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Top 15 Worst Players To Win The Euro Cup

Don’t let the title fool you. This list basically contains the worst of the best since all 15 of these soccer players were good enough to be selected to their national squads for the European Championships. However, none of them really stood out during the tournaments and their contributions were minimal at best. This isn’t to say they weren’t good players or didn’t deserve to be there, but they could be considered lucky to go home with medals for their efforts. We’ve tried to even things out here by naming at least one player from each of the 14 winning squads.

If we went with any 15 players we could possibly list most of the 2004 Greece side which upset hosts Portugal 1-0 in the 2004 tournament. In addition, each of these players had to play at least once during the Euro tournament or we could just list 15 players who never set foot on the pitch. However, in the case of Spanish goaltender Pepe Reina, he didn’t play in 2012, but did play in the 2008 event. Some of these players had decent, but not great international careers, while others may have stood out for their domestic clubs, but couldn’t replicate that form for their countries.

The European Championships were introduced as the European Nations Cup by UEFA in 1960 with the name being changed in 1968. They’re held every four years in even-numbered years to alternate with the World Cup. Each tournament from 1960 to 1976 consisted of just four teams and it was doubled to eight in 1980. It doubled again to 16 in 1996 and this year’s event in France will be the first to feature 24 nations. With all that information out of the way, let's dive into the worst players to win the Euro Cup!

15 Anatoly Krutikov - USSR 

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14 Sandro Salvadore - Italy 

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13 Franck Leboeuf - France 

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12 Carlos Lapetra - Spain 

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11 Jaroslav Pollak - Czechoslovakia 

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10 Jurgen Grabowski - Germany 

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9 Marco Bode - Germany 

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8 Yvon Le Roux - France 

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7 Pepe Reina - Spain 

6 Johan Micoud - France 

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5 Vassilis Lakis - Greece 

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4 Torben Frank - Denmark 

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3 Mirko Votava - Germany 

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2 Caspar Memering - Germany 

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1 Wilbert Suvrijn - Holland 

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Wilbert Suvrijn’s international career with Holland consisted of just nine games in total. The defender/midfielder was definitely at the right place at the right time in 1988 though when the Dutch downed the USSR 2-0 at the European Championships in West Germany. Suvrijn came on as a substitute for just over three minutes in the entire tournament and went home with a shiny new medal. His club career was played in Holland and France and consisted of 14 goals in 341 matches. Suvrijn was just 30 years old when he retired to become a player agent.

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