Euro 2012: 4 Less Familiar Names Set to Star in Group A

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Euro 2012: 4 Less Familiar Names Set to Star in Group A
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Euro 2012 is now agonisingly close, and with an absence of competitive football for almost three weeks, football fans are chomping at the bit for the tournament to get underway.

The condensed format of the competition magnifies the quality and demands a high standard of play throughout. Players know that a couple of eye-catching performances on this stage can quickly propel one's reputation skywards. 

Group A pits hosts Poland with Euro 2004 winners Greece, alongside Czech Republic and Russia, who have both enjoyed successful tournaments in the not-so-distant past.

None of these sides currently sit in the top 10 of the FIFA World Rankings, and for that reason it is possibly the most open group, where each side will genuinely fancy their chances.

Experts have spent weeks endlessly listing standout performers destined to forever forge their reputations and dazzle this summer.

Big names aside, here is a look at some slightly less obvious choices that could well end up turning heads over the next few weeks.

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