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UEFA European Championship Awards

At the end of each UEFA European Championship tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game.


There are currently five post-tournament awards, and one given during the tourney:[1]

  • the Player of the Tournament for best player, first awarded in 1996;
  • the Golden Boot (currently commercially termed adidas Golden Boot) for most prolific goal scorer;
    • the Silver Boot (currently commercially termed adidas Silver Boot) for second-most prolific goal scorer;
    • the Bronze Boot (currently commercially termed adidas Bronze Boot) for third-most prolific goal scorer;
  • the Young Player of the Tournament (currently commercially termed as SOCAR Young Player of the Tournament) for best under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year, first awarded in 2016;
  • the Man of the Match Award for outstanding performance during each game of the tournament, first awarded in 1996;
  • the Team of the Tournament for best combined team of players at the tournament.

Player of the Tournament

The Player of the Tournament award is presented to the best player at each edition of the UEFA European Championship since 1996.

Golden Boot

The Golden Boot award goes to the top goalscorer of each edition of the UEFA European Championship.

If there is more than one player with the same number of goals, since 2008 the tie-breaker goes to the player who has contributed the most assists. If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker since goes to the player who has played the least amount of time.

Young Player of the Tournament

The Young Player of the Tournament award is presented to the best player in the tournament who is at most 22 years old. For the UEFA Euro 2016, this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January 1994. The award was first given out in 2016.

Edition Player Age
France 2016 Portugal Renato Sanches 18

Man of the Match Award

The Man of the Match award picks the outstanding player in every game of the tournament since 1996.[4][5]

Total awards
As of 10 July 2016

Team of the Tournament

The Team of the Tournament is a team of the best performers at each respective UEFA European Championship edition. From 1960 until 1992, only 11 players were chosen. In 1996, this was increased to 18 players, and in 2000 it was increased to 22 players. From 2004 until 2012, 23 players were chosen. In 2016, the format was changed back to 11 players.[6]

