The award, sponsored by the FIGC and Gazzetta dello Sport, goes to the Dutchman who directed the European final
Last 11 July there was an extra smile, after the grueling extra time and penalties at Wembley for the final of the European Championship that saw Roberto Mancini’s blues triumph. And it was that of the referee, the Dutch Bjorn Kuipers, author of a good direction in one of the most delicate matches of his international career. In addition to collecting the honors of colleagues and critics, he receives a new recognition of prestige. This is the Campanati prize, sponsored by Figc e Gazzetta dello Sport, who chooses the best whistles of a World or European Championship and who has identified him as the number one of Euro 2020.
To crown Bjorn Kuipers the best whistleblower of the tournament was the vote of the jury composed – as well as by the president of the Association, Giorgio Campanati, son of the “presidentissimo” Giulio Campanati, who passed away in 2011 – by the federal president, Gabriele Gravina, by the number one of the ‘Aia, Alfredo Trentalange, by the former president Aia, Cesare Gussoni, by the president of Ussi Gianfranco Coppola as well as by the directors of the main Italian sports media, including the director of the Gazzetta, Stefano Barigelli, together with the Italian referees designated in the past for finals of a World Cup or a European Championship: therefore Roberto Rosetti, Pierluigi Collina and Nicola Rizzoli also voted.
The former designator Rizzoli is particularly linked to the award, who received it twice, in 2014 and 2016, in the aftermath of his leadership in Brazil 2014 and those of the French European Championship. Today, after the Argentine Nestor Pitana won in 2018, Campanati remains in foreign hands.
This is the fourth edition of the award, historically named after the famous referee, Giulio Campanati, then president of the association that gathers Italian whistles for 18 years, as well as covering the role of Uefa designator from 1968 to 1982. The Amici di Giulio Association Campanati, organizer of the event, hopes to confirm the Meazza stadium as the venue for awarding the prize on the occasion, in the autumn, of the first useful match in Milan for Roberto Mancini’s national team. “I personally contacted the referee Kuipers – says Giorgio Campanati – he, son and grandson of art, said he was very happy with the recognition and assured me that he will be present at the award ceremony. As far as we are concerned, I am happy because it is the confirmation of the international dimension of our award, after having reached Argentina with the last edition, something that can only make us very happy “.
July 24 – 00:44
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