Matthias Sammer scored the quarter-final winner against Croatia and evoked memories of Franz Beckenbauer with his performances at EURO 96. After reunification Germany initially struggled to match the exploits of their former western section, but that changed at this competition.
If Zindane was the creative influence in the midfield then Thierry Henry was the striking force in France's team that won the 2000 championship. He scored three goals in the tournament and was his country's top scorer.
Zidane proved his World Cup heroics were no flash in the pan scoring two crucial goals in the European competition of 2000. He scored in the quarters against Spain and then the golden goal in the semi-final against Portugal.
He makes the list not only because he scored the winning penalty that handed Czechoslovakia the title but also the way he hit it. The Czech debuted what is now famous as the Panenka penalty in the 1976 tournament.
Gerd Muller was the one man army in West Germany's strikeforce in 1972 as no team had an answer to him. He was on a goal scoring spree and the Russians had every reason to be wary of him as a threat in the final.
The former Dutch striker scored a total of five goals, including a hat trick against England, the winner in the semi-final against West Germany, and a fantastic volley in the final against the Soviet Union.
Lev Yashin's goalkeeping in the inaugural European Championship in 1960 was instrumental in winning USSR the title. His ability to frustrate the opposition's efforts to find the back of the net is legendary.