UEFA Team of the Year

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The UEFA Team of the Year is a football award given by UEFA through a poll on its official website. This award started in 2001[1] to allow users and visitors of the organization's website to choose their own eleven players and a coach based on their overall performances in European club football and international competitions.

In the 2007 poll, UEFA and its official site allowed its users an additional option of donating to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support landmine victims in Afghanistan.[2]

Selection process[edit]

Until 2011, the writers at the website had constructed a short-list of sixty footballers and coaches[1] who have performed well in European club competitions, domestic competitions and international tournaments for that particular year. Users then cast their vote of a line-up consisting of eleven players (including a goalkeeper, four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards) and a coach based on who they believed excelled in European football. After the selection is made, the user also has to select one of the players to be the captain of their team.

The format of the vote was changed in 2012 - now users first choose their preferred formation (4-4-2, 3-5-2, 3-4-3, 4-3-3 or 5-3-2), and then choose the relevant number of players for each position. The voters have a choice between 4 goalkeepers, 12 defenders, 12 midfielders and 12 forwards. The voting for best coach was discontinued.

After the votes are cast, they are tallied and the final team is announced on the UEFA website.

Appearance records[edit]

The player with the most appearances in the team is Cristiano Ronaldo, having appeared eight times. Second is Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol, having appeared six times each. Third is Thierry Henry, Xavi and Lionel Messi, who all had 5 appearances each. Alessandro Nesta, John Terry, Phillip Lahm and Andrés Iniesta have four. They are followed by several players with three appearances: Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Pavel Nedvěd, Gianluigi Buffon, Steven Gerrard, Kaká and Dani Alves. The most consecutive appearances in the team is eight for Cristiano Ronaldo (2007–14), a record yet to be broken set by the Portuguese forward, followed by Iker Casillas with six (2007–12), and Thierry Henry with five (2001-2005).

The teams with the most player appearances (not including manager appearances) are Barcelona with 35, Real Madrid (28), followed by Milan (18), Bayern Munich (12) Juventus (11), and Arsenal (10). Fellow English clubs Chelsea and Manchester United both share 8. Barcelona has been the team with the most players selected in a single season with six players in 2009 and 2010, five players in 2011, four players in 2006 and three players in 2005 and 2008. The only other teams with more than two players in one season are Real Madrid with three players in 2002, 2003, 2011 and 2013, Milan with three players in 2004, 2005 and 2007 and Juventus with three players in 2006.

The manager with the most appearances is José Mourinho, with four appearances (one with Internazionale, two with Porto and one with Chelsea). He is followed by Alex Ferguson who has two.

Team of the Year 2001[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Spain Santiago Cañizares Spain Valencia 1
Romania Cosmin Contra Spain Alavés / Italy Milan 1
Finland Sami Hyypiä England Liverpool 1
Sweden Patrik Andersson Germany Bayern Munich / Spain Barcelona 1
France Bixente Lizarazu Germany Bayern Munich 1
England David Beckham England Manchester United 1
France Patrick Vieira England Arsenal 1
France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus / Spain Real Madrid 1
Argentina Kily González Spain Valencia 1
France Thierry Henry England Arsenal 1
France David Trezeguet Italy Juventus 1

Coach: France Gérard Houllier: England Liverpool

Players who played for two teams during the voting year have the club they transferred to during a transfer window listed second.

Team of the Year 2002[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Turkey Rüştü Reçber Turkey Fenerbahçe 1
Brazil Roberto Carlos Spain Real Madrid 1
Spain Carles Puyol Spain Barcelona 1
Romania Christian Chivu Netherlands Ajax 1
Italy Alessandro Nesta Italy Lazio / Italy Milan 1
Netherlands Clarence Seedorf Italy Internazionale / Italy Milan 1
Germany Michael Ballack Germany Bayer Leverkusen / Germany Bayern Munich 1
France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid 2
Republic of Ireland Damien Duff England Blackburn Rovers 1
France Thierry Henry England Arsenal 2
Brazil Ronaldo Italy Internazionale / Spain Real Madrid 1

Coach: Turkey Şenol Güneş: Turkey Turkey

Players who played for two teams during the voting year have their the club they transferred to during a transfer window listed second.

