Biggest Sporting Trophies: A Collection

Most trophy presentations involve the winners lifting it above their head in celebration. However, this isn’t always possible with some of the world’s largest sporting trophies.

 

  1. Costa Del Sol Trophy

Not one of the most well-known trophies but certainly one of the biggest. A pre-season friendly competition held by Malaga CF in which Everton narrowly missed out in 2012, although Phil Neville may have been happy as he didn’t have to break his back to hold his runners up trophy. The Costa Del Sol trophy itself is shown below to need 2 people at least to carry it along.

Costa Del Sol TrophyPhil Neville

 

 

  1. Borg Warner Trophy

The Borg Warner trophy is a speedway trophy given to the winner of the Indianapolis 500. It is a large, multi-tiered trophy that boasts a huge number of winners names on it, and costs in excess of $1.3million. With it being 5ft 4in in height, it’s not unusual for it to be taller than the occasional driver.

 

  1. World Boxing Association Flyweight Champion Trophy

This thin but extremely tall trophy has a host of tiers, and it’s a good job that you have to be a flyweight champion to lift it as it is ridiculously big. This is awarded to the World Boxing Association champion in the flyweight division, with Juan Francisco Estrada being the most recent winner.

 

  1. Franz Beckenbauer Cup

Franz Beckenbauer was huge in German football, so the originators of the Franz Beckenbaur Cup went with a trophy just as big. Bayern Munich host this pre-season tournament annually, but have never won this standout trophy themselves, although there probably isn’t room in their trophy cabinet for it.

 

  1. Emporers Cup

Awarded to the champion of the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Japan, the Emporers Cup is a struggle for some of wrestlers to lift, and that’s saying something! As wide as it is large, it would be hard for this trophy cup to go missing.

 

If you’ve received or seen any ridiculously large trophies, send us your comments on Twitter to @SportsTrophies

Ram Raiders Steal Red Bull’s F1 Trophies

When the news broke this weekend that Red Bull’s F1 factory had been ram raided and thieves made off with a haul of 60 trophies, the question that instantly sprang to mind is – why??

The thieves used a 4×4 as well as a separate Mercedes estate car to carry out the raid, which suggests that in some ways it was a fairly professional crime.  That is of course until you attempt to understand what they are likely to gain from stealing these items.  As you can see from the image of the trophy cabinet below, there was a real mix of trophies, many of which would have been made with little or no precious metal content.

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Sebastian Vettel standing in front of the Red Bull trophy cabinet

A crime of this nature makes no sense at all.  If it’s for your own personal collection, then you’re taking a huge risk as the news of your collection is bound to be leaked sooner or later.  If the thought was that there was any value in them, that shows an incredible lack of planning.  Some of these trophies are made of glass, plastic, porcelain and resin, so can not be melted down to achieve any value.  Of the metal trophies, only a few of them would have had much in the way of precious metals within them and the value of any of that would have been minimal.

Even if the thieves had stolen a haul of sterling silver cups from a different trophy cabinet, the value of those cups lies in the cost to replace them, as opposed to any residual value from the silver content once melted down.

The loss to Red Bull is huge, but the gain for the thieves is hard to see.  A pointless crime.

Top 10 FA Cup Goals

The FA Cup 2nd round takes place this weekend, with many lower league sides hoping to make it into the hat on Monday for a chance to play a Premier League side in the 3rd round. To get in the FA Cup mood, we’ve picked 10 unforgettable goals from the competition.

 

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  1. GERRARD v West Ham

Our top cup goal comes from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as he grabs a last-minute equaliser in the 2006 final against West Ham to take the game into extra time. The strike from outside of the box kept Liverpool in the game and they went on to lift the trophy.

 

  1. BROOKING v Arsenal

Trevor brooking helped West Ham to lift the cup for a third time in 1980 as he headed the ball home against Arsenal.

 

  1. JEMSON v Everton

The FA Cup loves an underdog, and Shrewsbury’s Nigel Jemson scored a brilliant, yet surprising, free-kick to knock out Premier League Everton in 2003.

 

  1. CAHILL v Sunderland

Tim Cahill’s semi-final strike against Sunderland  in 2004 was the only goal of the game and ensured that Millwall would play in the Europa League the following season.

