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Each week, Goal.com selects the standout performers from Europe's top leagues, honouring the best players eligible for Euro 2012

Euro 2012

Team of the Week


EURO 2012 NEWS


GOALKEEPER

Wojciech SZCZESNY
Arsenal
& Poland
TOTW Apps: 2

 Szczesny played a key role in Arsenal's 1-1 draw against Stoke last Saturday. Even though he conceded an early goal to Peter Crouch, the Pole was solid for the rest of the game especially with crosses and high balls. He made a vital save late on as the Gunners earned a valuable point to stay in third in the Premier League table.

DEFENDERS

Gregory VAN DER WIEL
Ajax
& Netherlands
TOTW Apps: 1


Carles PUYOL
Barcelona
& Spain
TOTW Apps: 2


Holger BADSTUBER
Bayern
& Germany
TOTW Apps: 3

Ajax retained their Eredivisie crown after a 2-0 win over VVV in midweek but it was Van der Wiel who set the team on their way to title glory last weekend. The right-back won a penalty for his side against Twente before scoring the winning goal late on.

Puyol makes his second appearance in the team with a composed and assured showing against Malaga. He scored the opening goal in the 4-1 victory and also commanded his defence astutely against the Andalusians.

Badstuber
retains his place in the Best XI from last week, which is testament to his consistency for Bayern this campaign. Even though the Bavarians had surrendered the Bundesliga title to Dortmund, the defender did not let his performance drop in the 2-0 win against an in-form Stuttgart side.

MIDFIELDERS

Claudio MARCHISIO
Juventus
& Italy
TOTW Apps: 1


Mesut OZIL
Real Madrid
& Germany
TOTW Apps: 2


Sebastian GIOVINCO
Parma
& Italy
TOTW Apps: 1


Rafael V. D. VAART
Spurs
& Netherlands
TOTW Apps: 2

Juventus could have moved one step closer to the Serie A title in midweek after Marchisio headed the Old Lady in front against Lecce, but Gianluigi Buffon's late error allowed the visitors to steal a surprise draw.

 Ozil played his part in securing the Liga title for Real Madrid when he scored a goal in Los Blancos' 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. Making his second straight appearance in the Best XI, he also chipped in with an assist, laying the ball off for Gonzalo Higuain to score the opening strike.

Giovinco did his chances of making Cesare Prandelli's Italy squad for Euro 2012 no harm at all with a sensational week for Parma. He scored from a free kick against Lecce at the weekend, and followed that up with a sublime display against Inter when he netted once and made two others in a 3-1 triumph.

Tottenham returned to winning ways with back-to-back victories, and they had Van der Vaart to thank. He scored goals against Blackburn and Bolton, and even chalked up an assist at Reebok Stadium in a 4-1 demolition.

FORWARDS

Roman ZOZULYA
Dnipro
& Ukraine
TOTW Apps: 1


Antonio CASSANO
AC Milan
& Italy
TOTW Apps: 1


Fernando TORRES
Chelsea
& Spain
TOTW Apps: 2

Zozulya netted twice for Dnipro against Metalurh Donetsk in a 3-0 victory that ensured his side finish in the top five of the Ukrainian Premier League this season to secure qualification for the Europa League.

Cassano's return to to the pitch this season after a heart problem has been nothing short of miraculous, and it has been made even more remarkable as he has become a key player in Milan staying alive in the Scudetto race. He scored once and provided two assists against Siena in a 4-1 win and put on another dazzling display against Atalanta midweek.

Torres could not have chosen a better time to hit form as his resurgence continued just one month before Euro 2012. The Spaniard bagged a hat-trick for Chelsea in their 6-1 rout of QPR last weekend, although he failed to find the net in his team's 2-0 loss to Newcastle in midweek.

TOTAL NOMINEES BY COUNTRY (THIS WEEK)
Spain 13 (2)
France 11 (0)
Germany 11 (2)
Netherlands 10 (2)
England 7 (0)
Poland 6 (1)
Italy 8 (3)
Ukraine 5 (1)
Ireland 3 (0)
Croatia 2 (0)
Czech Republic 2 (0)
Greece 2 (0)
Portugal 1 (0)
Russia 1 (0)
Denmark 1 (0)

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