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Four Russian players were included in the Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament, with only winners Spain better-represented, UEFA announced Monday on its web site.
MOSCOW, June 30 (RIA Novosti) - Four Russian players were included in the Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament, with only winners Spain better-represented, UEFA announced Monday on its web site.

The symbolic team is dominated by players from the Spanish squad, which contributes nine of the 23, but also includes four Russians and three Germans. The Netherlands and Portugal supply two players each while there is one representative from Turkey, Croatia and Italy.

"The Team of the Tournament is something which we put into our technical report for our coaching colleagues. We give them pointers on the players that our technical experts have appreciated during this event," UEFA Technical Director Andy Roxburgh said, according to the web site.

The Russian team finished the tournament with the bronze after losing its semifinal 3-0 to Spain, which in turn beat Germany 1-0 to win the title.

UEFA Team of the Tournament:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Edwin van der Sar (the Netherlands).

Defenders: Bosingwa (Portugal), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Carlos Marchena (Spain), Pepe (Portugal), Carles Puyol (Spain), Yuri Zhirkov (Russia).

Midfielders: Hamit Alt?ntop (Turkey), Luka Modric (Croatia), Marcos Senna (Spain), Xavi Hernandez (Spain), Konstantin Zyryanov (Russia), Michael Ballack (Germany), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Lukas Podolski (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (the Netherlands).

Forwards: Andrei Arshavin (Russia), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Russia), Fernando Torres (Spain), David Villa (Spain).

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