Giorgio Chiellini, defender of Italy, confirmed to have shouted “Kiricocho” when Bukayo Saka shot on goal, stopped by Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Euro final between Italy and England (1-1, 3 tab 2).
The “Kiricocho” wrote a new page of his legend, Sunday in the Euro final between Italy and England (1-1, 3 tab 2). From the central circle, Giorgio Chiellini, captain of Italy, launched this cry at the moment of the momentum of Bukayo Saka, the last English penalty taker. The 19-year-old striker saw his attempt rejected by Gianluigi Donnarumma and Italy claimed the second European championship title in its history. At the time of the coronation festivities, Chiellini confirmed to have pronounced this famous formula which brings bad luck to ESPN.
It had already been used in the Champions League this year during the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League between Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla FC (2-2). Andalusian goalkeeper Yassine Bounou shouted this word in the direction of Erling Haaland before stopping the penalty from the Norwegian striker. The latter had, in turn, launched the formula in a very hazardous way when once again taking the penalty at the request of the referee. This time he had scored. “I have no idea what I said, I shouted the same thing as the goalkeeper,” he had amused at the end of the match.
The expression “Kiricocho” is rather famous in South America and Spain. It dates from the assumption of office of Carlos Bilardo on the bench of Estudiantes in Argentina in 1982. At that time, one of the supporters of the club named… Kiricocho is bad luck. Every time he attends training, a player is injured. Instead of dismissing him, Bilardo finds the solution: he offers to welcome his team’s opponents before each match. Result: the Estudiantes will be crowned champion by losing only one match, against Boca Juniors, the only team that Kiricocho could not approach. Superstition was born and exported to Europe.
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It even crosses generations. Joan Capdevilla, former defender of Spain, had said he shouted the word in the final of the 2010 World Cup when Arjen Robben struck, finally rejected by Iker Casillas. “I only used it once during Iker’s famous save against Robben, he told Movistar +. Desperately, the first thing that crossed my mind was the word ‘Kiricocho’. . I used it once and it worked great for me. I didn’t use it after. ” Chiellini took it out of the drawer and Italy is European champion.