On July 13 the European players were given a trophy by FIFA after they had beaten Argentina 1-0 in the final of the 2014 Mundial. However, Joachim Low’s men might have been celebrating the victory so hard, as they returned home and even toured Berlin with the trophy, that they somehow caused damage to the piece of art, goal.com reports. Niersbach was quoted saying:
"At one point, a small piece of our World Cup trophy was chipped off. But do not worry! We have specialists on the case who can fix it. We have investigated persistently who it was that damaged the trophy, but the investigation was concluded without a result."
Good news is that the trophy presented to the winners in Brazil was not the original worth €10 million (appr. N2.2 bn), but a replica. The original trophy was first introduced in 1974, having 18 karat gold and a malachite base. Not surprisingly, FIFA has been treating the precious piece with care tending not to trust football associations with it. On numerous occasions the World Cup trophy was targeted by thieves.
In 1983, the year when Brazil won the champions’ title, it was stolen in Rio de Janeiro and believed to have been never recovered. The trophy had to be substituted by its replica presented to Brazil’s president in 1984. Meanwhile Germany has been facing one of the most successful periods in its modern football history, as in the recent FIFA ranking the Europeans climbed to the top for the first time in around 20 years.