The Europa League trophy won last season by Manchester United had been stolen, but recovered in Mexico. According to Associated Press, authorities in Mexico revealed that the Europa League trophy was recovered after it was stolen in the central city of Leon.
Sports Village Square recalls that that was the third time a major a major trophy was stolen. The first being the old World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Cup that was stolen in London on March 22, just before the 1966 World Cup while on display.
It was later recovered by a dog called Pickles five days later. When the trophy was won for keeps by Brazil in 1970, it was stolen again in 1983 and was never recovered.
But as for the Europa Cup trophy, the Guanajuato state prosecutor’s office in Mexico wrote via Twitter that the trophy was reported stolen from a vehicle that was transporting it after an unspecified event in the city.
The office posted a photo of the silver cup nestled in a cloth-lined case.
It did not immediately provide more details on Friday.
The Europa League, Europe’s second-tier club championship, is currently at the semi-final stage, featuring Arsenal-Atletico Madrid, and Marseille-Salzburg.