By John Nestor

Kiev, Ukraine

The stage is set for the 2012 Euro Cup following Friday's draw that saw host Poland and Ukraine getting the top draws while Spain placed in a tougher group.

For the first time in the tournament's history, Poland and Ukraine - former parts of the Soviet Union - will be hosting the Euro Cup.

Being the hosts for the event, Poland and Ukraine got the top seeds over the field of soccer superpowers, including England, Italy, Germany, and reigning World Cup and Euro champion Spain.

Poland, aiming to qualify beyond the first round of the event, was drawn in Group A along with Greece, Russia, and Czech Republic.

Debuting for the European Football Champion is Ukraine, which was placed in Group D along with Sweden, France, and England.

Meanwhile, Spain is bracketed in a tough Group C along with perennial power Italy, resurging Ireland, and regular World Cup participant Croatia.

The Netherlands, which lost to Spain in the 2010 World Cup, was placed in Group B along with Cup third-placed Germany, Denmark, and Portugal.

England Coach Fabio Capello considers the upcoming Euro Cup as a perfect test for teams for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 2012 Euro Cup will be kicking from June 8 to July 1 with games taking place in several sites across Poland and England.

The Championship game will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on July 1.


Group A

Poland, Greece, Russia, Czech Republic

Group B

Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal

Group C

Spain, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Croatia

Group D

Ukraine, Sweden, France, England

Euro 2012 Match schedule

All kick-offs CET, Ukrainian time is one hour ahead


Friday 8 June 2012

#1: POL v GRE, 18.00CET, Warsaw

#2: RUS v CZE, 20.45CET, Wroclaw

Saturday 9 June 2012

#3: NED v DEN, 18.00CET, Kharkiv

#4: GER v POR, 20.45CET, Lviv

Sunday 10 June 2012

#5: ESP v ITA, 18.00CET, Gdansk

#6: IRL v CRO, 20.45CET, Poznan

Monday 11 June 2012

#7: FRA v ENG, 18.00CET, Donetsk

#8: UKR v SWE, 20.45CET, Kyiv

Tuesday 12 June 2012

#9: GRE v CZE, 18.00CET, Wroclaw

#10: POL v RUS, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Wednesday 13 June 2012

#11: DEN v POR, 18.00CET, Lviv

#12: NED v GER, 20.45CET, Kharkiv

Thursday 14 June 2012

#13: ITA v CRO, 18.00CET, Poznan

#14: ESP v IRL, 20.45CET, Gdansk

Friday 15 June 2012

#15: SWE v ENG, 20.45CET, Kyiv

#16: UKR v FRA, 18.00CET, Donetsk

Saturday 16 June 2012

#17: CZE v POL, 20.45CET, Wroclaw

#18: GRE v RUS, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Sunday 17 June 2012

#19: POR v NED, 20.45CET, Kharkiv

#20: DEN v GER, 20.45CET, Lviv

Monday 18 June 2012

#21: CRO v ESP, 20.45CET, Gdansk

#22: ITA v IRL, 20.45CET, Poznan

Tuesday 19 June 2012

#23: ENG v UKR, 20.45CET, Donetsk

#24: SWE v FRA, 20.45CET, Kyiv

Wednesday 20 June 2012
No matches

Thursday 21 June 2012

#25: 1A v 2B, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Friday 22 June 2012

#26: 1B v 2A, 20.45CET, Gdansk

Saturday 23 June 2012

#27: 1C v 2D, 20.45CET, Donetsk

Sunday 24 June 2012

#28: 1D v 2C, 20.45CET, Kyiv

Monday 25 June 2012
No matches

Tuesday 26 June 2012
No matches

Wednesday 27 June 2012

#29: W#25 v W#27, 20.45CET, Donetsk

Thursday 28 June 2012

#30: W#26 v W#28, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Friday 29 June 2012
No matches

Saturday 30 June 2012
No matches

Sunday 1 July 2012

#31: W#29 v W#30, 20.45CET, Kyiv

Euro 2012 Group Stage Results

Date Group Team Result Team Venue Start
Fri June 8thAPoland1 - 1 GreeceWarsaw5:00pm
Fri June 8thARussia4 - 1Czech RepWroclaw7:45pm
Sat June 9thBHolland0 - 1DenmarkKharkiv5:00pm
Sat June 9thBGermany1 - 0PortugalLviv7:45pm
Sun June 10thCSpain1 - 1ItalyGdansk5:00pm
Sun June 10thCRepublic of Ireland1 - 3CroatiaPoznan7:45pm
Mon June 11thDFrance1 - 1EnglandDonetsk5:00pm
Mon June 11thDUkraine2 - 1SwedenKiev7:45pm
Tue June 12thAGreece1 - 2Czech RepWroclaw5:00pm
Tue June 12thAPoland1 - 1RussiaWarsaw7:45pm
Wed June 13thBDenmark2 - 3Portugal Lviv5:00pm
Wed June 13thBHolland1 - 2GermanyKharkiv7:45pm
Thu June 14thCItaly1 - 1CroatiaPoznan5:00pm
Thu June 14thCSpain4 - 0Rep of IrelandGdansk7:45pm
Fri June 15thDSweden2 - 3EnglandKiev5:00pm
Fri June 15thDUkraine0 - 2FranceDonetsk7:45pm
Sat June 16thACzech Rep1 - 0PolandWroclaw7:45pm
Sat June 16thAGreece1 - 0RussiaWarsaw7:45pm
Sun June 17thBPortugal2 - 1HollandKharkiv7:45pm
Sun June 17thBDenmark1 - 2GermanyLviv7:45pm
Mon June 18thCCroatia0 - 1SpainGdansk7:45pm
Mon June 18thCItaly2 - 0IrelandPoznan7:45pm
Tue June 19thDEngland1 - 0UkraineDonetsk7:45pm
Tue June 19thDSweden2 - 0FranceKiev7:45pm


Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Results

Date Group Team Result Team Venue Start
Italy Advances on Penalty Kicks 4 - 2
Thu June 21stQF 1Czech Republic0 - 1PortugalWarsaw7:45pm
Fri June 22ndQF 2Germany4 - 2GreeceGdansk7:45pm
Sat June 23rdQF 3Spain2 - 0FranceDonetsk7:45pm
Sun June 24thQF 4England0 (2) - 0 (4)ItalyKiev7:45pm


Euro 2012 Semifinal Results

Date Group Team Result Team Venue Start
Spain Advances on Penalty Kicks 4 - 2
Wed June 27thSF 1Portugal0 (2) - 0 (4)SpainDonetsk7:45pm
Thu June 28thSF 2Germany1 - 2ItalyWarsaw7:45pm



Euro 2012 Final Result

Date Group Team Result Team Venue Start
Sunday July 1stFinalSpain4 - 0ItalyKiev7:45pm


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