The Euro 2012 Championships will be co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine. The tournament is the final one to be 16 teams as the following one in 2016 will expand to 24 teams. Poland and Ukraine defeated Italy and Croatia/Hungary for the right to host the tournament.
The fixtures will basically be split 50/50 between the two hosts. Polish cities to have games will be Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Poznan. The Ukrainian venues will be Kiev, Lviv, Kharkiv and Donetsk.
The final will take place in Kiev which will also have a semi-final. This will be at the Olimpiysky National Sports Complex which after construction will be one of the best stadia and sporting complexes across the globe. The new arena in Warsaw is also being built and guarantees to be a state of the art arena.
The draw for the competition has been done and qualifying games will get going following the 2010 World Cup. Each of the 9 group winners and the best runner-up will gain direct entry into the competition. Following that the other 8 runner-up will be drawn into two-legged playoffs.
From Group A you would guess Germany and Turkey would be too powerful with Austria and Belgium being the contenders. Group B looks to be a 3 way contest involving Russia, Slovakia and Ireland.
In Group C it looks like it will be simple for Italy and Serbia. France is the most likely from Group D with Romania looking at the one to take second.
There is a northern European feel to Group E where it has to be Netherlands and Sweden.
Croatia and Greece are the likely challengers with regards to Group F as are England and Switzerland for Group G.
From Group H it looks like Portugal and Denmark and last of all from Group I it would look like Spain and the Czech Republic.
Qualifying draws to a close in October 2011 by which time excitement and expectancy for the UEFA Euro 2012 Championships will be well and truly underway.
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