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Worst Players Of Euro 2012

Updated on July 10, 2012
Milan Baros (on right)
Milan Baros (on right)
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Franck Ribery
Franck Ribery
Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller
Mark Van Bommel
Mark Van Bommel
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder
Robin Van Persie
Robin Van Persie
Wojciech Szczesny
Wojciech Szczesny
Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane
Richard Dunne
Richard Dunne
Shay Given
Shay Given

It’s a thin line when thinking who the worst players in a tournament have been. Up until his great goal against France Zlatan Ibrahimovic was looking good for it as was Mario Balotelli who looked nothing like the player who emerged in the later stages.

So it could have been so different for a few of these players had their teams just made it one or two stages further.

These are mainly players picked because they certainly didn’t live up to any expectation or hype about them and for the most part struggled badly.

Milan Baros ( CzechRepublic) had a really poor time of it. Struggled to get into any of his teams games. Seemed a shadow of his former self. Hard to see him even get a real scoring chance never mind finish as top scorer which he did in 2004.

Wayne Rooney ( England) was criticised for his poor showings. Maybe lacked fitness. Worked hard but another who didn’t seem anything like the player he was in 2004.

Franck Ribery (France) Hard to believe this is the same player who major teams are always interested in. Not for the first tournament he promised much but delivered nothing. Burst onto the scene in World cup of 2006 with some great showings but has been very disappointing in 3 tournaments since.

Karim Benzema ( France) Highly rated and prolific goalscorer at Real Madrid. Hard to believe it’s the same person. Started slowly in the game against England. Didn’t look sharp in possession or getting shots away. Thought he would improve as the tournament went on but no he just couldn’t get into gear and didn’t seem interested.

Thomas Muller ( Germany) A lot was expected from him after a great World cup but didn’t score any goals and didn’t really get too involved in most of the games. Seemed a shadow of himself.

Mark Van Bommel ( Holland) Has been criticised before for his style of play and the amount of fouls he commits. Was the son in law of the manager and people wondered if he would ever be dropped. He was forced into dropping him for the 3rd group game here after he was non existent in the first 2 and he couldn’t even get close enough to the opposition to make his customary fouls.

Wesley Sneijder ( Holland) Another who seemed out of sorts. One of the best players at the last World cup but contributed nothing worthwhile this time around.

Robin Van Persie ( Holland) A lot was expected of him after a great season for Arsenal but despite scoring a great goal he missed a few chances which seemed a lot easier. Missed a lot in the first game against Denmark including having a fresh air shot when the goal seemed at his mercy.

Wojciech Szczesny ( Poland) Another Arsenal player included here. Despite only playing part of the first game it was a horror show for the Poland goalkeeper. In the first game against Greece, and Poland 1-0 up and seemingly cruising to victory against 10 men he made a mess of a straightforward cross into the box from which Greece equalised from.

A few minutes later he brought down a Greek forward, was sent off and gave away a penalty and that was the end of his tournament.

Robbie Keane ( Republic Of Ireland ) There could have been a lot of Ireland players picked who just did not get into the tournament but with such a lot of experience more would be expected from him.

Richard Dunne (Republic Of Ireland) Always seems capable of causing goals and that is certainly at fault here. At fault for a few of the goals Ireland conceded and looked out of his depth all the way through.

Shay Given ( Republic Of Ireland) Ireland went in to the tournament with a really good recent defensive record but that was in tatters by the end as they conceded 9 goals in their 3 games. While there may have been some that he couldn’t do anything about there were a few goals he was very culpable.

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    • Thomas Swan profile image

      Thomas Swan 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Close one between Baros and Van Bommel. Putting Szczesny in there is a little harsh. He had little chance of making proper contact on the first goal because the ball was deflected by the players right in front of him. What he did wrong was going for the ball in the first place, but that's not a serious blunder. For the penalty, it was the defense that let Salpingidis through. Szczesny saved a certain goal by bringing him down. Poland would have lost the opener if he hadn't.

      Also RVP scored a pretty good goal. He missed a lot, but he was let down by his midfield. Robben just shot and missed all the time, Schneider did nothing, and Afellay's crossing was horrible.

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      Peter V 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Great idea to write about this. It is hard to pick one player who did worst, because soccer is a team sport. but as a team, the Dutch were seriously disappointing. I guess they will have to go back to the drawing board. Voted up and shared.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      I would go as far to say that Rooney's performance vs Italy was the worst individual performance of the whole tournament and thats coming from Someone who used to have his name on the back of their England shirt..

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      mmsu 4 years ago from Pakistan

      Rvp should not be in that list.He wasted a lot of chances however often got into good positions and scored a very good goal.He was not supported by the tactics employed by the coach and the team play in general.

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      Thomas Swan 4 years ago from New Zealand

      A sumo wrestler playing table tennis would have shown more ball control than Rooney did against Italy, but he only came into the tournament after 2 games, so I voted for Van Bommel.

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      JBastow 4 years ago from Gateshead United Kingdom

      Rooney, Ashley young's sole career i don't understand how he gets a game for any team he is terrible.

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      Liam Hallam 4 years ago from Nottingham UK

      If andy carroll had played as badly as wayne Rooney there would be a media witch-hunt for him never to play again! But he escaped a lot of real criticism because of who he is.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      I heard Matt Le tissier brand Hodgson a coward for taking Danny Welbeck off instead of Rooney, just because he was scared to take of the bigger reputation player and i have to agree.

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      James Vernon 4 years ago from UK

      Thomas, thanks for your comments. Yes there are probably some controversial ones in there.

      Thanks for the comment internpete.

      Thanks for commenting CCahill.

      Thanks for commenting mmsu. Yes i said in the hub that Van Persie scored a great goal but some of his misses were terrible. You can't always blame the coach when someone can't control a ball or completely miskicks in front of goal.

      Thanks for commenting JBastow.

      Thanks for the comment CyclingFitness

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      Holland would have been through if Van Persie took his chances like he did for Arsenal, thats simple

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      mmsu 4 years ago from Pakistan

      It was not only about Van Persie,the fact is Robben and and the midfield were not up to the mark.It's never right to blame one man for a team's failure.Part failure was also of the coach who got some of his tactics wrong.

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      Andrew Voznyak 4 years ago from Ukraine, Ternopil

      To be honest it in each team are candidates for the title of worst player tournament

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      James Vernon 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for commenting Andrew. I thought most of the teams didn't have too many bad players. These were the people who stood out.

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