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Euro 2008: Who will you support? Six to Watch
Clockwise from left: Miguel Veloso, Giorgio Chiellini, Andreas Ivanschitz, Karim Benzema, Andrei Arshavin, David Villa
For those clubs without a player at Euro 2008, supporters can always look out for who might be the "next big thing".

In Miguel Veloso, Portugal boast one of the finest up-and-coming holding midfielders in Europe. He's 22, can find a pass, and has said he will soon be leaving current club Sporting Lisbon. But to where?

Juventus's 23-year-old Giorgio Chiellini has been tipped to get the nod as Italy's utility player. Many experts' idea of the best defender in Serie A last season, he can also play at full-back or in midfield.

Austria are not many people's choice to make waves this summer, but in Andreas Ivanschitz they have a player who just might. He's labelled the "Austrian David Beckham", that's all you need to know.

France's player of the year Karim Benzema scored nearly 20 goals in leading Lyon to a seventh straight title last year. All the top clubs will be linked with the 20-year-old this summer, guaranteed.

Rangers fans know all about Andrei Arshavin after the Uefa Cup final, but the Russian forward may surprise a few defences this summer. A cultured passer with a an appetite for goals make him a real handful.

It's not all about surprises, though. The summer's biggest shop window could be a blessing for the likes of Spain striker David Villa, a class act who looks sure to leave Valencia. Form an orderly queue, please.

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