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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Seedings announced for Euro2012 final draw

The seedings have been announced for the group draw for the Euro2012 Finals, with World Cup finalists Spain and Netherlands joining host nations Poland and Ukraine in the top pot.

This dichotomy has the potential to create some mis-matched groups of varying strength, and all nations will be hoping for the luck of the draw in avoiding a "group of death".

Seedings for Euro 2012 Final Draw
Pot 1: Spain, Netherlands, Poland*, Ukraine*.
Pot 2: Germany, Italy, England, Russia.
Pot 3: Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Sweden.
Pot 4: Denmark, France, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland

Spain and Germany were the only two teams to qualify for the finals with 100% records in their qualifying group with eight and 10 straight victories respectively, The Netherlands also qualified with ease after winning nine out of their 10 qualifying matches, but Portugal, who made the last eight in 2004 and were beaten finalists in 2000, qualfied via the play-offs.

Forty per cent of the seeding for the finals is decided by the teams' respective qualifying record, with the same amount based on their performance in World Cup 2010 qualifying and finals and the remainder on their performance in Euro 2008.

The draw will be made on December 2nd in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

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