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Spain international Andres Iniesta is named best player of Euro 2012

Updated: Monday, 02 Jul 2012 13:33 | Comments

Andres Iniesta, scorer of the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, has been named as the best player of EURO 2012
Andres Iniesta, scorer of the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, has been named as the best player of EURO 2012

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Andres Iniesta, who helped Spain to a second successive European Championship triumph in Poland and Ukraine, was named the best player at the tournament by UEFA on Monday.

Iniesta played a central role for Spain in Sunday's 4-0 win over Italy as they became the first country to retain the title.

"Iniesta sends a message about creative and incisive football and was superb throughout," said UEFA's Andy Roxburgh. 

UEFA squad of Euro 2012:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Manuel Neuer (Germany); Defenders: Gerard Pique (Spain), Fabio Coentrao (Portugal), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Pepe (Portugal), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Jordi Alba (Spain)

Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Italy), Steven Gerrard (England), Xavi (Spain), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Sami Khedira (Germany), Sergio Busquets (Spain), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Xabi Alonso (Spain)

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Italy), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Zlatan Ibrahimovoic (Sweden), David Silva (Spain)

Spain - By the Numbers

20 - Competitive games since they last lost.

29 - European Championship games without defeat since going down 2-0 to Sweden in a qualifier in October 2006.

8 - The number of Spaniards to have appeared in two European Championship final victories - Iker Casillas, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernndez, Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos and David Silva.

79 - International clean sheets for Casillas, who has won 100 of his 137 games to date for his country.

513 - Minutes since Casillas last conceded a goal, in the 1-1 Group C draw with Italy on June 10.

189 - The total number of minutes played by Torres at the finals.

63 - The average number minutes on the pitch needed for Torres to score each of his three goals.

3,946 - Completed passes at Euro 2012.

620 - Total passes attempted by Xavi.

531 - Total passes completed by Xavi at an average success rate of 86%.

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