Group A

  • Champions of Europe: Arshavin back to his best June 9, 2012

    CNN-IBN panel of experts discuss the first two opening matches of Euro 2012 in great detail. ...
  • Russia fire warning shots to Euro 2012 elite June 9, 2012

    Wroclaw: In what many were predicting would be a group filled with bore draws, Russia have set the tournament alight with a 4-1 drubbing of the Czech Republic. The sbornaya have an outstanding record in European Championships and they have sent out a warning to whichever team that they meet...
  • Thank God I saved penalty: Poland's Tyton June 9, 2012

    Warsaw: Przemyslaw Tyton was relieved after his save from a penalty ensured Poland recorded a point against Greece but felt his side should have done better. The hosts dominated the first half and took the lead through Robert Lewandowski inside 20 minutes, with Sokratis Papadopoulos sent off for a second...
  • Russia cruise past listless Czech Republic 4-1 June 9, 2012

    Wroclaw: An outstanding attacking display from Russia had as its highlight two wonderfully taken goals from Alan Dzagoev, as they cruised to a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic in Euro 2012's Group A. Dzagoev and Roman Shirokov hit before half time to put the Eastern Europeans in a commanding...
  • Greece coach proud of his men after Euro opener June 9, 2012

    Warsaw: Greece boss Fernando Santos has spoken of his delight at his team's effort in the 1-1 draw with Poland in the inaugural game of Euro 2012. The Ethniki fell behind courtesy of a goal by Robert Lewandowski, and shortly after had a player sent off, as Sokratis Papastathopoulos was...
  • Poland's dream start ruined by Szczesny June 9, 2012

    Warsaw: After all of the off-the-field issues surrounding the build up to Euro 2012, both Poland and Greece opened the competition in a welcome thrilling encounter at Warsaw's stunning Stadion Narodowy. With Franciszek Smuda's right-side providing the basis of the majority of Poland's attacks during the opening period, it was only...
  • Poland held by Greece 1-1 in Euro opener June 8, 2012

    Warsaw: Poland and Greece played out a thrilling 1-1 draw with two red cards and a penalty in the opening game of Euro 2012 at the National Stadium in Warsaw. Franciszek Smuda's men dominated the proceedings in the first half and deservedly took the lead through Robert Lewandowski. Just before half-time,...
  • Russia's aiming for SF spot in Euro: Arshavin June 8, 2012

    Warsaw: Andrey Arshavin is desperate to repeat Russia's Euro 2008 performances at this summer's European Championship, as he wants his country to make it to at least the semi-finals in Poland and Ukraine. The Russians were beaten 3-0 by eventual winners Spain four years ago, and Arshavin is keen to...
  • Hosts Poland held by Greece in Euro opener June 8, 2012

    Warsaw: Dimitris Salpigidis earned Greece a 1-1 draw with co-host Poland on Friday in the opening match of the European Championship. The substitute striker knocked in a loose ball in the 51st minute, only six minutes after coming on at halftime. Robert Lewandowski had given Poland the lead by heading in a...
  • Champions of Europe: Cream of Europe to compete June 8, 2012

    CNN-IBN panel of experts analyses the teams and other factors ahead of the upcoming Euro 2012 opener. ...
  • Euro 2012: Let the beautiful game begin June 8, 2012

    The Euro 2012 will kick off on Friday, with 16 nations battling for the most prestigious European football trophy. ...
  • Russia lack the pace, admits Arshavin June 8, 2012

    Wroclaw, Poland: Andrei Arshavin says his Russia team lacks the pace needed to be seen as a serious contender for the European Championship. Russia, who take on the Czech Republic on Friday in the teams' Group A opener, have the oldest forward line at Euro 2012 with an average age of...
  • Russia aim to start Euro on a high June 7, 2012

    Wroclaw: Beating Italy 3-0 in a final pre-tournament friendly was not good enough for Russia coach Dick Advocaat. After last Friday's match, the Dutchman scanned video of the match looking for ways his team could improve. "The good thing is, hopefully it gives us confidence we can score three times against...
  • Poland, Greece eager for quick start at Euros June 7, 2012

    Warsaw: In the face of a chorus of naysayers, Poland has defended its right to co-host the European Championship. The country scrambled to build three stadiums, pave hundreds of kilometers (miles) of roads for fans to get around, and upgrade everything from hotels to train stations to airports. Now the time has...
  • Euro 2012 refs to stop games if any racial abuse June 7, 2012

    Warsaw: UEFA president Michel Platini promised that referees will stop European Championship matches if players suffer abuse from fans, as questions on racism in Poland and Ukraine dominated a news conference on Wednesday to launch the tournament. Platini said UEFA has empowered referees to "temporarily stop the game and finally cancel...
  • Platini plea for players to entertain at Euros June 7, 2012

