Injury is a sportsman's worst enemy and, at such an important time in their career, an injury can be heartbreaking.
Footballers, managers, fans and viewers will all feel the loss of these five important faces in the world of football. Many have scored the winning goals, made the important tackles and created the flow of the game that won their national team the nail-biting matches.
Some teams will feel their absence as rivals will view the injury as a sign of hope. If football was a fairytale and the players were the knights, then the trophy would be the damsel in distress, and injury would be the villain of the story.
Let's see who are the top five players set to bow out of the Euro 2012 tournament.