Here at Spike’s Trophies, we know there’s nothing like the thrill of a player speeding down the pitch, exhibiting exquisite touch on the ball as he moves around defenders on a breakaway. Nothing quite like the roar of the crowd when a crossing pass is met with a goal-scoring shot. In case you haven’t heard, it’s championship season in soccer and this year, tens of millions of fans will be watching their team compete for gold.
Known colloquially as The Euros, The Union of European Football Association Championship is the one of the largest international soccer championships, second only to the FIFA World Cup (two years away). 55 teams compete to qualify for the 24-team tournament. The teams face off throughout June and early July.
The UEFA Euro Championship started in 1960 and have been held every four years since then. In 1927, the French Football Federation secretary, Henri Delaunay proposed the concept of a Europe-wide soccer competition where each nation’s best players would compete for their home team. In 1955 Henri Delaunay passed before seeing his dream come true, but in 1960 The Soviet Union won his memorial trophy in the first championship.
The Henri Delaunay Trophy was created by Henri’s son, Pierre two years before the first official tournament. The trophy was redesigned after almost 50 years for the 2008 tournament. The current iteration is made entirely of sterling silver, it weighs 18 lbs and stands 24 inches tall. The trophy is fashioned in a Greco-Roman style similar to a vase and has two braided handles on the side. The winner of the championship holds the trophy for four years until the next tournament and has their country’s name engraved on the back. The first, second and third place winners of the tournament also receive gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.
This summer, 24 European national soccer teams will compete to be crowned the greatest. The final game of the tournament will take place Sunday, July 10th.
At Spike’s Trophies, we love watching a good tournament. If you’ve got a championship coming up, consider taking a look at our crystal awards in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware; While you’re there, take a look at some of our customizable items like personalized name badges or spirit wear.