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A glance at the 16 teams at Euro 2012

Associated Press
Jun 06, 2012 at 10:22am IST

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

Group A

Poland

A glance at the 16 teams at Euro 2012

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

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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