Saturday, June 9, 2018 6:39 pm
By Daniels Ekugo
Hyundai Motor, the Official Partner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, will be bringing the FIFA World Football Museum™ from Zurich to the Hyundai Motorstudio Moscow. This exhibition celebrates the FIFA World Cup™ through the passion and devotion of the fans and tells the event’s history through the players who have left an indelible mark on it in the past.
One highlight of the exhibition will be the Jules Rimet Cup, making its first public display outside of the FIFA World Football Museum. The Jules Rimet Cup was the original FIFA World Cup Trophy between 1930 and 1970. It was stolen twice, once in 1966 and again in 1983 in Brazil. The trophy has never been recovered. However, the original base of the Jules Rimet Cup does remain on which the names of the first four winners of the FIFA World Cup are inscribed. It was discovered in a basement of the federation’s Zürich headquarters in 2014, now attached with an identical replica of the lost part of the trophy. Fans will have a chance to see this trophy at the Hyundai Motorstudio Moscow during the whole exhibition period, while the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Winner’s Trophy will be on display on the 9th of June.
As part of The History Makers, the building’s facade has been transformed into a giant scoreboard, which will be updated as the tournament progresses. Set over two stories, the ground floor will look at the fans of the competing nations, while the upper floor will be devoted to the history of the World Cup.
Inside, visitors will learn about the history of the tournament and the fan cultures that come together as a part of that. At the heart of the exhibition will be a giant LED screen, which will show highlights and memorable moments from past finals and some of the greatest players to have featured in them.
Two of the most prized items on display will be the iconic World Cup trophies. The current World Cup Winner’s Trophy will be the feature attraction, with the classic Jules Rimet Cup shipped from Fifa’s Zurich museum to go on display for the duration of the exhibition.
Following the conclusion of each of the World Cup’s 64 matches, the ball used for each kick off will go on display, being added to the growing collection as the tournament advances.
In the upstairs area, objects and stories from legendary footballers like Lev Yashin, Pelé and Diego Maradona will be showcased. Among these memories and treasures, there will be a series of short films telling the story of each World Cup final.
“Football fans from all around the world can look forward to visiting a lot of attractions in Moscow during the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” said FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura.
“Thanks to this collaboration with Hyundai, this unique exhibition will showcase the history of the FIFA World Cup with many fascinating objects to celebrate the heritage of football.”