Euro 2004 was the incredible tournament that saw the continent turned upside down. Germany and Spain both crashed out in the group stage, Greece lifted the trophy, Czech Republic were the most exciting team around, while Portugal’s failing golden generation were unceremoniously pushed out of the way by a team of young upstarts.
GK – Petr Cech (Czech Republic)
Only just 22 when the tournament began and with a summer transfer to Chelsea already arranged, Petr Cech showed exactly why he was the hottest young goalkeeper in Europe.
DF – Giourkas Seitaridis (Greece)
Right-back Giourkas Seitaridis impressed from the word go as Greece stunned Portugal with a win in the opening game and continued with similar performances right the way through.
DF – Traianos Dellas (Greece)
Only a bit-part player at Roma prior to Euro 2004, Traianos Dellas was Greece’s rock at the back and the foundation on which the eventual champions’ success was built.
DF- Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal)
Ricardo Carvalho only came into the Portuguese line-up after the opening defeat at the hands of Greece. He became a real star and moved to Chelsea from Porto after the tournament.
DF – Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)
Gianluca Zambrotta was the only player selected for Team of the Tournament whose country didn’t make the knockout rounds, with Italy only able to manage third place in their group.
MF – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo went to Euro 2004 as a 19-year-old probably not expecting to play that much. But he scored in the first game after coming from the bench and never looked back.
MF – Maniche (Portugal)
As one of Porto’s Champions League winners, Maniche major contribution at Euro 2004 came in the shape of the screamer he unleashed to seal the semi-final win over the Netherlands.
MF – Theodoros Zagorakis (Greece)
If Dellas was the rock at the back, captain Theodoris Zagorakis was the beating heart of the Greek team. He got his reward for numerous incredible displays by lifting the trophy.
MF – Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)
Ballon d’Or winner in 2003, Pavel Nedved had been playing the best football of his career in the two years leading up to the Euros and he was instrumental in Czech Republic going far.
FW – Milan Baros (Czech Republic)
Milan Baros was never better than when wearing a Czech Republic shirt. That was never more obvious than in 2004 when he scored five goals and and finished as top scorer.
FW – Wayne Rooney (England)
An 18-year-old Wayne Rooney shocked Europe with four goals in the group stage and looked as though he could take England all the way until suffering a broken foot in the quarter final.
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