World Cup Trophy coming to Canada
Toronto is only Canadian stop on 8-month tour
The list reads like a who's who of soccer, but it includes Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and Franz Beckenbauer.
Some of the greatest athletes in the history of the sport have held it aloft while soaking up the adulation of a sold-out stadium and with hundreds of millions of people around the world watching live on TV.
There is only one FIFA World Cup Trophy — and it's coming Canada on April 28. The trophy's visit to Toronto is the only Canadian stop on an eight-month, five-continent and 83-country trip around the world. When it is over, the tour will have travelled close to 140,000 kilometres — more than three times the circumference of Earth.
FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour on CBC
Log onto the CBCSports.ca on Wednesday for extensive coverage of the FIFA World Cup Trophy's arrival in Canada.
The trophy is set to land at Toronto's Pearson International Airport in the morning (streamed live on CBCSports.ca starting at 7:20 am ET) where it will be showcased during a special media event at a private hangar.
The trophy will then be unveiled at the CBC Building in Toronto during a special World Cup preview show (streamed live on CBCSports.ca at Noon ET) when CBC Sports commentators Nigel Reed and Jason de Vos preview the upcoming tournament in South Africa.
Finally, Canadian musician K'naan will perform a short concert at the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio with the trophy on hand (streamed lived on CBCSports.ca at 2 p.m. ET).
The trophy is set to land at Pearson International Airport on Wednesday morning when it will be escorted off the plane by Canadian musician K'naan, the artist behind Wavin' Flag, the official anthem of the World Cup Trophy World Tour.
Following a media event at a private hangar at the airport, the trophy will leave for a media junket tour of various Toronto TV stations. It will then appear in the atrium of the CBC building in downtown Toronto for a public viewing between 3-7 p.m. ET. Tickets for the public event have all been distributed through Coke, official sponsors of the World Cup Trophy World Tour, and various radio station promotions.
Fans will have the chance to take photos with the FIFA World Cup Trophy, view a special 3-D movie showcasing memorable moments of the World Cup, and participate in interactive displays.
K'naan will also perform a short private concert at the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio.
"The World Cup Trophy coming to Canada will help fuel the excitement for what is going to be a tremendous tournament," said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports. "We're pleased to play host to the Coke trophy tour at the CBC building. It strengthens our connection to the event."
The tour began its journey from the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, and soccer's greatest prize has already been greeted by several dozen heads of state, including Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kurfour, and millions of soccer fans around the world.
The World Cup Trophy has been awarded to the winning nation at each World Cup tournament since the inaugural 1930 competition in Uruguay. Since then, only seven nations have won it: Uruguay, Italy, Germany, Brazil, England, Argentina and France.
The iconic trophy stands 36.8 centimetres high, weighs 6.1 kilograms and is made of solid, 18-carat gold.
The winning team retains the trophy for four years until the next tournament and is awarded a replica that is gold-plated, rather than solid gold. The base contains two layers of semi-precious malachite, and the bottom side of the trophy bears the engraved year and name of each World Cup winner since 1974.
While fans in Toronto will get to have their photo taken with the trophy, the privilege of holding it is reserved for heads of state and members of World Cup winning teams.