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Alberto, season's first named tropical storm, dumps rain on Texas and Mexico, which reports 3 deaths

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Alberto, season's first named tropical storm, dumps rain on Texas and Mexico, which reports 3 deaths
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Alberto, season's first named tropical storm, dumps rain on Texas and Mexico, which reports 3 deaths

2024-06-20 12:38 Last Updated At:12:41

TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Alberto formed Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. Authorities in Mexico reported three deaths from its rains.

Alberto, which is bringing strong winds, heavy rainfall and some flooding along the coasts of Texas and Mexico, is expected to make landfall in northern Mexico early Thursday.

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A bird flies over a deserted pier in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Alberto formed Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. Authorities in Mexico reported three deaths from its rains.

Palapas sit deserted on a beach in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

Palapas sit deserted on a beach in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

Tire tracks mark the sand on a deserted beach in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

Tire tracks mark the sand on a deserted beach in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

A bird flies over a deserted pier in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

A bird flies over a deserted pier in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

Megan Johnston drinks coffee as she sits on the seawall along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Megan Johnston drinks coffee as she sits on the seawall along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz looks back at his wife, Minda, as he crossed a flooded section of Kempner Street, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz looks back at his wife, Minda, as he crossed a flooded section of Kempner Street, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Richard Tumlinson watches waves crash along the seawall as he passes the 1900 storm memorial while rain rollsl in, Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. The statue honors the more than 8,000 people killed in the hurricane called "The Great Storm" in 1900. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Richard Tumlinson watches waves crash along the seawall as he passes the 1900 storm memorial while rain rollsl in, Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. The statue honors the more than 8,000 people killed in the hurricane called "The Great Storm" in 1900. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Waves crash over a jetty along Seawall Boulevard Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Waves crash over a jetty along Seawall Boulevard Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Jeremy Reddout and his daughter, Elexus, enjoy the waves between Murdoch's and Pleasure Pier as rain falls, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Jeremy Reddout and his daughter, Elexus, enjoy the waves between Murdoch's and Pleasure Pier as rain falls, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Megan Johnston sits on the seawall along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls, Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Megan Johnston sits on the seawall along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls, Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Galveston city worker Sean Kirby checks trash cans along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls,Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Galveston city worker Sean Kirby checks trash cans along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls,Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz and his wife, Minda, brace themselves with their umbrella as strong winds kick up as they cross a flooded section of The Strand near Kempner Street , Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz and his wife, Minda, brace themselves with their umbrella as strong winds kick up as they cross a flooded section of The Strand near Kempner Street , Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Galveston city worker Sean Kirby checks trash cans along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Galveston city worker Sean Kirby checks trash cans along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz and his wife, Minda, cross a flooded section of The Strand near Kempner Street as rain falls Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz and his wife, Minda, cross a flooded section of The Strand near Kempner Street as rain falls Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Elexus Reddout and her father, Jeremy, enjoy the waves between Murdoch's and Pleasure Pier Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Elexus Reddout and her father, Jeremy, enjoy the waves between Murdoch's and Pleasure Pier Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

“The heavy rainfall and the water, as usual, is the biggest story in tropical storms,” said Michael Brennan, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center.

Civil protection authorities in the northern state of Nuevo Leon said one man died in the La Silla river in the city of Monterrey, the state capital. They also said that two minors died from electric shocks in the municipality of Allende. Local media reported that the minors were riding a bicycle in the rain.

Nuevo Leon Gov. Samuel García wrote on his account on social media platform X that metro and public transportation services would be suspended in Monterrey from Wednesday night until midday Thursday when Alberto had passed.

The National Hurricane Center said late Wednesday that Alberto was located about 135 miles (220 kilometers) east of Tampico, Mexico, and about 320 miles (510 kilometers) south-southeast of Brownsville, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph). The storm was moving west at 9 miles per hour.

The center of the storm was expected to reach the northeastern coast of Mexico south of the mouth of the Rio Grande by Thursday morning.

As much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain was expected in some areas along the Texas coast, with even higher isolated totals possible, Brennan said. He said some higher locations in Mexico could see as much as 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain, which could result in mudslides and flash flooding, especially in the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon.

The municipal government of Tampico, a port city in Tamaulipas state, announced Wednesday afternoon that authorities had activated a command center in coordination with the water, electricity and oil companies.

Many residents were excited about the prospect of heavy showers, as Tamaulipas and most of Mexico has been dealing with extreme droughts.

“We have been needing this water that we’re now getting, thank God. Let’s hope that we only get water,” said Blanca Coronel Moral, a resident of Tampico. “Our lagoon, which gives us drinking water, is completely dry.”

Tamaulipas Gov. Américo Villarreal said Wednesday on X that schools across the state will remain closed between Wednesday and Friday.

The coordinator of civil protection in Tamaulipas, Luis Gerardo Gonzalez, said they have 333 shelters distributed throughout the state at each municipality. “As the storm moves, we will be opening up more shelters.”

