The biggest prize on offer this year: the EURO trophy

The Henri Delaunay Cup, the UEFA EURO 2020 trophy, is the biggest prize on offer in 2020.

One lucky captain will enjoy a career-defining moment when they hoist aloft the Henri Delaunay Cup at Wembley on 12 July 2020.

Spain’s captain Iker Casillas had the pleasure of becoming the first to lift the trophy’s updated version in June 2008, with the new silverware a fitting replacement for the prize which had been synonymized with the UEFA European Championship.

The trophy’s second version is based on the original that was designed by the Arthus-Bertrand company in 1960. It is named after Henri Delaunay, who is former president of the French Football Federation and the first general secretary of UEFA, from its founding on 15 June 1954 to 9 November 1955.

It is 2kg heavier and 18cm higher than the original version, has retained its historical name, and was made of sterling silver. The trophy was reincarnated in order to reflect the size and scale of Europe’s most prestigious international tournament.

The responsibility for creating the original silverware went to Pierre Delaunay, son of Henri, the visionary behind the competition. Henri died in 1955 without having seen his idea come to fruition. However, the updated prize is testament to his legacy, maintaining its original style.

Minor differences between the updated and original versions include the silver base being enlarged in order to make it stable. Additional, the names of the winning countries having appeared on the plinth have been engraved on the back of the trophy. It weighs 8kg and is 60cm tall.

Unlike the original version, which was made by Chobillon goldsmith and was then bought by Arthus-Bertrand in Paris, the making of the modern one was entrusted to Asprey London.

Asprey, renowned silversmiths, jewellers and goldsmiths, have a long history of trophy-making stretching back to the America’s Cup, which their sister company Garrard produced in 1848. UEFA wanted to improve on the quality but also the scale of the trophy, in order to have a focal point for the event – it was felt the original trophy was too small to do this.