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.