The European Football Championships, held in June 2012 take place in Poland and Ukraine. With 4 cities in each of the 2 countries hosting the games, there are 16 teams left from the original 51 battling it out for the title.
Poland offers up four of it’s cities that are already established as tourism destinations, including the capital Warsaw, the port city of Gdansk as well as Poznan and Wroclaw. Meanwhile the Ukraine is a developing destination with the capital Kiev and Lviv both being popular while the other cities are Donetsk and Kharkiv.
All the cities have undergone renovations to prepare them for the championships, with 6 completely new stadiums being built and 2 being heavily revamped. Fortunately the renovations have been completed ahead of schedule and all is set for the championship to open.
The 16 teams are split into 4 groups for the first stage, with 2 cities assigned for each group game – a round robin format with 6 games deciding the top 2 teams.
8th June – Poland vs Greece – National Stadium, Warsaw
8th June – Russia vs Czech Republic – Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw
12th June – Greece vs Czech Republic – Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw
12th June – Poland vs Russia – National Stadium, Warsaw
16th June – Czech Republic vs Poland – Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw
16th June – Greece vs Russia – National Stadium, Warsaw
9th June – The Netherlands vs Denmark - Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv
9th June – Germany vs Portugal - Lviv Arena, Lviv
13th June – Denmark vs Portugal – Lviv Arena, Lviv
13th June – The Netherlands vs Germany – Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv
17th June – Portugal vs The Netherlands – Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv
17th June – Denmark vs Germany – Lviv Arena, Lviv
10th June – Spain vs Italy - PGE Arena, Gdansk
10th June – Ireland vs Croatia - Municipal Stadium, Poznan
14th June – Italy vs Croatia – Municipal Stadium, Poznan
14th June – Spain vs Ireland – PGE Arena, Gdansk
18th June – Croatia vs Spain – PGE Arena, Gdansk
18th June – Italy vs Ireland – Municipal Stadium, Poznan
11th June – France vs England - Donbas Arena, Donetsk
11th June – Ukraine vs Sweden - Olympic Stadium, Kiev
15th June – Ukraine vs France – Donbass Arena, Donetsk
15th June – Sweden vs England – Olympic Stadium, Kiev
19th June – England vs Ukraine – Donbass Arena, Donetsk
19th June – Sweden vs France – Olympic Stadium, Kiev
After the group stages, the tournament moves to knock-out, with the top two teams from each group progressing.