Picture Post: All eyes on the prize - the season's silverware
Tuesday 20 May 2008
As another season draws to a close, European football's officiating bodies have been handing out the silver. While some trophies would make any glass cabinet proud, others are bizarre, even ugly. Take the disc-shaped objet raised by Lyon boss Jean-Michel Aulas. Was his team winner of France's Ligue 1 title? Or did he scoop regional bank manager of the year? On open-top buses right across Europe, the situation last weekend was almost as bad.
Spain's La Liga trophy appears to be crafted from silver-coloured plastic. The Uefa cup resembles a coal scuttle. And what to make of the anorexic "cup" that the Portuguese winners, Sporting Lisbon, may now call their own? By contrast, the FA Cup (held by Harry Redknapp) is of suitably stout design. But what it lacks in elegance, it more than makes up for in romance. Also traditional in style, Russia's top prize is an attractive cut-glass number, if funereal.
Whatever you think of the design of Italy's torch-like award, the players are likely to care infinitely more that next season they will get to wear "Scudetto" badges. That means they're the reigning champions.
There is one more cup – the biggest – yet to be awarded. All weekend, tourists in Red Square have been queuing up to snap the giant urn. At a British airport, meanwhile, Manchester United were loading a custom-made Champions League trophy flight case on to their plane, so confident are they of beating Chelsea to bring the cup home. For Sir Alex Ferguson, the mind games never end...
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news: Javier Hernandez close to exit as Atletico Madrid admit interested
Liverpool target Marco Reus rejects new Borussia Dortmund contract offer - reports
Manchester United transfer news: Mats Hummels, Thomas Vermaelen and Daley Blind on radar as Louis van Gaal reveals he still wants to sign defender
Scottie dogs in Commonwealth Games opening ceremony 'disrespectful to Muslims', say Malaysian politicians
Divock Origi joins Liverpool before immediately being loaned back to Lille
- 1 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 HSBC closes bank accounts belonging to Muslim clients in the UK
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us