UEFA EURO 2012
qualifying matches will be kicking off tomorrow featuring six fixtures. The final tournament of the 14th UEFA European Football Championship
will be held in Poland and Ukraine
from 8 June to 1 July 2012. Ticket sales for the finals have already been launched. It will be the third time that the final tournament is jointly hosted by two countries (after Belgium/Netherlands in 2000 and Austria/Switzerland in 2008).
Sixteen national teams will compete in a total of 31 matches to be crowned European champions. The format of four groups of four teams will be used for the last time in this tournament. The competition format will change for the next edition in 2016
as the lineup of participants competing in the final tournament will be increased to 24.
The groups for the qualifiers will be contested across the usual league system on a home-and-away basis. The nine winners and the runner-up with the best record against the top five teams in their group will join the two hosts in the finals. The eight remaining runners-up go into play-off matches in November 2011 to decide the final four sides to join co-hosts Poland and Ukraine
, making it 16 teams who will battle for Spain's title.
It would be interesting to read about your predictions
for this competition starting from the qualifying round. It might come in handy for the ones engaged into online betting
includes Germany, Austria, Belgium, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
has Russia, Republic of Ireland, Armenia, Slovakia, FYROM and Andorra.
features Italy, Slovenia, Estonia, Northern Ireland, Serbia and Faroe Islands.
consists of France, Belarus, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania and Luxembourg.
includes Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden, Moldova, Finlandand San Marino.
has Croatia, Greece, Georgia, Israel, Latvia and Malta.
features Montenegro, England, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Wales.
consists of Norway, Portugal, Denmark, Cyprus and Iceland.
includes Spain, Czech Republic, Scotland, Lithuania and Liechtenstein.
Which teams do you think will make it through from each group?
Feel free to make your predictions for individual matches as well.