The initial Euro 2012 draw was held on February 7th 2010 and 51 teams were entered into the draw to try and qualify for the spots remaining in the tournament. With Ukraine and Poland both receiving automatic bids in the final draw there were 14 spots left in the final draw. During qualification the top ranked teams based on the UEFA national team coefficient rankings qualified.
Euro 2012 Final Draw
The final draw for Euro 2012 was hosted in Kiev, Ukraine on December 2nd 2011. At the final draw ceremony the 16 teams playing in Euro 2012 were divided into four pots. Ukraine, Poland and defending champions Spain were placed in Pot 1 while the rest of the teams were placed in pots based on their UEFA national team coefficient ranking.
• Pot 1 – Ukraine (#14) / Poland (#28) / Spain (#1) / Netherlands (#2)
• Pot 2 – Germany (#3) / Italy (#4) / England (#5) / Russia (#6)
• Pot 3 – Croatia (#7) / Greece (#8) / Portugal (#9) / Sweden (#10)
• Pot 4 – Denmark (#11) / France (#12) / Czech Republic (#13) / Ireland (#14)
For logistical purposes Poland was placed into Group A while Ukraine was placed into Group D. The two other #1 seeds (Netherlands & Spain) drew to determine what team would be placed in Group B and Group C. The remaining three pots were drawn from and one national team from each of the pots was placed into one of the groups.
Due to the way the seeds work in the European Championship there is always potential for a “Death Group”. This year we again have a “Death Group” in Group B and it’s going to be hard to navigate out of the group stage this year. Below is a complete list of where each team ended up as well as a quick schedule that lists the dates of Euro 2012.
Euro 2012 Group Seeds
• Group A – Poland (A1) / Greece (A2) / Russia (A3) / Czech Republic (A4)
• Group B – Netherlands (B1) / Denmark (B2) / Germany (B3) / Portugal (B4)
• Group C – Spain (C1) / Italy (C2) / Ireland (C3) / Croatia (C4)
• Group D – Ukraine (D1) / England (D2) / Sweden (D3) / France (D4)
Euro 2012 Group Stage Schedule
Each team will play 3 games during the group stage with the top two teams from each group advancing. The scheduling for the group stage allows football fans to watch every game if they wish. Each of the groups will play on 3 different days during group stage play during Euro 2012 and I’ve listed the dates that each of the groups will be on the pitch below.
• Group A – Friday June 8th / Tuesday June 12th / Saturday June 16th
• Group B – Saturday June 9th / Wednesday June 13th / Sunday June 17th
• Group C – Sunday June 10th / Thursday June 14th / Monday June 18th
• Group D – Monday June 11th / Friday June 15th / Tuesday June 19th
Euro 2012 Tournament Format
During the group stage teams in the same group will play against each other once each. That means each team will play a total of 3 games during the group stage. The top 2 teams from each group advance to the quarter-finals while the bottom two teams in each of the groups are eliminated from the Euro 2012 tournament.
If teams are tied at the end of the group stage there is a 9-point tiebreaker system in place. The tiebreaker is settled using the 1st tiebreaker method that fits the two teams in question. The 1st tiebreaker rule is what team had the most points in the game that was played against the team in question, but if the two teams tied their group stage game the next tiebreaker comes into play.
After the final group stage games are completed on June 19th the knockout phase will begin with the quarter-finals. This phase of the tournament is where things start to get real interesting. If you lose in the knockout phase you’re finished and won’t have a shot at redemption for another four years at Euro 2016.
Euro 2012 Quarter-Finals Schedule
• Winner in Group A vs. Runner-Up in Group B – June 21st in Warsaw
• Winner in Group C vs. Runner-Up in Group D – June 23rd in Donetsk
• Winner in Group B vs. Runner-Up in Group A – June 22nd in Gdansk
• Winner in Group D vs. Runner-Up in Group C – June 24th in Kiev
Euro 2012 Semi-Finals Schedule
• Winner of QF1 vs. Winner of QF3 – June 27th in Donetsk
• Winner of QF2 vs. Winner of QF4 – June 28th in Warsaw
Euro 2012 Finals Schedule
• Winner of SF1 vs. Winner of SF2 – July 1st in Kiev
Now that you know everything you need to know about Euro 2012 and the draw you should read through our analysis of the group stage games. We’ll be posting Euro 2012 predictions throughout the tournament this June. We’ve been studying for the Euro 2012 for awhile now and we’re ready to make lots of money this month for our bankrolls.
Euro 2012 will be starting on June 8th 2012 with the group stage and there will be football matches to watch almost everyday of the month. With the best players in Europe participating in the tournament we should be in for a quality tournament. There are a few solid teams that are legitimate contenders at Euro 2012 and several underdog nations have some value in certain markets.