Edition Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
France 1960
(11 player squad)
Soviet Union Lev Yashin Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Durkovi?
Czechoslovakia Ladislav Novák
Soviet Union Igor Netto
Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragoslav ?ekularac
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Kosti?
Soviet Union Slava Metreveli
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Gali?
Soviet Union Viktor Ponedelnik
Spain 1964
(11 player squad)
Soviet Union Lev Yashin Spain Feliciano Rivilla
Hungary Dezs? Novák
Spain Ferran Olivella
Spain Ignacio Zoco
Spain Amancio Amaro
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Spain Jesús María Pereda
Hungary Ferenc Bene
Hungary Flórián Albert
Spain Luis Suárez
Italy 1968
(11 player squad)
Italy Dino Zoff Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mirsad Fazlagi?
Italy Giacinto Facchetti
England Bobby Moore
Soviet Union Albert Shesternyov
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan D?aji?
Italy Angelo Domenghini
Italy Sandro Mazzola
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivica Osim
England Geoff Hurst
Italy Luigi Riva
Belgium 1972
(11 player squad)
Soviet Union Yevhen Rudakov Soviet Union Revaz Dzodzuashvili
West Germany Paul Breitner
Soviet Union Murtaz Khurtsilava
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
West Germany Herbert Wimmer
West Germany Uli Hoeneß
West Germany Günter Netzer
West Germany Jupp Heynckes
West Germany Gerd Müller
Belgium Raoul Lambert
Yugoslavia 1976
(11 player squad)
Czechoslovakia Ivo Viktor Czechoslovakia Ján Pivarník
Netherlands Ruud Krol
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Czechoslovakia Anton Ondru?
Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Pollák
West Germany Rainer Bonhof
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan D?aji?
Czechoslovakia Antonín Panenka
Czechoslovakia Zden?k Nehoda
West Germany Dieter Müller
Italy 1980
(11 player squad)
Italy Dino Zoff Italy Claudio Gentile
West Germany Karlheinz Förster
Italy Gaetano Scirea
West Germany Hans-Peter Briegel
Belgium Jan Ceulemans
Italy Marco Tardelli
West Germany Bernd Schuster
West Germany Hansi Müller
West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
West Germany Horst Hrubesch
France 1984
(11 player squad)
West Germany Harald Schumacher Portugal João Pinto
West Germany Karlheinz Förster
Denmark Morten Olsen
West Germany Andreas Brehme
Portugal Fernando Chalana
France Jean Tigana
France Michel Platini
France Alain Giresse
Denmark Frank Arnesen
West Germany Rudi Völler
West Germany 1988
(11 player squad)
Netherlands Hans van Breukelen Italy Giuseppe Bergomi
Netherlands Frank Rijkaard
Netherlands Ronald Koeman
Italy Paolo Maldini
Netherlands Ruud Gullit
Netherlands Jan Wouters
Italy Giuseppe Giannini
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Netherlands Marco van Basten
Italy Gianluca Vialli
Sweden 1992
(11 player squad)
Denmark Peter Schmeichel France Jocelyn Angloma
France Laurent Blanc
Germany Andreas Brehme
Germany Jürgen Kohler
Germany Stefan Effenberg
Netherlands Ruud Gullit
Germany Thomas Häßler
Denmark Brian Laudrup
Netherlands Marco van Basten
Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp
England 1996
(18 player squad)[7]
England David Seaman
Germany Andreas Köpke
Czech Republic Radoslav Látal
France Laurent Blanc
France Marcel Desailly
Germany Matthias Sammer
Italy Paolo Maldini
France Didier Deschamps
England Steve McManaman
England Paul Gascoigne
Portugal Rui Costa
Czech Republic Karel Poborský
Germany Dieter Eilts
England Alan Shearer
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
Croatia Davor ?uker
France Youri Djorkaeff
Czech Republic Pavel Kuka
Belgium and Netherlands 2000
(22 player squad)[7]
Italy Francesco Toldo
France Fabien Barthez
France Lilian Thuram
France Laurent Blanc
France Marcel Desailly
Italy Alessandro Nesta
Italy Fabio Cannavaro
Italy Paolo Maldini
Netherlands Frank de Boer
France Patrick Vieira
France Zinedine Zidane
Portugal Luís Figo
Portugal Rui Costa
Netherlands Edgar Davids
Italy Demetrio Albertini
Spain Pep Guardiola
France Thierry Henry
Netherlands Patrick Kluivert
Portugal Nuno Gomes
Spain Raúl
Italy Francesco Totti
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Savo Milo?evi?
Portugal 2004
(23 player squad)[8]
Czech Republic Petr ?ech
Greece Antonios Nikopolidis
England Ashley Cole
England Sol Campbell
Portugal Ricardo Carvalho
Greece Traianos Dellas
Sweden Olof Mellberg
Greece Giourkas Seitaridis
Italy Gianluca Zambrotta
England Frank Lampard
Germany Michael Ballack
Portugal Luís Figo
Portugal Maniche
Czech Republic Pavel Nedv?d
Greece Theodoros Zagorakis
France Zinedine Zidane
England Wayne Rooney
Czech Republic Milan Baro?
Sweden Henrik Larsson
Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson
Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy
Greece Angelos Charisteas
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
Austria and Switzerland 2008
(23 player squad)[9]
Italy Gianluigi Buffon
Spain Iker Casillas
Netherlands Edwin van der Sar
Portugal José Bosingwa
Germany Philipp Lahm
Spain Carlos Marchena
Portugal Pepe
Spain Carles Puyol
Russia Yuri Zhirkov
Turkey Hamit Alt?ntop
Croatia Luka Modri?
Spain Marcos Senna
Spain Xavi
Russia Konstantin Zyryanov
Germany Michael Ballack
Spain Cesc Fàbregas
Spain Andrés Iniesta
Germany Lukas Podolski
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Russia Andrey Arshavin
Russia Roman Pavlyuchenko
Spain Fernando Torres
Spain David Villa
Poland and Ukraine 2012
(23 player squad)[10]
Italy Gianluigi Buffon
Spain Iker Casillas
Germany Manuel Neuer
Spain Gerard Piqué
Portugal Fábio Coentrão
Germany Philipp Lahm
Portugal Pepe
Spain Sergio Ramos
Spain Jordi Alba
England Steven Gerrard
Italy Daniele De Rossi
Spain Xavi
Spain Andrés Iniesta
Germany Sami Khedira
Spain Sergio Busquets
Germany Mesut Özil
Italy Andrea Pirlo
Spain Xabi Alonso
Italy Mario Balotelli
Spain Cesc Fàbregas
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovi?
Spain David Silva
France 2016
(11 player squad)[11]
Portugal Rui Patrício Germany Joshua Kimmich
Germany Jérôme Boateng
Portugal Pepe
Portugal Raphaël Guerreiro
Germany Toni Kroos
Wales Joe Allen
France Antoine Griezmann
Wales Aaron Ramsey
France Dimitri Payet
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo

All-time Euro XI

In June 2016, ahead of UEFA Euro 2016 in France, UEFA published an All-time Euro XI; the winning team was chosen based on votes cast on EURO2016.com and Twitter. The application featured the 50 players who have made the greatest impact at EURO final tournaments. Nominees had to meet at least two of the following four criteria:[12]

  • Appeared in at least a semi-final
  • Featured in a Team of the Tournament
  • Finished a EURO tournament as top scorer
  • Produced an iconic EURO moment


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  3. ^ "France forward Antoine Griezmann wins Golden Boot". UEFA.com. UEFA. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Saffer, Paul (10 July 2016). "Iniesta holds off Ronaldo as man of the match master". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 21 May 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Every EURO man of the match since 1996". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 14 June 2020. Archived from the original on 18 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "European Championships - UEFA Teams of Tournament". RSSSF. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ a b "UEFA Euro report" (PDF). UEFA.
  8. ^ "All-Star Squad Revealed". UEFA. 5 July 2004. Retrieved 2004.
  9. ^ "Spain dominate Team of the Tournament". UEFA. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Ten Spain players in Team of the Tournament". UEFA. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ "UEFA EURO 2016 Team of the Tournament revealed". UEFA. 11 July 2016. Archived from the original on 16 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Your All-time EURO 11 revealed". UEFA.com. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 2016.

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