German soccer players partied so hard, they broke their World Cup trophy


Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates on stage at the German team victory ceremony in Berlin. (Alex Grimm/EPA/Bongarts/Getty Images/DFB/DPA)

FIFA might want to consider changing the plating material of the World Cup trophy to something a little less malleable than gold. It turns out, the trophy is easily breakable. At least in the hands of the German national team, which won the coveted orb in an overtime victory against Argentina earlier this month. The team chipped a “small piece” off the golden award while celebrating with it, Wolfgang Niersbach, head of Germany’s DFB soccer federation, told Der Spiegel (via Bloomberg).

But it’s not a big problem. For one, winning teams don’t get to party with the solid 18-karat gold original. Instead, they’re nearly immediately handed a replica that’s just plated in gold. The 146-ounce first edition, FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer told Bloomberg, is sitting safely unharmed in a Swiss safe.

Secondly, Niersbach says the German-owned replica will soon be fixed. “We have specialists that can repair this,” he told Der Spiegel (via Bloomberg).

Niersbach did not say, however, how or when the damage happened.

Maybe Rihanna broke it?

Maybe the mop-topped German Coach Joachim Low got a little too carried away?

Are Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and these children to blame?

Mario Goetze looks a little slippery-handed here. Did he drop it?

Can Andre Schurrle’s sister and mom be the culprits?

Or was it Schurrle himself? Maybe he pulled a Luis Suarez and bit off a chunk for a souvenir.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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