didier deschamps, one of the three men who were world champions as a player and coach of his country (the other two are Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer), was in charge of presenting this Friday, during the draw for the group stage, the long-awaited trophy to be lifted by the champion of the World Cup in Qatar 2022.
The French, coach of the reigning champion of the world, delivered the 18-carat gold cup that for four years was in the possession of the “bleus” and that from next November 21, will be at stake in Qatar. However, it seems that it was difficult for the coach to detach himself from her.
At the close of his presentation at the event, Deschamps, 53, joked with the trophy, causing the audience to laugh.
Before leaving the stage, the coach stretched out his hands as a sign of wanting to take the trophy back and, smiling, desisted from the action.
The gesture also awakened the “gentleman” side of soccer fans, who reacted to the action on networks with the comment that the Cup “is not touched”.
And it is that according to the protocols of the Fifa, the World Cup trophy can only be lifted and touched by champion teams and by the heads of state And while Deschamps remains the champion trainer, the unveiling is seen as “a symbolic handover” of the 13-pound sculpture.
How is the trophy returned?
As with the protocols of who can or cannot touch the trophy, FIFA also has a procedure for delivery of the cup.
For security reasons, the delivery date is not public knowledge, but what is known is that the trophy is returned to Zurich, (Fifa headquarters) in Switzerland, for the champion team a few days after their title.
After its return, the trophy is transferred to the headquarters of the GDE Bertoni company, in Paderno Dugnano, a town on the outskirts of Milan in Italy.
GDE Bertoni is the company in charge of craft exact replicas of the trophy that are delivered to the champion teams. But in their facilities, the original sculpture receives the necessary restoration: it is cleaned and polished to finally be returned to its “home”, in Zurich.