Superstars such as Mario Balotelli, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mesut Ozil, Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Xavi will invariably be hogging the headlines throughout the finals, but a group of 12 men will also be playing a vital role in the tournament: the referees.
Now, more than ever, match officials are under heavy scrutiny as they hold the fate of 16 European nations in their hands. With goal-line technology still too premature for this summer's championship, the eyes of the world will remain fixed on the referees and their assistants.
Here, Goal.com takes an in-depth look at the 12 main match officials appointed by the Uefa Referees Committee for Euro 2012.
|THE 12 REFEREES|
|Cuneyt Cakır||Nicola Rizzoli|
|Jonas Eriksson||Damir Skomina|
|Viktor Kassai||Wolfgang Stark|
|Bjorn Kuipers||Craig Thomson|
|Stephane Lannoy||Carlos Velasco Carballo|
|Pedro Proenca||Howard Webb|