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Europe's dream dozen - UEFA´s choice of dream XI

Postby Paddy » Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:29 pm

Uefa.com, Friday, 19 January 2007

The uefa.com users' Team of 2006 was announced today with a record number of 3,887,556 votes registered by 323,963 users. Unsurprisingly UEFA Champions League holders FC Barcelona dominate the lineup with three of their victorious squad - Ronaldinho, Carles Puyol and Samuel Eto'o - selected for the second year running and coach Frank Rijkaard also picked along with new signing Gianluca Zambrotta, one of a trio of FIFA World Cup winners to make the team.

Goalkeeper - Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
The Italian is the only player selected not to be appearing in this season's UEFA Champions League. Such were his displays in the World Cup that over 160,000 voters were prepared to overlook the fact that he has not had a top-flight game since May. Buffon's shot-stopping, command of his penalty area and ability to start counterattacks makes him the archetype of the modern goalkeeper. His third Team of the Year selection in four years marks him out as arguably the best keeper of his generation.

Right-back - Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus/FC Barcelona)
Another player selected on the basis of his stellar World Cup displays, Zambrotta is more than just a master of versatility. He is strong in defence and intelligent in possession and Barcelona fans are sure to see the best of him soon. In any other year, Daniel Alves would have earned Sevilla FC a merited spot in the team.

Central defender - Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus/Real Madrid CF)
Like Zambrotta, Cannavaro has struggled somewhat since swapping Turin for Spain but the FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or winner was at his imperious best in leading Italy to World Cup glory. As captain and key defender he did not put a foot wrong during the tournament.

Central defender - Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona)
Barcelona's captain fantastic just shaded Chelsea FC's John Terry as he made it into his third Team of the Year selection. Barça's attacking flair might attract the plaudits but Puyol was the key figure in a defence that conceded just five goals in 13 matches in their successful UEFA Champions League campaign.

Left-back - Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München)
The diminutive right-footed left-back scored the opening goal of the World Cup and did not miss a minute as Germany claimed third place. He also continued to impress as Bayern reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and even Michael Ballack admitted missing Lahm's crosses after joining Chelsea.

Right midfield - Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC)
Gerrard came out on top in one of the closest categories after spending most of late 2006 playing on the right. More of an all-round player than both his closest contenders, the impish Lionel Messi and the fleet-footed Cristiano Ronaldo, Gerrard once again proved himself a matchwinner par excellence with his stunning two-goal display in Liverpool's FA Cup final triumph.

Central midfield - Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal FC)
Few midfielders have made a more dramatic impact at such a young age as Fabregas. The teenager came of age with a stellar displays against Madrid in the UEFA Champions League and earned himself a remarkable eight-year contract extension. Even Andrea Pirlo's brilliance in the World Cup was not enough to dislodge Fabregas from the Team of the Year.

Attacking midfield - Kaká (AC Milan)
Milan endured an annus horribilis but Kaká enjoyed an amazing 2006 on a personal level. He was one of the few Brazil players to shine at the World Cup and was Milan's star as they reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. He scored a stunning hat-trick against RSC Anderlecht, his second of the year, and he has been arguably the most in-form player in Europe in recent months.

Left midfield - Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona)
After inspiring Barcelona to their UEFA Champions League triumph, Ronaldinho supposedly suffered a dip in form. Granted, he failed to show his best form at the World Cup but he scored 12 goals in 15 games in the last three months of 2006 to defy rumours of his decline. And with a whopping 291,636 votes, he remains the most popular player in Europe.

Attacker - Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC)
Henry has now been selected in every uefa.com users' Team of the Year except one - when he missed out by a mere 0.4 per cent in 2005. His strikes inspired Arsenal and France to the year's major finals while he also won the ESM Golden Shoe for the second successive season and finished as the Premiership's top scorer for the third year in a row.

Attacker - Samuel Eto'o (FC Barcelona)
Barcelona's relatively poor form during his absence in late 2006 has shown the crucial importance of Eto'o. The Indomitable Lion is the attacking alchemist who turns Barça's pretty play into goals. He has promised to come back from ten goals behind Fréderic Kanouté to retain his 'Pichichi' crown as the Primera División's top scorer and few would argue against him fulfilling the pledge.

