One of the great misunderstood truths of sport is that it builds character. It does not; the sport reveals character.
In every major competition, star players go missing when they're needed most, and the unlikeliest of heroes stands tall to lead his team on to glory.
They are often the guys who hide in corners during team talks, too afraid to say anything that would upset anyone, but once they're on the pitch you know, you know you're standing beside a lion.
Here, we take a quick look at who the hidden gem for each country could be in Euro 2012.