With Euro 2012 less than two weeks away, the buzz surrounding the tournament and its players continues to increase.
Spain must again be considered heavy favorites to retain their title and lift the cup come July 1 in Kiev. However, hopefuls England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and France also have strong squads that can surely challenge any team on their day.
The Euro is famous for bringing together the elite in world football and providing emerging stars the grounds to announce their arrival on the international scene. In previous years the likes of Luka Modric (2008) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2004) have used the tournament to spark their budding careers, and now it is time for a new crop of youngsters to do the same.
What truly defines the legacy of a footballer is how well they play at these tournaments.
Here are the players who have the quality to thrive and become national heroes at Euro 2012.