    Warsaw: Now, finally, UEFA President Michel Platini wants the players to take center stage when the European Championship kicks off on Friday. Football has almost been ignored during a turbulent five years for Poland and Ukraine as they sought to vindicate UEFA's decision to take its showpiece 16-nation tournament to...
  • Five managers to watch at Euro 2012 June 6, 2012

    A low-down on the top minds who will be scheming their way to winning the European Championships. Joachim Low – Germany The German coach has been given assurances about his job, no matter what happens at Euro 2012, but knowing the way 'Jogi' works, he will be focused solely on the...
  • Capsules of past European Championships June 6, 2012

    London: Capsules on each of the previous 13 European Championship tournaments: France 1960 The Soviet Union scored the first goal in the qualifying tournament for the inaugural European Championship, and then won the maiden title about two years later at Parc des Princes in Paris. Seventeen teams entered the qualifying tournament, which...
  • A glance at the 16 teams at Euro 2012 June 6, 2012

    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...
  • A look at the 8 stadiums to be used for Euro 2012 June 6, 2012

    Warsaw: A brief look at the eight stadiums to be used for the European Championship: Warsaw, National Stadium The National Stadium in Warsaw will host the opening match of the Euro 2012 tournament, when Poland plays Greece on June 8. The stadium was built on the site of the Tenth Anniversary Stadium, which...
  • Czech Republic can make into last eight June 5, 2012

    In football there are no stronger or weaker teams, but everything depends upon the kind of attack a side possesses. Czech Republic are not strong contenders for the Euro 2012 title as they lack steam in their attack. However, the Czechs will heavily depend on the services of Tomas Rosicky,...
  • Poland get lucky draw in Group A at Euro 2012 June 5, 2012

    London: Without even kicking a football, Poland already got lucky at the European Championship. The Poles managed to avoid all the favorites in the draw, giving the co-hosts an ever better chance to capitalize on their home-field advantage and reach the quarterfinals for the first time in their history. "It is...
  • Seasoned Russia eyeing glory June 3, 2012

    Russia are all set to pull a few surprises in Euro 2012. Dutchman Dick Advocaat is the coach of the side. He is highly rated in the world of football, known as an astute strategist. His CV is quite impressive, having led Netherlands to the quarter-finals and semi-finals in the...
  • Hosts Poland are Euro 2012 underdogs June 3, 2012

    Poland have not played a competitive match since 2009 and a dismal World Cup qualifying campaign which saw them finish second from bottom in their group. They have been drawn up with the likes of Greece, Russia and Czech Republic. On paper it's one of the easier group but Poland...
  • Greece hope to wrong Group A forecast June 3, 2012

    Since Greece delivered the biggest shock they ever could to world football in 2004 - by winning the European Championships - the team's fortunes haven't witnessed the upswing that one would expect after such a big win out of the blue. But that it's the country's third consecutive appearance at...
  • Greece drop Tziolis, Kone from Euro 2012 squad May 29, 2012

    Athens: Greece coach Fernando Santos dropped midfielders Alexandros Tziolis and Panagiotis Kone from his final 23-player squad for the European Championship on Monday. Santos announced the move after both players had competed in a warm-up game against Slovenia on Saturday. The match ended in a 1-1 draw and was held in...
  • Borussia Dortmund trio lead Poland Euro squad May 28, 2012

    Warsaw: The Borussia Dortmund trio of Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek lead the European Championship squad for co-hosts Poland. Coach Franciszek Smuda on Sunday also named Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to his final 23-man roster for the competition, which starts from June 8 in Warsaw with Poland taking on...
  • Second string Czechs beat Israel 2-1 in warm-up May 27, 2012

    Graz, Austria: A last-minute goal by David Lafata helped the Czech Republic beat Israel 2-1 on Saturday in preparation for next month's European Championship. It was the third international goal in 17 appearances for Lafata, who came on as a substitute after 65 minutes for Milan Petrzela. Striker Milan Baros scored from...
  • Greece, Slovenia draw 1-1 in friendly May 27, 2012

    Kufstein, Austria: Midfielder Jasmin Kurtic scored on his international debut to earn Slovenia a 1-1 draw with European Championship-bound Greece on Saturday. Kurtic levelled in the 87th minute. Earlier, he missed Slovenia's best chance by sending a free kick just over the bar. Greece defender Vasilis Torosidis put the 2004 champions in...
  • Poland beat Slovakia 1-0, Fabianksi out injured May 27, 2012

    Klagenfurt, Austria: Damien Perquis scored his first international goal on Saturday to give Poland a 1-0 win over Slovakia in the co-host's second warm-up match before the European Championship. The Sochaux defender's header from a cross by Lukasz Piszczek found the net after half an hour, earning Poland a second straight...