So with the Euro 2012 championship just 13 agonising days away, here at footyblog we’ve taken the opportunity to look ahead to the competition and see which players we should be keeping an eye out for – the likes of Eriksen, Muller and Perisic with the chance of becoming household names by the end of the competition.
Don’t forget, that if you want to experience the real deal of being involved in a European Championship in person, you still have the chance, by buying your very own Euro 2012 Final Tickets.
Christian Eriksen – Ajax and Denmark
Eriksen may be a player that England fans will recognise, having won man of the match when facing England at home in a friendly match in February last year. Even Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand stated how impressed they were with the young man’s performance that day, despite Denmark losing 2-1. Eriksen is an attacking midfielder likely to catch the eye of many top European clubs this summer, where its likely he could be lured away from Ajax – a team which seems to constantly churn out top young footballers. Unfortunately for him the Denmark squad don’t look like they are likely to challenge in this years Euros, especially with their showing in the recent 3-1 loss with Brazil.
Mario Götze – Borussia Dortmund and Germany
Being compared to Lionel Messi is probably all that needs to be said of Dortmund’s 19 year old attacking midfielder. Described as having quick feet, amazing technical ability, and always creating chances, Gotze has the potential to be a secret weapon in the German armery in the 2012 Euro’s – that is, if he’s able to force his way into the German side.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Arsenal and England
Unfortunately just about everyone in England knows of Oxlade-Chamberlain already, so this passage is a little redundant due to his current reputation. Alex, the “ox in the box” Chamberlain has all the attributes to make him an England favourite – strength, determination, speed, and amazing technical ability. Lets hope that Hodgson is brave enough to start with him when needed, as when he’s played for England he’s shown no fear, perhaps something that the older players could learn from. He loves to run with the ball and take players on – I think England were crying out for a player like Alex.
Mario Balotelli – Manchester City and Italy
An odd choice I’m sure you’ll be thinking, but Balotelli has it within himself to be a star of the show. He seems to be able to turn on the style when he likes, so maybe when the stage is set he will put in some superb performances to show City fans, and especially fellow italian Roberto Mancini, what it is that he is actually capable of on a football pitch. His end of season antics and performances may have frustrated Balotelli, so he may be itching to get on the pitch to play some football finally. He could be brilliant, but however, and equally likely, he could be awful and lash out during the match, get sent off, and then retire from International football forever – such is the uncertainty surrounding Mario.
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