CONMEBOL unveiled a special trophy for the 2016 Copa America to celebrate the tournament’s 100th anniversary.
The centennial trophy is similar in shape to the traditional version. However, the commemorative one stands on a metal base covered in 24-karat gold and has the logo of the tournament and a map of South America engraved on it.
It took 89 days to design and 98 days to assemble.
We are very happy because for us it is a historic date to seal the start of possibly the next 100 years, surely the next 100 years, of the Copa America
CONMEBOL to unveil special Centenario trophy tonight. Read more on the 2 ft gold trophy. https://t.co/EDle2gP6hQ pic.twitter.com/9XQVsGfkvk— World Soccer Shop (@worldsoccershop) April 28, 2016
President of the Colombian Football Federation, Ramon Jesurum, said the presentation opened a new era for the Copa America.
“We are very happy because for us it is a historic date to seal the start of possibly the next 100 years, surely the next 100 years, of the Copa America,” he said.
“Today we launch new conquests of new worlds for football through the seduction of our quality and art – as our South American teams will do in the Centennial Copa America, United States 2016 and in any future competition,” CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez added.
The Cup will be given to the winner of the Copa America which will be held in the United States from June 3 to June 26.
The winning team will be able to display the trophy permanently, given that this is a special, one-time Copa América.
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