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UEFA Team of the Year

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.

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Selection processEdit

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 recordsEdit

The player with the most appearances in the team is Cristiano Ronaldo, having appeared eleven times. Second is Lionel Messi, having appeared eight times. Joint third are Iker Casillas, Carlos Puyol, Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Ramos, who all have six appearances each. The most consecutive appearances in the team is ten for Cristiano Ronaldo (2007–2016), followed by Iker Casillas with six (2007–2012), and both Thierry Henry (2001–2005) and Lionel Messi (2008–2012) with five.

The teams with the most player appearances (not including manager appearances) are Barcelona with 44, Real Madrid (39), followed by Bayern Munich (20) and Milan (18). Barcelona has been the team with the most players selected in a single season with six players in 2009 and 2010. The only other teams with more than three players in one season are Bayern Munich, with four players in 2013 and five in 2014, and Real Madrid, with four players in 2003, 2012–2014 and 2016.

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

Team of the Year 2001Edit

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

Coach:   Gérard Houllier:   Liverpool

Source:[2]

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 2002Edit

Player Team Appearance
  Rüştü Reçber   Fenerbahçe 1
  Carles Puyol   Barcelona 1
  Alessandro Nesta   Lazio /   Milan 1
  Cristian Chivu   Ajax 1
  Roberto Carlos   Real Madrid 1
  Clarence Seedorf   Inter Milan /   Milan 1
  Michael Ballack   Bayer Leverkusen /   Bayern Munich 1
  Zinedine Zidane   Real Madrid 2
  Damien Duff   Blackburn Rovers 1
  Thierry Henry   Arsenal 2
  Ronaldo   Inter Milan /   Real Madrid 1

Coach:   Şenol Güneş:   Turkey

Source:[3]

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 2003Edit

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

Coach:   José Mourinho:   Porto

Source:[4]

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 2004Edit

Player Team Appearance
  Gianluigi Buffon   Juventus 2
  Cafu   Milan 1
  Ricardo Carvalho   Porto /   Chelsea 1
  Alessandro Nesta   Milan 3
  Ashley Cole   Arsenal 1
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United 1
  Maniche   Porto 1
  Ronaldinho   Barcelona 1
  Pavel Nedvěd   Juventus 2
  Thierry Henry   Arsenal 4
  Andriy Shevchenko   Milan 1

Coach:   José Mourinho:   Chelsea /   Porto

Source:[5]

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 2005Edit

Team of the Year 2006Edit

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

Coach:   Frank Rijkaard:   Barcelona

Source:[7]

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 2007Edit

Player Team Appearance
  Iker Casillas   Real Madrid 1
  Dani Alves   Sevilla 1
  Alessandro Nesta   Milan 4
  John Terry   Chelsea 2
  Éric Abidal   Lyon /   Barcelona 1
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United 2
  Steven Gerrard   Liverpool 3
  Kaká   Milan 2
  Clarence Seedorf   Milan 2
  Zlatan Ibrahimović   Inter Milan 1
  Didier Drogba   Chelsea 1

Coach:   Alex Ferguson:   Manchester United

Source:[8]

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 2008Edit

Team of the Year 2009Edit

Player Team Appearance
  Iker Casillas   Real Madrid 3
  Dani Alves   Barcelona 2
  John Terry   Chelsea 4
  Carles Puyol   Barcelona 5
  Patrice Evra   Manchester United 1
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United /   Real Madrid 4
  Xavi   Barcelona 2
  Kaká   Milan /   Real Madrid 3
  Andrés Iniesta   Barcelona 1
  Lionel Messi   Barcelona 2
  Zlatan Ibrahimović   Inter Milan /   Barcelona 2

Coach:   Pep Guardiola:   Barcelona

Source:[10]

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 2010Edit

Player Team Appearance
  Iker Casillas   Real Madrid 4
  Maicon   Inter Milan 1
  Gerard Piqué   Barcelona 1
  Carles Puyol   Barcelona 6
  Ashley Cole   Chelsea 2
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid 5
  Xavi   Barcelona 3
  Wesley Sneijder   Inter Milan 1
  Andrés Iniesta   Barcelona 2
  Lionel Messi   Barcelona 3
  David Villa   Valencia /   Barcelona 1

