Marcus Berg has been confirmed as the top scorer in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, with the 22-year-old receiving the adidas Golden Boot award after the final between England and Germany.
The Sweden striker scored seven times at the finals, making him the most prolific scorer at a U21 final tournament. "It is a great honour to receive the adidas Golden Boot award," said the FC Groningen striker. "At the end of the day, football is about winning, and winning is about scoring more goals than the other team. However, every single goal requires a team effort and therefore I would like to share this award with my team-mates and thank them for their support."
He added: "We had a fantastic team and it was really easy to play. My favourite goal was the second one against Belarus, when [Ola] Toivonen passed to me. I shot it with one touch and it was a really nice goal. We wanted to play in the final, and I think we played really well in the tournament and would have had a chance in the final. Of course I am disappointed but I'm also proud and happy." Berg added that he was touched by the ovation his side received at the Malmö New Stadium during a lap of hounour at half-time. "It was fantastic," he said. "We didn't even play but the audience celebrated like we had won the championship and it was really nice."
Berg scored a hat-trick in his side's opening game against Belarus and then two goals in both the group stage game against Serbia and the semi-final defeat by England. Klaus Filbry, vice-president and head of global sports marketing football at adidas, said: "The 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship has been a successful event from many aspects, above all we have seen fantastic players score amazing goals. We congratulate Marcus and thank him for a great show."
|2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship top scorers|
|UEFA European Under-21 Championship – top scorers in the 2000s|
|1||Marcus Berg (2009)||Sweden||7|
|2||Johan Elmander (2004)||Sweden||4|
|Alberto Gilardino (2004)||Italy||4|
|Klaas Jan Huntelaar (2006)||Netherlands||4|
|Andrea Pirlo (2000)||Italy||4|
|Maceo Rigters (2007)||Netherlands||4|
|7||Robert Acquafresca (2009)||Italy||3|
|Hugo Almeida (2004)||Portugal||3|
|Giorgio Chiellini (2007)||Italy||3|
|Nicky Hofs (2006)||Netherlands||3|
|Thomas Kahlenberg (2006)||Denmark||3|
|Leroy Lita (2007)||England||3|
|Massimo Maccarone (2002)||Italy||3|
|Markus Rosenberg (2004)||Sweden||3|
|Ola Toivonen (2009)||Sweden||3|
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