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Player Barometer: Matchday One selection

Germany and Spain each have three players in the Player Barometer dream XI after the first set of matches, with Gareth Bale and Eric Dier also joining the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Dimitri Payet.

Jordi Alba and Gerard Piqué: Barcelona, Spain and Player Barometer XI
Jordi Alba and Gerard Piqué: Barcelona, Spain and Player Barometer XI ©Getty Images

The SOCAR Player Barometer has been updated live with every performance of the opening set of matches, and we have selected a first dream XI based on its findings ...

  • SOCAR Player Barometer dream XI as it stands: Neuer (GER); Juanfran (ESP), Mustafi (GER), Piqué (ESP), Alba (ESP); Kanté (FRA), Dier (ENG); Kroos (GER), Payet (FRA); Ronaldo (POR), Bale (WAL)

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The XI was picked from the top players in each position, though in midfield the second-best defensive midfielder Eric Dier (9th overall) was chosen ahead of the top winger Antonio Candreva (17th). Sergio Ramos (8th) and Luka Modrić (10th) are the only top ten players to miss out, thus allowing the selection of a goalkeeper and two full-backs.

  • The XI before matchday one: Neuer (GER); Juanfran (ESP), Koscielny (FRA), Ramos (ESP), Bellerin (ESP); Soriano (ESP), Milner (ENG); Griezmann (FRA), Payet (FRA); Ronaldo (POR), Ibrahimović (SWE).
No1 player Payet on opening display
No1 player Payet on opening display

Current top players in each position
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (GER) 12th
Full-back: Juanfran (ESP) 18th
Centre-back: Shkodran Mustafi (GER) 3rd
Defensive midfielder: N’Golo Kanté (FRA) 7th
Central midfielder: Toni Kroos (GER) 2nd
Attacking midfielder: Dmitri Payet (FRA) 1st
Winger: Antonio Candreva (ITA) 17th
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) 4th

*Rankings correct prior to any fixtures taking place on 15 June. The Player Barometer updates live during games.

How it works
The UEFA EURO 2016 Player Barometer is tracking players' form during the tournament. The Barometer runs official player statistics through a specially-designed algorithm to create rankings based on player performances.

Player data from qualifying formed the initial basis for the rankings, which have taken into account performances for club and country since 1 January 2016. This gave a unique and comprehensive evaluation of players' form when UEFA EURO 2016 kicked off, after which the Barometer tracks which players are excelling in the tournament itself.

As the Barometer acts as a form tracker, the more recent the match, the higher the weighting assigned to the data given i.e. player stats from yesterday are afforded more significance than those from last week. If a player is not active (e.g. due to injury or non-selection), his ranking will decrease over that period of inactivity.