All 16 Squads for Euro 2012

Posted on 30 May, 2012, by in Featured

With 10 days to go, the Euro 2012 squads have been announced. Both hosts (Poland, Ukraine) seem to be underdogs in their respective groups; Germany head into the tournament as the favorites, hoping the rumors about the champions, Spain, are true. We’ve got our group of death (Group B – Germany, Portugal, Netherlands, Denmark) while the English and Italians prepare for another colossal failure.


The co-hosts of the tournament, this will be Poland’s second appearance in the tournament, finishing last in their group back in 2008.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKWojciech Szczęsny18 April 1990 (aged 22)90England Arsenal
2DFSebastian Boenisch1 February 1987 (aged 25)40Germany Werder Bremen
3DFGrzegorz Wojtkowiak26 January 1984 (aged 28)180Poland Lech Poznań
4DFMarcin Kamiński15 January 1992 (aged 20)20Poland Lech Poznań
5MFDariusz Dudka9 December 1983 (aged 28)612France Auxerre
6MFAdam Matuszczyk14 February 1989 (aged 23)181Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
7MFEugen Polanski17 March 1986 (aged 26)60Germany Mainz 05
8MFMaciej Rybus19 August 1989 (aged 22)191Russia Terek Grozny
9FWRobert Lewandowski21 August 1988 (aged 23)4013Germany Borussia Dortmund
10MFLudovic Obraniak10 November 1984 (aged 27)214France Bordeaux
11MFRafał Murawski9 October 1981 (aged 30)391Poland Lech Poznań
12GKGrzegorz Sandomierski5 September 1989 (aged 22)30Poland Jagiellonia Białystok
13DFMarcin Wasilewski9 June 1980 (aged 31)461Belgium Anderlecht
14DFJakub Wawrzyniak7 July 1983 (aged 28)260Poland Legia Warsaw
15DFDamien Perquis4 October 1984 (aged 27)50France Sochaux
16MFJakub Błaszczykowski (c)14 December 1985 (aged 26)498Germany Borussia Dortmund
17FWArtur Sobiech12 June 1990 (aged 21)41Germany Hannover 96
18MFAdrian Mierzejewski4 November 1986 (aged 25)211Turkey Trabzonspor
19MFRafał Wolski10 November 1992 (aged 19)10Poland Legia Warsaw
20DFŁukasz Piszczek3 June 1985 (aged 27)220Germany Borussia Dortmund
21MFKamil Grosicki8 June 1988 (aged 24)120Turkey Sivasspor
22GKPrzemysław Tytoń4 January 1987 (aged 25)50Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
23FWPaweł Brożek21 April 1983 (aged 29)338Scotland Celtic


The 2004 European champions are still synonymous with bad football and ultra defensive tactics. This will be their fourth Euro, failing to get a point in the previous tournament back in 2008.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKKostas Chalkias30 May 1974 (aged 38)290Greece P.A.O.K.
2DFIoannis Maniatis12 October 1986 (aged 25)70Greece Olympiacos
3DFGiorgos Tzavelas26 November 1987 (aged 24)50France Monaco
4DFStelios Malezas11 March 1985 (aged 27)10Greece P.A.O.K.
5DFKyriakos Papadopoulos23 February 1992 (aged 20)72Germany Schalke 04
6MFGrigoris Makos18 January 1987 (aged 25)100Greece AEK Athens
7FWGiorgos Samaras21 February 1985 (aged 27)527Scotland Celtic
8DFAvraam Papadopoulos3 December 1984 (aged 27)310Greece Olympiacos
9FWNikos Lyberopoulos4 August 1975 (aged 36)7413Greece AEK Athens
10MFGiorgos Karagounis (c)6 March 1977 (aged 35)1158Greece Panathinaikos
11FWKostas Mitroglou12 March 1988 (aged 24)110Greece Atromitos
12GKAlexandros Tzorvas12 August 1982 (aged 29)160Italy Palermo
13GKMichalis Sifakis9 September 1984 (aged 27)110Greece Aris Thessaloniki
14FWDimitris Salpigidis18 August 1981 (aged 30)557Greece P.A.O.K
15DFVasilis Torosidis10 June 1985 (aged 26)435Greece Olympiacos
16MFGiorgos Fotakis29 October 1981 (aged 30)92Greece P.A.O.K
17FWTheofanis Gekas23 May 1980 (aged 32)5621Turkey Samsunspor
18MFSotiris Ninis3 April 1990 (aged 22)182Greece Panathinaikos
19DFSokratis Papastathopoulos9 June 1988 (aged 23)260Germany Werder Bremen
20DFJosé Holebas27 June 1984 (aged 27)20Greece Olympiacos
21MFKostas Katsouranis21 June 1979 (aged 32)899Greece Panathinaikos
22MFKostas Fortounis16 October 1992 (aged 19)10Germany Kaiserslautern
23MFGiannis Fetfatzidis21 December 1990 (aged 21)123Greece Olympiacos


