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Euro 2012: Team of the tournament

Iniesta was named Player of the Tournament. (©GettyImages)
Iniesta was named Player of the Tournament. (©GettyImages).

Goalkeeper

Iker Casillas - Spain

The records continue to tumble for Spain's captain, who recorded his 100th international victory in La Roja's final triumph against Italy.

Casillas has not conceded a goal in knockout international football since Zinedine Zidane's goal for France in the 2006 World Cup, and performed to distinction in Ukraine and Poland as Spain emerged victorious once more.
 

Defence

Fabio Coentrao - Portugal

The versatile Real Madrid star has been switched to right-back to take his place in GMF's team of Euro 2012, and was a key performer as Portugal made the semi-final.

Always dangerous going forward, Coentrao was the starting point for numerous Portugal attacks and also proved he is capable when required to defend.

Sergio Ramos - Spain

Although Casillas will continue to earn the plaudits for his clean sheet record, Ramos can lay claim to a large share of the credit given his commanding displays in the heart of the Spain defence.

Ramos also showed nerves of steel to covert a Panenka style penalty in Spain's shootout victory in the semi-final against Portugal.

Mats Hummels - Germany

The Borussia Dortmund defender was already hotly tipped for a big money move this summer before the tournament began, and the Bundesliga may struggle to keep hold of Hummels following his performances at Euro 2012.

Hummels oozed composure and class, particularly in the group stages, although a shaky display against Italy in the semi-final was the only blemish on a nigh on spotless record.

Jordi Alba - Spain

Alba will have double cause for celebration this summer having agreed to sign for Barcelona from Valencia after helping Spain make history at Euro 2012.

The 23-year-old full-back was energetic and industrious throughout the tournament and scored a well taken second goal for Spain in the 4-0 win over Italy.
 

Midfield

Mesut Ozil - Germany

There were few more accomplished players on display at Euro 2012 than Mesut Ozil, and he epitomised the free-flowing style of Joachim Loew's Germany side in the tournament's early stages.

Ozil finished the competition with the joint most assists, alongside Andrei Arshavin, Steven Gerrard and David Silva.

Andrea Pirlo - Italy

Pirlo's performances at Euro 2012 left onlookers purring, particularly after he dragged England around the pitch with his precise passing in the quarter-final.

The Juventus veteran scored the only direct free-kick of the tournament - coming against Croatia in the group phase - and played like he had the ball on a string for the majority of the competition.

Xabi Alonso - Spain

Often outshone in the Spain midfield by Xavi and Andres Iniesta, Alonso was able to feature more prominently for La Roja in their victorious Euro 2012 campaign.

The former Liverpool midfielder scored both goals in the quarter-final win against France, although he missed from the spot in the shootout against Portugal.

Andres Iniesta - Spain

The Barcelona maestro was named the Player of the Tournament by UEFA and, for once, GMF would be inclined to agree with Michel Platini & Co.

Few players are easier on the eye than Iniesta when in possession of the ball and even less are able to use it as expertly as Spain's 2010 World Cup final hero.
 

Attack

Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal

Ronaldo is likely to remembered more for what he didn't do rather than what he did do at Euro 2012, given his failure to take a penalty in the shootout defeat to Spain.

However, Portugal would have go no way near the last four were it not for their inspirational captain, who ended the competition with three goals to his name.

Mario Balotelli - Italy

The epitome of the 'Marmite' footballer, Balotelli showed in the European Championships just how brilliant he can be when he applies himself.

Balotelli netted a fine overhead-kick against Ireland in the group stages, and two excellent goals in the last four encounter with Germany set up a final clash with Spain.

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