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Zagorakis wins best player award

Did Greece deserve to win Euro 2004?

LISBON, Portugal -- Greek captain Theodoros Zagorakis has capped an incredible Euro 2004 by being named as UEFA's player of the tournament.

The veteran AEK Athens midfielder led his country to their 1-0 victory over hosts Portugal in Sunday's final.

Zagorakis, 32, was also named man of the match for his hard-working performance in a match that completed Greece's unlikely transformation from 80-1 outsiders to European champion.

"Throughout the tournament, as well as in the final against Portugal, he showed leadership quality and skill and technical ability as well as his character," said Gerard Houllier, a member of the eight-man UEFA technical panel that made the decision.

Zagorakis, who will be presented with a trophy at a ceremony in Monaco in August, is one of five Greek players selected in UEFA's squad of the tournament.

Goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis, defenders Georgios Seitaridis and Traianos Dellas and forward Angelos Haristeas were also selected in the 23-man list.

Portugal and quarterfinalists England were also well represented with four players each.

UEFA All Star Squad:

Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Czech Republic), Antonios Nikopolidis (Greece)

Defenders: Sol Campbell (England), Ashley Cole (England), Traianos Dellas (Greece), Olof Mellberg (Sweden), 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 Haristeas (Greece), Henrik Larsson (Sweden), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Wayne Rooney (England), Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)

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