Euro 2012: Ranking This Year's Worst Performances
Some teams and players have really stepped up with the whole world watching. Like every Euro, however, there have been some pretty abysmal teams as well.
These are the worst team performances that this Euro had to offer.
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The sun was shining on Russia on the first day of competition. A 4-1 win against the Czech Republic put them in great position early on.
Their lack of composure to finish off Poland and their embarrassing performance against Greece surprised everybody and got them knocked out of the competition.
This rude awakening also led their captain Andrey Arshavin to criticize the fan’s judgement of the team.
Republic of Ireland
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One goal scored, nine conceded.
The Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands are the only teams that lost all of their group games.
The Irish didn't provide enough of anything in the matches they played and they looked completely overmatched.
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Led by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden were expected to test England and France.
They led against Ukraine and England, but they ended up losing both matches. The win against France was mere consolation for them and their fans.
Zlatan eventually decided to showcase his skills when it didn't really matter.
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The Netherlands failed to the greatest degree due to their inability to live up to expectations.
Before the tournament started, the Netherlands were considered favorites after coming off of a World Cup final appearance.
They didn't win a single group game—astonishing for a largely unchanged team from two years ago.