Defenders

The defenders nominated for the UEFA.com Users' Team of the Year 2012 are assessed by some of football’s top players and coaches.

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    • See Xavi's Champions League story

      See Xavi's Champions League story

      With Xavi breaking the record for group stage to final appearances in the UEFA Champions League, watch five of his best moments in the competition.
    • Watch ten great Ronaldo goals

      Watch ten great Ronaldo goals

    • See Champions League hat-tricks

      See Champions League hat-tricks

      Watch five of the best hat-tricks scored in the UEFA Champions League, including efforts by Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
    • The making of Lionel Messi

      The making of Lionel Messi

      We travel to Rosario in Argentina where one of the world's most famous players, Lionel Messi, started out and hear how he stunned his coaches with his skills from an early age.
    • Recall Mourinho Porto triumph

      Recall Mourinho Porto triumph

      Watch the highlights of FC Porto's 2004 UEFA Champions League final victory against AS Monaco as José Mourinho's side made it back-to-back European trophies.
    • How Barcelona ended 14-year wait

      How Barcelona ended 14-year wait

      Watch highlights as goals from Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti helped FC Barcelona become champions of Europe for the first time in 14 years in 2006 against Arsenal FC.
     
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        Watch Zenit - Monaco highlights

        See the best of the action from the Group C match at Stadion Petrovski as both sides came away with a point after a 0-0 draw.
        02/10/20140:36
      • See Turan winner for Atlético

        See Turan winner for Atlético

        Watch Arda Turan's late winner as last season's runners-up overcame Juventus 1-0 at the Estadio Vicente Calderón.
        02/10/20140:36
      • Watch Madrid comeback win

        Watch Madrid comeback win

        See the goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema that helped Real Madrid CF come back from behind to defeat PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.
        02/10/20140:36
      • See how Basel stunned Liverpool

        See how Basel stunned Liverpool

        Watch the goal by Marco Streller than earned FC Basel 1893 a 1-0 win against Liverpool FC.
        02/10/20140:36
      • Highlights: Leverkusen 3-1 Benfica

        Highlights: Leverkusen 3-1 Benfica

        Watch the goals from the BayArena as Bayer 04 Leverkusen took three impressive points against SL Benfica in Group C.
        02/10/20140:36
      • See Rosenberg goals for Malmö

        See Rosenberg goals for Malmö

        Watch the goals by Markus Rosenberg hat gave Malmö FF their first points in Group A as they overcame Olympiacos FC.
        02/10/20140:36
      • Watch Welbeck hat-trick

        Watch Welbeck hat-trick

        See Danny Welbeck's first senior hat-trick as he helped Arsenal FC to an emphatic win against Galatasaray AŞ.
        01/10/20140:36
      • Watch Dortmund victory

        Watch Dortmund victory

        See the goals that earned Borussia Dortmund a 3-0 success against RSC Anderlecht in Group D.
        01/10/20140:36
      • Moutinho content with Monaco point

        Moutinho content with Monaco point

        AS Monaco FC’s João Moutinho told UEFA.com that he thought a draw was a “fair” result after his side’s encounter with FC Zenit ended 0-0.
        01/10/20141:11
      • Highlights: Great Totti goals

        Highlights: Great Totti goals

        AS Roma’s Francesco Totti became the oldest scorer in UEFA Champions League history this week and to celebrate his achievement, here are five of his best goals in the competition.
        01/10/20141:41
      • Press conference: Basel v Liverpool

        Press conference: Basel v Liverpool

        Hear from the coaches before FC Basel 1893 v Liverpool FC as Paulo Sousa and Brendan Rodgers speak to the media.
        01/10/20142:51
      • Arsenal press conference

        Arsenal press conference

        Arsène Wenger and Kieran Gibbs speak to the media at Arsenal FC's pre-match press conference before the club's meeting with Galatasaray AŞ.
        01/10/20143:43
      • Totti hails ‘historic’ goal

        Totti hails ‘historic’ goal

        Francesco Totti spoke to UEFA.com after becoming the oldest player to score in the UEFA Champions League.
        01/10/20141:42
      • Van der Wiel’s Paris joy

