One of the most highly anticipated summers of sport in living memory is about to commence with the Olympics being hosted in London for the first time since 1948.
But for diehard football fans, it will be hard to look beyond the European Championship hosted by Poland and Ukraine as the primary source of sporting entertainment, ecstasy and heartbreak.
Sixteen of Europe's finest international teams will contest the right to become major tournament champions, and already the experts are considering who is set to shine.
Will Robin van Persie end the season of his life by sending Holland to their first major international triumph since 1988 and atone for the World Cup final defeat two years ago?
Will Fernando Torres find redemption as a proven goal scorer after the most difficult year of his career at Chelsea?
Will Spain do the unthinkable and make it three major tournament victories in a row?
And will Roy Hodgson's pedestrian England be able to hack it with the technical prowess and fluid possession football on offer in the rest of the tournament?
In this article, however, I will be citing 10 wonder kids, as yet unproven on the highest stage, who have the potential to light up the tournament and cause Europe's top clubs to fall over themselves in their eagerness to table a bid.