History of Jules Rimet trophy as mystery behind stolen 1966 World Cup revealed

The Jules Rimet trophy was made by French sculptor Abel Lafleur for the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup, which was won by the hosts Uruguay after they beat Argentina 4–2 in the final.

Originally called Victory, the trophy was renamed in 1946 to honour FIFA President Jules Rimet, who in 1929 had passed a vote to initiate the World Cup.

Rimet was a French football administrator and third FIFA President, serving from 1921 to 1954. His 33 years in office make him the longest-serving FIFA president.

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The trophy named after him was made of gold-plated sterling silver, mounted on a marble base. After Uruguay’s maiden World Cup win, Italy won in 1934 and 1938.

The Brazil team captained by Carlos Alberto in 1970 was the last side to lift the cup.

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Brazil was awarded it permanently because it had been the country’s third World Cup win.

But the trophy was stolen in Rio in 1983 and never recovered.

Despite a nationwide search, the thieves were never caught and the most widely believed theory is that the trophy was melted down and sold as bullion.

The replacement cup, called the FIFA World Cup Trophy, was introduced in 1974. It proved lucky for Germany, who won it that year – and then again in 1990 and 2014.

England have never won it.

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