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Xavi named best player at Euro 08
Uefa say the Barcelona midfielder "epitomises the Spanish style of play".
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2008 13:35 GMT
Xavi was also named in the squad of the tournament, along with nine other Spaniards [AFP]

Xavi Hernández, Spain midfielder, has been named player of the tournament at Euro 2008, as the attacking style of play from the champions was hailed by Uefa.

Spain, who won an entertaining final 1-0 against Germany, had nine players named in the squad of the tournament selected by European football's governing body.

"We have chosen Xavi because we think he epitomises the Spanish style of play," Andy Roxburgh, the head of Uefa's technical delegation, told a news conference.

"He was extremely influential in the whole possession, passing, penetrating kind of game that Spain played."

Spain's victory was their first major tournament triumph in 44 years.

"The Spanish team haven't tried to be someone else. They have maintained their philosophy. They can keep the ball under immense pressure," Roxburgh added.

"To sum up Spanish football, they carry the ball close to their hearts. They love the ball, they love working with the basics.

"Because they love the ball they don't like to give it away. They have personal talent and collective ability."

Luis Aragones's side dominated Uefa's squad of the tournament and Roxburgh said his delegation could have named more Spaniards.

"Clearly, there were a number of players that were outstanding," he added, naming Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas and defender Carles Puyol as especially impressive.

"The first comment our group made was that we should just pick the Spanish team. We could almost have put 13 or 14 Spanish players in here and not have blinked."

Euro 2008 squad of the tournament:

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

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

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

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

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