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Euro 2012 Football Championships

Euro 2012 Football Championships

Euro 2012 Football Championships

With the Euros just days away now all eyes in the football world are focused on Poland and Ukraine this year’s co-hosts of the European Football Championships, which in the world of football come only second to the World Cup as the biggest sporting event on the planet. Managers from all the top teams in the world will be watching the Euro’s looking for the next Pele or Cruyff to sign for their teams. It is an event where Europe’s top players get to show off their skills to the world.
Qualification for the finals started in August of 2010 with 51 nations competing for a place in the last 16. Poland and Ukraine qualify automatically, as the host nations. The other 14 teams reached the final after over a year of playoffs. The last 16 teams are broken down into groups of four who play each other team in their group once with the top two teams from each group going through to the knockout phase.
With tensions building before the tournament kicks off there has already been complaints over the Ukraine not being ready to host the games, and also the high price of hotel rooms. Fans traveling to watch the matches have also been advised to get vaccinated for the measles. An epidemic in the east of Ukraine has officials in the capital Kiev saying there has been over 5,000 reported cases since the start of the year.

Euro 2012 Football Championships

As this was not bad enough the BBC Panorama television program has aired a report about racism, and anti-Semitism in the country’s hosting the tournament prompting Sol Campbell the former Arsenal and Tottenham defender to urge supporters thinking of travelling to the Ukraine to cheer on their heroes saying: “Stay home and watch it on TV. “Speaking on BBC’s Panorama, he adds starkly: “Don’t even risk it… you could end up coming back in a coffin.” With these problems no doubt in mind, many of the England fans will be heeding his advice and watching the games on television instead. England’s opening match is on Monday against France in Donetsk, with the F.A. only being able to sell 3,000 of their allotted 7,500 tickets.


Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Republic of Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Knockout Phase

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
21 June – Warsaw
 Winner of Group A
27 June – Donetsk
 Runner-up of Group B
 Winner of quarter-final 1
23 June – Donetsk
 Winner of quarter-final 3
 Winner of Group C
1 July – Kiev
 Runner-up of Group D
 Winner of semi-final 1
22 June – Gdańsk
 Winner of semi-final 2
 Winner of Group B
28 June – Warsaw
 Runner-up of Group A
 Winner of quarter-final 2
24 June – Kiev
 Winner of quarter-final 4
 Winner of Group D
 Runner-up of Group C

All the games are live on U.K. television, and will be broadcast on ESPN in North America.

Euro 2012 Football Championships

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