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Chiellini’s Claims He Put ‘Kiricocho’ Curse on Bukayo Saka Before Euro 2020 Final Penalty

Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini has claimed that he put the ‘Kiricocho’ curse on England’s Bukayo Saka, who missed the final penalty within the Euro 2020 last shootout on the Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Saka’s spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, handing Italy the Euro 2020 title 3-2 on penalties after the 2 groups had been stage on 1-1 in 120 minutes. Just earlier than Saka took the kick, Chiellini screamed “Kiricocho” — a phrase that has been utilized by footballers for many years to inflict unhealthy luck on the opposition.

Responding to a query from ESPN Argentina, Chiellini responded in Italian: “Hello Christian, I verify all the pieces! Kiricocho!”.

There was a video uploaded by UEFA on its Twitter deal with the place Chiellini was noticed mouthing one thing as Saka started his run-up. The phrases have now been recognized as ‘Kiricocho’.

The origins of the curse are very attention-grabbing. Juan Carlos ‘Kiricocho’, or Quiricocho, in keeping with some variations of the story, was a die-hard supporter of Argentinian membership Estudiantes de la Plata within the 1980s.

The fan used to attend a number of the membership’s coaching periods. One nice day, Estudiantes head coach Carlos Bilardo started to note that his gamers bizarrely obtained injured at any time when Kiricocho was current.

Bilardo, because the narrative goes, informed Kiricocho to attend coaching periods of the opponents of the Estudiantes, hoping to utilise his jinxing powers to harm the opposition.

“Kiricocho was a child from La Plata who was all the time with us, and since that 12 months we had been champions (in 1982), we adopted him as our mascot,” Bilardo as soon as mentioned.

The legend of Kiricocho has since expanded, particularly within the Spanish-speaking world. The gamers now utter the phrase at any time when they want to put a curse on an opposition participant.

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