World Cup trophy for all football fans

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At VND70,000, or less than US$3.3, apiece, plaster replicas of the FIFA World Cup trophy being produced in Bat Trang are selling like hot cakes as the world’s biggest football tournament nears, zing.vn reported.
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Vuong Hong Nhat and his wife Nguyen Thi Nga have been working around the clock these days at their 50-square-meter workshop in Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District, to churn out imitation trophies.
A football fan, Nhat said he first thought about making a mock World Cup trophy four years ago during the tournament  in South Africa. At the time, he'd already made some as gifts for his friends and family.
As the tournament is organized this year in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, Nhat decided to produce the replicas for sale, but insisted that he mainly wanted to feed his passion for the sport.
In order to make the imitation at nearly full-scaled size, Nhat and his wife did a lot of researches.
The fake trophy is made in a plaster mold and dried in an oven for half an hour. Once the drying process finishes, it is ready for decoration.
Nhat sprays gold glitter and glossy paint on his trophies.
Le Quang Trung, a customer, says that although many details of Nhat’s product remain unsophisticated, it basically satisfies a football fan's desire to have a World Cup trophy at home. “At VND70,000, it is a good buy,” Trung said.
The FIFA World Cup trophy is 36.5 centimeters high and made from five kilograms of 18-carat gold. Meanwhile, Nhat’s mock-up has a similar height, but weighs much less. However, it still has the typical details of the authentic model: the image of two footballers lifting up a globe, and text wrapped around the base.
Nhat says that, at first, he just wanted to do something involving his favorite sport but later he expanded production due to increased demand. At Bat Trang, some other ceramic makers have followed Nhat’s suit to produce the fake trophies.
Nhat said he's sold 500 trophies so far and he plans to hire help to increase his output.
Nga, Nhat’s wife, packs her husband's products. She personally sold dozens of trophies to customers on Tuesday morning alone.

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