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When the World Cup trophy was stolen - and found by a dog named Pickles

By Theo Zenou

20 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Months before the World Cup in 1966, the tournament's trophy vanished. The Washington Post retells the story of the spectacular heist that remained a mystery for decades.

Not even the "Ocean's Eleven" crew could have pulled it off. The breathtaking heist went down on March 20, 1966, in London. The target was the World Cup.

England would be hosting the soccer tournament that summer. Despite being the birthplace of the beautiful game, the nation had never actually won the cup. Fifty-four-million English people hoped the losing streak would end on home soil. So four months before kickoff, amid a storm of hype, the World Cup trophy was put on display at Central Hall Westminster, an events venue in the heart of London, as the showpiece of a stamp exhibition.

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