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Did you also frown yesterday when UEFA put Romelu Lukaku and not Kevin De Bruyne forward as man of the match in Denmark – Belgium (1-2)? You and I cannot vote for that, that is the work of a jury of experts.

How is the Man of the Match chosen at the European Championship?

Simple: by a pool of experts, composed by the European Football Association. It mainly consists of coaches and former football players. A compatriot is not among them.

The UEFA panel:

  • Packie Bonner: former goalkeeper of Ireland
  • Esteban Cambiasso: ex-Argentine international
  • Fabio Capello: Former England and Russia coach from Italy
  • Cosmin Contra: ex-international from Romania
  • Corinne Diacre: French women’s national team coach
  • Jean-François Domergue: former defender from France
  • Dusan Fitzel: former midfielder from the Czech Republic
  • Steffen Freund: German international in the 90s
  • Frans Hoek: ex-goalkeeper from the Netherlands
  • Aitor Karanka: former defender of Bilbao and Real Madrid
  • Robbie Keane: Former Irish International
  • Gines Melendez: ex-footballer and youth coach from Spain
  • David Moyes: coach of West Ham United from Scotland
  • Mixu Paatelainen: former Finnish international
  • Peter Rudbaek: coach from Denmark
  • Willi Ruttensteiner: Israel national coach

Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne both earn good grades, but the latter’s substitute made the difference in Copenhagen. He also showed that with an assist and a goal.

Still, the prize went to Lukaku. Certainly not undeserved, but he would undoubtedly be happy to share it with De Bruyne.

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