The World Cup trophy continued it’s global tour this week.
With less than two months until show time football’s most coveted prize stopped off in the United States where Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden had the unveiling honour at a ceremony at the State Department in Washington.
Kerry was full of praise for this summer’s World Cup hosts Brazil who have won it a record five times.
He said: “Ambassador Vieira, thank you very much, sir, thank you for reminding us of the dominance of Brazil a few minutes ago. As if we needed to be reminded… We grew up with nothing but a healthy respect for the magic of the way you guys play.”
Former Stars and Stripes midfielder Cobi Jones was also at the ceremony and said he believes his nation is more than capable of causing an upset.
Jones said: “1994, no one thought the US would get through. 2002, no one thought the US would get through. And we all know, there is always surprises in the World Cup, anything can happen on any given day during the World Cup. And that’s what makes sport so great.”
When the trophy arrives in Brazil later this month it would have visited 88 countries and covered some 150,000 kilometers over nine months.
Having begun its journey in Rio de Janeiro on 12 September 2013 the trophy returns to Brazil on April 21.
Brazil kick-start the tournament and their campaign for a record-extending 6th title on June 12 against Croatia.