Four players looking to make a name for themselves at Euro 2016 in France

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In the era of YouTube and Sky Sports, the days of unearthing a completely unheard of talent in the major international tournaments are almost certainly in the past.

However, Euro 2016 still gives a real opportunity for some less well-known players to showcase their talents to a wider audience.

Here are five players who will be looking to use the Euros as an opportunity to raise their profile.


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Borek Dockal

The 27-year-old Czech Republic winger currently plies his trade with Sparta Prague, in the Czech League.

He was once labelled the new David Beckham, and although he has failed to live up to that title, he can be a real danger from set pieces.

He has a great right foot, capable of producing quality deliveries into the box, and also knows the way to goal. Dockal contributed an impressive four goals in nine appearances during the qualifying campaign.

He spent some time abroad earlier in his career, firstly on loan to Konyaspor in Turkey, then with Rosenborg, before returning to his homeland around three years ago.

He should be coming into his peak years, and may see the Euros as the ideal opportunity to win a move to one of the bigger leagues. If they are to get through a tough group, then the Czechs will need Dockal at his influential best.

Ragnar Sigurdsson

The second most famous Sigurdsson in the Iceland team for the Euros is the 29-year-old centre-half, Ragnar.

The dependable defender is a big part of the reason that Iceland conceded only six goals in ten qualifiers, despite facing the traditionally superior footballing nations of Turkey, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands.

Having spent the majority of his career in Scandinavia, he now plays for Krasnodar in Russia.

If Iceland are to progress through to the knockout stages, then they are likely to need to keep some clean sheets. If Sigurdsson can play his part in that, then he may just do enough to earn a big move as he reaches the latter years of his career.

With his natural athleticism and excellent organisational skills, there is every possibility that he will do exactly that.

Elseid Hysaj

No name in the list of Euro 2016 participants catches the eye like Albania. The unlikely qualifiers managed to make it to the tournament despite only winning three matches on the pitch (they were also awarded a 3-0 victory against Serbia after the match was abandoned following shocking scenes of crowd trouble in a politically charged match in October 2014).

Two of these victories were against Armenia, although they did also pull off an incredible 1-0 victory in Portugal. They will be considered long shots to make it out of their group, but in the short format of international tournament football, anything is possible.

If they are to pull off a shock, then the performances of Elseid Hysaj are likely to be vital. The 22-year-old is a key player in the Albanian set up.

The energetic right-back has just had an excellent first season for Napoli in Serie A, and if he can help Albania pull off a shock, then he will cement his growing reputation as one of the best young full-backs in Europe.

Zlatko Junuzovic

The 28-year-old Austrian is another who is hardly a fresh-faced youngster, although he is perhaps not a huge name outside of his native country and Germany, where he plays with Werder Bremen.

He deserves greater recognition, though, having been voted Austrian Footballer of the Year in 2010, and Werder Bremen’s fan’s Player of the Season in 2015.

The central midfielder is not a hugely prolific goalscorer but is an assist specialist. He is also capable of producing spectacular free kicks, which could prove particularly valuable in tight games in the Euros.

On the international scene, he has scored two goals and provided three assists during qualifying for Euro 2016. Following an impressive unbeaten qualifying campaign, which saw Austria win nine and draw one, confidence is high going into the Euros.

Junuzovic is a key player for the Austrians, and may finally get the recognition his talents deserve by helping Austria to the knockout stages.

Who else could have a standout Euro 2016? Leave us YOUR ones to watch in the comment section below!

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