UEFA Soccer Team of the Year 2007

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After 3.75 million votes were cast by 277,985 users, the uefa.com Team of the Year 2007 has been revealed last week.

After much thinking and a lot of videotape viewing (mostly Champions League matches probably), the UEFA writers have come up with 60 nominations, which were then submitted to the general public of the uefa.com website. Users were asked to select eleven players and one coach to make up the Finest team of 2007.

Now, unlike awards such as L’Équipe’s Best 11 Soccer Players of 2007 (voted by journalists) this award was made by popular vote, so even if you don’t agree with the selections (and I’m sure none of you will 100% :D ) know that this team was chosen democratically. Nevertheless, feel free to give your 2 cents (and fire away your insults) in the comments section.

Uefa.com “Team of the Year” concept

Uefa.com - Europe’s football websiteThe first uefa.com users’ Team of the Year poll was launched on 12 December 2001. The criteria for Team of the Year concept was straightforward and presented in simple terms: “Naturally, there were many fine individual displays too [in 2001], and rather than impose our own “expert” selections of the top players of the year, uefa.com is asking the real experts, the site’s users, to vote for their Team of 2001.”

The users responded with a cumulative poll of over 3 million votes before the first uefa.com “Team of the Year” was announced on 3 January 2002. Since then the concept has been the same: uefa.com writers have come up with 60 nominations and the uefa.com users have selected the eleven players and one coach to make up the final selection. The first such selection reflected was not dominated by any one club, with UEFA Champions League finalists Bayern Munich and Valencia both having two players chosen, while UEFA Cup winners Liverpool had one player and one coach in the dream dozen.

In total 47 individuals have been selected on the 6 uefa.com users’ Team of the Years. By far the most successful player has been French forward Thierry Henry. He was selected on the first four teams, missed out by a mere 1,000 votes on the Team of 2005 before garnering his 5th selection in the 2006 team. Zinédine Zidane was selected in the first 3 teams, while Pavel Nedvěd, Alessandro Nesta, Gianluigi Buffon, Carles Puyol, Ronaldinho and José Mourinho have also all appeared in 3 selections.

The official website of the award can be found here.

