FIFA World Cup 2014: Five rising stars from Euro 2012 who failed to live up to expectations

Modified 20 Mar 2019
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Every four years, the FIFA World Cup gives a platform to young talents that converts them into the next big things. Another such competition is the UEFA European Championships, the last instance of which took place in June 2012. Christiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney shone at Euro 2004, Fernando Torres at World Cup 2006, Thomas Mueller at World Cup 2010 to name a few. However, these tournaments do not always have happy endings for the youngsters.Heres a look at five rising stars of Euro 2012, who couldn't quitefulfill their full potential.

#1 Nelson Oliveira Portugal

The winner of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Nelson Oliveira went into Euro 2012 with a lot to prove. However, Hélder Postiga and the Hugo Almeida (after Postiga was injured) were preferred over him. He got to play just 20 minutes in the opening game, a 1-0 loss to Germany. He made an appearance in each match thereafter, coming off the bench, but failed to score.

After the tournament, he was sent on season long loans by Benfica, first to Deportivo La Coruña and then to Rennes. His performances went in vain as he wasn’t even considered for the 30-man squad.

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Published 12 Jul 2014
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