All 16 Squads for Euro 2012

    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.

    Poland

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Wojciech Szczęsny 18 April 1990 (aged 22) 9 0 England Arsenal
    2 DF Sebastian Boenisch 1 February 1987 (aged 25) 4 0 Germany Werder Bremen
    3 DF Grzegorz Wojtkowiak 26 January 1984 (aged 28) 18 0 Poland Lech Poznań
    4 DF Marcin Kamiński 15 January 1992 (aged 20) 2 0 Poland Lech Poznań
    5 MF Dariusz Dudka 9 December 1983 (aged 28) 61 2 France Auxerre
    6 MF Adam Matuszczyk 14 February 1989 (aged 23) 18 1 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
    7 MF Eugen Polanski 17 March 1986 (aged 26) 6 0 Germany Mainz 05
    8 MF Maciej Rybus 19 August 1989 (aged 22) 19 1 Russia Terek Grozny
    9 FW Robert Lewandowski 21 August 1988 (aged 23) 40 13 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    10 MF Ludovic Obraniak 10 November 1984 (aged 27) 21 4 France Bordeaux
    11 MF Rafał Murawski 9 October 1981 (aged 30) 39 1 Poland Lech Poznań
    12 GK Grzegorz Sandomierski 5 September 1989 (aged 22) 3 0 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok
    13 DF Marcin Wasilewski 9 June 1980 (aged 31) 46 1 Belgium Anderlecht
    14 DF Jakub Wawrzyniak 7 July 1983 (aged 28) 26 0 Poland Legia Warsaw
    15 DF Damien Perquis 4 October 1984 (aged 27) 5 0 France Sochaux
    16 MF Jakub Błaszczykowski (c) 14 December 1985 (aged 26) 49 8 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    17 FW Artur Sobiech 12 June 1990 (aged 21) 4 1 Germany Hannover 96
    18 MF Adrian Mierzejewski 4 November 1986 (aged 25) 21 1 Turkey Trabzonspor
    19 MF Rafał Wolski 10 November 1992 (aged 19) 1 0 Poland Legia Warsaw
    20 DF Łukasz Piszczek 3 June 1985 (aged 27) 22 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    21 MF Kamil Grosicki 8 June 1988 (aged 24) 12 0 Turkey Sivasspor
    22 GK Przemysław Tytoń 4 January 1987 (aged 25) 5 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
    23 FW Paweł Brożek 21 April 1983 (aged 29) 33 8 Scotland Celtic

    Greece

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Kostas Chalkias 30 May 1974 (aged 38) 29 0 Greece P.A.O.K.
    2 DF Ioannis Maniatis 12 October 1986 (aged 25) 7 0 Greece Olympiacos
    3 DF Giorgos Tzavelas 26 November 1987 (aged 24) 5 0 France Monaco
    4 DF Stelios Malezas 11 March 1985 (aged 27) 1 0 Greece P.A.O.K.
    5 DF Kyriakos Papadopoulos 23 February 1992 (aged 20) 7 2 Germany Schalke 04
    6 MF Grigoris Makos 18 January 1987 (aged 25) 10 0 Greece AEK Athens
    7 FW Giorgos Samaras 21 February 1985 (aged 27) 52 7 Scotland Celtic
    8 DF Avraam Papadopoulos 3 December 1984 (aged 27) 31 0 Greece Olympiacos
    9 FW Nikos Lyberopoulos 4 August 1975 (aged 36) 74 13 Greece AEK Athens
    10 MF Giorgos Karagounis (c) 6 March 1977 (aged 35) 115 8 Greece Panathinaikos
    11 FW Kostas Mitroglou 12 March 1988 (aged 24) 11 0 Greece Atromitos
    12 GK Alexandros Tzorvas 12 August 1982 (aged 29) 16 0 Italy Palermo
    13 GK Michalis Sifakis 9 September 1984 (aged 27) 11 0 Greece Aris Thessaloniki
    14 FW Dimitris Salpigidis 18 August 1981 (aged 30) 55 7 Greece P.A.O.K
    15 DF Vasilis Torosidis 10 June 1985 (aged 26) 43 5 Greece Olympiacos
    16 MF Giorgos Fotakis 29 October 1981 (aged 30) 9 2 Greece P.A.O.K
    17 FW Theofanis Gekas 23 May 1980 (aged 32) 56 21 Turkey Samsunspor
    18 MF Sotiris Ninis 3 April 1990 (aged 22) 18 2 Greece Panathinaikos
    19 DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos 9 June 1988 (aged 23) 26 0 Germany Werder Bremen
    20 DF José Holebas 27 June 1984 (aged 27) 2 0 Greece Olympiacos
    21 MF Kostas Katsouranis 21 June 1979 (aged 32) 89 9 Greece Panathinaikos
    22 MF Kostas Fortounis 16 October 1992 (aged 19) 1 0 Germany Kaiserslautern
    23 MF Giannis Fetfatzidis 21 December 1990 (aged 21) 12 3 Greece Olympiacos