This will be Russia’s fifth appearance in the Euro since the break up of the Soviet Union. 2008 was their most successful appearance, reaching the Semi Final of the tournament.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKIgor Akinfeev8 April 1986 (aged 26)500Russia CSKA Moscow
2DFAleksandr Anyukov28 September 1982 (aged 29)641Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
3DFRoman Sharonov8 September 1976 (aged 35)80Russia Rubin Kazan
4DFSergei Ignashevich14 July 1979 (aged 32)735Russia CSKA Moscow
5DFYuri Zhirkov20 August 1983 (aged 28)500Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
6MFRoman Shirokov6 July 1981 (aged 30)204Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
7MFIgor Denisov17 May 1984 (aged 28)240Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
8MFKonstantin Zyryanov5 October 1977 (aged 34)487Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
9MFMarat Izmailov21 September 1982 (aged 29)322Portugal Sporting CP
10FWAndrei Arshavin (c)29 May 1981 (aged 31)6917Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
11FWAleksandr Kerzhakov27 November 1982 (aged 29)5918Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
12DFAleksei Berezutski20 June 1982 (aged 29)460Russia CSKA Moscow
13GKAnton Shunin27 January 1987 (aged 25)20Russia Dynamo Moscow
14FWRoman Pavlyuchenko15 December 1981 (aged 30)4520Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
15MFDmitri Kombarov22 January 1987 (aged 25)20Russia Spartak Moscow
16GKVyacheslav Malafeev4 March 1979 (aged 33)240Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
17MFAlan Dzagoev17 June 1990 (aged 21)184Russia CSKA Moscow
18FWAleksandr Kokorin19 March 1991 (aged 21)30Russia Dynamo Moscow
19DFVladimir Granat22 May 1987 (aged 25)00Russia Dynamo Moscow
20FWPavel Pogrebnyak8 November 1983 (aged 28)328England Fulham
21DFKirill Nababkin8 September 1986 (aged 25)00Russia CSKA Moscow
22MFDenis Glushakov27 January 1987 (aged 25)91Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
23MFIgor Semshov6 April 1978 (aged 34)563Russia Dynamo Moscow

Czech Republic

A Euro kind of team. The Czech’s have been part of the last four Euro tournaments, ever since the break up of Czechoslovakia, not making it out of the group stage last time, but reaching the Semi Final in 2004.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKPetr Čech20 May 1982 (aged 30)890England Chelsea
2DFTheodor Gebre Selassie24 December 1986 (aged 25)80Czech Republic Slovan Liberec
3DFMichal Kadlec13 December 1984 (aged 27)337Germany Bayer Leverkusen
4DFMarek Suchý29 March 1988 (aged 24)30Russia Spartak Moscow
5DFRoman Hubník6 June 1984 (aged 28)202Germany Hertha BSC
6DFTomáš Sivok15 September 1983 (aged 28)243Turkey Beşiktaş
7FWTomáš Necid13 August 1989 (aged 22)257Russia CSKA Moscow
8DFDavid Limberský6 October 1983 (aged 28)70Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
9MFJan Rezek5 May 1982 (aged 30)123Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
10MFTomáš Rosický (c)4 October 1980 (aged 31)8620England Arsenal
11MFMilan Petržela19 June 1983 (aged 28)90Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
12DFFrantišek Rajtoral12 March 1986 (aged 26)10Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
13MFJaroslav Plašil5 January 1982 (aged 30)706France Bordeaux
14MFVáclav Pilař13 October 1988 (aged 23)71Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
15FWMilan Baroš28 October 1981 (aged 30)8740Turkey Galatasaray
16GKJan Laštůvka7 July 1982 (aged 29)10Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
17MFTomáš Hübschman4 September 1981 (aged 30)410Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
18MFDaniel Kolář27 October 1985 (aged 26)91Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
19MFPetr Jiráček2 March 1986 (aged 26)61Germany VfL Wolfsburg
20FWTomáš Pekhart26 May 1989 (aged 23)90Germany Nürnberg
21FWDavid Lafata18 September 1981 (aged 30)162Czech Republic FK Jablonec
22MFVladimír Darida8 August 1990 (aged 21)10Czech Republic FC Viktoria Plzeň
23GKJaroslav Drobný18 October 1979 (aged 32)50Germany Hamburger SV

