Eight Barça players are European champions / PHOTO: UEFA.COM
UEFA named six FC Barcelona players to the EURO Team of the Tournament. Gerard Piqué, JordiAlba, SergioBusquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Cesc Fàbregas feature along side 17 footballers in UEFA’s all-star team. The only Barça players to not be named to the Team of the Tournament, which is dominated by 10 Spanish and Catalan players, are Víctor Valdés (who didn’t play), Pedro and Afellay.
Furthermore, it’s worth mentioning that Barça is the team with the most EURO winners in this edition of the tournament, with a total of seven players, eight if Jordi Alba is included.
The other players named to UEFA’s Team of the Tournament are the keepers Buffon, Casillas and Neuer; defenders Coentrao, Lahm, Pepe and Sergio Ramos; midfielders De Rossi, Gerrard, Khedira, Özil, Pirlo and Xabi Alonso and the strikers Balotelli, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Silva.
Three Barça players in 2008
Only three Barça players were named to the Team of the Tournament in the 2008 EURO: Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández, who was also named the MVP of the competition. This year, however, that award was given to Andrés Iniesta.