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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Euro 2012 Qualifying Draw

Germany v Spain - UEFA EURO 2008 Final
Iker Casillas
of Spain raises
the 2008 European Cup. Will
la Furia Roja win again in 2012?

The next European Championship (Euro 2012) will be co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland, and the qualification draw took place on February 7th in Warsaw. Qualification matches will begin next September.

Nine Groups

  • Six will have six teams
  • Three will have five teams

Nine Seeded Teams

Croatia
England
France
Germany
Italy
Portugal
Russia
Spain (Defending Champion)
The Netherlands

Group A: Germany, Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan

Group B: Russia, Slovakia, Ireland, Macedonia, Armenia, Andorra

Group C: Italy, Serbia, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, Estonia, Faroe Islands

Group D: France, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Albania, Luxembourg

Group E: Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Moldova, San Marino

Group F: Croatia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Georgia, Malta

Group G: England, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Wales, Montenegro

Group H: Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, Iceland

Group I: Spain, Czech Republic, Scotland, Lithuania, Liechtenstein

"The Euro 2012 finals will take place from June 8 to July 1 2012 in eight host cities - four in each of the two countries - with the final set to be held in Kiev. The winners of the nine groups and the best runner-up (only 1 team) qualify directly for the final tournament.

The eight remaining runners-up will have to battle it out in play-off matches to decide which teams grab the remaining four places."

Source: The Times of London, 07 February 2010.

Qualification Dates

a) 3/4 and 7 September 2010
b) 8/9 and 12 October 2010
c) 25/26 and 29 March 2011
d) 3/4 and 7 June 2011
e) 2/3 and 6 September 2011
f) 7/8 and 11 October 2011

Play-offs for the Eight Runners-up

a) 11/12 November 2011
b) 15 November 2011

Source: UEFA.com, 7 February 2010.

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