Sergio Busquets—Defensive Midfielder, Spain
He may not have shone quite as brightly as his fellow midfielders or received as many plaudits, but Busquets quietly went about his business as a permanent starter and defensive force in Spain's midfield.
He distributed the ball excellently and made a number of key tackles and interceptions. His major role in Spain's build-up play allowed him to accumulate a high number of key passes as well.
Bastian Schweinsteiger—Central Midfielder, Germany
No one knows for sure if it was fatigue, a lack of match fitness or both, but Schweinsteiger struggled in Germany's last two matches of the tournament.
Nevertheless, he provided both assists to Mario Gomez in the win over the Netherlands, controlled that match and was solid in two others. If only he'd stayed consistent for Germany's entire Euro 2012 campaign.
Giorgos Karagounis—Central Midfielder, Greece
For a while there, Karagounis had us believing that he could single-handedly bring back Euro 2004. He may have missed a penalty in Greece's opening match, but he masterfully pushed his team to victory in the crucial winner-take-all match against Russia, capitalizing on a defensive error by the Russians and almost winning a penalty to put the game out of reach.
Unfortunately, bad refereeing ruled Karagounis out of the quarterfinals, to the captain's tremendous dismay, and Greece were badly beaten by Germany. One wonders if things might've gone differently with Karagounis not suspended...
Wesley Sneijder—Attacking Midfielder, Netherlands
The Netherlands as a whole may have endured a miserable campaign, but all of their positive play came through their attacking midfielder, Wesley Sneijder.
The Dutchman recorded one of the Dutch's only two assists in the tournament, 6.3 key passes per game, 3.3 accurate crosses per game and 2.3 accurate through balls per game.
Luka Modric—Central Midfielder, Croatia
Croatia's Euro 2012 campaign has gone largely unappreciated by most Euro 2012 analysts, but people are quick to forget that Croatia truly pushed Spain to the brink in the final Group C match and would've beaten them if a couple of calls had gone their way.
Modric was a big part of that. He wasn't amazing or world-class necessarily, but he controlled possession for Croatia, lead the team in interceptions and held his own against both Spain and Italy. Not bad.