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Seven-goal Berg tops scorers list

Published: Monday 29 June 2009, 21.05CET
Marcus Berg has been confirmed as top scorer in the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship with the 22-year-old receiving the adidas Golden Boot after the final between England and Germany.
Seven-goal Berg tops scorers list
Marcus Berg is handed the Golden Boot at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals ©Actionimages
 

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Published: Monday 29 June 2009, 21.05CET

Seven-goal Berg tops scorers list

Marcus Berg has been confirmed as top scorer in the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship with the 22-year-old receiving the adidas Golden Boot after the final between England and Germany.

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.

Unparalleled efficiency

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."

'Fantastic team'
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."

'Great show'
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
PositionNameTeamGoals
1Marcus BergSweden7
2Robert AcquafrescaItaly3
Ola ToivonenSweden3
4Gonzalo Castro
Germany2
Sandro Wagner
Germany2
Sergei KislyakBelarus2
UEFA European Under-21 Championship – top scorers in the 2000s
PositionNameTeamGoals
1Marcus Berg (2009)Sweden7
2Johan Elmander (2004)Sweden4
Alberto Gilardino (2004)Italy4
Klaas Jan Huntelaar (2006)Netherlands4
Andrea Pirlo (2000)Italy4
Maceo Rigters (2007)Netherlands4
7Robert Acquafresca (2009)Italy3
Hugo Almeida (2004)Portugal3
Giorgio Chiellini (2007)Italy3
Nicky Hofs (2006)Netherlands3
Thomas Kahlenberg (2006)Denmark3
Leroy Lita (2007)England3
Massimo Maccarone (2002)Italy3
Markus Rosenberg (2004)Sweden3
Ola Toivonen (2009)Sweden3
Last updated: 02/07/09 9.49CET

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