The interpreters’ service wins the Schuman Trophy.
The Schuman Trophy – a football tournament between European Commission departments – culminated on Sunday (15 May) in a grudge match between the interpreters’ service (SCIC) and the payments office (PMO). There is history between these teams: SCIC had beaten the PMO in the 2009 final but last year the PMO beat SCIC in the semi-finals, before losing to the research department in the final.
This year, SCIC triumphed again, thanks to a goal from Jo Heyvaert early in the first half. The winning captain, Francesco Palumbo, acknowledged that the match “wasn’t pretty”. There was, he said, “no love lost” between the two teams.
A subsidiary tournament – between EU institutions, with a few outsiders including a team from the United Nations – saw a narrow victory for the Council of Ministers, winning for the fourth straight year. A goal from Antony Di Marzio was enough to win against a team of EU interns.
The Schuman Trophy raises money for charities in Europe and in developing countries and is expected to bring in around €50,000.