Euro 2008 Team of the tournament (revised)

by Mystical Mike

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

GK – Casillas (SP)

The Spanish captain, only just 27, played very well in the opening stages and then kept his team in the game, after a point blank save with his foot. He then proceeded to make 2 very good penalty saves to elevate Spain to their first Semi-finals for a long time. Although hardly tested in both the semi and final.


RB – Sergio Ramos (SPA)

The Real Madrid man got better with every game, his performance in the semi final was the best by a defender in the whole tournament. Brilliantly quick, technically gifted and superb going forward.


CB – Josip Simunic (CRO)

Defended admirably and Croatia only conceded 2 goals in the 390 minutes of football they played.


CB – John Heitinga (NET)

Until the Quarter Finals, Heitinga and the Dutch defence had been very difficult to break down and despite a defensive lapse in extra-time, the previous games, proved Heitinga to be at the top of his game


LB – Yuri Zhirkov (RUS):

The brilliant Lokomotiv man bombed forward on every occasion, was instrumental in Russia’s progress to the semi final. Takes over from Philipp Lahm who was woeful in the semi and final.


CM – Andrés Iniesta Luján (SPA)

The heartbeat of the Spanish midfield. Despite being 5.7 his performances were huge. Great vision to set up Torres for the winning goal.


CM – Luka Modric (CRO)

Arguably the player of the tournament. Constantly on the move and the ability to thread the ball through the eye of a needle. Was desperately unlucky to miss his penalty and even more unlucky not to be playing in the next round.


CM – Marcus Senna (SPA)

Senna was outstanding throughout the whole tournament. The unsung hero in the brilliant Spanish midfield was neat, tidy and industrious in the holding role.


LM/RM – Lukas Podolski (GER)

Started the tournament with a bang and always looks dangerous with the ball. A Premier League bidding war looks certain with both Arsenal & Spurs interested.


CF – Roman Pavlyuchenko (RUS)

Relatively unknown before the Euros started but now attracting some serious interest on the continent, due to his energy and eye for goal.


CF – David Villa (SP):

Has very quick feet and turns defenders inside out with alarming frequency. Is the top scorer so far and it is hard to see anyone else beating him for that title come the end of the final. Was very unlucky to miss the final.



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  • Darren

    not sure about Modric player of the tournament, Rat of the tournament yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaah!

    Mind you, you are a Spud, so you would think he’s brilliant!

  • dexylongshot

    I think Nihat should get a mention too for the double against the Czechs.

    We’ll have to start a flops of the tournament, Ronaldo, Luca Toni & Gomez is a start. All that hype.

  • Darren

    Andrei Arshavin, class, although he was banned for the first 2 games Hidinks selection is more than justified. He has lit up the tournament with his energy and mazy runs, a true touch of class in a very good Russian side, who could go all the way.

    Hidink once again proves he is the master tactician!

    Ballack has been surperb, and if fatty goes to Milan I think we will see the true Ballack next season.

  • Dave

    As a West Ham fan I’d love to agree with you but it really does pain me to say that Modric probably was the pick of the tournament so far. That really hurt!!

  • http://UKFF Danny Ledger

    Surely the Russian left back Zhirkov should be player of the tournament so far, and definitely in the team. His mazing runs up the left flank, and quality balls in from free kicks and corners and boundless energy sum up the russian team as a whole. Their quality passing and movement is very similar to arsenals build up play. Arshavin, Van Persie and Adebayor (if he stays) will be a quality front line!!!

  • Ashman

    a majority of the players i would agree with, but Modric? Are you Spurs and using rose tint lenses or what!?!!
    He’s a good player. Actually, he’s a better than average player.
    But in my opinion, DECO played better over 4 games. More consistency, more passes, better accuracy…

    Deco and Ballack – the best two centre midfielders at the tournament.

  • Martyn

    Yeah the sooner Fat Lampard leaves the PL, the better.
    Nihat did score a great goal against the Czechs granted (possibly a contender with Ballacks as goal of the tournament) but he was utterly useless against Croatia.

  • Martyn

    Oh dear Ashman. Deco? Oops, nevermind.

  • Darren

    tell me about it, if Modric the Rat hadn’t moved to Spurs no one would of heard of him, I did because Eduardo told Wenger to sign him, Wenger saw him and thought nah, he’s a very poor mans Fabregas at best.

    So once again the Spuds are getting over excited, I’m sure they will have a great season and finish 9th!

    Deco has been class, he was superb against Germany, his vision and passing is still a joy to behold.

    Legger is right about the Russian left back, although Philip Lahm has been consistently brilliant throughout the tournament.

    Germany v Russia final.

    3-0 Germany victory. I’ve backed them all along and I’ve seen nothing to change my mind.

