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UEFA Euro 2012
Mistrzostwa Europy w piłce nożnej 2012 (Polish)
Чемпіонат Європи з футболу 2012 (Ukrainian)
Tournament details
Host countries Poland
Ukraine
Dates 8 June – 1 July
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 8 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Spain (3rd title)
Runner-up  Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 31
Goals scored 76 (2.45 per match)
Attendance 1,440,846 (46,479 per match)
Top scorer(s) Spain Fernando Torres (3 goals)
Best player Spain Andrés Iniesta
2008
2016
Slavek&Slavko (3)
The mascots Slavek & Slavko.

The UEFA Euro 2012 was the 14th UEFA European Football Championship tournament. Its formal name was 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. It was held in 8 June to 1 July. All the European football teams could compete. In general the contet of match was more higher than FIFA World Cup. The defending champion was Spain. The tournament was hosted in Poland and Ukraine. 16 teams were qualified for the final group stage. The winner of competition qualifies for the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Qualification

51 teams wanted to join the Euro 2012, so UEFA organized the teams into 9 groups. Qualification began on August 2010 and ended on November 2011. The following teams qualified:

Venues

There were 8 stadiums in 8 host cities. The host cities were Warsaw, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Poznań, Kyiv, Lviv, Donetsk and Kharkiv. The Euro 2012 allowed new stadiums to be built. Six of the eight stadiums are either completely new, or greatly improved. Below is a table that will show what stadiums are being used, and in which cities.

Warsaw Gdańsk Wrocław Poznań
National Stadium
Capacity: 58,500
PGE Arena
Capacity: 43,600
Municipal Stadium
Capacity: 42,800
Municipal Stadium
Capacity: 43,300
3 matches in Group A (including opening match),
1 quarter-final and
1 semi-final
3 matches in Group C and
1 quarter-final
3 matches in Group A 3 matches in Group C
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Kyiv Donetsk Kharkiv Lviv
Olympic Stadium
Capacity: 60,000
Donbass Arena
Capacity: 50,000
Metalist Stadium
Capacity: 35,000
Arena Lviv
Capacity: 30,000
3 matches in Group D,
1 quarter-final and
the final
3 matches in Group D,
1 quarter-final and
1 semi-final
3 matches in Group B 3 matches in Group B

Results

Group A

Both teams on the pitch POL-GRE 8-6-2012
Opening match, Poland vs Greece
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 4 5 -1 6
 Greece 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Russia 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
 Poland 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2

Greece were placed above Russia based on their head-to-head record (1-0).

The Czech Republic became the first team to win a European Championship group with a negative goal difference

8 June 2012
Poland  1–1  Greece
Russia  4–1  Czech Republic
12 June 2012
Greece  1–2  Czech Republic
Poland  1–1  Russia
16 June 2012
Czech Republic  1–0  Poland
Greece  1–0  Russia

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Germany 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3 9
Portugal Portugal 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 6
Denmark Denmark 3 1 0 2 4 5 –1 3
Netherlands Netherlands 3 0 0 3 2 5 –3 0
9 June 2012
Netherlands  0 – 1  Denmark
Germany  1 – 0  Portugal
13 June 2012
Denmark  2 – 3  Portugal
Netherlands  1 – 2  Germany
17 June 2012
Portugal  2 – 1  Netherlands
Denmark  1 – 2  Germany

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Italy 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
 Croatia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
 Ireland 3 0 0 3 1 9 –8 0
10 June 2012
Spain  1 – 1  Italy
Ireland  1 – 3  Croatia
14 June 2012
Italy  1 – 1  Croatia
Spain  4 – 0  Ireland
18 June 2012
Croatia  0 – 1  Spain
Italy  2 – 0  Ireland

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7
 France 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Ukraine 3 1 0 2 2 4 –2 3
Sweden Sweden 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3

Ukraine was placed on top of Sweden, because of their previous match against each other (2 – 1)

11 June 2012
France  1 – 1  England
Ukraine  2 – 1  Sweden
15 June 2012
Ukraine  0 – 2  France
Sweden  2 – 3  England
19 June 2012
England  1 – 0  Ukraine
Sweden  2 – 0  France

Knockout phase

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
21 June – Warsaw        
  Czech Republic  0
27 June – Donetsk
  Portugal  1  
  Portugal  0 (2)
23 June – Donetsk
    Spain (p)  0 (4)  
  Spain  2
1 July – Kyiv
  France  0  
  Spain  4
22 June – Gdańsk
    Italy  0
  Germany  4
28 June – Warsaw
  Greece  2  
  Germany  1
24 June – Kyiv
    Italy  2


 
  England  0 (2)
  Italy (p)  0 (4)


 
 UEFA Euro 2012 Winners 

Spain
3rd title

Statistics

Goalscorers

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal
  • England Glen Johnson (playing against Sweden)

Final rankings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Spain 6 4 2 0 12 1 +11 14
2  Italy 6 2 3 1 6 7 –1 9
Eliminated in the Semi-finals
3  Germany 5 4 0 1 10 6 +4 12
4  Portugal 5 3 1 1 6 4 +2 10
Eliminated in the Quarter-finals
5  England 4 2 2 0 5 3 +2 8
6  Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 4 6 –2 6
7  Greece 4 1 1 2 5 7 –2 4
8  France 4 1 1 2 3 5 –2 4
Eliminated in the Group stage
9  Russia 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
10  Croatia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
11  Sweden 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3
12  Denmark 3 1 0 2 4 5 –1 3
13  Ukraine 3 1 0 2 2 4 –2 3
14  Poland 3 0 2 1 2 3 –1 2
15  Netherlands 3 0 0 3 2 5 –3 0
16 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 3 0 0 3 1 9 –8 0
  • Rankings are based on performance, not team skill. Also, these rankings are unofficial and are not based on head-to-head record.

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