Here's a look at some of the players that stole the lime light of renowned world beaters such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Fernando Torres.

Rui Patricio:

The young keeper showed composure and commanded his back four throughout the tournament which is a rarety among young goal keepers at international level. Conceding only 4 goals in the entire tournament and saving a penalty against spain in the semi-final shootout, Rui Patricio has shown that he is more than capable of playing at the top level, a summer move to a big European club could be on the cards this summer for the Sporting Lisbon keeper.

Jordi Alba:

The 23 year old spanish full back settled well into the world and retaining european champions starting 11 and showed great talent going forward. He also handled Manchester United winger Nani very well in the semi final; a very important and succesful tournament for the youngster who is sure to keep his spot at full back for La Roja.


Poland were surprisingly bright and attack minded during their short stay in the tournament and the majority of play came through Lukasz Piszczek's right flank. He showed burst's of energy down the wing and beat players with ease; the Dortmund full back is top of Chelsea's list to replace reject Bosingwa.


Pepe showed why he is first choice at Madrid throughout the tournament. Although he maybe better known for his fiery temperament rather than his footballing ability, Pepe's defence looked solid with him in command; an area of Portugal's team that many before the tournament may have thought was a weakness was shown to be a fortress. 

Joao Perreira:

Alongside teammate Pepe, Perreira added a touch of class to Portugals back four with a perfect first touch and a calm, collected manor in which he displayed whever on the ball, a top addition to Portugals defence.


Kuba Blasczycovski was the ultimate leader for Poland and was involved in every atacking move that was created. His power and pace was unbearable for defences and this was shown by a sublime strike against rivals Russia, which in my opinion was the goal of the tournament. I believe that theattacking fluency of Poland was down to their 3 influential players, Lewandowski, Blasczycovski and Piszczek all playing together at club level for German champions Borussia Dortmund.

Andrea Pirlo:

The Italian master of football made a statement to the world of football that he is far from finished as he dazzled everyone with his effortless style of football. A legend of the game who created everything for Italy and was the main reason for Italy's success, his vision and execution was nothing but perfect whenever the ball graced his feet.

Vaclav Pilar:

In a tournament that showed a fair few break through stars, the czech youngster Pilar was for me the pick of the bunch. Guiding a weak Czech side to the Quarter Finals to face Portugal, where he seemed to be the only threat for his nation, and scoring half of his sides goals throughout the tournament, Pilar has certainly made a name for himself.

Mesul Ozil:

Turkish born Mesut Ozil was the creative cog in the German machine. He created attack after attack for the Germans and showed great talent with close control and dazzling dribbling. For a player who was meant to be for a future squad; Ozil amongst others has revolutionised German football and certainly rised to the occasion.

Mario Gomez:

The Munich striker was by far the outstanding striker of the tournament and was unstoppable until being shocked by the Azzuri wall of defence scoring some truly brilliant goals along the way, certainly putting a marker down to players such as Van Persie who flopped at the tournament and becoming a contender for the best striker in the world.

Mario Mandzukic:

The Wolfsburg striker stole the lime light of team mate Jelavic and took the tournament by storm showing impresive goalscoring ability throughout. With a tough group, Mandzukic proved that he can score goals even against the best opposition.

Other players that I had shortlisted for this "Dream Team" included Jerome Boateng, Fabio Coentrao, AlanDzagoev, Petr Jiracek, Manuel Neuer, Michael Krohn-Delhi, Daniel Agger, Nicklas Bendtner, Mats Hummels, Miguel Veloso, David Silva,Daniele Di Rossi, Andriy Yarmolenko, Glen Johnson and Yohan Cabaye who also all had fantastic tournaments. I think that this tournament has shown the strength of the German and Spanish leagues who most of the players I have selected play in.