The man who sees his team lift the Henri Delaunay Cup in Kyiv on 1 July can justifiably lay claim to being Europe's best coach. You can get a feel for what it is like to be in his shoes by selecting your own Carlsberg Team of the Tournament. Here are some of the leading contenders for a role in your XI of UEFA EURO 2012.
Czech Republic: Václav Pilař
The diminutive winger teamed up with former FC Viktoria Plzeň colleague Petr Jiráček to provide their country's four group stage goals. The 'Czech Messi' lived up to his nickname as he showed both pace and no mean amount of skill on the left wing, notably causing Poland's highly-rated right-back Łukasz Piszczek untold problems in their countries' decisive Group A encounter.
England: Joleon Lescott
After an impressive season at the heart of Manchester City FC's title-winning defence, Lescott has carried his good form into UEFA EURO 2012. The central defender opened the scoring for Roy Hodgson's men against France and formed an excellent partnership with John Terry to help England top Group D and set up a quarter-final tie with Italy.
France: Mathieu Debuchy
The marauding full-back has been in inspired form and was ever-present for France as they qualified for the quarter-finals as Group D runners-up. Solid in defence and a threat going forward as well, Debuchy caught the eye as the stand-out performer for Les Bleus.
Germany: Mario Gomez
A prolific scorer in the Bundesliga, the FC Bayern München man has reproduced his domestic form here. Handed the starting role up front against Portugal, Gomez responded with the winner before adding two more to help see off the Netherlands. Though he did not find the net against Denmark, his deft flick made Lukas Podolski's opening goal possible.
Greece: Kyriakos Papadopoulos
Thrown into the fervour of the tournament's opening match due to an injury to namesake Avraam, the 20-year-old was not overawed by the occasion. Strong, fast, and ever-committed, the FC Schalke 04 centre-back has epitomised his team's stoic defending with the collective meltdown of the opening six minutes against the Czechs the sole blot on his copybook.
Italy: Andrea Pirlo
Pirlo earned plaudits for his assist and goal in Italy's opening two games, and his partnership with Claudio Marchisio in midfield was the driving force behind the Azzurri's impressive displays. The 33-year-old's composure on the ball and his eye for a defence-splitting pass make him a joy to watch.
Portugal: João Moutinho
The FC Porto midfielder has always enjoyed a reputation for quality passing, and has only enhanced that in the group stage. A visionary reverse ball to Cristiano Ronaldo almost led to the opening goal against Germany before an even better pass for Nani allowed the Manchester United FC winger to tee up Ronaldo's winner against the Netherlands.
Spain: Andrés Iniesta
The FC Barcelona midfielder is a distance ahead of anyone else in red, having provided creativity and industry in abundance, including teeing up Jesús Navas for the nerve-soothing winner against Croatia. Add to that humility, pace, and leadership. What more do you want?
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