Spain’s Iker Casillas had the honour of becoming the first captain to lift the new version of the Henri Delaunay Trophy in June 2008 for winning the UEFA European Championship.
The second version of the trophy is based on the original designed by arthus-Bertrand in 1960 and named after Henri Delaunay, former president of the French Football Federation (FFF) and first secretary general of UEFA, the creation of the body June 15, 1954 to November 9, 1955.
It measures 18 cm and weighs 2 kg more than the original, composed of fine silver, and retains its historical name. The trophy has been reincarnated to reflect the scale and scope of Europe’s most prestigious international tournament.
Pierre Delaunay, son of Henri, the visionary behind the competition, was responsible for the creation of the original trophy. Henri Delaunay died in 1955 before his idea came true, but the prize is a testament to his lasting heritage, retaining his classic style.
The original and the new version have some small differences. For example, the silver base has been expanded to make the trophy more stable. In addition, the names of the winners that appeared on the base are now engraved on the back of the trophy, which weighs 8 kg and is 60 cm high.
Unlike the original, which was the work of goldsmith Chobillon before being bought by Arthus-Bertrand in Paris, the manufacture of its modern equivalent is handed over to Asprey London.
Asprey, a renowned goldsmith and jeweler, has a great deal of experience in trophy-making, dating back to the America’s Cup, which his subsidiary Garrard founded in 1848. UEFA wanted to strengthen the quality but also the size of the trophy so that it becomes one of the main points of interest of the tournament. The organizers felt that the original was too small.