Euro 2012: Stars who could shine

The 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine starts on 8 June. Consisting of 16 teams, the tournament runs for three weeks.

Traditionally, the Euros have provided a platform for some of European football's youngest and brightest stars to shine. Here, BBC Sport profiles eight players who could make a name for themselves in Poland and Ukraine.

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Photographs courtesy Getty Images, Reuters and PA.

Player analysis from Phil McNulty , BBC Sport's chief football writer; Gaizka Mendieta , former Spain international; Alexey Smertin , former Russia international and now vice president of Lokomotiv Moscow; Jan Molby , former Liverpool and Denmark midfielder; James Horncastle , Italian football writer; Raphael Honigstein , Bundesliga correspondent for the Guardian newspaper; Matt Spiro , France-based football writer; Andy Brassell , European football writer and broadcaster.

All player statistics correct as of 31/05/2012.

Slideshow interviews and research by Matt Monaghan and Jimmy Smallwood.