The Netherlands

As Always, had a nearly flawless qualifying campaign. The Dutch have not failed to qualify to a Euro since 1984, making it  out of the group stage every time, winning it all in 1988, still their only major title.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKMaarten Stekelenburg22 September 1982 (aged 29)450Italy Roma
2DFGregory van der Wiel3 February 1988 (aged 24)300Netherlands Ajax
3DFJohn Heitinga15 November 1983 (aged 28)767England Everton
4DFJoris Mathijsen5 April 1980 (aged 32)803Spain Málaga
5DFWilfred Bouma15 June 1978 (aged 33)362Netherlands PSV
6MFMark van Bommel (c)22 April 1977 (aged 35)7510Netherlands PSV
7FWDirk Kuyt22 July 1980 (aged 31)8624England Liverpool
8MFNigel de Jong30 November 1984 (aged 27)581England Manchester City
9FWKlaas-Jan Huntelaar12 August 1983 (aged 28)5131Germany Schalke 04
10MFWesley Sneijder9 June 1984 (aged 27)8223Italy Internazionale
11FWArjen Robben23 January 1984 (aged 28)5517Germany Bayern Munich
12GKMichel Vorm20 October 1983 (aged 28)90Wales Swansea City
13DFRon Vlaar16 February 1985 (aged 27)50Netherlands Feyenoord
14DFStijn Schaars11 January 1984 (aged 28)170Portugal Sporting
15DFJetro Willems30 March 1994 (aged 18)10Netherlands PSV
16FWRobin van Persie6 August 1983 (aged 28)6326England Arsenal
17MFKevin Strootman13 February 1990 (aged 22)111Netherlands PSV
18FWLuuk de Jong27 August 1990 (aged 21)71Netherlands Twente
19FWLuciano Narsingh13 September 1990 (aged 21)00Netherlands Heerenveen
20FWIbrahim Afellay2 April 1986 (aged 26)363Spain Barcelona
21DFKhalid Boulahrouz28 December 1981 (aged 30)350Germany VfB Stuttgart
22GKTim Krul3 April 1988 (aged 24)30England Newcastle United
23MFRafael van der Vaart11 February 1983 (aged 29)9415England Tottenham Hotspur


Like the Czech Republic, the Danes have made a habit of making it to Euro tournaments, although they did miss the 2008 show for the first time since 1980. Their best performance was in 1992, winning in Sweden.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKStephan Andersen26 November 1981 (aged 30)80France Evian
2MFChristian Poulsen28 February 1980 (aged 32)906France Evian
3DFSimon Kjær26 March 1989 (aged 23)220Italy Roma
4DFDaniel Agger (c)12 December 1984 (aged 27)445England Liverpool
5DFSimon Poulsen7 October 1984 (aged 27)160Netherlands AZ
6DFLars Jacobsen20 September 1979 (aged 32)491Denmark Copenhagen
7MFWilliam Kvist24 February 1985 (aged 27)270Germany VfB Stuttgart
8MFChristian Eriksen14 February 1992 (aged 20)212Netherlands Ajax
9FWMichael Krohn-Dehli6 June 1983 (aged 29)194Denmark Brøndby
10FWDennis Rommedahl22 July 1978 (aged 33)11421Denmark Brøndby
11FWNicklas Bendtner16 January 1988 (aged 24)4617England Arsenal
12DFAndreas Bjelland11 July 1988 (aged 23)50Denmark Nordsjælland
13DFJores Okore11 August 1992 (aged 19)20Denmark Nordsjælland
14MFLasse Schøne27 May 1986 (aged 26)92Netherlands NEC
15MFMichael Silberbauer7 July 1981 (aged 30)241Switzerland Young Boys
16GKAnders Lindegaard13 April 1984 (aged 28)50England Manchester United
17FWNicklas Pedersen10 October 1987 (aged 24)70Netherlands Groningen
18DFDaniel Wass31 May 1989 (aged 23)40France Evian
19MFJakob Poulsen7 July 1983 (aged 28)201Denmark Midtjylland
20MFThomas Kahlenberg20 March 1983 (aged 29)364France Evian
21MFNiki Zimling19 April 1985 (aged 27)90Belgium Club Brugge
22GKKasper Schmeichel5 November 1986 (aged 25)00England Leicester City
23FWTobias Mikkelsen18 September 1986 (aged 25)20Denmark Nordsjælland


