UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors

EURO greats from 12 nations form an all-star 34-man squad for the 16th finals.


Andrey Arshavin (RUS)

• 6 EURO appearances/2 goals
• 2008 UEFA Cup-winning Zenit winger; Arsenal's record signing when he moved in 2009
• EURO highlight: two goals and two assists as Russia reached UEFA EURO 2008 semis

Angelos Charisteas (GRE)

• 9 EURO appearances/4 goals
• Tall striker who scored 25 goals in 88 internationals for Greece
• EURO highlight: heading Greece's shock winner in the final of UEFA EURO 2004

Deco (POR)

• 9 EURO appearances/1 goal
• Brazil-born creative midfielder and two-time UEFA Champions League winner
• EURO highlight: reaching the final of UEFA EURO 2004 with Portugal

Alessandro Del Piero (ITA)

• 13 EURO appearances/1 goal
• 1996 UEFA Champions League-winning 'fantasista' and Juventus's all-time top scorer (290)
• EURO highlight: reaching final in 2000 in the second of his four tournaments

Marcel Desailly (FRA)

• 12 EURO appearances/0 goals
• Tigerish Marseille, AC Milan and Chelsea defender; won 1998 FIFA World Cup with France
• EURO highlight: winning in 2000, and being named in official Team of the Tournament

Youri Djorkaeff (FRA)

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• 10 EURO appearances/3 goals
• 1998 FIFA World Cup-winning attacker; won European trophies at Paris and Internazionale Milano
• EURO highlight: scoring twice at the finals as France won the competition in 2000

Ruud Gullit (NED)

• 9 EURO appearances/1 goal
• Versatile, elegant Dutch midfielder; a two-time European Cup winner at AC Milan
• EURO highlight: scoring the other final goal v the Soviet Union as Netherlands won in 1988

Thierry Henry (FRA)

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• 11 EURO appearances/6 goals
• Arsenal goalscoring great and 2009 UEFA Champions League winner with Barcelona
• EURO highlight: scoring three goals en route to France's triumph in the 2000 edition

Christian Karembeu (FRA)

• 5 EURO appearances/0 goals
• Defensive midfielder who won UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup in 1998
• EURO highlight: helping France to prevail at UEFA EURO 2000

Jürgen Klinsmann (GER)

• 13 EURO appearances/5 goals
• Lethal Germany striker; won the UEFA Cup with Internazionale Milano (1991) and Bayern München (1996)
• EURO highlight: 1990 FIFA World Cup winner scored three as Germany clinched EURO '96

Patrick Kluivert (NED)

• 9 EURO appearances/6 goals
• Brilliant ex-Barcelona and Netherlands striker; European champion in 1995 with Ajax
• EURO highlight: scoring five at UEFA EURO 2000 to share Golden Boot as Dutch reached semis

Henrik Larsson (SWE)

• 10 EURO appearances/4 goals
• Celtic strike legend; set up two in Barcelona's 2006 UEFA Champions League final win
• EURO highlight: sensational header v Bulgaria en route to last eight with Sweden in 2004

Brian Laudrup (DEN)

• 8 EURO appearances/3 goals
• 82-times-capped Danish creative force; starred in Europe for Brøndby, Bayern and Rangers 
• EURO highlight: did not score but shone brightly in Denmark's shock 1992 triumph

Luís Figo (POR)

• 14 EURO appearances/2 goals
• Supremely elegant Portugal attacker; showed his class for both Barcelona and Real Madrid 
• EURO highlight: reaching semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2000 and the final four years later

Maniche (POR)

• 6 EURO appearances/2 goals
• Defensive midfielder; won 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 UEFA Champions League with Porto 
• EURO highlight: scoring superb semi-final goal to take Portugal to UEFA EURO 2004 decider

Lothar Matthäus (GER)

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• 11 EURO appearances/1 goal
• Germany's most-capped international (150); 1990 FIFA World Cup-winning midfielder
• EURO highlight: made international debut, aged 19, as West Germany won 1980 EURO

Steve McManaman (ENG)

• 6 EURO appearances/1 goal
• Liverpool midfield great and two-time UEFA Champions League winner at Real Madrid
• EURO highlight: put in impressive showings as England reached EURO '96 semi-finals

Gaizka Mendieta (ESP)

