The prestigious awards:
Best Goalkeeper: Buffon - Casillas shone brighter during the decisive stages, yes, but Italy only went as far as they did because of the great Buffon. Van der Sar comes in 3rd.
Best Defender: Marchena, followed by Puyol and Zhirkov.
Best Midfielder: Xavi, with Schweinsteiger coming 2nd and Senna on 3rd.
Best Forward: Fernando Torres, with Arshavin in 2nd and Pavlyuchenko in 3rd.
Best Player: Xavi.
Best Young Player: If Modric qualifies, he's my choice. Good player.
Biggest Flop: Luca Toni. What a crap tournament this guy had.
Biggest Surprise: (You never expected them to do that well): As a team, Turkey; as an individual player, Marcos Senna.
Best Goal: Sneijder's against France.
Best Match: Russia vs Holland.
Best Coach: The great Guus Hiddink, of course. How could it be anyone else?
"Only in the darkness can you see the stars."
~Martin Luther King Jr.