Discussion: Player of the Tournament So Far

So, play has been suspended for the time being, I decided to start a small discussion on WordPress regarding the players of the tournament so far.

Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Goal Scorers:

Alan Dzagoev

What a way to announce yourself on the international scene, opening his EURO 2012 campaign with 3 delightful goals for Russia in a mere two games. Yes, they came in matches against Czech Republic and Poland, but one does have to credit the midfielder/attacker for his impressive showings in the tournament so far.

Mario Gomez

Another player on three goals for the tournament so far. Has showed his excellent positioning along with aerial ability in the opening 2 group games of Group B.

Mario Mandzukic

A player really making his mark in the EUROs, and has outshone his counterpart Jelavic, being joint-top scorer for the tournament so far. Showed that he was clinical with his finishing and showed that he could boss defenders during matches, even getting the better of Italy’s defence.

The Midfielders:

David Silva, Fabregas and Iniesta

To me, the three real stand-outs in a stellar Spanish side. Fabregas has chipped in with two goals, and David Silva provided an absolutely delightful chipped through pass for Fabregas against Italy on Matchday 1. A good showing from the trio thus far.


Talk about silencing the critics. Showed his class and acceleration with a splendid burst of pace that completely caught England’s defence out on Matchday 1, before slotting in an inch perfect pass for Di Natale to latch onto and eventually finish. Did I mention that he scored a phenomenal freekick on Matchday 2 against Croatia?

The Goalkeepers


Talk about becoming an instant hero. Came on following Poland number 1 Szczesny’s sending off and immediately made himself a hero among the Polish faithful with a good save from the spot. Produced a decent showing against Russia as well, helping Poland to a 1-1 draw.

So, who has been your stand-out defender of the tournament so far? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!


3 responses to “Discussion: Player of the Tournament So Far

  1. Darijo Srna – Always outstanding for Croatia, really puts in a shift and a guaranteed captains performance. Never shys away from getting forward to provide the extra man. Downside being that his crossing isn’t always on form.

  2. Gebre Selassie – Again another wingback but always puts in a performance, rarely has a bad game. Would be a huge miss if he wasn’t playing for the Czech team. Quick and clever player always has an eye for a good pass.

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