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World Cup trophy replica damaged by German player

DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach says that the prestigious prize did not survive the team's celebrations unscathed.

The chief of Germany's football association (DFB) has revealed that one of the team's triumphant players has damaged the nation's replica of the World Cup trophy.

Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final to win the tournament for the fourth time, following its 1954, 1974 and 1990 victories.

The Mannschaft were welcomed home from Brazil to jubilant scenes and toured Berlin with the trophy. But they may have celebrated a little bit too hard as their World Cup trophy has been damaged by a member of the Germany team.

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"At one point, a small piece of our World Cup trophy was chipped off," DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach is quoted by Die Welt as saying. "But do not worry — we have specialists on the case who can fix it. We have investigated persistently who it was that damaged the trophy, but the investigation was concluded without a result."

Luckily for Germany, the cup it has been given by FIFA is just a replica of the World Cup trophy it was presented with at the Maracana on July 13, which is estimated to be worth over 10 million euros.

FIFA — it would seem wisely — tends not to trust soccer associations with the trophy after the original World Cup award, the Jules Rimet trophy, had a history of being a target for thieves. It was stolen for good in 1983 from Brazil.

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