History of the World Cup Trophy

Take a look at the history of the World Cup trophy from the Jules Rimet Cup, to the current edition used in the tournament.

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The story of Luis Monti, the only man to have played in World Cup finals for two different nations

How many players played in consecutive World Cup finals, but for two different countries?

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Liverpool and Roma’s classic Anfield duel of 2002

As soon as it was revealed that Jürgen Klopp’s men would face Roma, memories were instantly cast back to the famous encounter between the two sides in 1984’s European Cup final – a match that immediately conjures recollections of Liverpool’s glorious eighties.

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James Thain : The Man Who Killed the Busby Babes

On February 6, 1958, football world endured the heaviest loss as 23 lives were lost when a British European Airways Flight 609 which was carrying the Manchester United team, journalists and fans crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport. Amongst the 21 survivors from the crash, there was one James Thain, “The man who killed the Busby Babes”.

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1968, the year it came together

“It’s magnificent to be in Europe, and this club – a club like Tottenham Hotspur – if we’re not in Europe, we’re nothing… we’re nothing.”

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The day a dog saved Manchester United

Prior to becoming a success story on and off the pitch, however, the Manchester side had to endure survival in the bleak early days of the English league system – at one point doing so thanks to a dog.

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How the biggest match-fixing scandal in Bundesliga history changed the German game forever

Romantic and pure, the nature of the Bundesliga would face a futile future and the repercussions would be unfathomably grand.

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Kevin Keegan: Part Three, Saint Kevin

Keegan had decided this would be his last season in West Germany and negotiated a fee with Hamburg, then began thinking about where his next move would be. He thought Spain or Italy would be ideal and plumped for Italy mainly because he fancied the challenge of scoring goals, something which many strikers struggled with over there then.

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Kevin Keegan: Mighty Mouse, The Player – Part One

The hero of the terraces, darling of the media and at the beginning of 1976, captain of his country. If you were a young lad in the late 80’s then Paul Gascoigne might well be your hero, or in the mid-90’s it might be David Beckham, Michael Owen in 1998 or Wayne Rooney in the early 2000s. That was the effect Keegan had on English football in the mid-1970s.

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René Higuita: the dribbles, the flair, the controversy and the scorpion

Higuita’s long, frizzy hair and bushy moustache characterised his unconventional and heart-racing style of play. Even if he was the man between the sticks, in many a game he was the most talented footballer on the pitch – and he wasn’t afraid to show it.

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