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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 Internazionale, two with Porto and one with Chelsea). He is followed by Alex Ferguson, who has three appearances.

Team of the Year 2001Edit

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

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(s) Appearance
  Rüştü Reçber   Fenerbahçe 1st
  Carles Puyol   Barcelona 1st
  Alessandro Nesta   Lazio
  Milan
1st
  Cristian Chivu   Ajax 1st
  Roberto Carlos   Real Madrid 1st
  Clarence Seedorf   Internazionale
  Milan
1st
  Michael Ballack   Bayer Leverkusen
  Bayern Munich
1st
  Zinedine Zidane   Real Madrid 2nd
  Damien Duff   Blackburn Rovers 1st
  Thierry Henry   Arsenal 2nd
  Ronaldo   Internazionale
  Real Madrid
1st

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(s) Appearance
  Gianluigi Buffon   Juventus 1st
  Paulo Ferreira   Porto 1st
  Alessandro Nesta   Milan 2nd
  Paolo Maldini   Milan 1st
  Roberto Carlos   Real Madrid 2nd
  Luís Figo   Real Madrid 1st
  David Beckham   Manchester United

  Real Madrid

2nd
  Zinedine Zidane   Real Madrid 3rd
  Pavel Nedvěd   Juventus 1st
  Thierry Henry   Arsenal 3rd
  Ruud van Nistelrooy   Manchester United 1st

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(s) Appearance
  Gianluigi Buffon   Juventus 2nd
  Cafu   Milan 1st
  Ricardo Carvalho   Porto
  Chelsea
1st
  Alessandro Nesta   Milan 3rd
  Ashley Cole   Arsenal 1st
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United 1st
  Maniche   Porto 1st
  Ronaldinho   Barcelona 1st
  Pavel Nedvěd   Juventus 2nd
  Thierry Henry   Arsenal 4th
  Andriy Shevchenko   Milan 1st

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(s) Appearance
  Gianluigi Buffon   Juventus 3rd
  Gianluca Zambrotta   Juventus
  Barcelona
1st
  Fabio Cannavaro   Juventus
  Real Madrid
1st
  Carles Puyol   Barcelona 3rd
  Philipp Lahm   Bayern Munich 1st
  Steven Gerrard   Liverpool 2nd
  Cesc Fàbregas   Arsenal 1st
  Kaká   Milan 1st
  Ronaldinho   Barcelona 3rd
  Thierry Henry   Arsenal 5th
  Samuel Eto'o   Barcelona 2nd

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(s) Appearance
  Iker Casillas   Real Madrid 1st
  Dani Alves   Sevilla 1st
  Alessandro Nesta   Milan 4th
  John Terry   Chelsea 2nd
  Éric Abidal   Lyon
  Barcelona
1st
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United 2nd
  Steven Gerrard   Liverpool 3rd
  Kaká   Milan 2nd
  Clarence Seedorf   Milan 2nd
  Zlatan Ibrahimović   Internazionale 1st
  Didier Drogba   Chelsea 1st

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(s) Appearance
  Iker Casillas   Real Madrid 3rd
  Dani Alves   Barcelona 2nd
  John Terry   Chelsea 4th
  Carles Puyol   Barcelona 5th
  Patrice Evra   Manchester United 1st
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United
  Real Madrid
4th
  Xavi   Barcelona 2nd
  Kaká   Milan
  Real Madrid
3rd
  Andrés Iniesta   Barcelona 1st
  Lionel Messi   Barcelona 2nd
  Zlatan Ibrahimović   Internazionale
  Barcelona
2nd

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(s) Appearance
  Iker Casillas   Real Madrid 4th
  Maicon   Internazionale 1st
  Gerard Piqué   Barcelona 1st
  Carles Puyol   Barcelona 6th
  Ashley Cole   Chelsea 2nd
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid 5th
  Xavi   Barcelona 3rd
  Wesley Sneijder   Internazionale 1st
  Andrés Iniesta   Barcelona 2nd
  Lionel Messi   Barcelona 3rd
  David Villa   Valencia
  Barcelona
1st

Coach:   José Mourinho:   Internazionale
  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(s) Appearance
  Iker Casillas   Real Madrid 6th
  Sergio Ramos   Real Madrid 2nd
  Gerard Piqué   Barcelona 3rd
  Thiago Silva   Milan
  Paris Saint-Germain
2nd
  Philipp Lahm   Bayern Munich 3rd
  Andrés Iniesta   Barcelona 4th
  Xavi   Barcelona 5th
  Andrea Pirlo   Juventus 1st
  Mesut Özil   Real Madrid 1st
  Lionel Messi   Barcelona 5th
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid 7th

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

Player Team(s) Appearance
  Manuel Neuer   Bayern Munich 1st
  Philipp Lahm   Bayern Munich 4th
  Thiago Silva   Paris Saint-Germain 3rd
  Sergio Ramos   Real Madrid 3rd
  David Alaba   Bayern Munich 1st
  Gareth Bale   Tottenham Hotspur
  Real Madrid
2nd
  Marco Reus   Borussia Dortmund 1st
  Mesut Özil   Real Madrid
  Arsenal
2nd
  Franck Ribéry   Bayern Munich 2nd
  Zlatan Ibrahimović   Paris Saint-Germain 3rd
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid 8th

Source:[14]

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 2014Edit

Player Team(s) Appearance
  Manuel Neuer   Bayern Munich 2nd
  Philipp Lahm   Bayern Munich 5th
  Sergio Ramos   Real Madrid 4th
  Diego Godín   Atlético Madrid 1st
  David Alaba   Bayern Munich 2nd
  Arjen Robben   Bayern Munich 2nd
  Toni Kroos   Bayern Munich
  Real Madrid
1st
  Ángel Di María   Real Madrid
  Manchester United
1st
  Lionel Messi   Barcelona 6th
  Zlatan Ibrahimović   Paris Saint-Germain 4th
  Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid 9th

Source:[15]

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 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
  Internazionale 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

In November 2017, UEFA published an UEFA all-time XI of the century, their second Ultimate Team of the Year, composed of the 11 players with the all-time most appearances in the UEFA Team of the Year, since its inception in 2001.[19]

All-time XI Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
  Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)   Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
  Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
  Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
  Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
  Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
  Xavi (Barcelona)
  Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/Real Madrid)
  Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

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. 
  19. ^ "Ultimate Team of the Year: the all-time XI". UEFA.com. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017. 

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