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Sun Apr 20 21:10:57 SAST 2014

Spain’s Iniesta named Euro 2012’s best player

Mike Collett, Reuters | 02 July, 2012 13:060 Comments
Spain v Italy - UEFA EURO 2012 Final
Andres Iniesta of Spain runs with the ball during the Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine
Image by: Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Andres Iniesta, who helped Spain to a second successive European Championship triumph in Poland and Ukraine, was named the best player at the tournament by UEFA on Monday.

Iniesta played a central role for Spain in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Italy as they became the first country to retain the title.

Andy Roxburgh, the head of UEFA’s technical group, told reporters: “Andrea Pirlo was magnificent for Italy, Xavi won it last time and could have won it again. Xabi Alonso was magnificent but Iniesta sends a message about creative and incisive football and was superb throughout.”

The UEFA squad of Euro 2012:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Defenders: Gerard Pique (Spain), Fabio Coentrao (Portugal), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Pepe (Portugal), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Jordi Alba (Spain)

Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Italy), Steven Gerrard (England), Xavi (Spain), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Sami Khedira (Germany), Sergio Busquets (Spain), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Xabi Alonso (Spain)

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Italy), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Zlatan Ibrahimovoic (Sweden), David Silva (Spain)

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