Authorities urged residents to be aware of the alerts the state and municipal civil protections are sharing. They anticipate the storm arriving overnight with communities closest to the coast most affected.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect from the Texas coast at San Luis Pass southward to the mouth of the Rio Grande and from the northeastern coast of Mexico south of the mouth of the Rio Grande to Tecolutla.

“Rapid weakening is expected once the center moves inland, and Alberto is likely to dissipate over Mexico” on Thursday, the center said.

The U.S. National Weather Service said the main hazard for southern coastal Texas is flooding from excess rain. On Wednesday, the NWS said, there is “a high probability” of flash flooding in southern coastal Texas. Tornadoes or waterspouts are possible.

NOAA predicts the hurricane season that began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30 is likely to be well above average, with between 17 and 25 named storms. The forecast calls for as many as 13 hurricanes and four major hurricanes.

An average Atlantic hurricane season produces 14 named storms, seven of them hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Brennan said there will be dangerous rip currents from the storm and drivers should watch out for road closures and turn around if they see water covering roadways.

Areas along the Texas coast were seeing some road flooding and dangerous rip currents Wednesday, and waterspouts have been spotted offshore. “We’ve seen a few brief spin-ups and some waterspouts out there,” said Tyler Castillo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Corpus Christi.

Tim Cady, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Houston, said they’ll be keeping an eye on coastal flooding as high tide approaches Thursday morning.

“When we have these strong onshore winds combined with the high tide, that can result in coastal inundation, particularly in our lower-lying coastal areas,” Cady said.

A bird flies over a deserted pier in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

A bird flies over a deserted pier in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

Palapas sit deserted on a beach in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

Palapas sit deserted on a beach in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

Tire tracks mark the sand on a deserted beach in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

Tire tracks mark the sand on a deserted beach in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

A bird flies over a deserted pier in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

A bird flies over a deserted pier in Miramar, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of the hurricane season. (AP Photo/Fabian Melendez)

Megan Johnston drinks coffee as she sits on the seawall along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Megan Johnston drinks coffee as she sits on the seawall along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz looks back at his wife, Minda, as he crossed a flooded section of Kempner Street, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz looks back at his wife, Minda, as he crossed a flooded section of Kempner Street, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Richard Tumlinson watches waves crash along the seawall as he passes the 1900 storm memorial while rain rollsl in, Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. The statue honors the more than 8,000 people killed in the hurricane called "The Great Storm" in 1900. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Richard Tumlinson watches waves crash along the seawall as he passes the 1900 storm memorial while rain rollsl in, Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. The statue honors the more than 8,000 people killed in the hurricane called "The Great Storm" in 1900. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Waves crash over a jetty along Seawall Boulevard Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Waves crash over a jetty along Seawall Boulevard Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Jeremy Reddout and his daughter, Elexus, enjoy the waves between Murdoch's and Pleasure Pier as rain falls, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Jeremy Reddout and his daughter, Elexus, enjoy the waves between Murdoch's and Pleasure Pier as rain falls, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Megan Johnston sits on the seawall along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls, Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Megan Johnston sits on the seawall along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls, Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Galveston city worker Sean Kirby checks trash cans along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls,Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Galveston city worker Sean Kirby checks trash cans along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls,Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz and his wife, Minda, brace themselves with their umbrella as strong winds kick up as they cross a flooded section of The Strand near Kempner Street , Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz and his wife, Minda, brace themselves with their umbrella as strong winds kick up as they cross a flooded section of The Strand near Kempner Street , Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Galveston city worker Sean Kirby checks trash cans along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Galveston city worker Sean Kirby checks trash cans along Seawall Boulevard as rain falls Wednesday, June 18, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz and his wife, Minda, cross a flooded section of The Strand near Kempner Street as rain falls Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Roy Quiroz and his wife, Minda, cross a flooded section of The Strand near Kempner Street as rain falls Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Elexus Reddout and her father, Jeremy, enjoy the waves between Murdoch's and Pleasure Pier Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Elexus Reddout and her father, Jeremy, enjoy the waves between Murdoch's and Pleasure Pier Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Spain won the European Championship for a record fourth time after beating England in the final for a seventh straight win in the tournament.

And after impressing throughout Euro 2024, Spaniards dominate the combined team of the tournament chosen by writers covering the competition for The Associated Press.

DIOGO COSTA (Portugal)

Costa's three saves in the penalty shootout win over Slovenia in the round of 16 was the standout moment for a goalkeeper in a tournament where many shone, including Georgia's Giorgi Mamardashvili, who was excellent against Portugal in the group stage and had 29 saves in his four games, and Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was the shining light in an otherwise woeful title defense by Italy.

DANI CARVAJAL (Spain)

What a season for the right back. An unlikely scorer for Real Madrid against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final when he won the competition for a sixth time, Carvajal then became a European Championship winner with Spain. An aggressive, in-your-face defender, he even got on the scoresheet again at Euro 2024 — for his first international goal — against Croatia in the group stage. He missed the semifinals because of a red card against Germany in the quarterfinals.

