For all those who will never reach the upper echelons of football stardom, Bat Trang pottery village just outside of Hanoi has begun mass-producing replicas of the World Cup trophy. At just VND70,000 apiece, local potter Vuong Hong Nhat has been inundated with orders for the gold-painted reproductions. The idea began during the last World Cup, when Nhat gave the replicas as gifts to friends and family and has snowballed into a massive effort in which all of his family members have joined together to help complete orders on time. “We only sleep a couple of hours a day to meet deadlines,” says Nhat. “We are exhausted, but it is fun doing so.”

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