ITALY may not be at the World Cup this year, but you can guarantee an Italian has already had their hand on the trophy.
That's because the 18 carat gold prize is remade in Paderno Dugnano, a small town near Milan, at trophy and medal manufacturers GDE Bertoni.
Every four years, workers at the factory are tasked with creating a brass copy of the trophy that's given to the football federation of the winning team.
Standing some 36.8 centimetres high and weighing 6.1 kilograms, the original was designed by artist Silvio Gazzaniga in 1971, and presented at the 1974 World Cup to winners West Germany.
Owned by FIFA, THAT trophy is handed out to the team who wins the World Cup final, after it's engraved with the country's name on the trophy's base.
But then, following the trophy presentation, it's handed back to GDE Bertoni who have to restore it before returning it to FIFA, where it sits in their official museum before the NEXT World Cup.
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Apparently, when players get their hands on it, all sorts of damage can be done when the trophy's passed around during celebrations. So that's why Bertoni have to preserve it.
But how do GDE Bertoni make the replica World Cup trophy?
First, the brass body is formed in the foundry. The metal is poured into a special container (which is the shape and design of the real World Cup) to produce a plaster cast.
Once that's done, it has to be chiselled by die grinders, which remove any excess metal.
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