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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

World Cup Trophy in America

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The most wanted cup in football keeps traveling. The latest stop of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour is in United States, where the gold statue was welcomed in a nice ceremony at the legendary Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

In fact, that was a homecoming of sorts for the Trophy on Sunday, since it was in the same state of California that Brazil celebrated their fourth FIFA World Cup success, beating Italy on penalties in front of some 95,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles in 1994.

We must remember that as a historic victory, not only because Brazil became the first team to win the Trophy four times (and they subsequently made it five in 2002) but also because it was the first time a FIFA World Cup Final had been decided on penalty shots, following the Brazilians' goalless draw with Italy.