UEFA Euro 2016 team of the tournament

With the Euro 2016 over, Portugal winning the trophy, it's time to pick the best eleven of the tournament. Portugal has 4 players, Germany has 3, while the rest of the semi-finalists have 2 each.

Here are all the results of the Euro 2016:

After Portugal 1-0 victory over the home team France, they have the most players in the team (4), despite failing to qualify into the final Germany has 3 players and France and Wales both have 2 players. Let's start with the team:

Goalkeeper: Rui Patricio

The Portugal goalkeeper is our choice for this position, he played a key role in the team's success, even though in the group stage he received 4 goals, 3 of them were in one of the best games of the tournament, 3-3 draw with Hungary. And two of these goals came from deflections.

Then in the knockout stage he kept clean sheets against Croatia, Wales and in the final against France. He gave the defence and the whole team the confidence they needed in the key moments. In my opinion he was the man of the match in the Euro 2016 final.


Euro 2016 final - Rui Patricio

Euro 2016 final - Rui Patricio(source: mirror.co.uk)

Left-Back: Raphael Guerreiro

The young left-back played constantly good, defensively and offensively both. He made a total of 266 passes in the tournament and 88% of these passes found their target, he provided the assist for Ronaldo's fantastic header goal in the semi-final against Wales.

From the defence point of view we can mention his 38 recovered balls and 11 clearances. He grew in every game and played better and better and his best game was the final
where he made a great game, he even hit the crossbar from free-kick.

Center-Back: Pepe

The experimented Portugal defender made an excellent tournament. He won the man of the match award in the final being one of the most active players from Portugal side after Ronaldo's injury.

There were moments of pressure but he coped well with all the challenges. He played constantly good, even though in the quarter-final he received a second yellow card which meant he would miss the semi-final. The Real Madrid defender recovered 60 balls and made 31 clearances.

CB: Jerome Boateng

Boateng played a crucial role in Germany's performances at the Euro 2016. With him in the
team Germany didn't concede a goal until the quarter-final against Italy and that goal was from a penalty kick.

He is the player with the second most balls recovered after Pepe with 56. He was very active in all the games, completing a total of 438 passes with an accuracy of 91%, placing himself in front of players like Ozil or Pogba. He also scored a goal against Slovakia in the round of 16.

Right-Back: Joshua Kimmich

The german right-back did a great job in replacing Philippe Lahm, considering his age. He did not only defended well but also made dangerous runs in the opposition territory.

Even though he did not start the competition as a clear first team choice Kimmich proved himself to be one of the best players against Northern Ireland. He worked well with Thomas Müller and Mesut Özil in all the games he played.


Euro 2016 - Kimmich

Euro 2016 - Kimmich(source: indianexpress.com)

Central-Midfield: Aaron Ramsey

Unfortunately for him, he missed the semi-final against Portugal because of the yellow card he received in the game against Belgium. Ramsey did a great job in his midfield role and Wales topped their group, then the real surprise came in the quarter-final against Belgium, Wales won 3-1 Ramsey controlling the midfield.

The Arsenal midfielder provided the most assists(4) in the tournament. He had a pass accuracy of 82% from a total of 255 passes.

Central-Midfield: Toni Kroos

It was clear before the tournament how important Kroos' role is in the national team. He did great in the whole tournament. He delivered the most passes in the competition far ahead of his teammate Boateng, with a total of 653 passes from which 93% found their target.

Almost every German opportunity involved Kroos in one way or another. Even in Germany's semi-final defeat Kroos performed really good, but unfortunately it was not enough for his team.

Attacking-Midfield: Dimitri Payet

Payet was the most important mand for France in the group stage, his fantastic late goal against Romania won France the opening game of the Euro. He added another goal in the second game against Albania. Payed had a total of 288 passes throughout the tournament, with a pass accuracy of 86%, he scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists for his teammates.

Left-Winger: Gareth Bale

Bale succeeded to do something that Ronaldo couldn't in a couple of final tournaments, to score from a free-kick. Bale was the only player in the tournament to score in each game in the group stage. He had a total of 25 attempts, 16 finding the target and he managed to score 3 goals and made 1 assist. Even though he did not score in the knockout stage of the competition, he was a constant threat.

Right-Winger: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo scored 3 goals in the tournament and provided 3 assists, even though the numbers are impressive, we always expect more from players like him. He sacrificed himself in many moments for the team, despite this fact he is the player with the most attempts, almost double compared to the second placed.

From a total of 46 attempts only 12 were on target. He suffered an injury in the final and had to be changed in 25th minute, but his presence inspired the team to win the trophy.


Euro 2016 celebration - Cristiano Ronaldo

Euro 2016 celebration - Cristiano Ronaldo(source: indianexpress.com)

Forward: Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann won the Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals in the competition. He managed to score 6 times and he also provided 2 assists. He scored 2 goals against Ireland in the round of 16 in a fantastic comeback and he also scored 2 goals in the semi-final against world champions Germany.

Unfortunately for him and France he didn't score in the final, he either was denied by Rui Patricio or he missed the target. Nevertheless he was received from UEFA the Player of the Tournament award.

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Euro 2016 team of the tournament

Euro 2016 team of the tournament

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