    Russia

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Igor Akinfeev 8 April 1986 (aged 26) 50 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
    2 DF Aleksandr Anyukov 28 September 1982 (aged 29) 64 1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
    3 DF Roman Sharonov 8 September 1976 (aged 35) 8 0 Russia Rubin Kazan
    4 DF Sergei Ignashevich 14 July 1979 (aged 32) 73 5 Russia CSKA Moscow
    5 DF Yuri Zhirkov 20 August 1983 (aged 28) 50 0 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
    6 MF Roman Shirokov 6 July 1981 (aged 30) 20 4 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
    7 MF Igor Denisov 17 May 1984 (aged 28) 24 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
    8 MF Konstantin Zyryanov 5 October 1977 (aged 34) 48 7 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
    9 MF Marat Izmailov 21 September 1982 (aged 29) 32 2 Portugal Sporting CP
    10 FW Andrei Arshavin (c) 29 May 1981 (aged 31) 69 17 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
    11 FW Aleksandr Kerzhakov 27 November 1982 (aged 29) 59 18 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
    12 DF Aleksei Berezutski 20 June 1982 (aged 29) 46 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
    13 GK Anton Shunin 27 January 1987 (aged 25) 2 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
    14 FW Roman Pavlyuchenko 15 December 1981 (aged 30) 45 20 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
    15 MF Dmitri Kombarov 22 January 1987 (aged 25) 2 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
    16 GK Vyacheslav Malafeev 4 March 1979 (aged 33) 24 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
    17 MF Alan Dzagoev 17 June 1990 (aged 21) 18 4 Russia CSKA Moscow
    18 FW Aleksandr Kokorin 19 March 1991 (aged 21) 3 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
    19 DF Vladimir Granat 22 May 1987 (aged 25) 0 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
    20 FW Pavel Pogrebnyak 8 November 1983 (aged 28) 32 8 England Fulham
    21 DF Kirill Nababkin 8 September 1986 (aged 25) 0 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
    22 MF Denis Glushakov 27 January 1987 (aged 25) 9 1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
    23 MF Igor Semshov 6 April 1978 (aged 34) 56 3 Russia 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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Petr Čech 20 May 1982 (aged 30) 89 0 England Chelsea
    2 DF Theodor Gebre Selassie 24 December 1986 (aged 25) 8 0 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec
    3 DF Michal Kadlec 13 December 1984 (aged 27) 33 7 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
    4 DF Marek Suchý 29 March 1988 (aged 24) 3 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
    5 DF Roman Hubník 6 June 1984 (aged 28) 20 2 Germany Hertha BSC
    6 DF Tomáš Sivok 15 September 1983 (aged 28) 24 3 Turkey Beşiktaş
    7 FW Tomáš Necid 13 August 1989 (aged 22) 25 7 Russia CSKA Moscow
    8 DF David Limberský 6 October 1983 (aged 28) 7 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
    9 MF Jan Rezek 5 May 1982 (aged 30) 12 3 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
    10 MF Tomáš Rosický (c) 4 October 1980 (aged 31) 86 20 England Arsenal
    11 MF Milan Petržela 19 June 1983 (aged 28) 9 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
    12 DF František Rajtoral 12 March 1986 (aged 26) 1 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
    13 MF Jaroslav Plašil 5 January 1982 (aged 30) 70 6 France Bordeaux
    14 MF Václav Pilař 13 October 1988 (aged 23) 7 1 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
    15 FW Milan Baroš 28 October 1981 (aged 30) 87 40 Turkey Galatasaray
    16 GK Jan Laštůvka 7 July 1982 (aged 29) 1 0 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
    17 MF Tomáš Hübschman 4 September 1981 (aged 30) 41 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
    18 MF Daniel Kolář 27 October 1985 (aged 26) 9 1 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
    19 MF Petr Jiráček 2 March 1986 (aged 26) 6 1 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
    20 FW Tomáš Pekhart 26 May 1989 (aged 23) 9 0 Germany Nürnberg
    21 FW David Lafata 18 September 1981 (aged 30) 16 2 Czech Republic FK Jablonec
    22 MF Vladimír Darida 8 August 1990 (aged 21) 1 0 Czech Republic FC Viktoria Plzeň
    23 GK Jaroslav Drobný 18 October 1979 (aged 32) 5 0 Germany 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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Maarten Stekelenburg 22 September 1982 (aged 29) 45 0 Italy Roma
    2 DF Gregory van der Wiel 3 February 1988 (aged 24) 30 0 Netherlands Ajax
    3 DF John Heitinga 15 November 1983 (aged 28) 76 7 England Everton
    4 DF Joris Mathijsen 5 April 1980 (aged 32) 80 3 Spain Málaga
    5 DF Wilfred Bouma 15 June 1978 (aged 33) 36 2 Netherlands PSV
    6 MF Mark van Bommel (c) 22 April 1977 (aged 35) 75 10 Netherlands PSV
    7 FW Dirk Kuyt 22 July 1980 (aged 31) 86 24 England Liverpool
    8 MF Nigel de Jong 30 November 1984 (aged 27) 58 1 England Manchester City
    9 FW Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 12 August 1983 (aged 28) 51 31 Germany Schalke 04
    10 MF Wesley Sneijder 9 June 1984 (aged 27) 82 23 Italy Internazionale
    11 FW Arjen Robben 23 January 1984 (aged 28) 55 17 Germany Bayern Munich
    12 GK Michel Vorm 20 October 1983 (aged 28) 9 0 Wales Swansea City
    13 DF Ron Vlaar 16 February 1985 (aged 27) 5 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
    14 DF Stijn Schaars 11 January 1984 (aged 28) 17 0 Portugal Sporting
    15 DF Jetro Willems 30 March 1994 (aged 18) 1 0 Netherlands PSV
    16 FW Robin van Persie 6 August 1983 (aged 28) 63 26 England Arsenal
    17 MF Kevin Strootman 13 February 1990 (aged 22) 11 1 Netherlands PSV
    18 FW Luuk de Jong 27 August 1990 (aged 21) 7 1 Netherlands Twente
    19 FW Luciano Narsingh 13 September 1990 (aged 21) 0 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
    20 FW Ibrahim Afellay 2 April 1986 (aged 26) 36 3 Spain Barcelona
    21 DF Khalid Boulahrouz 28 December 1981 (aged 30) 35 0 Germany VfB Stuttgart
    22 GK Tim Krul 3 April 1988 (aged 24) 3 0 England Newcastle United
    23 MF Rafael van der Vaart 11 February 1983 (aged 29) 94 15 England Tottenham Hotspur

