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Nigeria’s Calvin Bassey makes Europa League team of the year



Calvin Bassey

Three Glasgow Rangers players,  among them, Nigeria’s Calvin Bassey as well as Ryan Kent and James Tavernier- have been named in Uefa’s Europa League team of the year.

But Eintracht Frankfurt have four after Wednesday’s penalty shootout win over the Glasgow side in Seville.

Kevin Trapp, whose spot-kick save from Aaron Ramsey proved crucial, is named along with Rafael Santos Borre, whose goal cancelled out Joe Aribo’s opener.

Centre-half Martin Hinteregger and midfielder Filip Kostic are included.

Although midfielder Aribo does not make Uefa’s selection, Bassey and captain Tavernier, who was the tournament’s top scorer with seven goals, are in defence with Ryan Kent on the wing.

David Moyes’ West Ham United, who lost to Eintracht in the semi-final, have two of their players included – defender Craig Dawson and midfielder Declan Rice.


The other players involved are Leipzig pair Konrad Laimer and Christopher Nkunku.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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