For the first time in a long long time, the Germans enter a tournament as the favorites, especially with scents of Spain slowing down in parallel with Barcelona’s less successful than usual season. Germany reached the final in 2008, losing to Spain. They won the tournament as the unified nation once, in 1996.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKManuel Neuer27 March 1986 (aged 26)250Germany Bayern Munich
2MFİlkay Gündoğan24 October 1990 (aged 21)10Germany Borussia Dortmund
3DFMarcel Schmelzer22 January 1988 (aged 24)50Germany Borussia Dortmund
4DFBenedikt Höwedes29 February 1988 (aged 24)70Germany Schalke 04
5DFMats Hummels16 December 1988 (aged 23)130Germany Borussia Dortmund
6MFSami Khedira4 April 1987 (aged 25)251Spain Real Madrid
7MFBastian Schweinsteiger1 August 1984 (aged 27)9023Germany Bayern Munich
8MFMesut Özil15 October 1988 (aged 23)318Spain Real Madrid
9MFAndré Schürrle6 November 1990 (aged 21)125Germany Bayer Leverkusen
10MFLukas Podolski4 June 1985 (aged 27)9543England Arsenal
11FWMiroslav Klose9 June 1978 (aged 33)11463Italy Lazio
12GKTim Wiese17 December 1981 (aged 30)60Germany Werder Bremen
13MFThomas Müller13 September 1989 (aged 22)2610Germany Bayern Munich
14DFHolger Badstuber13 March 1989 (aged 23)191Germany Bayern Munich
15MFLars Bender27 April 1989 (aged 23)40Germany Bayer Leverkusen
16DFPhilipp Lahm (c)11 November 1983 (aged 28)854Germany Bayern Munich
17DFPer Mertesacker29 September 1984 (aged 27)791England Arsenal
18MFToni Kroos4 January 1990 (aged 22)252Germany Bayern Munich
19MFMario Götze3 June 1992 (aged 20)122Germany Borussia Dortmund
20DFJérôme Boateng3 September 1988 (aged 23)200Germany Bayern Munich
21MFMarco Reus31 May 1989 (aged 23)40Germany Borussia Dortmund
22GKRon-Robert Zieler12 February 1989 (aged 23)10Germany Hannover 96
23FWMario Gómez10 July 1985 (aged 26)5121Germany Bayern Munich


Another rough qualifying campaign didn’t stop Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo from making their fourth consecutive tournament. They lost to Germany in the quarter finals in 2008,recording their best accomplishment as finalists in 2004, hosting the tournament.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKEduardo19 September 1982 (aged 29)270Portugal Benfica
2DFBruno Alves27 November 1981 (aged 30)485Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
3DFPepe26 February 1983 (aged 29)382Spain Real Madrid
4MFMiguel Veloso11 May 1986 (aged 26)222Italy Genoa
5DFFábio Coentrão11 March 1988 (aged 24)201Spain Real Madrid
6MFCustódio24 May 1983 (aged 29)00Portugal Braga
7FWCristiano Ronaldo (c)5 February 1985 (aged 27)8832Spain Real Madrid
8MFJoão Moutinho8 September 1986 (aged 25)402Portugal Porto
9FWHugo Almeida23 May 1984 (aged 28)4015Turkey Beşiktaş
10FWRicardo Quaresma26 September 1983 (aged 28)313Turkey Beşiktaş
11FWNélson Oliveira8 August 1991 (aged 20)10Portugal Benfica
12GKRui Patrício15 February 1988 (aged 24)100Portugal Sporting CP
13DFRicardo Costa16 May 1981 (aged 31)100Spain Valencia
14DFRolando31 August 1985 (aged 26)130Portugal Porto
15MFRúben Micael19 August 1986 (aged 25)72Spain Atlético Madrid
16MFRaul Meireles17 March 1983 (aged 29)558England Chelsea
17FWNani17 November 1986 (aged 25)5212England Manchester United
18FWSilvestre Varela2 February 1985 (aged 27)51Portugal Porto
19DFMiguel Lopes19 December 1986 (aged 25)00Portugal Braga
20MFHugo Viana15 January 1983 (aged 29)251Portugal Braga
21DFJoão Pereira25 February 1984 (aged 28)130Portugal Sporting CP
22GKBeto1 May 1982 (aged 30)10Romania CFR Cluj
23FWHélder Postiga2 August 1982 (aged 29)4719Spain Real Zaragoza