    Denmark

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Stephan Andersen 26 November 1981 (aged 30) 8 0 France Evian
    2 MF Christian Poulsen 28 February 1980 (aged 32) 90 6 France Evian
    3 DF Simon Kjær 26 March 1989 (aged 23) 22 0 Italy Roma
    4 DF Daniel Agger (c) 12 December 1984 (aged 27) 44 5 England Liverpool
    5 DF Simon Poulsen 7 October 1984 (aged 27) 16 0 Netherlands AZ
    6 DF Lars Jacobsen 20 September 1979 (aged 32) 49 1 Denmark Copenhagen
    7 MF William Kvist 24 February 1985 (aged 27) 27 0 Germany VfB Stuttgart
    8 MF Christian Eriksen 14 February 1992 (aged 20) 21 2 Netherlands Ajax
    9 FW Michael Krohn-Dehli 6 June 1983 (aged 29) 19 4 Denmark Brøndby
    10 FW Dennis Rommedahl 22 July 1978 (aged 33) 114 21 Denmark Brøndby
    11 FW Nicklas Bendtner 16 January 1988 (aged 24) 46 17 England Arsenal
    12 DF Andreas Bjelland 11 July 1988 (aged 23) 5 0 Denmark Nordsjælland
    13 DF Jores Okore 11 August 1992 (aged 19) 2 0 Denmark Nordsjælland
    14 MF Lasse Schøne 27 May 1986 (aged 26) 9 2 Netherlands NEC
    15 MF Michael Silberbauer 7 July 1981 (aged 30) 24 1 Switzerland Young Boys
    16 GK Anders Lindegaard 13 April 1984 (aged 28) 5 0 England Manchester United
    17 FW Nicklas Pedersen 10 October 1987 (aged 24) 7 0 Netherlands Groningen
    18 DF Daniel Wass 31 May 1989 (aged 23) 4 0 France Evian
    19 MF Jakob Poulsen 7 July 1983 (aged 28) 20 1 Denmark Midtjylland
    20 MF Thomas Kahlenberg 20 March 1983 (aged 29) 36 4 France Evian
    21 MF Niki Zimling 19 April 1985 (aged 27) 9 0 Belgium Club Brugge
    22 GK Kasper Schmeichel 5 November 1986 (aged 25) 0 0 England Leicester City
    23 FW Tobias Mikkelsen 18 September 1986 (aged 25) 2 0 Denmark Nordsjælland