Coach:   José Mourinho:   Inter Milan/   Real Madrid

Source:[11]

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 2011Edit

Team of the Year 2012Edit

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

Source:[13]

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 2013Edit

Team of the Year 2014Edit

Team of the Year 2015Edit

Team of the Year 2016Edit

Most appearancesEdit

By playerEdit

Cristiano Ronaldo has made the most appearances on the UEFA Team of the Year with 11 appearances in total.
Player Appearances
  Cristiano Ronaldo 11
  Lionel Messi 8
  Iker Casillas 6
  Carles Puyol
  Andrés Iniesta
  Sergio Ramos
  Thierry Henry 5
  Philipp Lahm
  Xavi
  Gerard Piqué
  Dani Alves 4
  Alessandro Nesta
  John Terry
  Zlatan Ibrahimović
  Gianluigi Buffon
  David Alaba 3
  Steven Gerrard
  Kaká
  Manuel Neuer
  Pavel Nedvěd
  Ronaldinho
  Thiago Silva
  Zinedine Zidane
  Gareth Bale 2
  David Beckham
  Cafu
  Ashley Cole
  Samuel Eto'o
  Cesc Fàbregas
  Paolo Maldini
  Mesut Özil
  Franck Ribéry
  Arjen Robben
  Roberto Carlos
  Clarence Seedorf
  Andriy Shevchenko
43 players 1

By managerEdit

José Mourinho is the manager with the most appearances (4) in the UEFA Team of the Year.
Manager Appearances
  José Mourinho 4
  Alex Ferguson 2
  Gérard Houllier 1
  Şenol Güneş
  Frank Rijkaard
  Pep Guardiola

By clubEdit

Club Players
  Barcelona 44
  Real Madrid 39
  Bayern Munich 20
  Milan 18
  Juventus 14
  Arsenal 10
  Manchester United 9
  Chelsea 8
  Inter Milan 6
  Liverpool
  Porto 3
  Paris Saint-Germain
  Valencia
  Tottenham Hotspur 2
  Atlético Madrid
  Ajax 1
  Alavés
  Bayer Leverkusen
  Blackburn Rovers
  Borussia Dortmund
  Fenerbahçe
  Lazio
  Lyon
  Sevilla

By countryEdit

Country Players
  Spain 40
  Brazil 21
  France 17
  Portugal 15
  Germany
  Italy 14
  England 11
  Argentina 10
  Netherlands 5
  Sweden
  Czech Republic 4
  Austria 3
  Cameroon 2
  Turkey
  Romania
  Ukraine
  Wales
  Colombia 1
  Côte d'Ivoire
  Finland
  Republic of Ireland
  Croatia

UEFA Ultimate Team of the YearEdit

In November 2015, UEFA published their Ultimate Team of the Year, composed of the 18 players (11 starters and 7 substitutes) with the all-time most appearances in the UEFA Team of the Year, since its inception in 2001.[18]

All-time XI Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
  Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)   Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
  Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
  Alessandro Nesta (Milan)
  Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
  Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
  Xavi (Barcelona)
  Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/Real Madrid)
  Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Substitutes Appearances (as of 2015)
  John Terry 4
  Zlatan Ibrahimović 4
  Gianluigi Buffon 3
  Pavel Nedvěd 3
  Zinedine Zidane 3
  Ronaldinho 3
  Kaká 3

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b UEFA Team of the Year - Awards History, retrieved 2007-12-13 
  2. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2001". UEFA.com. 
  3. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2002". UEFA.com. 
  4. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2003". UEFA.com. 
  5. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2004". UEFA.com. 
  6. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2005". UEFA.com. 
  7. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2006". UEFA.com. 
  8. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2007". UEFA.com. 
  9. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2008". UEFA.com. 
  10. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2009". UEFA.com. 
  11. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2010". UEFA.com. 
  12. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2011". UEFA.com. 
  13. ^ "TEAM OF THE YEAR 2012". UEFA.com. 
  14. ^ "UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2013 revealed". UEFA.com. 
  15. ^ "Team of the Year 2014". UEFA.com. 
  16. ^ "Team of the Year 2015". UEFA.com. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Team of the Year 2016". UEFA.com. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Ultimate Team of the Year: the all-time XI". UEFA.com. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 

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