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MasterCard Worldwide today announced the 23 players who have been named to the MasterCard All-Star Team of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The players were selected by the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) based on their performances through the semi-final matches.
For the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the TSG is made up of 13 highly-experienced football experts, among them Andy Roxburgh (Scotland), Roy Hodgson (England), Teofilo Cubillas (Peru), and Roger Milla (Cameroon), just to name a few. The FIFA TSG, headed by Holger Osieck, Head of FIFA Technical Development, selected the following 23 players as the most outstanding stars of the tournament:
Goalkeepers (3): Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Jens Lehmann (Germany), Ricardo (Portugal)
Defenders (7): Roberto Ayala (Argentina), John Terry (England), Lilian Thuram (France), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy), Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal)
Midfielders (8): Ze Roberto (Brazil), Patrick Vieira (France), Zinedine Zidane (France), Michael Ballack (Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Gennaro Gattuso (Italy), Luis Figo (Portugal), Maniche (Portugal)
Attackers (5): Hernan Crespo (Argentina), Thierry Henry (France), Miroslav Klose (Germany), Francesco Totti (Italy), Luca Toni (Italy)
The MasterCard All-Star Team program was created by MasterCard following the 1990 FIFA World Cup and implemented at the last four FIFA World Cup tournaments.
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