    Germany

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Manuel Neuer 27 March 1986 (aged 26) 25 0 Germany Bayern Munich
    2 MF İlkay Gündoğan 24 October 1990 (aged 21) 1 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    3 DF Marcel Schmelzer 22 January 1988 (aged 24) 5 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    4 DF Benedikt Höwedes 29 February 1988 (aged 24) 7 0 Germany Schalke 04
    5 DF Mats Hummels 16 December 1988 (aged 23) 13 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    6 MF Sami Khedira 4 April 1987 (aged 25) 25 1 Spain Real Madrid
    7 MF Bastian Schweinsteiger 1 August 1984 (aged 27) 90 23 Germany Bayern Munich
    8 MF Mesut Özil 15 October 1988 (aged 23) 31 8 Spain Real Madrid
    9 MF André Schürrle 6 November 1990 (aged 21) 12 5 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
    10 MF Lukas Podolski 4 June 1985 (aged 27) 95 43 England Arsenal
    11 FW Miroslav Klose 9 June 1978 (aged 33) 114 63 Italy Lazio
    12 GK Tim Wiese 17 December 1981 (aged 30) 6 0 Germany Werder Bremen
    13 MF Thomas Müller 13 September 1989 (aged 22) 26 10 Germany Bayern Munich
    14 DF Holger Badstuber 13 March 1989 (aged 23) 19 1 Germany Bayern Munich
    15 MF Lars Bender 27 April 1989 (aged 23) 4 0 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
    16 DF Philipp Lahm (c) 11 November 1983 (aged 28) 85 4 Germany Bayern Munich
    17 DF Per Mertesacker 29 September 1984 (aged 27) 79 1 England Arsenal
    18 MF Toni Kroos 4 January 1990 (aged 22) 25 2 Germany Bayern Munich
    19 MF Mario Götze 3 June 1992 (aged 20) 12 2 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    20 DF Jérôme Boateng 3 September 1988 (aged 23) 20 0 Germany Bayern Munich
    21 MF Marco Reus 31 May 1989 (aged 23) 4 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    22 GK Ron-Robert Zieler 12 February 1989 (aged 23) 1 0 Germany Hannover 96
    23 FW Mario Gómez 10 July 1985 (aged 26) 51 21 Germany Bayern Munich

    Portugal

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Eduardo 19 September 1982 (aged 29) 27 0 Portugal Benfica
    2 DF Bruno Alves 27 November 1981 (aged 30) 48 5 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
    3 DF Pepe 26 February 1983 (aged 29) 38 2 Spain Real Madrid
    4 MF Miguel Veloso 11 May 1986 (aged 26) 22 2 Italy Genoa
    5 DF Fábio Coentrão 11 March 1988 (aged 24) 20 1 Spain Real Madrid
    6 MF Custódio 24 May 1983 (aged 29) 0 0 Portugal Braga
    7 FW Cristiano Ronaldo (c) 5 February 1985 (aged 27) 88 32 Spain Real Madrid
    8 MF João Moutinho 8 September 1986 (aged 25) 40 2 Portugal Porto
    9 FW Hugo Almeida 23 May 1984 (aged 28) 40 15 Turkey Beşiktaş
    10 FW Ricardo Quaresma 26 September 1983 (aged 28) 31 3 Turkey Beşiktaş
    11 FW Nélson Oliveira 8 August 1991 (aged 20) 1 0 Portugal Benfica
    12 GK Rui Patrício 15 February 1988 (aged 24) 10 0 Portugal Sporting CP
    13 DF Ricardo Costa 16 May 1981 (aged 31) 10 0 Spain Valencia
    14 DF Rolando 31 August 1985 (aged 26) 13 0 Portugal Porto
    15 MF Rúben Micael 19 August 1986 (aged 25) 7 2 Spain Atlético Madrid
    16 MF Raul Meireles 17 March 1983 (aged 29) 55 8 England Chelsea
    17 FW Nani 17 November 1986 (aged 25) 52 12 England Manchester United
    18 FW Silvestre Varela 2 February 1985 (aged 27) 5 1 Portugal Porto
    19 DF Miguel Lopes 19 December 1986 (aged 25) 0 0 Portugal Braga
    20 MF Hugo Viana 15 January 1983 (aged 29) 25 1 Portugal Braga
    21 DF João Pereira 25 February 1984 (aged 28) 13 0 Portugal Sporting CP
    22 GK Beto 1 May 1982 (aged 30) 1 0 Romania CFR Cluj
    23 FW Hélder Postiga 2 August 1982 (aged 29) 47 19 Spain Real Zaragoza