 

  1. RUSH v Everton

The 1989 FA Cup final was one to remember for the red half of Merseyside as Ian Rush’s calmly collected finish ensured they beat their local rivals in extra time to lift the cup.

 

  1. SINCLAIR v Barnsley

It may not have been as significant as others, but Sinclair’s bicycle kick for QPR against Barnsley in 1997 was one to remember for the pure skill.

 

  1. SANCHEZ v Liverpool

Wimbledon were shock winners of the cup in 1998 as they beat Liverpool in the final thanks to a Sanchez header.

 

  1. PEARCE v Tottenham

Another one remembered for the quality of the goal is Stuart Pearce’s bullet of a free-kick in the 1991 FA Cup final against Tottenham.

 

  1. OWEN v Arsenal

A brilliant finish from Michael Owen with two minutes to go in the 2001 final saw Liverpool narrowly edge past Arsenal to win the trophy.

 

  1. THOMPSON v Man Utd

The romance of the FA Cup struck again as Bournemouth caused one of the shocks of the competition. Ian Thompson scored a second goal against Manchester United and knocked them out of the 3rd round in 1984.

 

Are there any you think we’ve missed? Let us know on Twitter here.

Sport’s Personality of the Year: McIlroy or Hamilton?

With Christmas fast approaching, along with it comes Sports Personality of the Year. Last year Andy Murray walked the contest, with bookies paying out as soon as he won Wimbledon in July, but this year isn’t a one-horse race. Rory McIlroy has been the favourite with the bookies for most of the year, but after last weekend’s F1 finale, Lewis Hamilton is well within a shot of winning the trophy. So which one would you go for?

SPOTY trophy

 

A golfer hasn’t won the award since Nick Faldo 25 years ago, but McIlroy has the best chance of any since then to pick up the trophy. McIlroy won two major titles in 2014, first at Hoylake followed by Valhalla, and then went on to play a strong part in Europe’s victory over America in the Ryder Cup. He ended the year as the Europea Tour’s No. 1 player and all of this makes him the favourite for the trophy come December.

However, it won’t be as clear cut as people may have first thought. Similar to golf, an F1 champion hasn’t been named Sport’s Personality of the Year since 1992 but Hamilton will be hoping he can change that after he won the drivers’ championship for the second time in his career last Sunday, therefore being a key player in bringing the victory to the Mercedes team. To add to this, he has secured many British records, his 33 wins so far in his career being a particularly impressive one.

So who deserves it more? Hamilton has stood out of late, and the timing of his win may help him out when it comes to winning the award. However, McIlroy’s continued dominance across the year looks to put him in pole position. Of course, there are 8 other nominees including Gareth Bale and Carl Froch, but it’s unlikely that anybody is realistically looking past McIlroy and Hamilton when calling the winner.

Wayne Rooney: England hero?

Wayne Rooney has this week come out and said that to be anywhere near as big a legend as Sir Bobby Charlton – he’d have to win a major trophy with England. But do England fans believe even that would be enough?

 

Wayne Rooney

 

Rooney has come in for increased criticism in recent years, despite continuing to be prolific for England, so is he an England legend, or does he not compare to the true England greats?

He started his England career with such high expectations, with great potential, becoming England’s youngest player when he came on against Australia in 2003. 12 years on, the England captain is not set to join a select group when he earns his 100th (and golden) cap against Slovenia on Saturday, an award that should not go without praise.

And he doesn’t have to stop there. Shilton’s record of 125 caps is easily reachable, whilst he is only 6 goals behind Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record for the Three Lions. Passing both of these would surely put him up there with the best, would it not?

However, he has never quite reached the level that many imagined he would after seeing him play in the early stages of 2004. His leg-breaking injury ended the excitement, and England’s hope of doing well, and it’s arguable that we have never looked as good as a team since then.

Rooney’s own opinion is a fair one, major trophies still separate him from the likes of Charlton, winner of the World Cup, and Lineker, 1986 Golden Boot winner. Not many people expect England to win a major tournament any time soon, and therefore he may always lie short in that category, but if he did pull off the unthinkable then critics would certainly have to think again.

