The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy touched down in Nigeria on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, for a four-day experience in the centre city of Abuja and Lagos, and will proceed with its voyage through 91 cities in 51 nations across over six countries before Russia 2018 opening ceremony.
Amid its stay in Nigeria, the famous prize of world football went by the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, where President Muhammadu Buhari had a feel of it and deliver an appreciative address.
The gleaming gold trophy couldn’t have come at a better time as this week denoted a hundred days count down to the beginning of the Russia 2018 on June 14.
While the trophy will be seen by a large number of Nigerians amid this visit, it is an open door for some, fans to behold at close range the diadem that causes all football frenzy and fever every four years.
The most celebrated trophy on the planet is one that drives the ambition of every football player over the globe to do their absolute best for their country to have the opportunity to lift that prestigious trophy made of gold. The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy is the culmination of success, the reward for diligent work and team effort and is only achievable every four years.
For every country participating in the World Cup, it seems as though they’re rubbing shoulders with World prominent leaders and those that don’t as news about the Mundial become the dominant event for that period. Football news takes a jump from the back pages into the front pages and into meeting rooms and public corridors.
There have been two trophies given to the World Cup Final winners since the competition began in 1930, the Jules Rimet Cup which was first called Coupe Du Monde or just the ordinary old World Cup but was renamed in 1946 out of appreciation for the FIFA President who truly started the entire competition and without him doing that we wouldn’t have the most celebrated sporting event.
The gleaming beautiful gold looking trophy was in the shape of an octagonal glass that had a winged figurine which was supposed to be the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike (naɪki). It was an outline design by a man called Abel Lafleur and was created out of sterling silver and afterwards finished with gold plating on a blue Lapis Lazuli.
The Jules Rimet Cup, initially named Victory, was awarded to FIFA World Cup™ winner until 1970 when the third FIFA President, Jules Rimet, passed the vote to start a worldwide football competition in 1929. After a year, he awarded the Cup to Uruguay team, the first World Cup winner ever. The Cup was renamed out of appreciation for Jules Rimet after the Second World War.
After handing over of the Jules Rimet Cup to Brazil, FIFA needed to commission a swap trophy for the 1974 FIFA World Cup™. Fifty-three entries were received for the trophy design, declared in 1971, stone carvers from over seven countries made the list, Italy’s sculpting prowess precedes Silvio Gazzaniga when he won the commission, made two submissions. The earliest one was acknowledged.
Silvio Gazzaniga said, explaining his FIFA World Cup Trophy concept:
“To create a universal symbol, I was inspired by two fundamental images: those of a triumphant athlete and of the world,”
“I wanted to reflect the elation of the winning footballer – a man transformed by the enormity of his victory – but without the super human ego.
This sporting hero who embraces the world in his arms, reflects the strength needed to make sacrifices day after day with his fellow team members and the universal characteristics of sport such as commitment and freedom.”
“The two players raising their arms symbolize the team right now of euphoria and the excitement of triumph,”
“The sphere at the top is moulded with a relief mirroring the images of continents. This likewise symbolizes football and the world and the lines appearing between the two reflected players expressed the energy of the beautiful game. The lines spring out from the base, ascending in spirals, extending out to receive the world.”
Not at all like the Jules Rimet Cup, the new trophy was made of 5kg of 18-carat gold. The trophy stands 36.8cm tall and weighs 6.142kg. The base is 13cm in width with two layers of malachite, coordinating the shade of a football field. The cup delineates two human figures holding up the Earth, crowning the trophy.
Every lip wants to discuss the euphoric success of their national teams or the excruciating pain of losing out that is mutually shared over the world. The chance to discuss the result of the World Cup matches is a form of treatment for some, and now it’s here.
The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy is out for public view in Nigeria this week, every nation is permitted to dream about the chance of lifting the prestigious Cup come July. But first, every country should get their team in the best shape to stand a chance of making those dream to work out as expected in light of the fact that, with the World Cup, every nation is allowed to dream
FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™
Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.
Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.
Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.
As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.
The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.
International match calendar and release of players.
The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.
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The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.
2020 financials and 2022 budget
The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.
FIFA Arab Cup 2021™
The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency
Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?
The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.
Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.
Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.
The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.
However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.
It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.
The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.
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Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.
Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.
In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.
Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.
Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.
Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.
Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.
However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.