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Published: Thursday 6 January 2005, 10.44CET
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Published: Thursday 6 January 2005, 10.44CET

The Larsson lineup

FC Barcelona's Swedish international striker Henrik Larsson selects his Team of the Year for 2004.

FC Barcelona and Sweden striker Henrik Larsson selects his Team of the Year 2004. You can vote for the users' Team of the Year until Monday.

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus FC and Italy)

Any good team starts with the goalkeeper. Buffon has shown over the years what a great keeper he is. He commands his area and has great reactions. He has everything you want from a keeper.

Cafu (AC Milan and Brazil)

He has great tactical awareness and makes it really difficult for attackers to get any time on the ball. He also knows how to turn defence into attack and creates chances for the players ahead of him.

Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus FC and Italy)

He's a very determined player and you know he's made the decision that he's not going to let anything past. He works very hard and has been a massive contribution to Juve's defensive record.

Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona and Spain)

Having witnessed Puyol's qualities close up I have no hesitation naming him in my team. He's a very calm player who helps organise people around him and makes very few mistakes.

Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)

Maldini is simply one of the greats. Like Puyol he also has great composure and has the ability to both start and finish moves. A player you'd want in your side for the big matches.

Right midfield
Ludovic Giuly (FC Barcelona and France)

My Barça team-mate is a new arrival like me, but he quickly impressed everyone in the squad with his skill and speed. He has great movement and always manages to find space, often dragging defences out of shape and creating opportunities for his team-mates to exploit.

Central midfield
Patrick Vieira (Arsenal FC and France)

As good a team as Arsenal are, they always miss Vieira when he's out. He's one of those captains that leads by example. He is a good tackler, winning the ball in midfield and breaking up attacks early, and can pass the ball brilliantly.

Left midfield
Arjen Robben (Chelsea FC and Netherlands)

Since arriving at Chelsea, Robben has started to live up to all the potential people knew he had. He is a brilliantly skilful player who reacts quickly and looks dangerous for 90 minutes. Giovanni van Bronckhorst rates him as one of the best Dutch players he has played with and that's pretty high praise.

Attacking midfield
Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona and Brazil)

I'd rate Ronaldinho as one of the very best footballers in the world. Even watching him in training is a privilege. He can do things that other players simply dream of and he does them with complete confidence. He's scored some amazing goals and is simply fantastic to watch.

Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC and France)

He has great pace, balance and touch and the confidence to attempt outrageous things. He always gives his team-mates something to aim at and his footwork is a nightmare for defenders. He's simply a lovely player to watch and I'm sure a joy to play with.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Juventus FC and Sweden)

My Swedish team mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a great [UEFA] European Championship and was rewarded with a move to Juventus where he has simply got better. He has great anticipation, works hard for the players around him and will never let you down. I think he will develop into one of the truly great forwards.

Arsène Wenger (Arsenal FC)

He's obviously a coach that footballers respond to and respect and he rarely puts out a team that doesn't seem totally prepared and tactically just right.

Last updated: 06/01/05 19.41CET

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