The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola has started the final part of its journey. On 22 April, the world’s most famous trophy had its first stop at the very place where it will be lifted by one of the 32 participating teams at the Brazil 2014 on 13 July – the legendary Estadio Maracana. An estimated 60,000 fans attended the first four days of festivities in Rio de Janeiro.
The Brazilian leg of the tour was officially opened by the legendary Carlos Alberto Torres, who skippered Brazil’s magical Mexico 1970-winning side. Torres also had a very special task: to award a medal to Otavio Junior, the young creator of the project Ler é 10 – Leia Favela, which encourages reading at the favelas of Complexo do Alemão and Penha. Junior is one of the ‘local champions’ with inspiring histories who will be rewarded in each stop of the tour in Brazil.
Until 1 June, when it will make its final stop in Sao Paulo, the trophy will be visited by thousands in all 27 states of Brazil, making sure fans from the whole country experience the excitement of seeing football's main prize. This weekend, the Trophy Tour arrived in Porto Alegre, the southern host city where five matches will be played during Brazil 2014, before moving to Belo Horizonte and Salvador.
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