Seven Italians and four Frenchmen head the 23-man MasterCard All-Star Team, as selected by FIFA's Technical Study Group.
World Cup semifinalists Germany and Portugal also had four players
apiece on the all-star game. Argentina had two, and Brazil and England
The MasterCard All-Star Team:
Buffon (Italy), Jens Lehmann (Germany), Ricardo (Portugal).
Ayala (Argentina), John Terry (England), Lilian Thuram (France),
Philipp Lahm (Germany), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Gianluca Zambrotta
(Italy), Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal).
Ze Roberto (Brazil), Patrick Vieira (France), Zinedine Zidane (France),
Michael Ballack (Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Gennaro Gattuso
(Italy), Luis Figo (Portugal), Maniche (Portugal).
Hernan Crespo (Argentina), Thierry Henry (France), Miroslav Klose
(Germany), Francesco Totti (Italy), Luca Toni (Italy).
Poldi named top young player
Germany's Lukas Podolski
won the Gillette Best Young Player award, a new World Cup
award. Podolski, only 21, scored three goals at the World Cup to give
him 15 goals in 31 international appearances.
Podolski, nicknamed "Prince Poldi," teamed with fellow Polish-born
striker Miroslav Klose
to form the best frontline partnership at the World Cup.
The six finalists for the award were Cristiano Ronaldo
Valencia (Ecuador), Lionel
Messi (Argentina), Tranquilo
Fabregas (Spain) and Podolski. The award was open to
players born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, and selected by FIFA's
Kaiser: Stop the acting
Former German great Franz
Beckenbauer, the president of the 2006 World Cup
organizing committee, says something must be done to stop the acting
and feigning injury that has plagued matches at the World Cup.
"I think it is time to get the players, the coaches and the referees
around the table and try to find some sort of solution to this
problem," he said. "None of us in the game wants these incidents. The
players are seeking
to gain an unfair advantage and attempt to exploit every situation. The
referees are there to correct this kind of misconduct, but the players
do not make it easy for the referees."
Beckenbauer, who captained the
West Germany 1974 championship team and the 1990 championship team,
added he would also show the yellow card to any player who
signaled to the ref with an imaginary card to get an opponent booked.
"That is also cheating," he said.
FIFA and UEFA are
planning a technical convention with coaches, referees and players in
Berlin in September to discuss the World Cup with
cheating and play-acting set to be on the agenda.
Beckenbauer was also disappointed with the number of shots at
the World Cup.
"As the old German coach Sepp
Herberger used to
show," Beckenbauer added, "if you don't shoot, you won't score. Well,
there have not been
enough shots on goal as far as I am concerned."