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    A glance at the 16 teams at Euro 2012

    A brief glance at the 16 teams that have qualified for the European Championship.

    Warsaw: A brief glance at the 16 teams that have qualified for the European Championship:

    Group A

    Poland

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Greece, June 8; vs. Russia, June 12; vs. Czech Republic, June 16.

    How the team qualified: Co-host.

    Euro 2008 Result: First Round.

    Best Result: First Round (2008).

    FIFA Ranking: 65th.

    Coach: Franciszek Smuda (Poland).

    Top Players: Jakub Blaszczykowski, Robert Lewandowski, Wojciech Szczesny.

    Greece

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Poland, June 8; vs. Czech Republic, June 12; vs. Russia, June 16.

    How the team qualified: Won Group F.

    Euro 2008 Result: First Round.

    Best Result: Champion (2004).

    FIFA Ranking: 14th.

    Coach: Fernando Santos (Portugal).

    Top Players: Fanis Gekas, Georgios Samaras, Vasilis Torosidis.

    Russia

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Czech Republic, June 8; vs. Poland, June 12; vs. Greece, June 16.

    How the team qualified: Won Group B.

    Euro 2008 Result: Semi-finals.

    Best Result: Champion (1960, as Soviet Union).

    FIFA Ranking: 11th.

    Coach: Dick Advocaat (Netherlands).

    Top Players: Andrei Arshavin, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Igor Akinfeev.

    Czech Republic

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Russia, June 8; Greece, June 12; vs. Poland, June 16.

    How the team qualified: Second in Group I, beat Montenegro in playoffs.

    Euro 2008 Result: First Round.

    Best Result: Champion (1976, as Czechoslovakia).

    FIFA Ranking: 26th.

    Coach: Michal Bilek (Czech Republic)

    Top Players: Petr Cech, Tomas Rosicky, Jaroslav Plasil.

    Group B

    Netherlands

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Denmark, June 9; vs. Germany, June 13; vs. Portugal, June 17.

    How the team qualified: Won Group E.

    Euro 2008 Result: Quarter-finals.

    Best Result: Champion (1988).

    FIFA Ranking: Fourth.

    Coach: Bert van Marwijk (Netherlands).

    Top Players: Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben.

    Denmark

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Netherlands, June 9; vs. Portugal, June 13; vs. Germany, June 17.

    How the team qualified: Won Group H.

    Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify.

    Best Result: Champion (1992).

    FIFA Ranking: 10th.

    Coach: Morten Olsen (Denmark).

    Top Players: Daniel Agger, Christian Eriksen, Nicklas Bendtner.

    Germany

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Portugal, June 9; vs. Netherlands, June 13; vs. Denmark, June 17.

    How the team qualified: Won Group A.

    Euro 2008 Result: Runner-up.

    Best Result: Champion (1972 and 1980 as West Germany, and 1996).

    FIFA Ranking: Second.

    Coach: Joachim Loew (Germany).

    Top Players: Thomas Mueller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Oezil.

    Portugal

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Germany, June 9; vs. Denmark, June 13; vs. Netherlands, June 17.

    How the team qualified: Second in Group H, beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in playoffs.

    Euro 2008 Result: Quarter-finals.

    Best Result: Runner-up (2004).

    FIFA Ranking: Fifth.

    Coach: Paulo Bento (Portugal).

    Top Players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Nani.

    Group C

    Spain

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Italy, June 10; vs. Ireland, June 14; vs. Croatia, June 18.

    How the team qualified: Won Group I.

    Euro 2008 Result: Champion.

    Best Result: Champion (1964, 2008).

    FIFA Ranking: First.

    Coach: Vicente del Bosque (Spain).

    Top Players: Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Iker Casillas.

    Italy

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Spain, June 10; vs. Croatia, June 14; vs. Ireland, June 18.

    How the team qualified: Won Group C.

    Euro 2008 Result: Quarter-finals.

    Best Result: Champion (1968).

    FIFA Ranking: 12th.

    Coach: Cesare Prandelli (Italy).

    Top Players: Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Mario Balotelli.

    Ireland

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Croatia, June 10; Spain, June 14; vs. Italy, June 18.

    How the team qualified: Second in Group B, beat Estonia in playoffs.

    Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify.

    Best Result: Quarter-finals (1964).

    FIFA Ranking: 18th.

    Coach: Giovanni Trapattoni (Italy).

    Top Players: Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Glenn Whelan.

    Croatia

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Ireland, June 10; vs. Italy, June 14; vs. Spain, June 18.

    How the team qualified: Second in Group F, beat Turkey in playoffs.

    Euro 2008 Result: Quarter-finals.

    Best Result: Quarterfinals (1996, 2008).

    FIFA Ranking: Eighth.

    Coach: Slaven Bilic (Croatia).

    Top Players: Luka Modric, Danijel Pranjic, Darijo Srna.

    Group D

    Ukraine

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Sweden, June 11; vs. France, June 15; vs. England, June 19.

    How the team qualified: Co-host.

    Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify.

    Best Result: Qualifying playoffs (2000).

    FIFA Ranking: 50th.

    Coach: Oleg Blokhin (Ukraine).

    Top Players: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, Serhiy Nazarenko.

    Sweden

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Ukraine, June 11; vs. England, June 15; vs. France, June 19.

    How the team qualified: Best second-placed team in qualifying.

    Euro 2008 Result: First Round.

    Best Result: Semi-finals (1992).

    FIFA Ranking: 17th.

    Coach: Erik Hamren (Sweden).

    Top Players: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kim Kallstrom, Johan Elmander.

    France

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. England, June 11; vs. Ukraine, June 15; vs. Sweden, June 19.

    How the team qualified: Won Group D.

    Euro 2008 Result: First Round.

    Best Result: Champion (1984, 2000).

    FIFA Ranking: 16th.

    Coach: Laurent Blanc (France).

    Top Players: Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri.

    England

    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. France, June 11; vs. Sweden, June 15; vs. Ukraine, June 19.

    How the team qualified: Won Group G.

    Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify.

    Best Result: Semi-finals (1996).

    FIFA Ranking: Seventh.

    Coach: Roy Hodgson

    Top Players: Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, John Terry.

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