- World champions Casillas and Kaká accompany the original FIFA World Cup™ trophy on the first leg of a tour that will take it, for the first time, to visit all 32 qualifying countries
- This fifth tour, launched in the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, will cross a total of 51 countries
DUBAI, May 12, 2022 – The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off today in Dubai, with Iker Casillas and Kaká in attendance. The two former world champions made the trip to accompany the original of the famous statuette, which is about to tour the planet a few months before the start of the competition.
“As fans around the world prepare to cheer on their team, Coca-Cola is pleased to offer them the opportunity to be in the presence of the Trophy,” said Brad Ross, vice president of international sports & marketing. entertainment and associations of The Coca-Cola Company. “The magic of the World Cup is shown through these passionate people who believe in their team and show their love for football. »
Starting today, Coca-Cola is offering supporters a unique experience: getting close to the most powerful symbol on the planet of football and feeling the magic of the biggest single-sport event in the world.
The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will cross 51 countries. Thanks to her, Coca-Cola and FIFA will take a further step towards their goal of visiting each of the 211 member associations of FIFA by 2030. For the first time, the tour will visit the 32 countries qualified for the phase final. Thanks to her, supporters around the world will be able to experience unforgettable moments.
“The World Cup Trophy is one of the greatest symbols in the world of sport,” said Romy Gai, director of FIFA’s business division. “This tour is above all an opportunity for us to put everyone who loves football in the spotlight, everywhere in the world. This initiative, which will culminate in Qatar, the formidable host country of the end-of-year event, also demonstrates our commitment to truly global football. Together with our long-time partner, Coca-Cola, we make every fan’s dream come true by bringing them the joy and excitement of a World Cup. »
Former world champions Iker Casillas and Kaka took advantage of this visit to Dubai to demonstrate that they had lost none of their passion for football.
The Brazilian said: “It’s a great honor to be here for the first leg of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola. I was 20 when I played my first finals and I remember it like it was yesterday. I had just realized my dream”.
And Iker Casillas to add: “I experienced the peak of my career in 2010, when I lifted this trophy with Spain. It’s nice to think that in a few months, in Qatar, someone will experience the same emotions. “I am very proud to be here with you today to launch the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, which will reach out to fans all over the world”.
The FIFA World Cup™ is an unmissable competition, watched by billions of people around the world. FIFA wishes to broaden the scope of its social and environmental actions, but also to define new standards for the organization of major international sports competitions and to offer tailor-made programs for supporters, such as the FIFA Trophy Tour FIFA World Cup™ by Coca-Cola.
The goal of the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola is to support sustainability initiatives in each of the countries visited. For the first time, interactions with consumers will be managed digitally by Coca-Cola, which will help at each stage of the tour to reduce the production of waste as well as the consumption of water, energy, materials and other resources.
The Coca-Cola Company has had ties with FIFA since 1976. It has been an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ since the 1978 edition. of FIFA™ since 1950. It has a long history of supporting football at all levels.
About the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy
The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy is awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup™, but remains the property of FIFA. This 6.142kg solid gold statuette represents two figures holding a globe above their heads. Its design dates back to 1974. Considered one of the most important sporting symbols and a priceless relic, the original could only be touched and approached by a handful of individuals, including former world champions and chefs of state. The regulations specify that the original trophy must remain the possession of FIFA and cannot be won. The victorious team in the final therefore retains it only on a provisional basis, before being awarded the trophy for the edition in question, the FIFA World Cup™ Winners’ Trophy (gold-plated and indicating the year, the name of the host country and the winner).
The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola is a wonderful opportunity to come face to face with an essential piece of football history and share its passion with other fans. All those who have had the chance to approach the most extraordinary of symbols will certainly keep an unforgettable memory of this experience.