The European Champions heading feeling a bit less confident then they have before the previous Euro and the last World Cup. That’s how it feels for everyone from the outside. Still, the squad is based on the two best clubs in the world, so don’t expect anything less than a Semi Final.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKIker Casillas (c)20 May 1981 (aged 31)1290Spain Real Madrid
2DFRaúl Albiol4 September 1985 (aged 26)320Spain Real Madrid
3DFGerard Piqué2 February 1987 (aged 25)384Spain Barcelona
4MFJavi Martínez2 September 1988 (aged 23)70Spain Athletic Bilbao
5DFJuanfran9 January 1985 (aged 27)10Spain Atlético Madrid
6MFAndrés Iniesta11 May 1984 (aged 28)6411Spain Barcelona
7FWPedro28 July 1987 (aged 24)142Spain Barcelona
8MFXavi25 January 1980 (aged 32)10810Spain Barcelona
9FWFernando Torres20 March 1984 (aged 28)9127England Chelsea
10MFCesc Fàbregas4 May 1987 (aged 25)638Spain Barcelona
11FWÁlvaro Negredo20 August 1985 (aged 26)75Spain Sevilla
12GKVíctor Valdés14 January 1982 (aged 30)70Spain Barcelona
13MFJuan Mata28 April 1988 (aged 24)165England Chelsea
14MFXabi Alonso25 November 1981 (aged 30)9412Spain Real Madrid
15DFSergio Ramos30 March 1986 (aged 26)846Spain Real Madrid
16MFSergio Busquets16 July 1987 (aged 24)380Spain Barcelona
17DFÁlvaro Arbeloa17 January 1983 (aged 29)330Spain Real Madrid
18DFJordi Alba21 March 1989 (aged 23)30Spain Valencia
19FWFernando Llorente26 February 1985 (aged 27)207Spain Athletic Bilbao
20MFSanti Cazorla13 December 1984 (aged 27)415Spain Málaga
21MFDavid Silva8 January 1986 (aged 26)5515England Manchester City
22MFJesús Navas21 November 1985 (aged 26)151Spain Sevilla
23GKPepe Reina31 August 1982 (aged 29)240England Liverpool


Italy head into the Euro after a disappointing previous time and an even worse World Cup. This time, not a lot of expectations, without a lot of stars. But they make life hard for anyone who don’t take them seriously. It remains to be seen how the new match fixing scandal affects the national team.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKGianluigi Buffon (c)28 January 1978 (aged 34)1130Italy Juventus
2DFChristian Maggio11 February 1982 (aged 30)150Italy Napoli
3DFGiorgio Chiellini14 August 1984 (aged 27)502Italy Juventus
4DFAngelo Ogbonna23 May 1988 (aged 24)20Italy Torino
5MFThiago Motta28 August 1982 (aged 29)71France Paris Saint-Germain
6DFFederico Balzaretti6 December 1981 (aged 30)70Italy Palermo
7DFIgnazio Abate12 November 1986 (aged 25)20Italy Milan
8MFClaudio Marchisio19 January 1986 (aged 26)191Italy Juventus
9FWMario Balotelli12 August 1990 (aged 21)71England Manchester City
10FWAntonio Cassano12 July 1982 (aged 29)289Italy Milan
11FWAntonio Di Natale13 October 1977 (aged 34)3610Italy Udinese
12GKSalvatore Sirigu12 January 1987 (aged 25)20France Paris Saint-Germain
13MFEmanuele Giaccherini5 May 1985 (aged 27)00Italy Juventus
14GKMorgan De Sanctis26 March 1977 (aged 35)40Italy Napoli
15DFAndrea Barzagli8 May 1981 (aged 31)280Italy Juventus
16MFDaniele De Rossi24 July 1983 (aged 28)7110Italy Roma
17FWFabio Borini29 March 1991 (aged 21)10Italy Roma
18MFRiccardo Montolivo18 January 1985 (aged 27)321Italy Fiorentina
19DFLeonardo Bonucci1 May 1987 (aged 25)132Italy Juventus
20FWSebastian Giovinco26 January 1987 (aged 25)70Italy Parma
21MFAndrea Pirlo19 May 1979 (aged 33)829Italy Juventus
22MFAlessandro Diamanti2 May 1983 (aged 29)10Italy Bologna
23MFAntonio Nocerino9 April 1985 (aged 27)100Italy Milan


