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All-Star Squad revealed

Published: Monday 5 July 2004, 14.35CET
Five Greek players and four Portuguese were included when the 23-man UEFA EURO 2004™ All-Star Squad was announced in Lisbon today.
 
Published: Monday 5 July 2004, 14.35CET

All-Star Squad revealed

Five Greek players and four Portuguese were included when the 23-man UEFA EURO 2004™ All-Star Squad was announced in Lisbon today.

An impressive list of talent has been chosen for the UEFA EURO 2004™ All-Star Squad, announced in Lisbon today by the UEFA technical study group led by UEFA's technical director Andy Roxburgh.

Predatory strikers
The 23-strong squad contains two goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders and seven attackers. The players selected by the technical study group form the pick of the defensive stalwarts, skilful midfield players and predatory strikers who have graced the final round over the past three weeks.

Reputation irrelevant
"The idea is to recognise the top performers that have graced the event," explained Roxburgh. "People who have shown leadership, brilliant attacking, good goalkeeping. It's been a difficult choice, but we finally came to a collective decision. The team is based on the tournament and not on reputation."

Ten nations
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is an abundance of Greek names in the squad, with the winners providing five players, one more than both Portugal and England. Three players from the Czech Republic are included along with two Swedes and one player each from previous winning nations Italy, Germany, France, Denmark and the Netherlands.

UEFA EURO 2004™ All-Star Squad:

Position Name Country
Goalkeeper Petr Cech Czech Republic
Goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis Greece
Defender Sol Campbell England
Defender Ashley Cole England
Defender Traianos Dellas Greece
Defender Olof Mellberg Sweden
Defender Ricardo Carvalho Portugal
Defender Giourkas Seitaridis Greece
Defender Gianluca Zambrotta Italy
Midfield player Michael Ballack Germany
Midfield player Luís Figo Portugal
Midfield player Frank Lampard England
Midfield player Maniche Portugal
Midfield player Pavel Nedved Czech Republic
Midfield player Theodoros Zagorakis Greece
Midfield player Zinedine Zidane France
Forward Milan Baroš Czech Republic
Forward Angelos Charisteas Greece
Forward Henrik Larsson Sweden
Forward Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal
Forward Wayne Rooney England
Forward Jon Dahl Tomasson Denmark
Forward Ruud van Nistelrooij Netherlands

Last updated: 18/11/04 13.38CET

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