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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012: Top 10 defenders 31067950 Giorgio Chiellini, Italy Giorgio+Chiellini%2C+Italy Euro Cup

Italy defenseman Giorgio Chiellini is coming into his prime just at the right time and this may be his tournament. He plays in Italy for Juventus and knows the Italian defensive game inside out.

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012: Top 10 defenders 31062818 John Terry John+Terry Euro Cup

England player John Terry has been a huge figure in the dressing room for the last ten years. This tournament may well be his last and he has a lot to prove to his doubters.

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012: Top 10 defenders 31067948 Philipp Lahm, Germany Philipp+Lahm%2C+Germany Euro Cup

Germany's Philipp Lahm is always in good form when these international tournaments come around. The very attacking fullback will be in the mood and may be the driving force behind a German Euro victory.

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012: Top 10 defenders 31067947 Gregory van der Wiel, Netherlands Gregory+van+der+Wiel%2C+Netherlands Euro Cup

Netherlands' Gregory van der Wiel only established himself in the Dutch set-up a couple of years back. He has already managed 25 caps and that is set to continue well into Euro 2012 and beyond.

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012: Top 10 defenders 31062819 Daniel Agger, Denmark Daniel+Agger%2C+Denmark Euro Cup

Denmark's Daniel Agger has been outstanding alongside Martin Skrtel at the heart of Liverpool's defense this season. He has been one of the success stories of Liverpool's season. If he can perform then Denmark will be a tough nut to crack.

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012: Top 10 defenders 31067946 Sergio Ramos, Spain Sergio+Ramos%2C+Spain Euro Cup

Spain's Sergio Ramos is regarded by many as one of the best defenders in world soccer. He will have to be on his game if Spain are to repeat thier 2008 triumph.

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012: Top 10 defenders 31062820 Gerard Pique, Spain Gerard+Pique%2C+Spain Euro Cup

Spain's Gerard Pique has blossomed since his departure from Manchester United. He returned home to Barcelona and has become one of the best central defenders in the world.

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012: Top 10 defenders 31062817 Michal Kadlec, Czech Republic Michal+Kadlec%2C+Czech+Republic Euro Cup

Czech Republic's national soccer team defender Michal Kadlec is one of the more unknown defenders to watch. He plays for Leverkusen one of the top sides in Germany and has been one of their best players in recent years. This tournament will provide him with a stage to get his name recognized.

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012: Top 10 defenders 31062816 Mats Hummels, Germany Mats+Hummels%2C+Germany Euro Cup

Germany's Mats Hummels is an imposing figure at over 6ft 3ins tall. He will need to re-live his Dortmund form if he is to help Germany win Euro 2012.

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012: Top 10 defenders 31067951 Holger Badstuber, Germany Holger+Badstuber%2C+Germany Euro Cup

Holger Badstuber has been described as the best left footed defender in Germany. He is fairly new to the German set up, but he still has plenty of experience for a 23-year-old. He is in great form going into the competition.

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