UEFA technical study group starts its work at Euro
Former France and Liverpool coach Gerard Houllier is among the technical study group of the ruling body UEFA which looks into the quality of play at Euro 2008 and picks the best players of the tournament, the dpa reported.
Houllier and his eight colleagues elects the man of the match after each of the 31 games in Austria and Switzerland as well as the best tournament player and a 23-strong Allstar team.
"Individual performance is a criteria and so is the player's influence on the course of the game," Houllier told a news conference on Sunday.
The first man of the match honours on Saturday went to Czech Tomas Ujfalusi and Portugal's Pepe.
The study group is headed by UEFA's technical director Andy Roxborough, who has four men in each host country to watch the games.
Holger Osieck ( Germany), Morten Olsen ( Denmark), Jerzy Engel ( Poland) und Gyorgy Mezey ( Hungary) are in Switzerland. Austrian games are looked after by Houllier, Roy Hodgson ( England), Josef Venglos ( Slovakia) and Jean-Paul Brigger ( Switzerland).
Their final report will be presented to all national team coaches at a congress in September.