Team of the Tournament (so far…)

So, the group stages in the Euro 2012 are over and plenty of players have put their names forward to be included into the Team of the Tournament. Here is who I think have been the standout players from the first three games.

Goalkeeper – Iker Casillas

Admittedly, Casillas has probably had less to do in this tournament than any other goalkeeper, however, the best goalkeepers always concentrate. When he has been called upon, he has provided. Two match saving saves from Thiago Motta in the first game, and Rakitic in the third have allowed Spain to qualify. Without the goals being scored at the other end, those two saves have been vital to Spain’s progression.

Right Back – Mathieu Debuchy

The French right back was rumoured to be another of Newcastle’s French diamonds in the rough, impressing for Lille last season and his bursting forward runs have made him stand out in this tournament too. Decent enough at the back too, Newcastle may be wishing that they’d snapped him up before the tournament. The story goes that Chelsea are now interested, and having been less than impressed with their potential new right back, Gregory Van de Wiel, they have shelved those plans and are looking to Debuchy instead.

Left Back – Fabio Coentrao

This guy just never stops running and is a constant threat to the opposition. With Lahm and Cole also performing well at left back, there is decent competition, however, the Portuguese gets my vote.

Centre Back – Joleon Lescott

In the England team due to Cahill’s injury, he has performed admirably at the back, and with the important goal against the French, he has arguably been the stand out performer in the back line.

Centre Back – Kostas Katsouranis

There haven’t been many outstanding defensive performances in this tournament, and with very few clean sheets, this means more entertainment for the masses. One player who is doing well at centre back is the Greek stalwart Katsouranis, which is even more impressive considering it’s not his natural position. When you are relying on Georgios Samaras to score goals at the other end, you know that you need to keep the opposition’s scoring to a minimum, and with the performances of Katsouranis, they have done just that. Read More