European soccer is as much about the personalities as it is about the games themselves.And at Euro 2012 — the second-most important tournament on earth — a small army of nutty players will be squarely in the spotlight.
Even if you aren’t into soccer as a sport, you should keep an eye out for any entertaining antics coming from guys who have previously done things like: burned down bathrooms, bought seven-figure hair transplants, and shot youth players with air rifles.
De Jong is probably most famous for his reckless karate-kick tackle against Spain in the World Cup final.
But he's done much worse.
He broke Ben Arfa's leg two seasons ago, and injured US star Stuart Holden so badly that he's yet to fully recover.
Rooney will be suspended for the first two games of Euro 2012.
Last season looked to be on his way out of Manchester United after getting embroiled in a prostitution scandal and saying he wanted more money from the club.
But then he got a new contract, bought $50,000 worth of hair plugs, and is now the petulant darling of Man U again.
His Wikipedia entry mentions the Italian word 'cassanata' -- which is used to describe a player who acts like a petulant brat during games -- in the first paragraph.
You know you're crazy if they have to make up a word to describe your antics.
His ego is literally off the charts, check this out from the Guardian:
In the spring of 2010 Bendtner and Arsenal had a visit by a psychologist who, among other things, tried to measure how much self-esteem the players had. He ranked his results from one to nine. Bendtner scored 10.
Terry is currently being investigated for allegedly racially abusing an opponent during a match this year.
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