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Euro 2012: Stars who could shine

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Published: 3rd Jun 2012 01:15:17

The 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine starts on 8 June. Comprising of 16 teams, the tournament runs for three weeks.

Traditionally, the Euros have provided a platform for some of European football's youngest and brightest stars to shine. Here, BBC Sport profiles eight players who could shake football's world in the coming months.

Photographs courtesy Getty Images, Reuters and PA.

Player analysis from Phil McNulty, BBC Sport's chief football writer; Gaizka Mendieta, former Spain international; Alexey Smertin, former Russia international and now vice president of Lokomotiv Moscow; Jan Molby, former Liverpool and Denmark midfielder; James Horncastle, Italian football writer; Raphael Honigstein, Bundesliga correspondent for the Guardian newspaper; Matt Spiro, France-based football writer; Andy Brassell, European football writer and broadcaster.

All player statistics correct as of 31/05/2012.

Slideshow interviews and research by Matt Monaghan and Jimmy Smallwood. Slideshow production by Emma Lynch.

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