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Eleven tournaments, eleven stars. We present the greatest footballers ever to grace the European stage, with one player from each victorious team. Our selection lines up in an attractive 3-4-3 formation, featuring the most illustrious performers in European Championship history.


GK: Lev Yashin

Defense: Giacinto Facchetti, Anton Ondrus,Matthias Sammer

Midfield: Chus Pereda, Zinedine Zidane,Michel Platini, Brian Laudrup

Attack: Gerd Müller, Marco van Basten, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Lev Yashin (USSR 1960) - Perhaps the greatest goalkeeper of all time, and undoubtedly the star of the 1960 tournament. The 'black panther' combined lightning reflexes and great agility with a level of fitness rare among goalkeepers of the time.

Giacinto Facchetti (Italy, 1968)
A legend of Inter and Italy; his name is synonymous with uncompromising defensive excellence. A strong, assured presence, unafraid of putting the boot in when necessary and sometimes when not.

Anton Ondrus (Czechoslovakia, 1976)
The Slovan Bratislava man started out as a mediocre front man until Dr. Josef Venglos saw his defensive potential, converting Ondrus into a towering centre back. Captained the victorious 1976 side.


Matthias Sammer (Germany, 1996)
Stood out a mile in a generally ordinary German team. Led by example in defence and attack, breaking up and creating attacks to startling effect. Headed the winner against Croatia with his country under the cosh.


Chus Pereda (Spain, 1964)
Mercurial winger Pereda lit up the 1964 tournament on home soil. His tricky runs, telling crosses and motivational presence lifted a sometimes overpowered Spanish team to wins over Hungary and the USSR.

Zinedine Zidane (France, 2000)
The greatest player of his generation lived up to the billing in Belgium and Holland, putting in a series of spellbinding performances. A habitual big match performer, Zidane's combination of strength, balance and skill is truly unique.

Michel Platini (France, 1984)
Nine goals in five games from midfield is an astonishing strike rate at any level. To do it in a European Championship is scarcely credible. No player before or since has exerted such domination over a major international tournament.


Brian Laudrup (Denmark, 1992)
In a side filled with uninspiring, workmanlike players, Laudrup provided sufficient creative spark to take Denmark all the way. Never as highly-regarded as brother Michael, Euro' 92 saw Brian emerge from his sibling's shadow.

Gerd Müller (West Germany, 1972)
'Der Bomber' found the net eleven times in the 1972 competition, proving utterly unstoppable as he fired Germany to victory. The prototype poacher, Müller often disappeared for long periods, but always got on the scoresheet.


Marco van Basten (Netherlands, 1988)
A modern legend, van Basten is talked about in hushed terms by the game's aficionados. Left his calling card with a first round hat-trick, and sealed his place in the pantheon of footballing greats with a famous dipping volley in the final.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (West Germany, 1980)
Functioning as a wide attacker for West Germany, Rummenigge was a perfect foil for the powerful but limited Horst Hrubesch. The Bayern Munich man stood out as a creative, incisive and constantly dangerous presence.
 
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