        Van der Wiel’s Paris joy

        Following their thrilling 3-2 victory against FC Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain’s Gregory van der Wiel said the result “was not a surprise”.
        01/10/20140:49
      • Pellegrini's City 'frustration'

        Pellegrini's City 'frustration'

        Manchester City FC manager Manuel Pellegrini spoke about a "frustrating" night for the club after their 1-1 draw against AS Roma.
        01/10/20140:37
      • Lopetegui pleased with Porto point

        Lopetegui pleased with Porto point

        FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui said he felt his side put up “a very good performance” after they salvaged a point in their 2-2 draw against FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
        01/10/20140:31
      • Manduca: APOEL could have won

        Manduca: APOEL could have won

        Man of the match as APOEL FC drew 1-1 with AFC Ajax, Gustavo Manduca, told UEFA.com “we felt we could have won the game".
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      • Huntelaar’s Schalke disappointment

        Huntelaar’s Schalke disappointment

        FC Schalke 04’s Klaas Jan Huntelaar said that his side “needed more confidence to win the game” after they could only manage a draw at home against NK Maribor.
        01/10/20140:43
      • Matić delight at Chelsea win

        Matić delight at Chelsea win

        Chelsea FC goalscorer Nemanja Matić told UEFA.com that “it is always difficult when you face Sporting” as his effort earned the English club three points in Portugal.
        01/10/20140:49
      • Robben: Bayern ‘deserved win’

        Robben: Bayern ‘deserved win’

        Following FC Bayern München’s 1-0 victory against PFC CSKA Moskva, Arjen Robben said that he felt his side “controlled the game” as they got what he called “a very important three points”.
        30/09/20140:34
      • See Xavi's Champions League story

        See Xavi's Champions League story

        With Xavi breaking the record for group stage to final appearances in the UEFA Champions League, watch five of his best moments in the competition.
        30/09/20142:12
      • Hear from Cole, Hart, Pellegrini

        Hear from Cole, Hart, Pellegrini

        See what Ashley Cole, Joe Hart and Manuel Pellegrini had to say ahead of tonight's UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and AS Roma.
        30/09/20144:46
      • Ludogorets 'excited' about Madrid clash

        Ludogorets 'excited' about Madrid clash

        The latest chapter in the fairytale story of PFC Ludogorets Razgrad in this season's UEFA Champions League sees the Bulgarian side host Real Madrid CF, a match that Wanderson and Svetoslav Dyakov are both eagerly anticipating.
        30/09/20143:24
      • See Champions League hat-tricks

        See Champions League hat-tricks

        Watch five of the best hat-tricks scored in the UEFA Champions League, including efforts by Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
        29/09/20142:01
      • Frank de Boer's Champions League journey

        Frank de Boer's Champions League journey

        UEFA.com looks back on AFC Ajax coach Frank de Boer's 20-year UEFA Champions League journey, taking in highlights of his debut, his first goal and his 1995 triumph.
        26/09/20144:32
      • Watch ten great Ronaldo goals

        Watch ten great Ronaldo goals

        Cristiano Ronaldo has scored many fabulous goals in the UEFA Champions League – see ten of the best here.
        24/09/20142:31
      • Pellegrini takes centre stage in Champions Matchday

        Pellegrini takes centre stage in Champions Matchday

        The matchday two edition of Champions Matchday, the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League, is on sale now.
        23/09/20140:43
      • Five great champions league volleys

        Five great champions league volleys

        From Jean-Pierre Papin to Roberto Carlos, watch five of the best volleys scored in the UEFA Champions League group stage down the years, as voted for by you.
        22/09/20141:43
      • See past Milan finals

        See past Milan finals

        Following the UEFA Executive Committee’s decision to award Milan the 2016 UEFA Champions League final, watch highlights of the three previous European Cup finals to have taken place in the Italian city.
        18/09/20141:49
      • Mourinho: We did all we could to win

        Mourinho: We did all we could to win

        Chelsea FC manager José Mourinho said that he side were “unlucky” not to get three points after they came away from their matchday one meeting with FC Schalke 04 with a 1-1 draw.
        18/09/20141:22
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