Cesc Fabregas had another reason be cheerful today as it was announced that he, along with eight more of his countrymen, was chosen in the Uefa Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament.
The midfield maestro joined Iker Casillas, Carlos Marchena, Carles Puyol, Marcos Senna, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Fernando Torres and David Villa in the team that was chosen by a nine-strong group of expereinced football technicians.
Barcelona man Xavi Hernandez scooped the accolade of Man of the Tournament, but Fabregas who was involved largely as a substitute should be proud of his inclusion among the continents elite.
In Spain's first game Cesc came off the bench, setting up the third goal and scoring the fourth in a 4-1 rout over Russia. He then featured in the other two Group D fixtures before crashing home the decisive penalty in a shoot-out victory over Italy at the Quarter-Final stage.
In the Semi-Finals, too, he thrived coming off the bench grabbing two assists, the first of which was a sumptuous chipped pass for David Guiza. In the Final, Fabregas started but was replaced on the hour as Spain aimed to protect their narrow lead.
Cesc finished as the tournaments joint-top goal-maker with Hamit Altintip, who also made the team.
Below is the full list of players included in the Uefa Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands).
Defenders: Bosingwa (Portugal), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Carlos Marchena (Spain), Pepe (Portugal), Carles Puyol (Spain), Yuri Zhirkov (Russia).
Midfielders: Hamit Altintop (Turkey), Luka Modric (Croatia), Marcos Senna (Spain), Xavi Hernández (Spain), Konstantin Zyryanov (Russia), Michael Ballack (Germany), Cesc Fàbregas (Spain), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Lukas Podolski (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands).
Forwards: Andrei Arshavin (Russia), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Russia), Fernando Torres (Spain), David Villa (Spain).
30 Jun 2008