Euro 2012 Guide
The 13th Uefa European Championship will be jointly hosted for
the second time in history by Poland and Ukraine. It kicks off on June
8th –June. Ukraine plays host to the opening ceremony with the finals
in Warsaw, Poland on June. Belgium and the Netherland were the first
joint hosts in 2000.
Euro 2012 will be held over a 24-day period from the opening
match to the finals. There will be five match-free days in-between,
meaning, there will be 19 match days. For the most part, there will be
two matches daily on those days. All matches will be televised live on
SuperSport 3 and live streaming on SuperSport.com. See our broadcast
schedule for details.
Teams and Groups:
Sixteen countries will be taking part in the tournament, with
Poland and the Ukraine qualifying as hosts. They are joined by 14
countries from the qualifying rounds that have not produced any
Missing in Action
The traditional powerhouses of the tournament are all present
so this promises to be the most keenly contested of all. However, we
will be missing Belgium, Turkey, and Serbia who as Yugoslavia was a
major force in the early years of the tournament. Croatia, also part of
Yugolavia will be there.
Slovakia, one half of 1976 champions Czechoslovakia will also
be missing as will perennial under-achievers, Scotland.
The 16 teams have been grouped into four groups; two in the
Polish cities of Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw and two in the
Ukrainian cities of Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kyiv and Lviv.
- Group A: – Czech Republic, Greece, Poland,Russia
- Group B: – Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal
- Group C: - Croatia, Italy,Republic of Ireland, Spain
- Group D: – England, France, Sweden, Ukraine
Format and Regulations
The 16 teams have been drawn into four groups of four each and
will play a round-robin with mini-league groups. The top two teams from
each group will progress to the quarterfinals. There will be six
matches in each group and 24 in total during the group stage.
Equality of points after the group matches
Here’s an extract from the Uefa rules and regulations (full
- 8.07 If two or more teams are equal on points on completion
of the group matches, the
following criteria are applied, in the order given; to determine the
- a) higher number of points obtained in the matches among
the teams in question;
- b) superior goal difference in the matches among the teams
in question (if more
than two teams finish equal on points);
- c) higher number of goals scored in the matches among the
teams in question (if
more than two teams finish equal on points);
- d) superior goal difference in all the group matches;
- e) higher number of goals scored in all the group matches;
- f) position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking
system (see Annex I,
- g) fair play conduct of the teams (final tournament);
- h) drawing of lots.
- 8.08 If two teams which have the same number of points, the
same number of goals
scored and conceded play their last group match against each other and
equal at the end of that match, the ranking of the two teams in
determined by kicks from the penalty mark (Article 16), provided no
within the group have the same number of points on completion of all
matches. Should more than two teams have the same number of points, the
listed under paragraph 8.07 apply.
8.09 The winners and runners-up in each group play the
quarter-finals over one match,
- Match 1 Winner Group A vs Runner-up Group B
- Match 2 Winner Group B vs Runner-up Group A
- Match 3 Winner Group C vs Runner-up Group D
- Match 4 Winner Group D vs Runner-up Group C Knockout stage
This will be a straight elimination series with games played
out for 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of extra-time and,
ultimately, if no winner emerges after full-time and extra-time, they
will go straight to penalty shootouts (five kicks each) and thereafter,
sudden death penalty kicks until a winner emerges.
8.10 The four winners of the quarter-finals play the
semi-finals over one match, as
- Winner Match 1 vs Winner Match 3
- Winner Match 2 vs Winner Match 4
8.11 The winners of the semifinals play in the final.
Same number of goals in a quarterfinal, semifinal or the final
8.12 If the result stands as a draw at the end of normal
playing time, extra time of two
periods of 15 minutes is played. If the two teams are still equal after
extra time, the
winners are determined by kicks from the penalty mark (Article 16).