He may have had his low points in the England shirt, but to remain as one of the best for 10 years and counting is a massive achievement. The determination of whether he is an England great is all down to opinion. What are you measuring it by? Who are you comparing him too? Whatever you think, as England’s captain, we must all get behind him on the road to Euro 2016.

Mid-Term Trophy Evaluation

All of a sudden we’ve hit November and we’re well into the 2014/15 footballing season. Ahead of the busy Christmas schedule, we look at the 4 main trophies, and the contenders for each.

 

Chelsea 2009-2010

Chelsea 2009-2010: Record Breakers.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE

After just over a quarter of the season played, the table is finally beginning to pan out as many would have expected (with one or two exceptions!). Chelsea have already got a 4 point lead at the top, and are the obvious favourites to be lifting the trophy come May. Whilst Man City are currently sitting in 3rd, they look to have overcome a sticky patch, and will be Jose Mourinho’s closest rivals in the race. Liverpool and Manchester United have not started well, and look to be aiming to get in the top 4 rather than winning the league. Arsenal are sitting nicely in 4th and are outsiders for the top spot.

 

LEAGUE CUP

The first major cup to be decided is already at the quarter-final stage and there is definitely the chance for an underdog to pick up this cup and make history. Chelsea look set to beat Derby but you wouldn’t bet on anything in this league. In-form Newcastle and Bournemouth face out-of-form Tottenham and Liverpool giving both of them a chance of making it to Wembley. However, the team to watch are Southampton, who have a fantastic chance of winning this trophy and making it into Europe.

 

FA CUP

The FA Cup is still in it’s early stages and therefore difficult to call in terms of who is favourites for the trophy. The third round gets underway in January and everybody will be looking to avoid Chelsea and Man City, whilst this is also a good opportunity for Louis Van Gaal to get his hands on his first piece of silverware for United. Teams with little to play for in the league such as West Ham and Swansea will also be interesting ones to watch.

 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

With just two more games to take place in the group stages, things are starting to shape-up nicely. Nobody seems to look past Real Madrid as they look a good bet to defend the title but Bayern Munich and Chelsea have come out really strongly in recent weeks and nobody will want to face them in the knockout stages. If you’re looking for an outsider with a strong chance, Dortmund have dominated group D and are definitely in with a shout for the trophy.

Top 5 Gifts from Challenge Trophies

Whether it’s a Christmas gift for a friend, or and end of year gift for your manager from all the team or maybe you fancy treating yourself, we have a great selection of glass and crystal gifts that can come particularly handy over the festive season with all that extra drinking!

Have a look at our top 5 below or browse the whole gifts range here.

 

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  1. Crystal Bulb Wine Decanter

An essential for all wine enthusiasts, this crystallised decanter can be engraved with a personal message on the base plate to add to the personalisation of the gift and the elegant design looks great.

 

  1. Single Wine Glass

 

If you’re looking for a slightly less expensive gift, the wine glass offers a suitable alternative and will be sure to be used regularly. You can engrave a name, message or logo so it is suitable for any occasion.

 

  1. 1pt Glass Tankard in Presentation Case

 

If the recipient is more of a beer drinker, then this could be the gift for you. A great idea for retirements, or football manager gifts, the tankard comes in a stylish presentation case to add to the effect.

 

  1. Two Brandy Glasses

A great way to get a gift for two people in one, the pair of brandy glasses are simple yet stylish and can be personalised with a gift to make them extra special. A nice way for people to enjoy their tipple at the end of the night.

 

  1. Square Decanter Set with 2 Whiskey Glasses

One of our top of the range gifts, this is ideal gift to buy as a team for somebody who is extra special. The crystal decanter comes with two whiskey tumblers, all of which come on a wooden tray with brass handles, and is complete with an engraving plate for your message.

5 Unlikely Players to have a Champions League medal

The Champions League is back and in full swing this season, with the groups starting to take shape. As we look ahead to another exciting round of games this week, we’re reflecting on 5 players who you may be surprised to realise have won a Champions league medal.

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  1. Roque Junior

Leeds fans will be most puzzled as to how Roque Junior won not only a Champions League medal, but also a World Cup medal. He won the European Cup with AC Milan in 2003 before his move to Elland Road, and it would be an understatement to say that he didn’t live up to the hype.