MARC CUCURELLA (Spain)

Few could have seen the big-haired Cucurella having such an impact for Spain at Euro 2024 when he was out of the team at Chelsea for much of last season and receiving criticism from fans. He found some form for Chelsea as an inverted full back late in the season and brought that to the Euros, with his big moment coming when he provided the assist for the title-winning goal by Mikel Oyarzabal. Cucurella appears to be a hated figure in Germany now after his handball that wasn't awarded against the host nation in the quarterfinals, earning him jeers from Germans in the crowd in the semifinals and final.

WILLIAM SALIBA (France)

Saliba wasn't sure of his place in the France team heading into the tournament. He is now after a string of mighty displays, including completely dominating Cristiano Ronaldo in the quarterfinals. Great in the air, composed on the ball and a strong reader of the game, Saliba could lay claim to being the world's best center back after a commanding season for Arsenal, too.

ANTONIO RUDIGER (Germany)

The last memory of Rudiger at Euro 2024 was him looking helpless as a cross drifted over his head toward Spain's Mikel Merino, who planted a header into the corner to eliminate Germany in the quarterfinals. Other than that, Rudiger was immense again — just like he often is for Real Madrid in big games — with his tough-tackling, no-nonsense approach.

RODRI (Spain)

Named UEFA’s player of the tournament, Rodri set the stage for the young wingers in front of him to shine. The Manchester City midfielder gave Spain the structure that made its free-flowing attacking play work, even if he went off injured at halftime in the final. He also scored against Georgia in the round of 16 to steady a Spain team which briefly seemed in shock after conceding the opening goal.

TONI KROOS (Germany)

The Real Madrid great signed off in style in his final tournament before retiring from soccer. Kroos returned to the Germany team this year after three years away and seemed to give an out-of-form squad much-needed confidence as a calm, authoritative presence in midfield, but the journey ended in defeat to Spain in the quarterfinals. Injuring Spain’s Pedri cast a shadow over Kroos’ exit, though.

JAMAL MUSIALA (Germany)

A creative spark for the host nation, Musiala led Germany with three goals that showed off his deft footwork, pace and game awareness. It was a standout tournament for 21-year-old attacking midfielders, with Musiala’s teammate Florian Wirtz and the Netherlands’ Xavi Simons both among the most impressive players at Euro 2024.

LAMINE YAMAL (Spain)

A star is born. Much was made of Yamal’s age, but it still seemed easy to forget that such a confident, technically skilled player was just 16 for most of the tournament. Yamal turned 17 the day before the final and celebrated by setting up Nico Williams for Spain’s opening goal, his fourth assist of the tournament. A spectacular goal against France in the semifinals was his biggest highlight.

NICO WILLIAMS (Spain)

The other half of Spain’s dazzling pair of wingers, and a comparative veteran at the age of 22, Williams tormented right backs all tournament with his pace and trickery — particularly Italy's Giovanni Di Lorenzo in the group stage — and his well-taken goal against England in the final underlined his contribution.

GEORGES MIKAUTADZE (Georgia)

In a tournament where traditional center forwards like Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski and Romelu Lukaku struggled, Mikautadze introduced himself to a wider audience with three goals — the joint-most at Euro 2024 — despite playing only four games. Mikautadze combined especially well with winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia as Georgia shocked Portugal 2-0 for what was by far its biggest-ever soccer moment as an independent nation.

COACH: LUIS DE LA FUENTE (Spain)

De la Fuente might have just overseen one of the best campaigns by a country at any major tournament. Spain beat four former world champions — Italy, Germany, France and England — on route to the title after tweaking its style of play under De la Fuente to dovetail its traditional composure in possession with more directness up front. He is a trusted disciple of the Spanish federation who has nurtured many of his players through the country’s youth teams all the way to the senior set-up, and says he wants to stay to lead Spain to the World Cup.

AP Euro 2024: https://apnews.com/hub/euro-2024

Portugal's goalkeeper Diogo Costa applauds the fans after losing a quarter final match between Portugal and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, July 5, 2024. France won a penalty shoot out 4-3 after the match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Portugal's goalkeeper Diogo Costa applauds the fans after losing a quarter final match between Portugal and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, July 5, 2024. France won a penalty shoot out 4-3 after the match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Spain's Marc Cucurella celebrates after winning the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Spain's Marc Cucurella celebrates after winning the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

William Saliba of France celebrates after winning a quarter final match between Portugal and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, July 5, 2024. France won a penalty shoot out 4-3 after the match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

William Saliba of France celebrates after winning a quarter final match between Portugal and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, July 5, 2024. France won a penalty shoot out 4-3 after the match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Germany's Toni Kroos clap hands as he acknowledges supporters at the end of a quarter final match between Germany and Spain at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, July 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Germany's Toni Kroos clap hands as he acknowledges supporters at the end of a quarter final match between Germany and Spain at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, July 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Spain's Rodri kisses his Best Player of the tournament trophy after the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. Spain won 2-1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spain's Rodri kisses his Best Player of the tournament trophy after the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. Spain won 2-1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spain's Nico Williams, right, celebrates with his teammate Lamine Yamal after scoring his side's opening goal during the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Spain's Nico Williams, right, celebrates with his teammate Lamine Yamal after scoring his side's opening goal during the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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