It says that what turned football into a popular sport in Ireland was the 1988 team, making a major tournament for the first time ever. It was also Ireland’s only visit to the Euro.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKShay Given20 April 1976 (aged 36)1210England Aston Villa
2DFSean St Ledger28 December 1984 (aged 27)252England Leicester City
3DFStephen Ward20 August 1985 (aged 26)102England Wolverhampton Wanderers
4DFJohn O’Shea30 April 1981 (aged 31)751England Sunderland
5DFRichard Dunne21 September 1979 (aged 32)718England Aston Villa
6MFGlenn Whelan13 January 1984 (aged 28)372England Stoke City
7MFAiden McGeady4 April 1986 (aged 26)472Russia Spartak Moscow
8MFKeith Andrews13 September 1980 (aged 31)273England West Bromwich Albion
9FWKevin Doyle18 September 1983 (aged 28)4610England Wolverhampton Wanderers
10FWRobbie Keane (c)8 July 1980 (aged 31)11553United States Los Angeles Galaxy
11MFDamien Duff2 March 1979 (aged 33)958England Fulham
12DFStephen Kelly6 September 1983 (aged 28)290England Fulham
13DFPaul McShane6 January 1986 (aged 26)260England Hull City
14FWJonathan Walters20 September 1983 (aged 28)51England Stoke City
15MFDarron Gibson25 October 1987 (aged 24)171England Everton
16GKKeiren Westwood23 October 1984 (aged 27)80England Sunderland
17MFStephen Hunt1 August 1981 (aged 30)381England Wolverhampton Wanderers
18DFDarren O’Dea4 February 1987 (aged 25)130Scotland Celtic
19FWShane Long22 January 1987 (aged 25)246England West Bromwich Albion
20FWSimon Cox28 April 1987 (aged 25)113England West Bromwich Albion
21MFPaul Green10 April 1983 (aged 29)101England Derby County
22MFJames McClean22 April 1989 (aged 23)10England Sunderland
23GKDavid Forde20 December 1979 (aged 32)20England Millwall


Since becoming eligible to play as an independent nation, Croatia have missed the Euro only once, in 2000. They reached the quarter finals in 2008, tied for their best achievement.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKStipe Pletikosa8 January 1979 (aged 33)900Russia Rostov
2DFIvan Strinić17 July 1987 (aged 24)150Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
3DFJosip Šimunić18 February 1978 (aged 34)933Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
4DFJurica Buljat12 September 1986 (aged 25)20Israel Maccabi Haifa
5DFVedran Ćorluka5 February 1986 (aged 26)532Germany Bayer Leverkusen
6DFDanijel Pranjić2 December 1981 (aged 30)420Germany Bayern Munich
7MFIvan Rakitić10 March 1988 (aged 24)398Spain Sevilla
8MFOgnjen Vukojević20 December 1983 (aged 28)373Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
9FWNikica Jelavić27 August 1985 (aged 26)182England Everton
10MFLuka Modrić9 September 1985 (aged 26)548England Tottenham Hotspur
11MFDarijo Srna (c)1 May 1982 (aged 30)9119Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
12GKIvan Kelava20 February 1988 (aged 24)00Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
13DFGordon Schildenfeld18 March 1985 (aged 27)100Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
14MFMilan Badelj25 February 1989 (aged 23)31Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
15MFIvo Iličević14 September 1986 (aged 25)41Germany Hamburger SV
16MFTomislav Dujmović26 February 1981 (aged 31)160Spain Real Zaragoza
17FWMario Mandžukić21 May 1986 (aged 26)275Germany VfL Wolfsburg
18FWIvica Olić14 September 1979 (aged 32)7715Germany Bayern Munich
19MFNiko Kranjčar13 August 1984 (aged 27)6915England Tottenham Hotspur
20MFIvan Perišić2 February 1989 (aged 23)80Germany Borussia Dortmund
21DFDomagoj Vida29 April 1989 (aged 23)80Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
22FWEduardo25 February 1983 (aged 29)4522Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
23GKDanijel Subašić27 October 1984 (aged 27)30France Monaco


