GDE BERTONI, WHERE THE W CUP TROPHY IS MADE
From carving to chiselling and hammering, this is the process that sees the world cup trophy take shape every four years
Italy have missed out on the 2018 World Cup the first time the former winners have missed out in 60 years.
However, in addition to a few referees, there will be another piece of Italy in Russia - the World Cup trophy itself.
In Paderno Dugnano, a little city close to Milan, there is a pink-walled factory. This, in such a lowkey area, is where the trophy is made.
The golden original, property of FIFA and rarely exhibited, was designed in 1970 by artist Silvio Gazzaniga, winning the international contest for the new World Cup trophy.
Every four years, a brass copy of the trophy is provided and handed to the football federation of the winning side. Daily Mail
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: The historic brass emblem of Paderno Dugnano-based company GDE Bertoni which was established in Milan by Eugenio Losa in 1938.
WORKPLACE: This is what the galvanic department looks like during the gilding bath.
TAKING SHAPE: Once out of the foundry, the brass body of the trophy has to be chiselled by die grinders to remove excess metal.
REFINING: The trophy then gets progressively refined by polishing.
CARE: The trophy then reaches the galvanic department where it gets the ultrasonic degreasing bath. This first bath is followed by rinsing.
PERFECTION: At the end of the gilding bath, the trophy is carefully washed in distilled water.
DONE: The World Cup trophy is now complete with its base of malachite green marble. It is then covered with Zapon varnish to ensure brilliance and preservation.