Euro 2012: 20 Players to Watch for at This Summer's Championships

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Euro 2012: 20 Players to Watch for at This Summer's Championships
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They're not the World Cup—nothing can rival that competition for its splendor and unequivocal magnetism, after all—but the European Championships still showcase some sublime football.

That comes with the territory when so many of the world's greatest stars frequently feature in the tournament.

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Andres Iniesta (Spain) and Wayne Rooney (who will miss England's first two games while serving a suspension) will all be present in Poland and Ukraine, but what makes the Euros so enticing is the prospect of unearthing new stars.

Ronaldo and Rooney both leapt onto the world's radar as talented teenagers at the 2004 championships in Portugal, after all. Four years later, Andrei Arshavin introduced himself while leading Russia on a superb run to the semifinals.

This summer's tournament promises more of the same. Here are 20 players who, while perhaps not boasting the notoriety of those aforementioned stars, may be well known by the time July rolls around.

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