In 1966 the World Cup trophy was stolen and later found by a dog days before the tournament began.
The Jules Rimet trophy, which is made of solid gold and valued at 30,000 euro, was swiped while on display at Central Hall in Westminster, London. The trophy is named after a French lawyer who began the World Cup soccer tournament in 1929. The thieves also left behind postage stamps worth 3 million euro!
Several days after the theft, a dog named Pickles found the cup in south London while on a walk with his owner! England ended up winning the tournament and the recovered trophy, but in 1970 Brazil was permitted to keep the trophy forever after winning their third title. Thirteen years later, the cup was stolen again in Rio de Janeiro – it has never been recovered.