Europe's Trans-National World Cup Team
Many European teams have already seen their World Cup hopes flushed down the drain, so the European Commission decided it was time for the region's nations to join forces for the common good of the European Union.
Last week, the commission unveiled the 'EU Dream Team' on its Facebook page ( here are the strikers). Throughout the week users were able to vote on a number of candidates by 'liking' pictures of them and the 11 players with the most votes were selected. The Commission's Facebook page has over 300,000 likes, but as in European elections turnout was quite low. None of the players selected received more than a couple of hundred votes.
上周，欧盟委员会在其Facebook页面上宣布了“欧盟梦之队”(EU Dream Team)人选。上周结束前，用户能通过给一系列候选球员照片“点赞”的方式进行投票，得票最多的11名球员将被选入梦之队。欧盟委员会Facebook页面有超过30万个“赞”，但就像欧洲选举那样，投票率很低。没有任何一名候选球员获得超过200张选票。
The end result was an unorthodox 3-1-3-1-2 formation made up of players from seven different countries.
Although Spain, Portugal and Italy have not impressed anyone in the tournament, voters are counting on players from those three to carry the new 'EU Dream Team.' Despite losing their first two games in stunning fashion, Sergio Ramos and Andrea Iniesta from Spain were picked. Italy, who needs a tie or a win against Uruguay to advance, has the most players with three.
尽管西班牙队、葡萄牙队和意大利队在本届世界杯的表现尚未给人留下深刻印象，但投票用户仍希望来自这三个国家的球员成为新的“欧盟梦之队”的骨干力量。虽然在世界杯前两场比赛中以令人诧异的表现遭遇失利，但西班牙队的拉莫斯(Sergio Ramos)和伊涅斯塔(Andrea Iniesta)仍入选梦之队。意大利队需要踢平或战胜乌拉圭队才能小组出线。该队有三名球员入选梦之队，人数最多。
Belgium, host of many of EU's most important institutions, was rewarded with two selections, defender Vincent Kompany and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
作为欧盟许多最重要机构所在地的比利时有两名球员被选中，分别是后卫孔帕尼(Vincent Kompany)和门将库尔图瓦(Thibaut Courtois)。 纽约时报中英文网 http://www.qqenglish.com
Neither Thomas Mueller, Karim Benzema or Robin van Persie were selected even though they have three goals so far in this World Cup.
穆勒(Thomas Mueller)、本泽马(Karim Benzema)和范佩西(Robin van Persie)均未入选，尽管本届世界杯到目前为止，他们各自都有三粒进球入账。
Only players from the 10 EU member states in the World Cup were eligible for selection, meaning the three remaining UEFA members, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Switzerland and Russia were excluded. However, the Swiss can boast that they are the 'EFTA Dream Team' by default as Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland failed to qualify for the World Cup.
只有打入本届世界杯决赛圈的10个欧盟成员国国家队球员才有资格成为梦之队候选球员，这意味着另外三个打入世界杯决赛圈的欧足联(UEFA)成员国——波黑、瑞士、俄罗斯均被排除在外。不过，瑞士可以夸耀自己完全就是“欧洲自由贸易联盟梦之队”(EFTA Dream Team)，因为挪威、列支敦士登和冰岛都未能打入本届世界杯决赛圈。
Full team: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) -- Vincent Kompany (Belgium), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Andrea Barzagli (Italy ) -- Daniele De Rossi (Italy) -- Giannis Maniatis (Greece), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) -- Andres Iniesta (Spain) -- Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
梦之队名单：库尔图瓦(Thibaut Courtois)（比利时）-- 孔帕尼(Vincent Kompany)（比利时）、拉莫斯(Sergio Ramos)（西班牙）、巴尔扎利(Andrea Barzagli)（意大利）-- 德罗西(Daniele De Rossi)（意大利）-- 马尼亚蒂斯(Giannis Maniatis)（希腊）、皮尔洛(Andrea Pirlo)（意大利）、施魏因斯泰格(Bastian Schweinsteiger)（德国）-- 伊涅斯塔(Andres Iniesta)（西班牙）-- 罗本(Arjen Robben)（荷兰）、C•罗纳尔多(Cristiano Ronaldo)（葡萄牙）