Selasa, 26 Julai 2011

First XI of Copa America (

Formation: 4-3-1-2

Goalkeeper - Justo Villar (Paraguay)
Appearances: 6
Clean Sheets: 3

Without actually winning a game in regular or extra-time throughout the tournament, Gerardo Martino's side were inspired by the Estudiantes keeper all the way to the final, where despite making further incredible stops, he could not stop his side from losing to Uruguay.

Right-back - Juan Zuniga (Colombia)
Appearances: 4
Goals/Assists: 0/1

Along with Pablo Armero on the opposite flank, Zuniga was a livewire throughout the tournament - defending well and creating havoc every time he came forward. The Napoli wing-back showcased all his tricks, flicks, stepovers and creativity as Colombia stormed through the groups.

Centre-back - Diego Lugano (Uruguay)
Appearances: 6
Goals/Assists: 0/0

The captain was like a brick wall at the back: dominant in the area and utilising a no-nonsense approach. He displayed a true leadership spirit in taking his team to their 15th Copa America title and was only robbed of a deserved goal in the final by some great goalkeeping and then a handball.

Centre-back - Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (Venezuela)Appearances: 6
Goals/Assists: 1/0

Described as one of the revelations of the 2011 Copa America, relatively few had heard of the 27-year-old before his exploits this summer in Argentina. In addition to excelling in defence, the towering player also scored one of the best goals of the campaign with a powerful header to help upset Chile.

Left-back - Alvaro Pereira (Uruguay)
Appearances: 5
Goals/Assists: 2/1

The versatile Porto man built on his success at club level by becoming a key piece of the puzzle for Uruguay. Scored two goals, including a winner over Mexico, and constantly pushed down the left side to pressure the opposition from the first minute of the opener versus Chile to the final minute against Paraguay.

Centre-midfield - Cristian Riveros (Paraguay)
Appearances: 6
Goals/Assists: 1/0

More solid than spectacular, the player now on loan at Kayserispor from Sunderland was always industrious at the heart of Martino's midfield set-up. He may not technically be the best, but his ability to press and switch the ball were utilised superbly.

Centre-midfield - Egidio Arevalo (Uruguay)
Appearances: 6
Goals/Assists: 0/1

Interestingly, Uruguay are a side that shine without the ball as well as when in possession, and the ex-Penarol man was a large part of their success. Put in a dazzling shift when his side were down to 10 men versus Argentina and also set up Forlan for the second goal in the final.

Centre-midfield - Juan Arango (Venezuela)
Appearances: 5
Goals/Assists: 1/1

The veteran, widely regarded as one of the country's best all-time players, was not always a starter but was an influential and creative force whenever on the pitch. Assisted his country in reaching fourth place - their highest ever showing at the Copa America - also earning his 100th cap in the process.

Support striker - Diego Forlan (Uruguay)
Appearances: 6
Goals/Assists: 2/0

Crowned the best player at last year's World Cup, Forlan once again was a decisive factor despite not scoring until the final, emulating his father and grandfather in winning the trophy. Dropping between the lines of midfield and attack, the Atletico Madrid star was the offensive architect of his team's victorious campaign.

Centre-forward - Paolo Guerrero (Peru)
Appearances: 5
Goals/Assists: 5/2

After grabbing a couple of crucial goals in the group stage, the Hamburg striker ensured Peru finished in an impressive third place by exploding in the play-off against Venezuela with a hat-trick in a 4-1 win, becoming the tournament's top-scorer with five goals to his name.

Centre-forward - Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
Appearances: 6
Goals/Assists: 4/2

With pace, surprising strength, and precision - as infuriating as Luis Suarez's constant complaining can be - there is no doubt he is one of the most talented strikers in world football at the moment. Bagged four goals altogether, including a brace in the semis against Peru and the opener in the final.


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