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UEFA.com's stars of the 7th UEFA Regions' Cup

Published: Wednesday 29 June 2011, 9.18CET
After the 7th UEFA Regions' Cup unleashed some extraordinary unheralded talents onto the continental stage, UEFA.com picks out ten men who stood out in Portugal.

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Published: Wednesday 29 June 2011, 9.18CET

UEFA.com's stars of the 7th UEFA Regions' Cup

After the 7th UEFA Regions' Cup unleashed some extraordinary unheralded talents onto the continental stage, UEFA.com picks out ten men who stood out in Portugal.

After his side won the UEFA Regions' Cup, Braga coach Dito said: "There is tons of quality in the lower divisions where these guys play and the people in charge of bigger clubs should really take the time to find out just how good they are." These ten players would top UEFA.com's list when it comes to the greatest talents to play for love, not money, at the 2010/11 finals in Portugal.

Julian Hauser (Württembergischer FV)
A business studies student who could certainly do the business between the posts, the tall Württemberg goalkeeper showed his class with a penalty save in his side's opening game. Also exhibited the best haircut at the UEFA Regions' Cup finals.

Halim Dönmez (Ankara)
The nasty side of the Ankara captain's game was exposed when he was dismissed in their final match of the tournament, but − as is fitting of a minor star of a Turkish detective series − the camera loved him.

Zdeněk Matějka (Zlín Region)
A marauding right-back who looked to get forward at every opportunity, he was always available for his team-mates and shone as the Czech outfit overcame a rough start to claim bronze medals.

James Walsh (Leinster & Munster)
A giant in UEFA Regions' Cup history, the central defender-cum-IT consultant has made a record 23 appearances in the competition, and was the spiritual heart of a never-say-die Leinster & Munster campaign.

Hugo Veiga (Braga)
Studying sports psychology in tandem with playing amateur football, Hugo Veiga is an authoritative defensive midfielder playing well below his level in the Portuguese lower tiers.

Olexandr Babor (Yednyst Plysky)
Team-mate Maksym Leheda caught the eye for his nimble play up front, but in terms of final product, Babor was the Ukrainian side's star. His two goals were testament to that, but he was a provider too.

Ray Whelehan (Leinster & Munster)
When midfielder Whelehan sparkled, opposition defences cowered; the Irish side's play flowed through the electrician. A powerful runner with a lightning-bolt shot, it remains a minor miracle that he has never played professionally.

Jovan Blagojević (Belgrade)
Outstandingly skilful and creative, the foxy midfielder emerged as one of the tournament's first stars as he masterminded his side's 3-2 opening win against South Region Russia.

Aleksandr Ushakov (South Region Russia)
Described by Leinster & Munster coach Gerry Smith as "like Andrei Arshavin", Ushakov had a fine array of tricks but shone brightest when scoring a direct free-kick against the Irish side; a strong contender for goal of the tournament.

Pedro Nobre (Braga)
Close control was one of the hallmarks of the Braga team, and winger Pedro Nobre's desire to take on men underpinned his side's final victory; he scored the opener in the Barcelos showpiece having seen another shot smack the crossbar before the break.

Selected by the UEFA.com reporting team in Ofir

Last updated: 07/12/13 3.00CET

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