The FIFA World Cup men’s football championship trophy, awarded to the current champion team. Once made two, the early one was called the Jules Rimet Cup, and now this one is the Hercules Cup.
There are two World Cup trophies in history, one is the “Jules Rimet Cup” named after FIFA President Jules Rimet, and the other is the Hercules Cup designed by Sylvio Ghazaniga. It is also the present World Cup trophy. The main body of the Jules Rimet Cup is the image of the Greek goddess of victory, Niki, who wears a long skirt, spreads her unique wings, and holds up a large cup with both hands. The trophy, which symbolizes victory and honor, is made of sterling silver, is 35 centimeters high and weighs about 3.8 kilograms, and has a gold medal on each side of the base, which is used to engrave the name of the champions. In 1950, the trophy was named ” Jules Rimet Cup” in recognition of FIFA President Rimet’s founding of the competition. According to regulations, the first team to win the World Cup three times will be able to retain the Jules Rimet Cup permanently. Brazil’s national football team, led by King Bailey, won the 1958 World Cup in Sweden and the 1962 World Cup in Chile. He won the Jules Rimet Cup for the third time in the 1970 World Cup and will win the Jules Rimet Cup permanently.
In 1970, Brazil became the first team to win three World Cup titles, and since then Brazil has retain the Jules Rimet Cup forever, so FIFA needs to produce a new trophy for the 1974 World Cup in 1971. Out of a total of 53 works in seven countries, the idea of the Italian sculptor Sylvio Ghazanica was selected, and the Hercules Cup, which symbolizes the highest honor in football, was born. Gassaniga, the designer of the 36-centimeter-high, 6175-gram trophy, made of 18K gold and inlaid with two circles of dark green malachite, described his work as follows: “the curves that extend from the pedestal spiral upward to the shape of the earth at the top. The shape design of the two athletes as the main body of the statue fully shows the exciting moment of victory.
The base of the Hercules Cup can be engraved with the names of the 17 World Cup champions from 1974 to 2038, in other words, after the World Cup in 2038, the World Cup will be retired and replaced by a new generation of trophies.