimated value of around €10 million (R144 million).