2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

9 June - 9 July

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2006 FIFA World Cup™

The FIFA TSG nominates 23 players for the MasterCard All-Star squad

For the fourth consecutive time, the MasterCard All-Star Team recognises and honours the best players of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. After the conclusion of the round of 16, the Technical Study Group (TSG) drew up a shortlist of over 50 players for consideration for the All-Star Team based on the first 56 matches. After evaluating the players' overall performance throughout the tournament, the TSG has nominate 23 players for the MasterCard All-Star squad.

Player's name Team Position Number
Gianluigi Buffon Italy Goalkeeper 1
Jens Lehmann Germany Goalkeeper 1
Ricardo Portugal Goalkeeper 1
Roberto Ayala Argentina Defence 2
John Terry England Defence 6
Lilian Thuram France Defence 15
Philipp Lahm Germany Defence 16
Fabio Cannavaro Italy Defence 5
Gianluca Zambrotta Italy Defence 19
Ricardo Carvalho Portugal Defence 16
Ze Roberto Brazil Midfield 11
Patrick Vieira France Midfield 4
Zinedine Zidane France Midfield 10
Michael Ballack Germany Midfield 13
Andrea Pirlo Italy Midfield 21
Gennaro Gattuso Italy Midfield 8
Luis Figo Portugal Midfield 7
Maniche Portugal Midfield 18
Hernan Crespo Argentina Attack 9
Thierry Henry France Attack 12
Miroslav Klose Germany Attack 11
Francesco Totti Italy Attack 10
Luca Toni Italy Attack 9