For the next 225 days the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy will be making a marathon journey around the world, calling in at every African nation on the way. FIFA.com takes a look at the first four stages of a very special odyssey.
The starting point for the Trophy Tour is Egypt, the host nation of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which begins today. Silvio Gazzaniga's much-coveted sculpture will be on display at the Hockey Stadium in Cairo from midday to 21.00 hours on Thursday and Friday. At the Cairo Airport, the trophy was by a famous guest, former Pharaoh captain and current Egypt FA vice president M. Magdi Abdelgani, who said: "Thousands of Egyptians are praying to see this most recognised icon up close."
The city's football fans have the chance to win free tickets to the event, where they can have their photo taken with the Trophy and enjoy a whole host of attractions. All they have to do is answer a football-related question found on bottles of Coca-Cola on sale at bars across the city.
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The Trophy roadshow will then head for the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday, where the game's most famous piece of silverware will stop off for an event at the airport. From there the Tour heads on to Tunisia and the Palais des Sports in El Menzah, where the Trophy will be exhibited between 10.00 and 19.30 hours next Monday and Tuesday.
Algiers is the fourth port of call on this whistle-stop tour around the globe. The business car park at the Algerian capital's Hilton Hotel will welcome the Trophy on Wednesday, with doors open between 13.00 and 18.00 hours. Information on how to win free tickets to the event will be given on local radio stations.
So wherever you are in the world, do not miss this chance to see the biggest prize in football and have a souvenir photo taken with it. And thanks to FIFA.com, you can upload your photo at the site, choose a frame and email it to your friends.