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The FIFA World Cup trophy for South Africa 2010 arrives in Rome

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“It’s been very exciting!”
“I was curious to see the cup because it’s only in Rome once”
“Seeing the world cup has been spectacular”
“The world cup has been the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my life.”

These 36 cm represents two people holding the world. The trophy is made with 18 carat gold and malachite, a green mineral. But only the winners are able touch the World Cup.

FIFA’S World Cup Trophy Tour started in South Africa, the same place where it will end on May 4th, before the World Cup games.

But this trophy ins’t just about sporting victories. The sponsors want to help the African people and have launched a fundraising campaign.

With the money collected, wells will be constructed in regions greatest affected by the drought.

Karolina Lamacova
FIFA Spokesperson
“Football has an incredible power to make the role that better place and support the mission of FIFA to make a world that better place throw the football”.

The sponsors aren’t the only who wanted to make this years world cup into a show of solidarity. The Vatican kicked off an initiative called ‘Church on the Ball’ by which the Church hopes to welcome the thousands who will attend.

Card. Wilfrid Napier
Archbishop of Durban (South Africa)

“The Church on the Ball is a very catchy little way of saying: Look, we realized that the world cup is coming to us next year, we realized that lots of people are going to need spiritual support and that we need to prepare ourselves for that.”

Church on the ball has in turn launched a website with information like the times mass will take place in different languages. The site also educates the public on most significant issues facing the country like prostitution and the trafficking of minors.


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