‘Kiricocho!’ – Chiellini confirms he ‘cursed’ Saka before decisive penalty miss in Euro 2020 final

The Italy defender shouted the phrase simply earlier than the England teenager noticed his spot kick saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma

Italy star Giorgio Chiellini has admitted he put a “curse” on Bukayo Saka earlier than the England teenager’s decisive penalty miss in Sunday’s Euro 2020 ultimate. 

Saka noticed his spot kick saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, handing Italy the European title after the 2 groups drew 1-1 over 120 minutes. 

Simply earlier than Saka took the kick, Chiellini screamed “Kiricocho!” – a phrase that is been utilized by footballers for many years to impart dangerous luck on the opposition.

What was mentioned?

Responding to a query from ESPN, Chiellini responded in Italian: “Hey Christian, I verify every thing! Kiricocho!”

A video from UEFA additionally clearly reveals the veteran defender shouting the phrase simply previous to Donnarumma’s title-winning save on Saka.

What’s the Kiricocho curse?

Juan Carlos ‘Kiricocho’, or Quiricocho in response to some variations of the story, was a hardcore supporter of Argentinian membership Estudiantes de la Plata throughout the 1980s.

The fan even attended a number of the membership’s coaching periods, however Estudiantes head coach Carlos Bilardo started to note that his gamers mysteriously appeared to get injured at any time when Kiricocho was current.

Bilardo, because the legend goes, instructed Kiricocho to attend coaching periods of Estudiantes’ rivals, hoping to utilise his powers to assist, moderately than damage his facet. 

“Kiricocho was a child from La Plata who was all the time with us, and since that yr we have been champions [in 1982], we adopted him as our mascot,” Bilardo as soon as remarked.

“He was a superb child however then I did not see him once more. The final time I used to be teaching Estudiantes [in 2003-04] I requested after him and no one knew something.”

The legend of Kiricocho has since unfold all through the footballing world, with gamers now routinely utilizing the phrase after they wish to put a curse on their opponents.

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