Huge reception for the FIFA World Cup trophy tour! Shortly after 10 a.m. today, the special World Cup aircraft with the FIFA livery landed in Tegel. On board: the World Cup trophy, the most coveted football trophy in the world. The airport fire service greeted the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 with water fountains. Numerous journalists, guests and plane spotters on the TXL visitors’ terrace bore witness to this spectacular event whilst enjoying the brilliant sunshine. Then it was goose bumps galore as the World Cup trophy was presented by Horst Eckel, Bernd Hölzenbein and Pierre Littbarski. The three world champions from 1954, 1974 and 1990 were honourable guests of Tegel Airport. The trophy and special aircraft are currently on a world tour: 267 days, 88 countries and millions of spectators will be getting ready over the next few weeks to tune in to the World Cup this summer. Just in time for the start of the World Cup, the twin-jet aircraft will be jetting off to Brazil with the trophy. The 6.2-kilo, 18-carat-gold trophy may only be handled by current or former World Cup champions and by the heads of government of World Cup nations. The trophy will be in Berlin up until 2 April. Before the aircraft travels on to Korea on Wednesday, a huge trophy party is being held tomorrow at Brandenburg Gate.
A world champion welcome to Berlin-Tegel Airport.The special World Cup aircraft with the FIFA livery after landing in TXL.Goose bumps galore: former World Champions Horst Eckel, Bernd Hölzenbein and Pierre Littbarski present the World Cup trophy.A heart for fans: the World Cup trophy surrounded by Germany fans.World Cup spectacle at TXL.The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 bears the World Cup trophy emblem on its tail.Global partnership – the essence of the FIFA World Cup trophy tour.The special World Cup aircraft surrounded by journalists.