    Spain

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Iker Casillas (c) 20 May 1981 (aged 31) 129 0 Spain Real Madrid
    2 DF Raúl Albiol 4 September 1985 (aged 26) 32 0 Spain Real Madrid
    3 DF Gerard Piqué 2 February 1987 (aged 25) 38 4 Spain Barcelona
    4 MF Javi Martínez 2 September 1988 (aged 23) 7 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
    5 DF Juanfran 9 January 1985 (aged 27) 1 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
    6 MF Andrés Iniesta 11 May 1984 (aged 28) 64 11 Spain Barcelona
    7 FW Pedro 28 July 1987 (aged 24) 14 2 Spain Barcelona
    8 MF Xavi 25 January 1980 (aged 32) 108 10 Spain Barcelona
    9 FW Fernando Torres 20 March 1984 (aged 28) 91 27 England Chelsea
    10 MF Cesc Fàbregas 4 May 1987 (aged 25) 63 8 Spain Barcelona
    11 FW Álvaro Negredo 20 August 1985 (aged 26) 7 5 Spain Sevilla
    12 GK Víctor Valdés 14 January 1982 (aged 30) 7 0 Spain Barcelona
    13 MF Juan Mata 28 April 1988 (aged 24) 16 5 England Chelsea
    14 MF Xabi Alonso 25 November 1981 (aged 30) 94 12 Spain Real Madrid
    15 DF Sergio Ramos 30 March 1986 (aged 26) 84 6 Spain Real Madrid
    16 MF Sergio Busquets 16 July 1987 (aged 24) 38 0 Spain Barcelona
    17 DF Álvaro Arbeloa 17 January 1983 (aged 29) 33 0 Spain Real Madrid
    18 DF Jordi Alba 21 March 1989 (aged 23) 3 0 Spain Valencia
    19 FW Fernando Llorente 26 February 1985 (aged 27) 20 7 Spain Athletic Bilbao
    20 MF Santi Cazorla 13 December 1984 (aged 27) 41 5 Spain Málaga
    21 MF David Silva 8 January 1986 (aged 26) 55 15 England Manchester City
    22 MF Jesús Navas 21 November 1985 (aged 26) 15 1 Spain Sevilla
    23 GK Pepe Reina 31 August 1982 (aged 29) 24 0 England Liverpool

    Italy

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Gianluigi Buffon (c) 28 January 1978 (aged 34) 113 0 Italy Juventus
    2 DF Christian Maggio 11 February 1982 (aged 30) 15 0 Italy Napoli
    3 DF Giorgio Chiellini 14 August 1984 (aged 27) 50 2 Italy Juventus
    4 DF Angelo Ogbonna 23 May 1988 (aged 24) 2 0 Italy Torino
    5 MF Thiago Motta 28 August 1982 (aged 29) 7 1 France Paris Saint-Germain
    6 DF Federico Balzaretti 6 December 1981 (aged 30) 7 0 Italy Palermo
    7 DF Ignazio Abate 12 November 1986 (aged 25) 2 0 Italy Milan
    8 MF Claudio Marchisio 19 January 1986 (aged 26) 19 1 Italy Juventus
    9 FW Mario Balotelli 12 August 1990 (aged 21) 7 1 England Manchester City
    10 FW Antonio Cassano 12 July 1982 (aged 29) 28 9 Italy Milan
    11 FW Antonio Di Natale 13 October 1977 (aged 34) 36 10 Italy Udinese
    12 GK Salvatore Sirigu 12 January 1987 (aged 25) 2 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
    13 MF Emanuele Giaccherini 5 May 1985 (aged 27) 0 0 Italy Juventus
    14 GK Morgan De Sanctis 26 March 1977 (aged 35) 4 0 Italy Napoli
    15 DF Andrea Barzagli 8 May 1981 (aged 31) 28 0 Italy Juventus
    16 MF Daniele De Rossi 24 July 1983 (aged 28) 71 10 Italy Roma
    17 FW Fabio Borini 29 March 1991 (aged 21) 1 0 Italy Roma
    18 MF Riccardo Montolivo 18 January 1985 (aged 27) 32 1 Italy Fiorentina
    19 DF Leonardo Bonucci 1 May 1987 (aged 25) 13 2 Italy Juventus
    20 FW Sebastian Giovinco 26 January 1987 (aged 25) 7 0 Italy Parma
    21 MF Andrea Pirlo 19 May 1979 (aged 33) 82 9 Italy Juventus
    22 MF Alessandro Diamanti 2 May 1983 (aged 29) 1 0 Italy Bologna
    23 MF Antonio Nocerino 9 April 1985 (aged 27) 10 0 Italy Milan

