MasterCard All-Star Team to Honor Top Players of 2006 FIFA World Cup™

Published June 27th, 2006 - 12:15 GMT

For the fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup™, the MasterCard All-Star Team program will recognize and honor the top football players of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

A total of 23 footballers, out of a possible 736 players competing for their 32 teams, will be selected to the MasterCard All-Star Team of the 2006 FIFA World Cup by the Technical Study Group (TSG) of the world governing body of football, a panel comprised of 14 members representing all six Confederations: AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC and UEFA

The criteria for selection to the 23-member MasterCard All-Star Team, representing a FIFA World Cup squad, includes players from teams advancing to at least the round of 16 (a minimum number of appearances is required); who show outstanding performance on the pitch during the tournament; and represent every position of a team (goalkeeper, defender, midfield, attack).

“Every FIFA World Cup is characterized by a select number of footballers who distinguish themselves by elevating their game to an extraordinary level and have a significant impact on the tournament,” said John Stuart, senior vice president, Global Sponsorships, MasterCard International. “Whether they are a current elite player or a newly discovered star, the MasterCard All-Star team honors these players and helps bring fans closer to the game by fostering debate among fans across the globe as to who deserves to be in the final squad.”

Following the Round of 16, the FIFA TSG will prepare a list of approximately 50 players under consideration for selection to the MasterCard All-Star Team, based on performances through the first 56 matches of the tournament. The final roster of the 23-member MasterCard All-Star Team will be made following the semi-final matches and announced by members of the FIFA TSG and MasterCard on July 6, 2006.


The FIFA TSG is coordinated by Holger Osieck, Head of FIFA Technical Development and includes members:

Holger OSIECK (GER),Head of FIFA Technical Development and Head of FIFA Technical Study Group at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

Andy ROXBURGH (SCO),UEFA Technical Director and FIFA Technical and Development Committee Member

Gyorgy MEZEY (HUN),UEFA Technical Committee Member, Hungarian Football Federation Technical Director, FIFA Coaching Instructor

Francisco MATURANA (COL)

FIFA Technical and Development Committee Member, Member of FIFA TSG at 2002 FIFA World Cup™

FIFA Coaching Instructor, Member of FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) at major tournaments, Technical Director of Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)

FIFA Coaching Instructor and Member of FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) at major tournaments

KWOK Ka-Ming (HKG),Hong Kong Football Association Technical Consultant, FIFA Coaching Instructor, AFC Coaching Instructor

·Kalusha BWALYA (ZAM),
FIFA Technical and Development Committee Member, Zambian Football Association vice-president, CAF standing committee member


Head Coach of Finland (since 2006), Head Coach of United Arab Emirates (2001-2003), Head Coach of Switzerland (1992-1995)

FIFA Football Committee Member

Jozef VENGLOS (SVK),UEFA Technical Committee Member, FIFA Technical Advisor, Member of FIFA and UEFA Technical Study Group

Lim Kim CHON (MAS),Maldives Football Association Technical Director, Asian Football Confederation Technical Director, FIFA and AFC Coaching Instructor

FIFA Football Committee Member, FIFA Technical Advisor, Member of FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) at major tournaments, Special Technical Adviser to Trinidad and Tobago national teams

Rodrigo KENTON (CRC)
FIFA Coaching Instructor , Member of FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) at major tournaments


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