UEFA Soccer Team of the Year 2007


Iker Casillas
Real Madrid
Often nominated but not selected till now, Iker Casillas has been one of Europe’s best keepers. Only 26, he has 73 Spain caps and has appeared 84 times for Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. He was in stellar form in 2007, playing a key role as Los Merengues regained the Spanish title. He finished more than 10,000 votes ahead of Petr Čech, with whom he shares a birthday, polling more than 90,000 votes.
Other nominees: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Andrés Palop (Sevilla), José Manuel Reina (Liverpool), Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd)
Daniel Alves
After just missing out on the 2006 team, archetypal attacking full-back Daniel Alves edged out the more defensive-minded Sergio Ramos in this year’s lineup. Alves is to the right flank what compatriot Roberto Carlos is to the left. Always looking to attack without shunning defensive duties, Alves was a central figure in Sevilla’s second successive UEFA Cup triumph and also scored in Brazil’s Copa América final victory.
Other nominees: Massimo Oddo (AC Milan), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gianluca Zambrotta (Barcelona), Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan)
Alessandro Nesta
Central defender
AC Milan
After sitting out Italy’s 2006 FIFA World Cup win, Alessandro Nesta may have had a point to prove on his return and he did so with an excellent display for Milan in the UEFA Champions League final. He then helped the Rossoneri triumph in the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, where he scored a goal in the decider.
Other nominees: Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Paolo Maldini (AC Milan), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Kolo Touré (Arsenal), Nemanja Vidić (Man Utd)
John Terry
Central defender
John Terry topped the poll for central defender despite the fact he missed a lot of the year through injury. However, when he was playing, Terry showed enough to confirm his status as one of the best stoppers around. He scored the first international goal at the new Wembley in June and also led Chelsea to FA Cup and English League Cup glory as well as to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the third time in four seasons.
Other nominees: Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Paolo Maldini (AC Milan), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Kolo Touré (Arsenal), Nemanja Vidić (Man Utd)
Eric Abidal
The France defender pipped last year’s winner Philipp Lahm by less than one per cent of the vote. Yet there is no doubt that Abidal is one of the finest full-backs around. He started the year with Lyon and his partnership with Florent Malouda was one of the strongest left sides in the game as he claim a third straight Ligue 1 crown. He has since impressed with Barcelona and is France’s undisputed No1 at left-back.
Other nominees: Royston Drenthe (Feyenoord/Real Madrid), Patrice Evra (Man Utd), Marek Jankulovski (AC Milan), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Cristiano Ronaldo
Right midfield
Manchester Utd
Undoubtedly the finest winger in the world, Ronaldo was in stunning form in 2007. He scored 29 goals for Manchester United in all competitions as they regained their Premier League title and reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. In addition, he netted five times as Portugal qualified for UEFA EURO 2008™. He was chosen as Footballer of the Year by both journalists and his fellow professionals in England and was also voted Portuguese Player of the Year.
Other nominees: Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Aleksandr Hleb (Arsenal), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Franck Ribéry (Marseille/Bayern Munich)
Steven Gerrard
Central midfield
The Liverpool talisman may have lost out to Milan in the UEFA Champions League final, but Gerrard finished well ahead of second-placed Andrea Pirlo in the voting in this category. He also received more votes as captain than any other player, over 40,000. He led Liverpool to a second final in three years and late in 2007 scored in seven successive matches, including the last three UEFA Champions League fixtures as Liverpool made the last 16.
Other nominees: Michael Essien (Chelsea), Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan), Christian Poulsen (Sevilla)
Attacking midfield
AC Milan
With 220,333 votes, Kaká topped the poll overall after a brilliant year which underlined his status as the best player in the world. Top scorer with ten goals as Milan won the UEFA Champions League, Kaká also lifted the UEFA Super Cup – scoring in the final – and was picked as best player when Milan claimed the Club World Cup.
Other nominees: Diego (Werder Bremen), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax/Real Madrid), Rafael Van der Vaart (Hamburg)
Clarence Seedorf
Left midfield
AC Milan
The most successful player in UEFA Champions League history shone again in 2007 with his fourth final victory. He finished more than 6,000 votes ahead of Ricardo Quaresma to be selected for a second time, five years after his previous inclusion. His campaign was highlighted by crucial strikes against Bayern Munich and Manchester United in the quarter and semi-finals en route to another European success, and also by his 100th UEFA Champions League appearance against Celtic in December.
Other nominees: Ryan Giggs (Man Utd), Florent Malouda (Lyon/Chelsea), David Silva (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Porto)
Zlatan Ibrahimović
Inter Milan
In the last 12 months, the mercurial Swedish international has added the consistency to the ability and self-confidence he has always possessed. He was leading marksman for Inter as they secured the 2006/07 Scudetto and he continued in that vein in the final months of the year, finishing as joint top scorer in the UEFA Champions League with five goals from six games.
Other nominees: Afonso Alves (Heerenveen), David Healy (Leeds/Fulham), Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan), Frédéric Kanouté (Sevilla), Francesco Totti (Roma), Luca Toni (Fiorentina/Bayern Munich), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid)
Didier Drogba
Belated recognition for the Ivory Coast striker after he played such a crucial part in Chelsea’s Premier League title triumph of 2006. He top-scored in the English championship in 2006/07 with 21 goals, netted twice in Chelsea’s 2-1 League Cup final victory over Arsenal, and forced in the winner in the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley in extra time against Manchester United. He also hit four goals in four outings as Chelsea advanced to the last 16 of the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League.
Other nominees: Afonso Alves (Heerenveen), David Healy (Leeds/Fulham), Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan), Frédéric Kanouté (Sevilla), Francesco Totti (Roma), Luca Toni (Fiorentina/Bayern Munich), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid)
Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester Utd
The Scottish manager who led Manchester United to UEFA Champions League glory in 1999 gets a long overdue award after guiding the Red Devils to the ninth title of his remarkable two-decade reign at Old Trafford. He has built arguably his third great United side and after contesting the semi-finals in 2007, he will be hopeful of another UEFA Champions League triumph in 2008.
Other nominees: Carlo Ancelotti (AC Milan), Rafael Benítez (Liverpool), Fabio Capello (Real Madrid), Juande Ramos (Sevilla/Tottenham)



