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
- 1 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 2 Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
- 3 Sainsbury's '50p challenge' poster telling staff to encourage customers to spend more placed in shop window instead of staff room
- 4 Yes, the iPhone 6 is a miracle, but it's Apple's tax affairs that deserve a double take
- 5 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month