The co-Hosts, but anything beyond finishing last in their group would be surprising. I’m pretty sure they don’t feel the same way in the Ukraine, but the draw hasn’t been fortunate to them like for the Polish side.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKMaksym Koval9 December 1992 (aged 19)00Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
2DFYevhen Selin9 May 1988 (aged 24)51Ukraine Vorskla Poltava
3DFYevhen Khacheridi28 July 1987 (aged 24)80Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
4MFAnatoliy Tymoshchuk30 March 1979 (aged 33)1144Germany Bayern Munich
5DFOleksandr Kucher22 October 1982 (aged 29)281Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
6MFDenys Harmash19 April 1990 (aged 22)40Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
7FWAndriy Shevchenko (c)29 September 1976 (aged 35)10546Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
8MFOleksandr Aliyev3 February 1985 (aged 27)256Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
9MFOleh Husyev25 April 1983 (aged 29)699Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
10FWAndriy Voronin21 July 1979 (aged 32)707Russia Dynamo Moscow
11FWAndriy Yarmolenko23 October 1989 (aged 22)187Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
12GKAndriy Pyatov28 June 1984 (aged 27)240Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
13DFVyacheslav Shevchuk13 May 1979 (aged 33)200Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
14MFRuslan Rotan29 October 1981 (aged 30)566Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
15FWArtem Milevskiy12 January 1985 (aged 27)437Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
16FWYevhen Seleznyov20 July 1985 (aged 26)275Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
17DFTaras Mykhalyk28 October 1983 (aged 28)250Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
18MFSerhiy Nazarenko16 February 1980 (aged 32)4712Ukraine Tavriya Simferopol
19MFYevhen Konoplyanka29 September 1989 (aged 22)165Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
20DFYaroslav Rakitskiy3 August 1989 (aged 22)143Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
21DFBohdan Butko13 January 1991 (aged 21)70Ukraine Illichivets Mariupol
22FWMarko Devych27 October 1983 (aged 28)182Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv
23GKOleksandr Horyainov29 June 1975 (aged 36)10Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv


Quite shockingly, a side that hardly misses big tournaments hasn’t been to one since the 2008 Euro, which saw them fail to make it out of the group stage.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKAndreas Isaksson3 October 1981 (aged 30)910Netherlands PSV
2DFMikael Lustig13 December 1986 (aged 25)231Scotland Celtic
3DFOlof Mellberg3 September 1977 (aged 34)1127Greece Olympiacos
4DFAndreas Granqvist16 April 1985 (aged 27)162Italy Genoa
5DFMartin Olsson17 May 1988 (aged 24)84England Blackburn Rovers
6MFRasmus Elm17 March 1988 (aged 24)221Netherlands AZ
7MFSebastian Larsson6 June 1985 (aged 27)395England Sunderland
8MFAnders Svensson17 July 1976 (aged 35)12618Sweden Elfsborg
9MFKim Källström24 August 1982 (aged 29)9016France Lyon
10FWZlatan Ibrahimović (c)3 October 1981 (aged 30)7529Italy Milan
11FWJohan Elmander27 May 1981 (aged 31)6316Turkey Galatasaray
12GKJohan Wiland24 January 1981 (aged 31)70Denmark Copenhagen
13DFJonas Olsson10 March 1983 (aged 29)60England West Bromwich Albion
14FWTobias Hysén9 March 1982 (aged 30)217Sweden IFK Göteborg
15DFMikael Antonsson31 May 1981 (aged 31)40Italy Bologna
16MFPontus Wernbloom25 June 1986 (aged 25)212Russia CSKA Moscow
17DFBehrang Safari9 February 1985 (aged 27)230Belgium Anderlecht
18MFSamuel Holmén28 June 1984 (aged 27)252Turkey İstanbul BB
19MFEmir Bajrami7 March 1988 (aged 24)152Netherlands Twente
20FWOla Toivonen3 July 1986 (aged 25)224Netherlands PSV
21MFChristian Wilhelmsson8 December 1979 (aged 32)728Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
22FWMarkus Rosenberg27 September 1982 (aged 29)306Free agent
23GKPär Hansson22 June 1986 (aged 25)20Sweden Helsingborg


