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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.

Selection process

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

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 2001

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

Coach: France Gérard Houllier: England 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 2002

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

Coach: Turkey Şenol Güneş: Turkey 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 2003

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

Spain Real Madrid

2nd
France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid 3rd
Czech Republic Pavel Nedvěd Italy Juventus 1st
France Thierry Henry England Arsenal 3rd
Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy England Manchester United 1st

Coach: Portugal José Mourinho: Portugal 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 2004

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

Coach: Portugal José Mourinho: England Chelsea
Portugal 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 2005

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

Coach: Portugal José Mourinho: England Chelsea

Source:[6]

Team of the Year 2006

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

Coach: Netherlands Frank Rijkaard: Spain 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 2007

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

Coach: Scotland Alex Ferguson: England 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 2008

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

Coach: Scotland Alex Ferguson: England Manchester United

Source:[9]

Team of the Year 2009

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

Coach: Spain Pep Guardiola: Spain 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 2010

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

Coach: Portugal José Mourinho: Italy Internazionale
Spain 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 2011

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

Source:[12]

Voting for a coach ended this year.

Team of the Year 2012

Player Team(s) Appearance
Spain Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid 6th
Spain Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid 2nd
Spain Gerard Piqué Spain Barcelona 3rd
Brazil Thiago Silva Italy Milan
France Paris Saint-Germain
2nd
Germany Philipp Lahm Germany Bayern Munich 3rd
Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona 4th
Spain Xavi Spain Barcelona 5th
Italy Andrea Pirlo Italy Juventus 1st
Germany Mesut Özil Spain Real Madrid 1st
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 5th
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain 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 2013

Player Team(s) Appearance
Germany Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich 1st
Germany Philipp Lahm Germany Bayern Munich 4th
Brazil Thiago Silva France Paris Saint-Germain 3rd
Spain Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid 3rd
Austria David Alaba Germany Bayern Munich 1st
Wales Gareth Bale England Tottenham Hotspur
Spain Real Madrid
2nd
Germany Marco Reus Germany Borussia Dortmund 1st
Germany Mesut Özil Spain Real Madrid
England Arsenal
2nd
France Franck Ribéry Germany Bayern Munich 2nd
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović France Paris Saint-Germain 3rd
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain 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 2014

Player Team(s) Appearance
Germany Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich 2nd
Germany Philipp Lahm Germany Bayern Munich 5th
Spain Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid 4th
Uruguay Diego Godín Spain Atlético Madrid 1st
Austria David Alaba Germany Bayern Munich 2nd
Netherlands Arjen Robben Germany Bayern Munich 2nd
Germany Toni Kroos Germany Bayern Munich
Spain Real Madrid
1st
Argentina Ángel Di María Spain Real Madrid
England Manchester United
1st
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 6th
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović France Paris Saint-Germain 4th
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain 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 2015

Player Team(s) Appearance
Germany Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich 3rd
Brazil Dani Alves Spain Barcelona 4th
Spain Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid 5th
Spain Gerard Piqué Spain Barcelona 4th
Austria David Alaba Germany Bayern Munich 3rd
France Paul Pogba Italy Juventus 1st
Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona 5th
Colombia James Rodríguez Spain Real Madrid 1st
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 10th
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 7th
Brazil Neymar Spain Barcelona 1st

Source:[16]

Team of the Year 2016

Player Team(s) Appearance
Italy Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus 4th
Germany Jérôme Boateng Germany Bayern Munich 1st
Spain Gerard Piqué Spain Barcelona 5th
Spain Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid 6th
Italy Leonardo Bonucci Italy Juventus 1st
Croatia Luka Modrić Spain Real Madrid 1st
Germany Toni Kroos Spain Real Madrid 2nd
Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona 6th
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 8th
France Antoine Griezmann Spain Atlético Madrid 1st
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 11th

Source:[17]

Most appearances

By player

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

By manager

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

By club

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

By country

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

UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year

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
Spain Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) Germany Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Spain Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
Italy Alessandro Nesta (Milan)
Spain Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
England Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Spain Xavi (Barcelona)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/Real Madrid)
France Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Substitutes Appearances (as of 2015)
England John Terry 4
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović 4
Italy Gianluigi Buffon 3
Czech Republic Pavel Nedvěd 3
France Zinedine Zidane 3
Brazil Ronaldinho 3
Brazil 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
Spain Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) Germany Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Spain Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
Spain Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
Spain Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
England Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Spain Xavi (Barcelona)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/Real Madrid)
France Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

See also

References

  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. 

External links

  • UEFA Team of the Year uefa.com
  • List of previous UEFA Team of the Year uefa.com
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