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Greece's Zagorakis named Euro MVP

Greece captain Theodoros Zagorakis was named most valuable player of Euro 2004 on Monday, one day after his team completed a stunning championship run.

Zagorakis, 32, and his Greek teammates won the European soccer title with a 1-0 victory over Portugal in Sunday's final.

Zagorakis, a midfielder with AEK Athens, played every minute for Greece during each of its six tournament games.

UEFA's technical study group of coaches and technical experts, which included former Canadian head coach Holger Osieck, selected Zagorakis as MVP after consulting fan balloting on the tournament's official website.

UEFA described Zagorakis as "an inspirational figure in Greece's astonishing march to the European title."

Zagorakis was joined by teammates Antonios Nikopolidis (goalkeeper), defenders Traianos Dellas and Georgios Seitaridis and foward Angelos Charisteas on the 23-player tournament select team.

Runner-up Portugal and quarter-finalist England each had four players apiece on the team, including emerging stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

Euro 2004 select team:

  • Goalkeepers: Petr Cech, Czech Republic; Antonios Nikopolidis, Greece.
  • Defenders: Sol Campbell, England; Ashley Cole, England; Traianos Dellas, Greece; Ricardo Carvalho, Portugal; Georgios Seitaridis, Greece; Gianluca Zambrotta, Italy.
  • Midfielders: Michael Ballack, Germany; Luis Figo, Portugal; Frank Lampard, England; Maniche, Portugal; Pavel Nedved, Czech Republic; Theodoros Zagorakis, Greece; Zinedine Zidane, France.
  • Forwards: Milan Baros, Czech Republic; Angelos Charisteas, Greece; Henrik Larsson, Sweden; Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal; Wayne Rooney, England; Jon Dahl Tomasson, Denmark; Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Netherlands.

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