Euro 2012: The 5 Standout Performers in Poland and Ukraine

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Euro 2012: The 5 Standout Performers in Poland and Ukraine
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After three weeks of exhilarating action in Poland and Ukraine, the curtain has fallen upon yet another European Championship.

While the two host nations may have failed to deliver on the pitch, they did not disappoint off it, as they succeeded in conducting a memorable tournament.

Spain may have worked their way to a third consecutive international title, but they were hardly the only ones who dazzled and thrilled. Other nations too played their part to ensure that Euro 2012 was a spectacle.

And of course, it is the individuals that make a team work. A number of players lit up the tournament, and did their best to ensure the competition was worth watching.

It got me thinking. If I had to present to you five players that defined Euro 2012, what would their identities be? With more than 300 players involved, I really had my work cut out.

Having thought this long and hard, here are the five standout performers of Euro 2012. In my opinion, of course.

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