Thursday 05 April 2018, 20:30

Argentina's '78 and '86 champions reunited with World Cup Trophy

  • Trophy Tour stopped in five cities in Argentina

  • The Trophy was reunited with 13 World Cup winners from 1978 and 1986

  • Rosario set Trophy Tour record for fan photos

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour™ by Coca-Cola recently made stops in five cities throughout Argentina: Berazategui, Buenos Aires, Rosario, Tilcara, and Tucuman.

A total of 13 World Cup winners from the Argentina sides that won the 1978 and 1986 editions were reunited with the Trophy: Mario Kempes, Ricardo Daniel Bertoni, Ubaldo Fillol, Alberto Tarantini, and Ricardo Julio Villa from 1978 - Sergio Batista, Jorge Burruchaga, Hector Enrique, Oscar Garre, Ricardo Giusti, Julio Olarticoechea, Nery Pumpidoy, and Carlos Daniel Tapia from 1986.

"It is more than just a Trophy, it represents all the challenges and shared experiences of our team coming together to achieve something very special in winning the FIFA World Cup," Kempes said.

The members present from those 1978 and 1986 championship squads and their families came together for a press conference at the Argentina Football Association's headquarters and enjoyed their time at the fan experience in Buenos Aires on 31 March.

It was also in Buenos Aires that another World Cup champion joined the festivities in the shape of 1998 winner with France and FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour™ Ambassador David Trezeguet, who grew up in the city.

The tour took a special stop in the small Andes village of Tilcara on 27 March. Leading up to the 1986 World Cup, the Argentinian team held a training camp in the town, in order to prepare for the high altitudes they would encounter in Mexico. The team trained with local footballers to help them prepare and promised them that they would return the Trophy to Tilcara, should they be victorious.

Thirty-two years later, they fulfilled that promise, as eight champions from the '86-winning side brought the Trophy to the village, where they met up with the locals they trained with all the way back in 1986.

World Cup fever is well and truly alive across Argentina, as events in Tucuman, Berazategui, Buenos Aires, and Rosario were the biggest so far on Tour, with Rosario setting the record with 12,000 fans taking a photo with the Trophy in one day.

”Bringing the Trophy to Argentina and sharing this experience with so many people, including our beloved FIFA World Champions of 1978 and 1986, allows us to create unforgettable memories and to share them with friends," said Jose Maria Cagliolo, General Manager of Coca-Cola in Argentina.

The Trophy's next stops 3-5 April: Bogota, Colombia 6 April: Panama City, Panama 7-8 April: San Jose, Costa Rica 9-15 April: Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey, Mexico​