Power Ranking the Italy Players at Euro 2012

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Power Ranking the Italy Players at Euro 2012
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Right now Italian fans are probably feeling sorry for themselves. They shouldn't.

Despite their 4-0 loss in the Euro 2012 final to Spain—a scoreline, by the way, that in no way reflects how well Italy played in the match as a whole—the Azzurri had an absolutely fantastic tournament.  

After the debacle that was the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the downturn in quality Serie A suffered in the years following the calciopoli scandal, the Italians needed a good showing to prove to the world that they are still a power on the world stage.

At Euro 2012, they did just that.  

They overcame yet another match-fixing scandal and a modest group stage to absolutely dominate the quarterfinal against England and then pull a stunning upset of the Germans in the semifinal. Italian soccer is relevant on the international level again, and not a moment too soon.

Of the 23 men that Cesare Prandelli brought to Poland and Ukraine, he used 19 of them at this tournament. Some of them were absolutely vital to the Italian effort at this tournament. Some turned in less-than-stellar performances.  

Who was better than the others?  Let's take a look and find out.

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