    Ireland

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Shay Given 20 April 1976 (aged 36) 121 0 England Aston Villa
    2 DF Sean St Ledger 28 December 1984 (aged 27) 25 2 England Leicester City
    3 DF Stephen Ward 20 August 1985 (aged 26) 10 2 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
    4 DF John O’Shea 30 April 1981 (aged 31) 75 1 England Sunderland
    5 DF Richard Dunne 21 September 1979 (aged 32) 71 8 England Aston Villa
    6 MF Glenn Whelan 13 January 1984 (aged 28) 37 2 England Stoke City
    7 MF Aiden McGeady 4 April 1986 (aged 26) 47 2 Russia Spartak Moscow
    8 MF Keith Andrews 13 September 1980 (aged 31) 27 3 England West Bromwich Albion
    9 FW Kevin Doyle 18 September 1983 (aged 28) 46 10 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
    10 FW Robbie Keane (c) 8 July 1980 (aged 31) 115 53 United States Los Angeles Galaxy
    11 MF Damien Duff 2 March 1979 (aged 33) 95 8 England Fulham
    12 DF Stephen Kelly 6 September 1983 (aged 28) 29 0 England Fulham
    13 DF Paul McShane 6 January 1986 (aged 26) 26 0 England Hull City
    14 FW Jonathan Walters 20 September 1983 (aged 28) 5 1 England Stoke City
    15 MF Darron Gibson 25 October 1987 (aged 24) 17 1 England Everton
    16 GK Keiren Westwood 23 October 1984 (aged 27) 8 0 England Sunderland
    17 MF Stephen Hunt 1 August 1981 (aged 30) 38 1 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
    18 DF Darren O’Dea 4 February 1987 (aged 25) 13 0 Scotland Celtic
    19 FW Shane Long 22 January 1987 (aged 25) 24 6 England West Bromwich Albion
    20 FW Simon Cox 28 April 1987 (aged 25) 11 3 England West Bromwich Albion
    21 MF Paul Green 10 April 1983 (aged 29) 10 1 England Derby County
    22 MF James McClean 22 April 1989 (aged 23) 1 0 England Sunderland
    23 GK David Forde 20 December 1979 (aged 32) 2 0 England Millwall

    Croatia

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Stipe Pletikosa 8 January 1979 (aged 33) 90 0 Russia Rostov
    2 DF Ivan Strinić 17 July 1987 (aged 24) 15 0 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
    3 DF Josip Šimunić 18 February 1978 (aged 34) 93 3 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
    4 DF Jurica Buljat 12 September 1986 (aged 25) 2 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
    5 DF Vedran Ćorluka 5 February 1986 (aged 26) 53 2 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
    6 DF Danijel Pranjić 2 December 1981 (aged 30) 42 0 Germany Bayern Munich
    7 MF Ivan Rakitić 10 March 1988 (aged 24) 39 8 Spain Sevilla
    8 MF Ognjen Vukojević 20 December 1983 (aged 28) 37 3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
    9 FW Nikica Jelavić 27 August 1985 (aged 26) 18 2 England Everton
    10 MF Luka Modrić 9 September 1985 (aged 26) 54 8 England Tottenham Hotspur
    11 MF Darijo Srna (c) 1 May 1982 (aged 30) 91 19 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
    12 GK Ivan Kelava 20 February 1988 (aged 24) 0 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
    13 DF Gordon Schildenfeld 18 March 1985 (aged 27) 10 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
    14 MF Milan Badelj 25 February 1989 (aged 23) 3 1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
    15 MF Ivo Iličević 14 September 1986 (aged 25) 4 1 Germany Hamburger SV
    16 MF Tomislav Dujmović 26 February 1981 (aged 31) 16 0 Spain Real Zaragoza
    17 FW Mario Mandžukić 21 May 1986 (aged 26) 27 5 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
    18 FW Ivica Olić 14 September 1979 (aged 32) 77 15 Germany Bayern Munich
    19 MF Niko Kranjčar 13 August 1984 (aged 27) 69 15 England Tottenham Hotspur
    20 MF Ivan Perišić 2 February 1989 (aged 23) 8 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    21 DF Domagoj Vida 29 April 1989 (aged 23) 8 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
    22 FW Eduardo 25 February 1983 (aged 29) 45 22 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
    23 GK Danijel Subašić 27 October 1984 (aged 27) 3 0 France Monaco

