Photo Gallery Europe's Hottest Footballers

And now a little something for the ladies. The 2012 European Football Championship promises to serve up a fine show of sportsmanship. But amid all the sweat and glory, viewers should keep a lookout for a few certain sportsmen, too.
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And now a little something for the ladies. The 2012 European Football Championship promises to serve up a fine show of sportsmanship. But amid all the sweat and glory viewers should keep a lookout for a few certain sportsmen, too. Among the most obvious choices is 26-year-old German striker Mario Gomez.

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Mats Hummels is a new favorite, and also plays on the German side. The 23-year-old defender doesn't just have a winning smile, he also played a stellar season with the German league champions Borussia Dortmund.

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This mountain of a man is 26-year-old German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. He may look innocent, but he's a beast in the box.

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Not everyone agrees on 27-year-old German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, but he has grown into his looks in the last few years. Going from an awkward kid with a bad haircut to one of the country's most respected players, Schweini has a certain quiet, handsome dignity.

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This young Daniel Craig look-alike is Polish team captain and midfielder Jakub "Kuba" Blaszczykowski...

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...who is as well-loved in Germany for his skills at Borussia Dortmund as he is in advertising campaigns back home.

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Bearded Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso, who comes from a long line of football prowess, is another favorite among the ladies. The 30-year-old plays for Real Madrid.

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But Alonso faces stiff competition in the swoon department from his colleague Iker Casillas, the Spanish team's 31-year-old goalkeeper.

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Yes, this is a real person, and his name is Yoann Gourcuff. Sadly, the French midfielder was left off the country's national team roster for the Euro 2012 -- but he still made the cut in our editorial office.

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Defender Adil Rami will just have to make up for Gourcuff's absence on the French side. The 26-year-old is known for his strength and majestic height.

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Swedish goalkeeper Michel Vorm, 28, is nicknamed the "penalty-killer," but "lady-killer" would also be appropriate.

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Another dashing Dutchman is 27-year-old midfielder Wesley Sneijder. And "dashing" is also meant literally -- the man is fast.

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And yet another Oranje footballer to make the hot list is Gregory van der Wiel. The 24-year-old midfielder is also known for his speed, among his many other admirable qualities.

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Croatian midfielder Ivo Ilicevic sadly suffered a calf injury just ahead of the tournament and will no longer be playing for his national side. Heartbreaking.

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Left-footed Swedish footballer Emir Bajrami, 24, is so handsome that...

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...the midfielder gets two pictures in this gallery.

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Joining the Swedish eye-candy parade will also be 27-year-old Swedish midfielder Sebastian Larsson.

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That's right, give yourself a round of applause, Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci. You earned it -- for your gallant good looks, though, not that whole alleged match-fixing thing.

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Perhaps no one loves Portuguese heartthrob Cristiano Ronaldo quite as much as the man himself, but his empirical hotness (minus points for the fake tan) landed him on the list, nonetheless.

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