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José Nasazzi is regarded by many as Uruguay’s greatest ever football player. He was known as "El Gran Mariscal" (The Great Marshal) and had won the gold medal at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games, as well as the South American Championship in 1923, 1924 and 1926. On individual level, he was selected as best player at FIFA World Cup 1930 and twice (1923 & 1935) at South American Championship (the predecessor of Copa America).

In the 1928 Olympics, both Uruguay and Argentina made smooth runs to the finals, where they met in a rematch of the 1924 Olympics. Both nations had been undefeated in competitive matches against other nations but had traded losses to each other since the last Olympic competition. The interest, understandably, was immense. The Dutch had received 250,000 requests for tickets from all over Europe.

Once again, there was little in it; the first game finished 1-1. The tie went to a replay. Uruguay's Scarone converted the winner in the second half of that game and gave the Uruguay team lead by Nasazzi its second straight Olympic Gold medal. It seemed only fair and fitting that on May 18, 1929, the Barcelona congress voted that Uruguay be the first nation to host a World Cup.

Presented is a monumental 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games trophy that stands over 1 foot tall that was awarded to the Uruguayan Captain José Nasazzi for the world football championship. Modeled as a handled urn with profuse decoration in raised relief, one panel with a rugby match action scene inscribed with the Olympic Rims, the other panel with a soccer match action scene inscribed IXe OLYMPIADE AMSTERDAM 1928, sides with lion heads in raised relief. This was presented to the team captain Jose Nasazzi as his name is inscribed to base of the trophy along the word VOETBAL which is Dutch for football. The trophy stands tall on a green marble base and is a vintage relic to behold. The award comes with a letter of provenance attesting that the item comes from the collection of Rony Almeida.

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Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $6,600.00
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
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