The Brazilian Football Federation was presented with an almost perfect replica of the famous Jules Rimet Trophy in Frankfurt on March 30.
GV New Jules Rimet Trophy
GV & SV Deutsches Goldschmiede Haus (2 shots)
SVs & SCUs Man working on mould from trophy replica (5 shots)
GV PAN TO SV Heated gold poured into container
SV & CU Man with tongs removing trophy from mould and beating off particles (2 shots)
SVs & SCUs Men in workshop hammering out gold and doing detailed work on trophy (5 shots)
CU TILT UP TO SV Finished trophy (2 shots)
GV & SVs Brazil's 1958, 1962 and 1970 captains holding new trophy as newsmen watch; security present. (Also shows current World Cup Trophy) (7 shots)
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Background: The Brazilian Football Federation was presented with an almost perfect replica of the famous Jules Rimet Trophy in Frankfurt on March 30. The Brazilians were rewarded with the original trophy after becoming football world champions three times -- in 1958, 1962 and in 1970. But in 1983 the golden "Goddess of Victory" was stolen. All attempts to recover the trophy proved fruitless. While the four thieves were ultimately arrested the trophy was lost forever. It had been melted down and the gold lost. But thanks to a decision by the International Football Federation (FIFA), authorisation was given for the making of a replica of the Jules Rimet Cup. The firm of Wilhelm Geist and Sons was recruited to re-create the trophy, which had to be reproduced from photographs. The trophy -- 1.8 kilograms (3.9 pounds) of eight-carat gold -- was made almost 99 per cent like the original, from the names of World Cup winners down to the scratches. The replica is worth 33,000 US dollars, but it means much more than money to Brazil. The trophy had become sacred to the nation and its return a matter of national pride. This was much in evidence on March 30 when the men who led their teams to victory were in Frankfurt to receive the cup. Fritz Walter, who was honoured by receiving the trophy in 1954 in Berne, Switzerland, presented the cup to former Brazil captains Hideraldo Belini, Mauro Oliveira and Carlos Alberto Torres. The "Goddess of Victory", as the trophy is sometimes known, is scheduled to enjoy a much-celebrated return to Brazil. As well as festivities in April and May, the return of the Jules Rimet Trophy will be honoured with a planned match against 1966 world champions England in June.