Euro 2012 files: The meanest defenders

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Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of weeks and in anticipation The Independent will be running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

From free-kick takers to WAGs, blasts from the past to the youngsters, we'll have it all covered before things kick-off in Warsaw.

Here, we bring you the meanest defenders to be lining up at Euro 2012. These are the players who will be letting little past them on the fields of play in Poland and Ukraine.

Click here or click 'VIEW GALLERY' to launch our guide.

Other Euro 2012 files...

The top goalkeepers

The galacticos

The wives, girlfriends and famous faces

The top managers

The deadliest free-kick takers

The golden boot contenders

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