Coach - Frank Rijkaard (FC Barcelona)
After winning the European Champion Clubs' Cup three times as a player, Rijkaard got his hands on the trophy as a coach in 2006. His transformation of Barcelona since his arrival in late 2003 has been remarkable and his fingerprints were all over their Paris triumph, in the sparkling attacking football that got them to the final and in the match-winning substitutions in the final.
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Postby SNAKE » Fri Jan 19, 2007 5:35 pm

Funny, no Marquez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Schweinsteiger, Klose and Shevchenko, In my opinion there were better than Cannavaro and Zambrotta.Ronaldinho, with all great respect didnt have his best season even Steven Gerrard but still both are class players,

My Dream Uefa 2006 Team: Cech - Sagnol, Marquez, Puyol, Lahm - Essien(or Fabregas) - C.Ronaldo, Schweinsteiger (Or Malouda) - Kaka - Klose, Eto`o (or Shevchenko) - Coach: Jose Mourinho

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Postby diegis » Fri Jan 19, 2007 5:42 pm

SNAKE wrote:Funny, no Marquez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Schweinsteiger, Klose and Shevchenko, In my opinion there were better than Cannavaro and Zambrotta.Ronaldinho, with all great respect didnt have his best season even Steven Gerrard but still both are class players,

My Dream Uefa 2006 Team: Cech - Sagnol, Marquez, Puyol, Lahm - Essien(or Fabregas) - C.Ronaldo, Schweinsteiger (Or Malouda) - Kaka - Klose, Eto`o (or Shevchenko) - Coach: Jose Mourinho

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same here only with some changes:
buffon with cech
cannavaro with marquez
i wouldn't put shevchenko even on the bench..
and juande ramos as coach
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Postby Makaay » Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:16 pm

My Team for 2006 would be:

cassilas ; Sagnol-Puyol-lucio-lahm ; schweinstiger-CRonaldo-ronaldinho-juninho ; Henry-Klose

subs: Cech-cesc-deco-rooney-cannavaro
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Postby Miss Dangerous » Fri Jan 19, 2007 11:43 pm

Buffon, selected for the third time, Ronaldinho made the team for the third straight year, while defender Carles Puyol was also included for a third time and striker Samuel Eto'o made his second straight team. five-time pick Thierry Henry. UEFA started its team of the year poll in 2001. :!:
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Postby Miss Dangerous » Sat Jan 20, 2007 12:32 am

Four million votes were cast by 390,000 internauts on the uefa.com website
Ronaldinho's tally of almost 292,000 votes was the best individual score.

Adrian Harte, manager of the uefa.com website, said: "The final team is an excellent one, featuring some established stars and some talented young European players."

Four players survive from the 2005 team - they are Puyol, Gerrard, Ronaldinho and Eto'o. 8)
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Postby yoanna » Sat Jan 20, 2007 1:10 pm

hate such lists, they remind me of a popularity contest... it's, like, there's no chance there wasn't ronaldinho. he's everywhere. let's give him best goalkeeper as well... i'm happy they included zambrotta though, for my part, he's been under-appreciated.
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Postby Paddy » Sat Jan 20, 2007 1:28 pm

yoanna wrote:hate such lists, they remind me of a popularity contest... it's, like, there's no chance there wasn't ronaldinho. he's everywhere. let's give him best goalkeeper as well... i'm happy they included zambrotta though, for my part, he's been under-appreciated.


Well Ronaldinho is the best player in last 5 years. So he deserves all the praise.
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Postby FC Bajern » Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:05 pm

Paddy wrote:
yoanna wrote:hate such lists, they remind me of a popularity contest... it's, like, there's no chance there wasn't ronaldinho. he's everywhere. let's give him best goalkeeper as well... i'm happy they included zambrotta though, for my part, he's been under-appreciated.


Well Ronaldinho is the best player in last 5 years. So he deserves all the praise.

yeah but he dissappears in some big games and some BIG tournaments. if you know what I mean. he is not very consistent
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Postby yoanna » Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:23 pm

Paddy wrote:
yoanna wrote:hate such lists, they remind me of a popularity contest... it's, like, there's no chance there wasn't ronaldinho. he's everywhere. let's give him best goalkeeper as well... i'm happy they included zambrotta though, for my part, he's been under-appreciated.


Well Ronaldinho is the best player in last 5 years. So he deserves all the praise.


maybe he is. it' not the point. to my knowledge it's not the lifetime achievement award, but the best XI of 2006, when he didn't shine quite as bright. what i'm saying is, they'd put him on every list, regardless of the form he's in.
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Postby Paddy » Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:39 am

yoanna wrote:
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yoanna wrote:hate such lists, they remind me of a popularity contest... it's, like, there's no chance there wasn't ronaldinho. he's everywhere. let's give him best goalkeeper as well... i'm happy they included zambrotta though, for my part, he's been under-appreciated.


Well Ronaldinho is the best player in last 5 years. So he deserves all the praise.


maybe he is. it' not the point. to my knowledge it's not the lifetime achievement award, but the best XI of 2006, when he didn't shine quite as bright. what i'm saying is, they'd put him on every list, regardless of the form he's in.


Yeah he wasn´t the best this year but he was up there. He was the best left midfielder in this year too.
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Postby yoanna » Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:48 pm

his talent is undisputable, i've just grown tired of him already. it's often the case such list aren't objective, since a player's popularity busts the positive identification of his perfomance.
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Postby fanOfBayern » Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:51 pm

These polls are crap.. The most deserved rarely get into the team.

Steven Gerrard and Cesc Fabregas???....come on....

where the hell is Klose???
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