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World Cup It is a tournament that was inaugurated in 1930 by the Federation Internationale de Football Association-FIFA which is played after every four years by member national men-team. The next World Cup will be hosted by Qatar between November 21, 2022, to December 18, 2022
A total of 32 teams will participate in the competition with 65 games set to be played in 8 different stadiums. These teams will be the ones that will have qualified from the six continental confederations of FIFA subject to Individual competition held by each member.
The World Cup trophy tour happens months before the tournament begins. The 2022 World Cup Tour Began on May 2022 in Qatar where former winners Iker Casillas (2010) and Kaka (2002) came together to see off the Trophy ahead of its journey across the World.
Expressing his passion during an event that was held in UAE at Dubai’s Coca-Cola arena Kaka said, “It is an incredible honor to be part of the first stop of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola. My first FIFA World Cup as a player was when I was just 20 years old, and it is still fresh in my mind – for me, it was a dream come true.”
Casillas in his statement also said “It was the highlight of my career when I lifted this very trophy as captain of Spain in 2010. And it is exciting that someone will have that feeling in Qatar later this year. It fills me with great pride to join all of you today, as we kick off the journey of the FIFA World Cup Trophy, bringing it to the fans across the globe.”
The World Cup trophy made of solid gold weighs 6.142kg and depicts two human figures holding the globe. The tour is sponsored by Coca-Cola who have been sponsoring the event since 1976. The company advertises its products at the stadiums during matches.
For the first time in the World Cup history, the tour will go through all the 32 countries that are qualified to take part in Qatar, and in total, the tour will visit 51 countries. The Coca-FIFA partnership aims at visiting all the 211 member associations by 2030.
During the event, Romy Gai the Chief Business Officer of FIFA said, “Bringing it on tour gives us a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the fantastic communities around the world who love the beautiful game. The trophy tour – which will end back in Qatar, our amazing hosts – highlights our commitment to making football truly global as we realize the dreams of our fans and bring the joy and excitement of the FIFA World Cup to their doorsteps, together with our long-standing partner Coca-Cola.”