Qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2012 Finals will undoubtedly be tough with every country desperate to qualify. There’s 9 groups altogether. The 9 winners as well as the best 2nd place team will gain automatic entry to the tournament. Following that the remaining 8 second place teams shall be drawn into two-legged playoffs.
Without doubt one of the leading groups of interest is Group G that comprises England, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Wales and Montenegro. England are the top seeds and are certainly the most fancied team to top Group G. However, the English did fail to qualify for the last finals.
The key opposition should come from Switzerland and Bulgaria. The Swiss have progressed to 3 of the previous 4 Euro Finals however, not once did they make it beyond the first round. They were joint hosts of the previous finals with Austria. The Swiss are a solid team although they are not anything special.
Bulgaria have only qualified for the tournament twice, the last occasion was in 2004. Bulgaria are yet to make it past the first round. Bulgaria were previously regularly at the World Cup Finals participating in each and every finals from 1962 to 1974 as well as in 1986 and 1994 where the Bulgarians finished 4th. The Bulgarians have not qualified since 1998.
Their big name footballer is Stiliyan Petrov who plays for Aston Villa in England.
Wales last appearance in the competition was back in 1976 and this was back when the tournament used a totally different format. The 8 group winners of which Wales were one were drawn into two-legged playoffs and the play-off winners made it to the finals that were hosted in Yugoslavia. It was the host nation who the Welsh lost out to in the play-offs. That was the last time the Welsh was at a main international event and it is challenging to see that changing.
Montenegro is just a couple of years old. It used to be part of Yugoslavia and later Serbia and Montenegro. They’ll find it difficult to do well in the Euro 2012 Group G.
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