The countdown to the UEFA Europa League Final is well and truly underway with just three weeks to go until Dublin hosts the historic final on May 18.
From April 20 to May 18 2011, the UEFA Europa League trophy will be on display at various locations and events around Dublin. The presentations are free of charge and open to the public, meaning that football fans, locals and tourists will all have a chance to get a close-up of the trophy.
The Europa League final is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the City of Dublin which will deliver a substantial economic benefit to the country and will be seen worldwide by a live TV audience of 40 million people.
Stops on the Trophy Tour:
Airport Terminal - 2 April 20 -25
General Post Office - April 26 - 28
Dublin City Council Civic Offices - April 29
Dublin City Hall - April 30
Dublin City Hall - May 7
Ilac City Library - May 9 - 15
Dublin City Hall - May 16
UEFA Europa League Trophy - Interesting Facts
When the winning captain steps up to lift the trophy in Dublin on 18 May, they will have to find a few last scraps of energy as the UEFA Europa League Trophy is the heaviest of all UEFA silverware. Tipping the scales at 15kg, it is 65cm high, 33cm wide and 23cm deep.
The trophy, a silver cup on a yellow marble plinth, was designed and crafted by the Bertoni workshop in Milan. Unlike the other cups handed out at European club competitions, the trophy has no handles. Just above the plinth, a group of players seem to be jostling for the ball, when, in fact, they are supporting the octagonal 'cup' which is emblazoned with the UEFA emblem.
Any club which wins the trophy three consecutive times or five times in total receives a special mark of recognition, with the club then starting a new cycle from zero. This has never happened.
In fact, sustained success has been so elusive that only four captains have managed to lift the prize more than once - most recently, Sevilla FC skipper Javi Navarro as the Andalusians triumphed for a second successive season in Glasgow in 2007.
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