UEFA votes Xavi top player of Euro 2008 after Spain triumph
Vienna, June 30:
UEFA voted Xavi Hernandez player of the tournament after Spain’s 1-0 victory over Germany in the European Championship final and selected nine of the Spanish players in the 23-member team of Euro 2008. There was no place in the squad for Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Edwin Van der Sar (Netherlands). Defenders: Jose Bosingwa (Portugal), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Carlos Marchena (Spain), Pepe (Portugal), Carlos Puyol (Spain), Yury Zhirkov (Russia).
Midfielders: Hamit Altintop (Turkey), Michael Ballack (Germany), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Xavi Hernandez (Spain), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Luka Modric (Croatia), Lukas Podolski (Germany), Marcos Senna (Spain), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Konstantin Zyryanov (Russia). Strikers: Andrei Arshavin (Russia), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Russia), Fernando Torres (Spain), David Villa (Spain).