  • Martin Tibbetts

    I would have Boruc in goal. Poland were awful and he stopped every game from being a cricket score with some awesome performances.

    Ballack and Arshavin are the players of the tournament so far, but lets see what the semis bring.

  • Jamie Shoesmith

    It was inevitable that the majority of these comments were going to argue on players left out of this Team of the Tournament, but I think this article’s jumped the gun altogether.

    There are still three games left to play. While they look formulaic on paper, and you could probably bet good money on Germany steamrolling their way to the winner’s podium, I think it’s been a tournament of upsets and surprises that have had the most ardent betting man thinking twice before putting his money where his mouth is.

    Why are we selecting the ultimate starting XI when we’ve just come out of the quarters? There is still the distinct possibility that we could see matchwinners, or even trophy winners, emerge now that we’re at the business end of the tournament. There’s a chance this XI could look quite different come Sunday night.

  • Thomas

    I agree with Martin Tibbetts, it’s Artur ‘the holy ghoaly’ Boruc for me.

    Not many have had much out of Marchena and Puyol this tourny and the brute at the back for Italy, Chiellini did little wrong. How can Sneijder and van der Vaart be ignored and even from the bench Cesc has looked brilliant. But has no-one spotted the player of the tournament so far? It can’t be Arshavin, he’s only played one game.

    The player of the tournament so far, is, by far, Marcos Senna. He was everywhere last night and does the graft that enables the Cescs and the Silvas to perform. And more.

    I think Torres and Villa looked tired and that could be Spain’s undoing. That, and the fact I tipped them to win.

    ¡Viva España!

  • dexylongshot

    Good calls on Senna and Chilliani. Senna has been immense and his resembalence to singing dustman Andy Abrahams is uncanny, a looky-like subs bench will be and running by the final!!

    Borac was brilliant in goal although he looks as if he should cut down on the deep fryed mars bars north of the border.
    I though Sionko has quite a good tournament on the right.

  • reatles

    where is Arda Turan, he deserves i think.

  • Thomas

    I agree about Sionko. It seems he wasn’t good enough for the Rangers of Glasgow, though. Ha!

    And wasn’t there a time when goalies were meant to be Tubby? Fat or otherwise, Artur’s been the best ‘between the sticks’ and must now be worth £15m. Thatzalota zloties!

  • Brian Smith

    Andrei Arshavin has played 2 games, when Hiddink named him in his squad there were a few doubters umongust the Russian press.

    The man is class, at 27 he is at his peak with every club in Europe wanting his signature.

    He guided his Zenit St Petersburg side to the title in 2007, he started all 30 matches – scoring 10 goals with 11 assists. It was the club’s first league title since 1984. He was also their star player in 2008 UEFA Cup win.

    I personally think he will either stay at Zenit, or end up at Real Madrid. He has the world at his feet, thats for sure!

  • Thomas

    Brian – fair do’s – of course it’s two games. And there’s no denying Arshavin’s class. I spotted him during the UEFA run and he seems to have got better and better. It’ll a be a great game on Thursday and the Spanish defence have their work cut out.

    But it’s still Senna and Spain for me.

  • Tim

    How is Heitanga in there, he’s hardly played for the Dutch!!!??

    Can’t argue with your attacking choices though, spot on

  • Jackie Emu peggy

    Tuncay for goalkeeper he had a great spell in nets…clean sheet to boot!

  • Darren

    how predictably bloody boring, the German machine marches on despite being totally out played and totally out classed.

    We all knew they would get to the final, they can’t play that bad again, so it looks like another tournament victory for a very average German team, heard it all before

  • Darren

    Turkey could of done with Tuncay between the sticks, Rusty was cak

  • dexylongshot

    Another mustard finish with 2 goals in the last 5 minutes, the quality of drama is beyond a joke now.
    So, lights out for the poor turks, a shame, they didn’t deserve that (england comes to mind again)
    German effiency (sort off) sneaking them through, every bl**dy time. I can’t see them doing anything to Spain or Russia though, especially with that defence.

  • Darren

    there’s been a pattern with the Germans though, every great performance is followed by a crap one, so if they follow that trend then they will be brilliant in the final.

    How many finals have they been now 10, 12??

  • Darren

    get rid of Andrei Arshavin from this team now, where was he? Ramous, Fabregas, Senna class!

  • Brian Smith

    Xavi deserves to be this team too, in fact the whole Spanish midfield, Poldoski was good in the group stages only

  • PP

    I think Arda from Turkey deserves a mention here, he was more influential then Yuri Zhirkov, who in my mind had 1 good game

  • Brian Smith

    Xavi was voted player of the tournament, and rightly so, I think he should be in this team too

  • Tobi Okowe

    This is my team


    Sergio Ramos Marchena Simunic Yuri Zhirkov

    Iniesta Senna Xavi Silva

    Villa Podolski

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