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UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2012

The UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2012 has been unveiled after a record 5.3m votes produced an XI with four players each from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF.

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UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2012

The UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2012 has been unveiled after a record 5.3m votes produced an XI with four players each from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF.

A record 5.3 million votes were cast in selecting the UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2012, a 20% increase on 12 months ago, and the end product is another XI packed predominantly with Spain-based talent.

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2012
Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF & Spain)
Defender: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid CF & Spain)
Defender: Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona & Spain)
Defender: Thiago Silva (AC Milan/Paris Saint-Germain FC)
Defender: Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München & Germany)
Midfielder: Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona & Spain)
Midfielder: Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona & Spain)
Midfielder: Andrea Pirlo (Juventus & Italy)
Midfielder: Mesut Özil (Real Madrid CF & Germany)
Forward: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF & Portugal)

Team of the Year 2012

For the third successive edition, eight Liga players feature in the Team of the Year, five of whom were involved in Spain's UEFA EURO 2012 triumph in Poland and Ukraine. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF provide four players apiece, with the Catalan side's contribution headed by Iniesta, who was chosen by almost three out of every four users who voted.

Club-mates Piqué, Xavi and Messi also make the cut, and Messi is joined in attack by Cristiano Ronaldo, making a record seventh appearance in a poll now in its 12th edition. For the first time users were invited to decide their favoured formation – they nominated 4-4-2, the system used as a default for the previous 11 Teams of the Year.

Ronaldo, like Casillas, is also in the XI for the sixth year running. Ramos returns for his second appearance, four years after his first, but for the fourth member of the Real Madrid contingent, Özil, this marks a debut. At 24, the German is the youngest member of the lineup; another player making his bow, 33-year-old Pirlo, is the oldest.

Philipp Lahm returns to the XI while a third newcomer, Thiago Silva, completes the list, narrowly edging out Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels for the final defensive berth. The PSG man is Ligue 1's first representative since 2007, and if for the first time there are no Premier League players, the Spanish Liga's dominance continues.

The 5.3 million votes were cast by nearly half a million users, both records, surpassing 2010 when 400,000 users made 5 million selections. Some 50,000 of this year's picks were made directly via the official UEFA Champions League Twitter page, an option available for the first time.

The next step will see one member of the team receive a €100,000 cheque from UEFA on behalf of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2011
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF & Spain); Daniel Alves (FC Barcelona), Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona & Spain), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), Marcelo (Real Madrid CF); Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München & Netherlands), Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona & Spain), Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona & Spain), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Wales); Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF & Portugal). Josep Guardiola (FC Barcelona)

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2010
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF & Spain); Maicon (FC Internazionale Milano), Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona & Spain), Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona & Spain), Ashley Cole (Chelsea FC & England); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF & Portugal), Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona & Spain), Wesley Sneijder (FC Internazionale Milano & Netherlands), Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona & Spain); Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), David Villa (Valencia CF/FC Barcelona & Spain). José Mourinho (FC Internazionale Milano/Real Madrid CF)

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2009
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF & Spain); Daniel Alves (FC Barcelona), John Terry (Chelsea FC & England), Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona & Spain), Patrice Evra (Manchester United FC & France); Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United FC/Real Madrid CF & Portugal), Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona & Spain), Kaká (AC Milan/Real Madrid CF), Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona & Spain); Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Zlatan Ibrahimović (FC Internazionale Milano/FC Barcelona & Sweden). Josep Guardiola (FC Barcelona)

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2008
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF & Spain); Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid CF & Spain), John Terry (Chelsea FC & England), Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona & Spain), Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München & Germany); Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United FC & Portugal), Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona & Spain), Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal FC & Spain), Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München & France); Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Liverpool FC & Spain). Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United FC)

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2007
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF & Spain); Daniel Alves (Sevilla FC), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan & Italy), John Terry (Chelsea FC & England), Eric Abidal (Olympique Lyonnais/FC Barcelona & France); Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United FC & Portugal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC & England), Kaká (AC Milan), Clarence Seedorf (AC Milan & Netherlands); Zlatan Ibrahimović (FC Internazionale Milano & Sweden), Didier Drogba (Chelsea FC). Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United FC)

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2006
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy); Gianluca Zambrotta (FC Barcelona & Italy), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid CF & Italy), Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona & Spain), Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München & Germany); Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC & England), Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal FC & Spain), Kaká (AC Milan), Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona); Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC & France), Samuel Eto'o (FC Barcelona). Frank Rijkaard (FC Barcelona)

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2005
Petr Čech (Chelsea FC & Czech Republic); Cafu (AC Milan), John Terry (Chelsea FC & England), Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona & Spain), Paolo Maldini (AC Milan); Luis García (Liverpool FC & Spain), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC & England), Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona), Pavel Nedvěd (Juventus & Czech Republic); Samuel Eto'o (FC Barcelona), Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan & Ukraine). José Mourinho (Chelsea FC)

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2004
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy); Cafu (AC Milan), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea FC & Portugal), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan & Italy), Ashley Cole (Arsenal FC & England); Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United FC & Portugal), Maniche (FC Porto & Portugal), Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona), Pavel Nedvěd (Juventus & Czech Republic); Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC & France), Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan & Ukraine). José Mourinho (Chelsea FC)

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2003
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy); Paulo Ferreira (FC Porto & Portugal), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan & Italy), Paolo Maldini (AC Milan), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid CF); Luís Figo (Real Madrid CF & Portugal), David Beckham (Real Madrid CF & England), Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid CF & France), Pavel Nedvěd (Juventus & Czech Republic); Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC & France), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United FC & Netherlands). José Mourinho (FC Porto)

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2002
Rüstu Reçber (Fenerbahçe SK & Turkey); Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona & Spain), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan & Italy), Cristian Chivu (AFC Ajax & Romania), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid CF); Clarence Seedorf (AC Milan & Netherlands), Michael Ballack (FC Bayern München & Germany), Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid CF & France), Damien Duff (Blackburn Rovers FC & Republic of Ireland); Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC & France), Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF). Senol Günes (Turkey)

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2001
Santiago Cañizares (Valencia CF & Spain), Cosmin Contra (Deportivo Alavés/AC Milan & Romania), Sami Hyypiä (Liverpool FC & Finland), Patrik Andersson (FC Bayern München/FC Barcelona & Sweden), Bixente Lizarazu (FC Bayern München & France); David Beckham (Manchester United FC & England), Patrick Vieira (Arsenal FC & France), Zinédine Zidane (Juventus/Real Madrid CF & France), Kily González (Valencia CF); Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC & France), David Trezeguet (Juventus & France). Gérard Houllier (Liverpool FC)

Last updated: 25/11/14 10.15CET

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