 

  1. David May

There’s been some huge names in Manchester United’s history, with David May being one of the few players that Old Trafford will not remember for anything in particular. However, he was an unused substitute as they won the final in 1999 and managed to join in celebrations with the trophy.

 

  1. Jonathan Greening

Yep that’s right, the player who is remembered for battling relegation with West Brom, and who was released from Nottingham Forest this summer, has actually won one of the most famous trophies in football. He was included in the matchday squad as United won the Champions League in 1999, and got a medal as a result.

 

  1. Benni McCarthy

Now retired after an underwhelming spell at West Ham, Benni McCarthy won a Champions League medal with Porto back in 2004. He was actually a regular starter in Mourinho’s Porto side but he only played 12 minutes in the final.

 

  1. Djimi Traore

Even Liverpool fans will admit that Djimi Traore wasn’t the most gifted of players, yet somehow he has a Champions League medal to their name. He managed to avoid any major mistakes in the final, which for him must surely means he deserved the medal!

Trophy Held As Hostage

In the world of trophies, stories of cups and trophies that have gone missing, been stolen and then recovered have been commonplace over the years.  However, a first for me was the story of the silver cup in New Zealand that was held as a hostage!!

The cup in question is the King Country Rugby Trophy which was won by Opus Taupo Sports who defeated Waitete to claim the prize in July this year.  In time-honoured rugby fashion, they said they had some ‘fun’ with the cup at their presentation event, only to realise a month later that it had gone missing.

They put out an appeal for help through their Facebook page and then soon received a new friend request from ‘KC Trophy’ with the following picture as the profile pic and the caption ‘I have been taken hostage, await further instructions for my safe return’!!

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The King Country Trophy is taken hostage by pranksters!!

Then followed a series of clues to the club, including ‘Waitete’s colours are white and blue, they have no trophy but neither do you’.  The captors fun continued with a picture of the trophy with some jump leads attached to it and the clue ‘I have left plenty of clues, but you don’t seem to be trying, we don’t want to see this trophy frying.  10,000 volts will be passing through, if you don’t do better with tomorrows clue’!!

The club still haven’t unraveled the mystery and no doubt the fun will continue for a little while yet.  This isn’t their only incident with this particular trophy, as they lost it in 2002 when it was snatched by streakers who ran off with it down the  main street!!  It was soon returned on that occasion and will presumably find its way home this time too!

 

Stylish New Trophies Launched for European Rugby

European Professional Club Rugby have launched two new European Club Competitions for 2014-15 and with it have created two beautiful new trophies.

The European Rugby Champions Cup will take over from the Heinieken Cup, which ran from 1995 and saw seven French winners, six English and six Irish, the most successful club in that time was Toulouse.  20 teams will compete in the new European Rugby Champions Cup and the Final will take place at Twickenham in May 2015.

The trophy itself was created by famous London silversmiths Thomas Lyte.  The silver cup is a unique five handle design, made from Sterling Silver and 18 carat gold.  It is 70cm high and weighs 13.5kg.  The star trophy has a gold star, representing Europe, at the centre of the design.  It also incorporates a coronet effect to reflect the ‘Kings’ of Europe.

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The new European Professional Club Rugby Trophies

The European Rugby Challenge Cup has been created as a second tier competition, similar to the Europa League in football.  It will also be competed for by 20 teams, being primarily the mid placed teams in the top European divisions, but also the Champions from some Second Divisions, which is quite a nice touch to recognise the emerging clubs. The Final of the inaugural competition will also take place at Twickenham, the day before the Champions Cup Final.

This trophy is 60cm high and weighs 10kg.  It has a Sterling Silver rugby ball held by silver rods topped with the stars of Europe.  It’s a striking design but at Challenge Trophies we feel that it’s too close in design to American Footballs prestigious Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Nevertheless, we feel these two trophies will become the iconic rugby trophies across Europe and maybe the world.  Recent history has shown us that new trophy design has overshadowed heritage.  Think of the iconic English Premier League Trophy compared  to its predecessor the Football League Trophy.  These two new trophies will soon cement their place in the minds of sports fans.