Team of the Year 2003[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Italy Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus 1
Portugal Paulo Ferreira Portugal Porto 1
Italy Alessandro Nesta Italy Milan 2
Italy Paolo Maldini Italy Milan 1
Brazil Roberto Carlos Spain Real Madrid 2
Portugal Luís Figo Spain Real Madrid 1
England David Beckham England Manchester United / Spain Real Madrid 2
France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid 3
Czech Republic Pavel Nedvěd Italy Juventus 1
France Thierry Henry England Arsenal 3
Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy England Manchester United 1

Coach: Portugal José Mourinho: Portugal Porto

Players who played for two teams during the voting year have their the club they transferred to during a transfer window listed second.

Team of the Year 2004[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Italy Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus 2
Brazil Cafu Italy Milan 1
Italy Alessandro Nesta Italy Milan 3
Portugal Ricardo Carvalho Portugal Porto / England Chelsea 1
England Ashley Cole England Arsenal 1
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United 1
Portugal Maniche Portugal Porto 1
Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona 1
Czech Republic Pavel Nedvěd Italy Juventus 2
France Thierry Henry England Arsenal 4
Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Italy Milan 1

Coach: Portugal José Mourinho: England Chelsea / Portugal Porto

Players who played for two teams during the voting year have their the club they transferred to during a transfer window listed second.

Team of the Year 2005[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Czech Republic Petr Čech England Chelsea 1
Brazil Cafu Italy Milan 2
England John Terry England Chelsea 1
Spain Carles Puyol Spain Barcelona 2
Italy Paolo Maldini Italy Milan 2
Spain Luis García England Liverpool 1
England Steven Gerrard England Liverpool 1
Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona 2
Czech Republic Pavel Nedvěd Italy Juventus 3
Cameroon Samuel Eto'o Spain Barcelona 1
Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Italy Milan 2

Coach: Portugal José Mourinho: England Chelsea

Team of the Year 2006[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Italy Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus 3
Italy Gianluca Zambrotta Italy Juventus / Spain Barcelona 1
Italy Fabio Cannavaro Spain Real Madrid / Italy Juventus 1
Spain Carles Puyol Spain Barcelona 3
Germany Philipp Lahm Germany Bayern Munich 1
England Steven Gerrard England Liverpool 2
Spain Cesc Fàbregas England Arsenal 1
Brazil Kaká Italy Milan 1
Brazil Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona 3
France Thierry Henry England Arsenal 5
Cameroon Samuel Eto'o Spain Barcelona 2

Coach: Netherlands Frank Rijkaard: Spain Barcelona

Players who played for two teams during the voting year have their the club they transferred to during a transfer window listed second.

Team of the Year 2007[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Spain Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid 1
Brazil Daniel Alves Spain Sevilla 1
Italy Alessandro Nesta Italy Milan 4
England John Terry England Chelsea 2
France Éric Abidal France Lyon / Spain Barcelona 1
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United 2
England Steven Gerrard England Liverpool 3
Brazil Kaká Italy Milan 2
Netherlands Clarence Seedorf Italy Milan 2
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Internazionale 1
Ivory Coast Didier Drogba England Chelsea 1

Coach: Scotland Alex Ferguson: England Manchester United

Players who played for two teams during the voting year have their the club they transferred to during a transfer window listed second.

Team of the Year 2008[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Spain Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid 2
Spain Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid 1
England John Terry England Chelsea 3
Spain Carles Puyol Spain Barcelona 4
Germany Philipp Lahm Germany Bayern Munich 2
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United 3
Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona 1
Spain Cesc Fàbregas England Arsenal 2
France Franck Ribéry Germany Bayern Munich 1
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 1
Spain Fernando Torres England Liverpool 1

Coach: Scotland Alex Ferguson: England Manchester United

Team of the Year 2009[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Spain Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid 3
Brazil Daniel Alves Spain Barcelona 2
England John Terry England Chelsea 4
Spain Carles Puyol Spain Barcelona 5
France Patrice Evra England Manchester United 1
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United / Spain Real Madrid 4
Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona 2
Brazil Kaká Italy A.C. Milan / Spain Real Madrid 3
Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona 1
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 2
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Internazionale / Spain Barcelona 2

Coach: Spain Josep Guardiola: Spain Barcelona

Players who played for two teams during the voting year have their the club they transferred to during a transfer window listed second.

