It’s the most desired football award in the world and only eight nations have been fortunate enough to win it

The 2018 World Cup final takes place on Sunday 15 July at 4pm (11am US ET), where either France or Croatia will lift the coveted trophy. 

Thirty-two nations this year battled it out for the chance to bring the trophy home with just one country getting the chance.

With the World Cup coming to an end and the next winner about to be marked in football history, we’ve got a complete guide to everything you need to know about the trophy. 

Since the World Cup began there have been two different trophies awarded to the winning nation. The first trophy launched for the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay was the Jules Rimet trophy. 

Initially it was called Victory, but was renamed in 1946 to honour Jules Rimet, who was FIFA president at the time and was responsible for the formation of the tournament. 

The Jules Rimet trophy was designed by Abel Lafleur comprising of a decagonal cup, supported by a winged figure representing Nike, the ancient Greek goddess of victory.

The second trophy, now known as the FIFA World Cup trophy, was introduced for the 1974 World Cup after Brazil won it for the third time in 1970 and were allowed to keep it.

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Silvio Gazzaniga designed the new sculpture made up of 18 carat gold and includes the names of each country to have won since 1974 engraved on the base.

A third World Cup trophy is thought to be introduced for the 2030 World Cup, 100 years after the first tournament. This is because the base of the trophy will run out of space for any future winner’s names to be included. 

The Jules Rimet Trophy formed part of his legacy and was held in Rio de Janeiro until 1986 when the trophy was stolen from the CBF headquarters. The trophy was on a display in the trophy room, protected by a box made of bulletproof glass and hung on the wall by a wooden frame. 

It was never found but widely believed to have been melted down and sold. 

The Jules Rimet theft from Brazil, was the second incident after it was also stolen ahead of the 1966 World Cup in England, but later found by a dog called Pickles in a bush wrapped in newspaper.

Following this, the trophy is lifted by the winning nation but a replica is awarded to the World Cup winners. The trophy is kept at FIFA World Football Museum in Switzerland and is kept indefinitely there.

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