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• 4 EURO appearances/2 goals
• Skilful Spain midfielder; two-time UEFA Champions League finalist with Valencia
• EURO highlight: scoring v Yugoslavia and France as Spain reached UEFA EURO 2000 last eight

Antonios Nikopolidis (GRE)

• 9 EURO appearances/0 goals
• 90-times-capped Greece keeper; won 11 league titles with Panathinaikos and Olympiacos
• EURO highlight: keeping three successive clean sheets (including final) in Greece's 2004 success

Nuno Gomes (POR)

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• 14 EURO appearances/6 goals
• Reliable goalscorer for almost 20 years with Boavista, Benfica, Fiorentina and Portugal
• EURO highlight: struck four goals in 2000 edition and reached 2004 final

Michael Owen (ENG)

• 7 EURO appearances/2 goals
• Predatory striker; scored 40 in 89 England games including stunner versus Argentina at France '98
• EURO highlight: found target at both UEFA EURO 2000 and UEFA EURO 2004

Robert Pirès (FRA)

• 7 EURO appearances/0 goals
• Creative midfielder whose best years came at Arsenal; 1998 FIFA World Cup winner with France
• EURO highlight: set up David Trezeguet's golden-goal winner in UEFA EURO 2000 final

Karel Poborský (CZE)

• 14 EURO appearances/2 goals
• Pacy, creative right-winger who won league titles in Czech Republic and England
• EURO highlight: memorable lobbed quarter-final winner against Portugal at EURO '96

Carles Puyol (ESP)

• 8 EURO appearances/0 goals
• Commanding defender; won 2006, 2009 and 2011 UEFA Champions League titles with Barcelona
• EURO highlight: Spain conceded two in Puyol's five matches en route to UEFA EURO 2008 victory

Ricardo Carvalho (POR)

• 11 EURO appearances/0 goals
• Cultured but uncompromising defender; thrived at Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Monaco
• EURO highlight: reached 2004 final, and was winner (and oldest outfield player) in 2016

Peter Schmeichel (DEN)

• 13 EURO appearances/0 goals
• An inspirational, exceptional goalkeeper who helped Manchester United win the treble in 1999
• EURO highlight: key to Denmark's 1992 success, making several crucial final saves v Germany

Clarence Seedorf (NED)

• 10 EURO appearances/0 goals
• All-round talent in midfield; only player to win UEFA Champions League with three clubs
• EURO highlight: helped the Netherlands reach the semi-finals in 2000 and 2004

Alan Shearer (ENG)

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• 9 EURO appearances/7 goals
• Powerhouse centre-forward and all-time Premier League top scorer with 260 goals
• EURO highlight: leading marksman at EURO '96, his five goals helping England reach the semis

Vladimír Šmicer (CZE)

• 11 EURO appearances/4 goals
• Tricky, versatile midfielder; scored for Liverpool in 2005 UEFA Champions League final success
• EURO highlight: hit late equaliser v Russia to take Czechs into EURO '96 knockout phase

David Trezeguet (FRA)

• 7 EURO appearances/3 goals
• Prolific, predatory ex-Juventus and Monaco forward; averaged a goal every other game
• EURO highlight: scoring golden-goal winner as France beat Italy in dramatic 2000 final

Vítor Baía (POR)

• 8 EURO appearances/0 goals
• Decorated keeper with Porto and Barcelona who won 2004 UEFA Champions League
• EURO highlight: saving Arif Erdem penalty to help Portugal reach UEFA EURO 2000 last eight

Xabi Alonso (ESP)

• 12 EURO appearances/2 goals
• Easy on the eye box-to-box midfielder in Liverpool 2005 UEFA Champions League win
• EURO highlight: winning with Spain in 2008 and 2012 either side of World Cup success

Xavi Hernández (ESP)

• 11 EURO appearances/1 goal
• Midfield maestro who made the dominant Barcelona and Spain teams of this century tick
• EURO highlight: inspiring Spain to a first title in 44 years in 2008; did it again four years later

Gianluca Zambrotta (ITA)

• 11 EURO appearances/0 goals
• Italy attacking full-back; pivotal in the Azzurri's march to 2006 FIFA World Cup glory
• EURO highlight: made UEFA EURO 2004 All-Star Squad with fine group stage showing