    Ukraine

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Maksym Koval 9 December 1992 (aged 19) 0 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
    2 DF Yevhen Selin 9 May 1988 (aged 24) 5 1 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava
    3 DF Yevhen Khacheridi 28 July 1987 (aged 24) 8 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
    4 MF Anatoliy Tymoshchuk 30 March 1979 (aged 33) 114 4 Germany Bayern Munich
    5 DF Oleksandr Kucher 22 October 1982 (aged 29) 28 1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
    6 MF Denys Harmash 19 April 1990 (aged 22) 4 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
    7 FW Andriy Shevchenko (c) 29 September 1976 (aged 35) 105 46 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
    8 MF Oleksandr Aliyev 3 February 1985 (aged 27) 25 6 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
    9 MF Oleh Husyev 25 April 1983 (aged 29) 69 9 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
    10 FW Andriy Voronin 21 July 1979 (aged 32) 70 7 Russia Dynamo Moscow
    11 FW Andriy Yarmolenko 23 October 1989 (aged 22) 18 7 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
    12 GK Andriy Pyatov 28 June 1984 (aged 27) 24 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
    13 DF Vyacheslav Shevchuk 13 May 1979 (aged 33) 20 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
    14 MF Ruslan Rotan 29 October 1981 (aged 30) 56 6 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
    15 FW Artem Milevskiy 12 January 1985 (aged 27) 43 7 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
    16 FW Yevhen Seleznyov 20 July 1985 (aged 26) 27 5 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
    17 DF Taras Mykhalyk 28 October 1983 (aged 28) 25 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
    18 MF Serhiy Nazarenko 16 February 1980 (aged 32) 47 12 Ukraine Tavriya Simferopol
    19 MF Yevhen Konoplyanka 29 September 1989 (aged 22) 16 5 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
    20 DF Yaroslav Rakitskiy 3 August 1989 (aged 22) 14 3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
    21 DF Bohdan Butko 13 January 1991 (aged 21) 7 0 Ukraine Illichivets Mariupol
    22 FW Marko Devych 27 October 1983 (aged 28) 18 2 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv
    23 GK Oleksandr Horyainov 29 June 1975 (aged 36) 1 0 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv

    Sweden

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Andreas Isaksson 3 October 1981 (aged 30) 91 0 Netherlands PSV
    2 DF Mikael Lustig 13 December 1986 (aged 25) 23 1 Scotland Celtic
    3 DF Olof Mellberg 3 September 1977 (aged 34) 112 7 Greece Olympiacos
    4 DF Andreas Granqvist 16 April 1985 (aged 27) 16 2 Italy Genoa
    5 DF Martin Olsson 17 May 1988 (aged 24) 8 4 England Blackburn Rovers
    6 MF Rasmus Elm 17 March 1988 (aged 24) 22 1 Netherlands AZ
    7 MF Sebastian Larsson 6 June 1985 (aged 27) 39 5 England Sunderland
    8 MF Anders Svensson 17 July 1976 (aged 35) 126 18 Sweden Elfsborg
    9 MF Kim Källström 24 August 1982 (aged 29) 90 16 France Lyon
    10 FW Zlatan Ibrahimović (c) 3 October 1981 (aged 30) 75 29 Italy Milan
    11 FW Johan Elmander 27 May 1981 (aged 31) 63 16 Turkey Galatasaray
    12 GK Johan Wiland 24 January 1981 (aged 31) 7 0 Denmark Copenhagen
    13 DF Jonas Olsson 10 March 1983 (aged 29) 6 0 England West Bromwich Albion
    14 FW Tobias Hysén 9 March 1982 (aged 30) 21 7 Sweden IFK Göteborg
    15 DF Mikael Antonsson 31 May 1981 (aged 31) 4 0 Italy Bologna
    16 MF Pontus Wernbloom 25 June 1986 (aged 25) 21 2 Russia CSKA Moscow
    17 DF Behrang Safari 9 February 1985 (aged 27) 23 0 Belgium Anderlecht
    18 MF Samuel Holmén 28 June 1984 (aged 27) 25 2 Turkey İstanbul BB
    19 MF Emir Bajrami 7 March 1988 (aged 24) 15 2 Netherlands Twente
    20 FW Ola Toivonen 3 July 1986 (aged 25) 22 4 Netherlands PSV
    21 MF Christian Wilhelmsson 8 December 1979 (aged 32) 72 8 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
    22 FW Markus Rosenberg 27 September 1982 (aged 29) 30 6 Free agent
    23 GK Pär Hansson 22 June 1986 (aged 25) 2 0 Sweden Helsingborg

