Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

Euro 2012 draw preview

Posted in European Football, International Football by peterbein on February 5, 2010
Euro 2012 logo

The logo for the 2012 UEFA European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

There may be a world cup happening later this year but for the European teams competing in South Africa this summer there is something to take their focus off that tournament. On Sunday (12:00 CET) the draw for the 2012 UEFA European Championship qualifiers will take place at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw.

The 2012 tournament will be the third European championship to be held jointly in two countries. Poland and Ukraine are the hosts for the forthcoming competition and will follow in the footsteps of the joint ventures between the Netherlands/Belgium in 2000 and Austria/Switzerland in 2008. To help with Sunday’s draw will be four legends of the game from the host nations, Zbigniew Boniek and Andrzej Szarmach representing Poland, Oleg Blokhin and Andriy Shevchenko representing Ukraine.

At the end of the draw there will be six groups of six teams and three groups of five teams. Because the host nations qualify automatically for the tournament the defending champions Spain must go through the qualifying process. The teams in each pot have been chosen according to UEFA’s national team coefficient table. Here are how the pots look ahead of the draw:

POT 1 – Spain, Germany, Holland, Italy, England, Croatia, Portugal, France, Russia

POT 2 – Greece, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, Turkey, Denmark, Slovakia, Romania

POT 3 – Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Norway, Rep. of Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Austria, Bosnia & Herzogovina

POT 4 – Slovenia, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, Belarus, Belgium, Wales, Macedonia, Cyprus

POT 5 – Montenegro, Albania, Estonia, Georgia, Moldova, Iceland, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein

POT 6 – Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, Malta, Faroe Islands, Andorra, San Marino

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