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Monday, July 10, 2006

The past month of a non stop weekend, holiday, party, all rolled into one for football fans around the world comes to an end...

It began over two years ago with 194 teams competing, trying to qualify for 32 spots in the final. After 910 games and more than 2,600 goals, we have a winner!! In an exciting final of the 2006 World Cup, Italy picked up its fourth title after defeating France in a penalty shoot out in the Olympia Stadium in Berlin.

For more than 2 hrs, 22 men in shorts kicking a ball mesmerised more then one billion people around the globe and Itlay earned the right to win the greatest prize in sports, the World Cup.. A well deserved win for Italy!! Maradona for sure would be saying, told you so...

Some facts about the trophy
The trophy is 36 cm high, made of solid 18-carat gold and weighs 4,970 grams. The base contains two layers of semi-precious malachite and has room for 17 small plaques bearing the name of the winners - space enough for the World Champions up to the year 2038.

The current World Cup Trophy cannot be won outright, as the regulations state that it shall remain FIFA’s own possession. The World Cup winners retain it until the next tournament and are awarded a replica, gold-plated rather than solid gold.
posted by All Smiles!! @ 10:16 AM  
  • At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Nitya said…

    Hello there! Great win for Italy, bit disappointed with France. For another four years now.

  • At 11:10 PM, Anonymous REY said…

    Yes i'm getting nostalgic now, the good WC days wont come for four years now!
    Anyways EPL is coming in august!

  • At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sad exit for Zidane,not impressed with the head-butt act but one must wonder what made him lash out BUT he did win the FIFA Golden Ball award!

  • At 11:58 AM, Anonymous venu said…

    Interestng and informative

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