Team of the Year 2010[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Spain Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid 4
Brazil Maicon Italy Internazionale 1
Spain Gerard Piqué Spain Barcelona 1
Spain Carles Puyol Spain Barcelona 6
England Ashley Cole England Chelsea 2
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 5
Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona 3
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder Italy Internazionale 1
Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona 2
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 3
Spain David Villa Spain Valencia / Spain Barcelona 1

Coach: Portugal José Mourinho: Spain Real Madrid / Italy Internazionale

Players who played for two teams during the voting year have their the club they transferred to during a transfer window listed second.

Team of the Year 2011[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Spain Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid 5
Brazil Daniel Alves Spain Barcelona 3
Spain Gerard Piqué Spain Barcelona 2
Brazil Thiago Silva Italy Milan 1
Brazil Marcelo Spain Real Madrid 1
Netherlands Arjen Robben Germany Bayern Munich 1
Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona 4
Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona 3
Wales Gareth Bale England Tottenham Hotspur 1
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 4
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 6

Voting for a coach ended this year.

Team of the Year 2012[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Spain Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid 6
Spain Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid 2
Spain Gerard Piqué Spain Barcelona 3
Brazil Thiago Silva Italy Milan / France Paris Saint Germain 2
Germany Philipp Lahm Germany Bayern Munich 3
Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona 4
Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona 5
Italy Andrea Pirlo Italy Juventus 1
Germany Mesut Özil Spain Real Madrid 1
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 5
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 7

Players who played for two teams during the voting year have their the club they transferred to during a transfer window listed second.

Team of the Year 2013[edit]

Player Team Appearance
Germany Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich 1
Germany Phillip Lahm Germany Bayern Munich 4
Austria David Alaba Germany Bayern Munich 1
Brazil Thiago Silva France Paris Saint Germain 3
Spain Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid 3
France Franck Ribéry Germany Bayern Munich 2
Germany Mesut Özil Spain Real Madrid / England Arsenal 2
Wales Gareth Bale England Tottenham Hotspur / Spain Real Madrid 2
Germany Marco Reus Germany Borussia Dortmund 1
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 8
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović France Paris Saint Germain 3

Players who played for two teams during the voting year have their the club they transferred to during a transfer window listed second.

Most appearances[edit]

By player[edit]

Player Appearances
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 8
Spain Carles Puyol 6
Spain Iker Casillas
France Thierry Henry 5
Spain Xavi
Argentina Lionel Messi
England John Terry 4
Spain Andrés Iniesta
Italy Alessandro Nesta
Germany Philipp Lahm
England Steven Gerrard 3
Italy Gianluigi Buffon
France Zinedine Zidane
Brazil Ronaldinho
Czech Republic Pavel Nedvěd
Brazil Kaká
Spain Gerard Piqué
Brazil Daniel Alves
Brazil Thiago Silva
Spain Sergio Ramos
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović
13 players 2
32 players 1

By manager[edit]

Manager Appearances
Portugal José Mourinho 4
Scotland Alex Ferguson 2
France Gérard Houllier 1
Turkey Şenol Güneş
Netherlands Frank Rijkaard
Spain Josep Guardiola

By club[edit]

Club Players Managers
Spain Barcelona 35 2
Spain Real Madrid 28 1
Italy Milan 18
Germany Bayern Munich 12
Italy Juventus 11
England Arsenal 10
England Chelsea 8 2
England Manchester United
Italy Internazionale 6 1
England Liverpool
Portugal Porto 3 1
France Paris Saint-Germain
Spain Valencia
England Tottenham 2
Netherlands Ajax 1
Spain Alavés
Germany Bayer Leverkusen
England Blackburn Rovers
Germany Borussia Dortmund
Turkey Fenerbahçe
Italy Lazio
France Lyon
Spain Sevilla

By country[edit]

Country Players
Spain Spain 33
Brazil Brazil 19
France France 15
Italy Italy 12
Portugal Portugal
England England 11
Germany Germany 9
Argentina Argentina 6
Netherlands Netherlands 5
Czech Republic Czech Republic 4
Sweden Sweden
Cameroon Cameroon 2
Turkey Turkey
Romania Romania
Ukraine Ukraine
Wales Wales
Austria Austria 1
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire
Finland Finland
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b UEFA Team of the Year - Awards History, retrieved 2007-12-13 
  2. ^ UEFA Team of the Year 2007, retrieved 2007-12-13 

External links[edit]