    England

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Joe Hart 19 April 1987 (aged 25) 17 0 England Manchester City
    2 DF Glen Johnson 23 August 1984 (aged 27) 35 1 England Liverpool
    3 DF Ashley Cole 20 December 1980 (aged 31) 93 0 England Chelsea
    4 MF Steven Gerrard (c) 30 May 1980 (aged 32) 90 19 England Liverpool
    5 DF Gary Cahill 19 December 1985 (aged 26) 8 2 England Chelsea
    6 DF John Terry 7 December 1980 (aged 31) 72 6 England Chelsea
    7 MF Theo Walcott 16 March 1989 (aged 23) 22 3 England Arsenal
    8 MF Frank Lampard 20 June 1978 (aged 33) 90 23 England Chelsea
    9 FW Andy Carroll 6 January 1989 (aged 23) 3 1 England Liverpool
    10 FW Wayne Rooney 24 October 1985 (aged 26) 73 28 England Manchester United
    11 MF Ashley Young 9 July 1985 (aged 26) 19 5 England Manchester United
    12 DF Leighton Baines 11 December 1984 (aged 27) 7 0 England Everton
    13 GK Robert Green 18 January 1980 (aged 32) 11 0 England West Ham United
    14 DF Phil Jones 21 February 1992 (aged 20) 4 0 England Manchester United
    15 DF Joleon Lescott 16 August 1982 (aged 29) 14 0 England Manchester City
    16 MF James Milner 4 January 1986 (aged 26) 24 0 England Manchester City
    17 MF Scott Parker 13 October 1980 (aged 31) 11 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
    18 DF Phil Jagielka 17 August 1982 (aged 29) 11 0 England Everton
    19 MF Stewart Downing 22 July 1984 (aged 27) 33 0 England Liverpool
    20 MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 15 August 1993 (aged 18) 1 0 England Arsenal
    21 FW Jermain Defoe 7 October 1982 (aged 29) 46 15 England Tottenham Hotspur
    22 FW Danny Welbeck 26 November 1990 (aged 21) 4 0 England Manchester United
    23 GK Jack Butland 10 March 1993 (aged 19) 0 0 England Birmingham City

     France

    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. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Hugo Lloris (captain) 26 December 1986 (age 25) 31 0 France Lyon
    16 GK Steve Mandanda 28 March 1985 (age 27) 15 0 France Marseille
    23 GK Cédric Carrasso 30 December 1981 (age 30) 1 0 France Bordeaux
    2 DF Mathieu Debuchy 28 July 1985 (age 26) 4 1 France Lille
    3 DF Patrice Evra 15 May 1981 (age 31) 40 0 England Manchester United
    4 DF Adil Rami 27 December 1985 (age 26) 18 1 Spain Valencia
    5 DF Philippe Mexès 30 March 1982 (age 30) 24 1 Italy Milan
    13 DF Anthony Réveillère 10 November 1979 (age 32) 16 1 France Lyon
    21 DF Laurent Koscielny 10 September 1985 (age 26) 1 0 England Arsenal
    22 DF Gaël Clichy 26 July 1985 (age 26) 11 0 England Manchester City
    6 MF Yohan Cabaye 14 January 1986 (age 26) 11 0 England Newcastle United
    7 MF Franck Ribéry 7 April 1983 (age 29) 58 8 Germany Bayern Munich
    8 MF Mathieu Valbuena 28 September 1984 (age 27) 11 2 France Marseille
    11 MF Samir Nasri 27 June 1987 (age 24) 29 3 England Manchester City
    12 MF Blaise Matuidi 9 April 1987 (age 25) 4 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
    15 MF Florent Malouda 13 June 1980 (age 31) 75 8 England Chelsea
    17 MF Yann M’Vila 29 June 1990 (age 21) 18 1 France Rennes
    18 MF Alou Diarra 15 July 1981 (age 30) 39 0 France Marseille
    19 MF Marvin Martin 10 January 1988 (age 24) 10 2 France Sochaux
    20 MF Hatem Ben Arfa 7 March 1987 (age 25) 9 2 England Newcastle United
    9 FW Olivier Giroud 30 September 1986 (age 25) 4 1 France Montpellier
    10 FW Karim Benzema 19 December 1987 (age 24) 43 13 Spain Real Madrid
    14 FW Jérémy Ménez 7 May 1987 (age 25) 11 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
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