World Cup trophy on display in Alhaurín

The World Cup Trophy
Snapped with the famous trophy

The Spanish football team became World Champions when they beat the Netherlands in the South African tournament and the impressive cup has been on display in Alhaurín de la Torre recently.

Over 7,000 people waited patiently and queued out the door of the El Limón sports complex for a chance to appear in a photograph with the famous trophy.

The cup was on view from 11.30am to 8pm on Sunday and visitors were treated to a festive atmosphere that included music, face-painting and bouncy castles for kids. Two large screens showed highlights of Spain’s winning performance from the 2010 tournament.

The trophy was making a four day tour of seven Málaga towns including Alhaurín el Grande, Cártama, Archidona, Ronda, Estepona and Fuengirola.

The Fifa World Cup trophy stands 36 centimetres high and is made of solid 18 carat (75%) gold and weighs 6.175 kg (13.6 lb).

The trophy, designed by Italian designer Silvio Gazzaniga depicts the figures of two athletes at the moment of victory. Winners of the tournament have received a replica of the solid gold prize since 1974 after the original Jules Rimet trophy was permanently awarded to Brazil for their third tournament win. The trophy was stolen in 1983 and has never been recovered and is thought to have been melted down by the thieves.