When a major tournament rolls around, players who would not usually get the chance to shine in the spotlight are put on show for the whole world to see.
It's a brilliant way of scouting out young new talent for the top clubs in Europe, and I expect Euro 2012 to be no exception to this.
Already, the likes of 21-year-old Alan Dzagoev of CSKA Moscow and Mario Mandzukic of Wolfsburg have stepped out from relative obscurity and made a real name for themselves on the world stage.
Perhaps the most successful breakout stars from recent tournaments are German duo Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller.
Both men came to prominence at the 2010 World Cup, and have since have enjoyed vast success with club sides Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.
This slideshow is not based around players who have necessarily had a great start to the tournament.
Rather, it is based on five players that United would do very well to sign in the near future.
If they happen to have a particularly impressive European Championship, Fergie might take real note.
Here are five guys that would be a fantastic fit at United.