June 2018: FIFA World Cup
On 14th June, the FIFA World Cup will begin. 32 teams from around the world will compete in 64 matches in 12 different stadiums. Raw materials will play a critical – although often overlooked – role in this international tournament.
In addition to the materials needed for the manufacturing processes of footballs themselves and items such as boots and shin guards, goal posts are made from steel or aluminium. The stadiums themselves that house the matches require massive amounts of metals. At the end of the World Cup, one team will win a trophy made of solid 18-carat gold and set in a base made of two layers of malachite. The current trophy was designed by Italian artist, Silvio Gazzaniga.
And of course, fans would not be able to watch the matches and cheer for their teams from home without modern technology such as televisions. TVs contain a number of raw materials including copper, nickel, tin, zinc, gold, chromium and silicon. Football is the world’s most popular sport, and previous World Cups have drawnover 3 billion viewers. It is the most-watched live event in the world.