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  • 15 Responses to “UEFA Soccer Team of the Year 2007”

    1. peejay says:

      I agree with most it, except I would have put Evra’ instead of Abidal, the rest seems alright even though I HATE AC Milan.

    2. Andrei says:

      This selection is pretty good and fair, but:

      -Terry has been horrible in the past year. He did not play much, but when he did he made mistakes and he was not as commanding as he used to be.
      -Seedorf and Kaka’ play in the same position. Picking one for left midfield and the other for attacking midfield is a bit sketchy. Uefa should have let them ave a go at each other (although, to be fair, there were no good left midfielders nominated).
      -Kaka’ is the best player in the world to those who have never seen Bremen play. Diego is far superior and, should he be at Real Madrid/AC Milan/Inter/Man Utd… everybody will see that, however, just because he plays for a less watched team, he is disconsidered.

      PS. Do you know which of Zlatan and Didi got more votes?

    3. Andrei, all the individual votes can be found on the official website of the award.

      To answer your question:
      Drogba: 110,963 votes
      Zlatan: 111,329 votes

    4. Rio or Vidic over Terry any day of the week. The day that Terry gets dropped for England will be a happy one indeed.

    5. Karl says:


    6. Not a bad side! I’d even fancy them against Watford!

      I would agree with Hugo that Ferdinand or Vidic would be a better bet than John Terry, but there really aren’t too many more arguments.

    7. Felipe says:

      Drogba or shevchenko? lol, diego had a season but yea kaka is better right now than dinho and messi, messi will be the future but were not there yet, rony do dout and what about lampard? did he get any votes?

    8. RMJ says:

      terry, abidal and gerrard do not deserve to be on this list…but people are just biased or like em for no reason…
      terry as said above has hardly played compaired to vidic who was in my opinion defender of the year…abidal, what exactly has he done so far?..and gerrard..liverpool reached the CL final but aside from that was just darn awful…pirlo, gattusso,essien, scholes all were exceptional last year…

    9. Akshay says:

      why is david healey a nominee

    10. Gerrard has no business being in that side

    11. vishva says:

      seems fair but i do think casillas is not ‘extremely’ gud quality. Petr cech,who i believe is the best GK in the world should have been in the instead of casillas

    12. michael says:

      Best GKP thing – I remember reading somewhere (i thought on the bbc site but can’t find it) that motd had rated Reina as the best player in the prem for the last two years using some statistical model or other.

      I think he’s enormously underrated. And I’m a Utd fan.

    13. RAUL says:

      Van Nistelrooy should be in that squad.. not sure who I would take out though, probably Drogba.
      And what about Eto’o? Cmon this is a joke… to much english infuence here… how did Terry get in?

      And Seedorf? Cmon he is too slow. I would place Messi or Robinho any day for Seedorf.

    14. A few points of order:

      First, Casillas might be an excellent keeper but Gigi Buffon is in a class of his own and will be remembered as the best of all time one day.

      Second, Alves isn’t anywhere near as gifted as the impeccable Serio Ramos, who no less a figure than Maldini has recently called the best defender in the world.

      Third, John Terry is okay under the aerial bombardments of the Premier league but he is simply too slow over five yards and when turning to even be considered among the best in the world.

      Fourth, Gerrard doesn’t have anywhere near the range of passing to be listed in the top 5 midfielders in the game. Doesn’t anyone remember how bad he was at Euro 2004 and the World Cup? He has great drive and great spirit but he is not a great player.

      Fifth, who actually believes Alex Ferguson is a coach? He’s a manager, not a coach.