Expectations, unlike most tournaments, are ridiculously low. Maybe it’s the manager, maybe it’s the recent results. England didn’t make it in 2008 and haven’t made the Semi Final since 1996.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKJoe Hart19 April 1987 (aged 25)170England Manchester City
2DFGlen Johnson23 August 1984 (aged 27)351England Liverpool
3DFAshley Cole20 December 1980 (aged 31)930England Chelsea
4MFSteven Gerrard (c)30 May 1980 (aged 32)9019England Liverpool
5DFGary Cahill19 December 1985 (aged 26)82England Chelsea
6DFJohn Terry7 December 1980 (aged 31)726England Chelsea
7MFTheo Walcott16 March 1989 (aged 23)223England Arsenal
8MFFrank Lampard20 June 1978 (aged 33)9023England Chelsea
9FWAndy Carroll6 January 1989 (aged 23)31England Liverpool
10FWWayne Rooney24 October 1985 (aged 26)7328England Manchester United
11MFAshley Young9 July 1985 (aged 26)195England Manchester United
12DFLeighton Baines11 December 1984 (aged 27)70England Everton
13GKRobert Green18 January 1980 (aged 32)110England West Ham United
14DFPhil Jones21 February 1992 (aged 20)40England Manchester United
15DFJoleon Lescott16 August 1982 (aged 29)140England Manchester City
16MFJames Milner4 January 1986 (aged 26)240England Manchester City
17MFScott Parker13 October 1980 (aged 31)110England Tottenham Hotspur
18DFPhil Jagielka17 August 1982 (aged 29)110England Everton
19MFStewart Downing22 July 1984 (aged 27)330England Liverpool
20MFAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain15 August 1993 (aged 18)10England Arsenal
21FWJermain Defoe7 October 1982 (aged 29)4615England Tottenham Hotspur
22FWDanny Welbeck26 November 1990 (aged 21)40England Manchester United
23GKJack Butland10 March 1993 (aged 19)00England Birmingham City


France have been terrible since the 2006 World Cup – Not making it out of the group stage in 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. This time, it should be different, but lacking talent has never been a problem. It’s usually more about the social situation within the squad.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKHugo Lloris (captain)26 December 1986 (age 25)310France Lyon
16GKSteve Mandanda28 March 1985 (age 27)150France Marseille
23GKCédric Carrasso30 December 1981 (age 30)10France Bordeaux
2DFMathieu Debuchy28 July 1985 (age 26)41France Lille
3DFPatrice Evra15 May 1981 (age 31)400England Manchester United
4DFAdil Rami27 December 1985 (age 26)181Spain Valencia
5DFPhilippe Mexès30 March 1982 (age 30)241Italy Milan
13DFAnthony Réveillère10 November 1979 (age 32)161France Lyon
21DFLaurent Koscielny10 September 1985 (age 26)10England Arsenal
22DFGaël Clichy26 July 1985 (age 26)110England Manchester City
6MFYohan Cabaye14 January 1986 (age 26)110England Newcastle United
7MFFranck Ribéry7 April 1983 (age 29)588Germany Bayern Munich
8MFMathieu Valbuena28 September 1984 (age 27)112France Marseille
11MFSamir Nasri27 June 1987 (age 24)293England Manchester City
12MFBlaise Matuidi9 April 1987 (age 25)40France Paris Saint-Germain
15MFFlorent Malouda13 June 1980 (age 31)758England Chelsea
17MFYann M’Vila29 June 1990 (age 21)181France Rennes
18MFAlou Diarra15 July 1981 (age 30)390France Marseille
19MFMarvin Martin10 January 1988 (age 24)102France Sochaux
20MFHatem Ben Arfa7 March 1987 (age 25)92England Newcastle United
9FWOlivier Giroud30 September 1986 (age 25)41France Montpellier
10FWKarim Benzema19 December 1987 (age 24)4313Spain Real Madrid
14FWJérémy Ménez7 May 1987 (age 25)110France Paris Saint-Germain
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