Football fans in the country will get a rare chance to see the FIFA World Cup trophy up close when football's top prize will make a stop in Bangladesh in December for the first time since 2002.
The World Cup trophy is usually involved in a world-wide tour in the year before the tournament and ahead of Brazil 2014, Bangladesh features among the destinations. In 2002, a trophy was paraded at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, but it turned out to be a replica.
This time though, the real trophy will be on display at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on December 18, after arriving the previous day. It will leave on December 19. The schedule was finalised yesterday after Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin met with Abhijit Datta and Debashish Dev, regional country manager, South East Asia and Bangladesh country manager of Coca-Cola respectively at his office yesterday.
“To make a buzz among football fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup, the trophy is being brought to country. The football fans will get a chance to see it from close and they will even be given opportunities to take pictures with the trophy,” said BFF secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag.
Shohag also informed that Coca-Cola is trying to bring a former World Cup winning captain, most likely the German Lothar Matthaus, during the three-day tour of the trophy.
After the three-day visit in Bangladesh, the World Cup trophy will travel to Bhutan, Nepal and India before going to Thailand as part of the world-wide tour of the trophy that will end in Brazil in 2014.