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Jorginho completes historic European cup double

From Champion of Europe to European Champion, Jorginho — who has gone 34 unbeaten with Italy now — has written his title into European soccer’s historical past books as solely the tenth participant to finish the European cup Double: i.e. to win each the Champions League (née European Cup) together with his membership and the European Soccer Championship together with his nation in the identical 12 months.

And no, in response to UEFA’s standards, Emerson didn’t turn out to be the eleventh participant to take action as a result of he didn’t truly play within the Champions League ultimate. He was on the bench, however was not one of many three substitutes utilized by Chelsea that night time. Emerson’s unlikely to care about this; it’s all a bit arbitrary in the long run.

By the way, Jorginho’s not the primary or the second Chelsea participant to perform this feat, which is fairly spectacular contemplating that we’ve solely received the Champions League twice (to this point). Again in 2012, each Fernando Torres and Juan Mata got here off the bench to play (and rating!) within the Euro 2012 ultimate, which Spain received handily, 4-0 — in opposition to Italy!

Not a nasty omen for whoever’s on the group the following time we win the Champions League in a Euro 12 months!

As per UEFA, the ten gamers who can declare this double are:

1964: Luis Suárez (Internazionale Milano & Spain)
1988: Hans van Breukelen, Ronald Koeman, Berry van Aerle, Gerald Vanenburg (PSV Eindhoven & Netherlands)
2012: Fernando Torres, Juan Mata (Chelsea & Spain)
2016: Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe (Actual Madrid & Portugal)
2020: Jorginho (Chelsea and Italy)

Hopefully Jorginho’s mid-match knee damage received’t prove to have any adverse results in addition to making him miss his penalty within the shootout.

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