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Croatia Grouped With Spain, Ireland, Italy For Euro 2012

This will probably be the last post related to Croatia's participation in next summers Euro 2012 for quite some time.  Probably right up until the start of the tournament.  In a nutshell, Croatia got grouped with reigning World and European champions Spain, Republic of Ireland and Italy.

 UEFA EURO 2012 draw. A view of the Palace of Arts, Kyiv, after the UEFA EURO 2012 draw

A tough grouping, but not impossible to advance to the play off round from.  (Perhaps to many peoples surprise, Croatia actually hasn't lost a match against Italy in international play, with 5 matches ending in 3 Croatia wins and 2 draws)  Ireland will have to be taken seriously, who have shown they belong in the finals by advancing through the qualifying round and wont be giving up 3 points easily, and of course Spain will be the toughest opponent naturally, being currently ranked as best team in the world and defending Euro and World Cup champions....

Footage from the 2002 World Cup of the memorable Croatia-Italy match, showing basically that it's not over until it's been 90 minutes.

EURO finals schedule confirmed

 UEFA EURO 2012 draw - Group C coaches.   Croatia coach Slaven Bilić, Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli and Spain coach Vicente del Bosque at a press conferece after the UEFA EURO 2012 draw


The finals schedule has been confirmed with Poland starting the tournament against Greece and other opening games including Germany v Portugal, Spain v Italy and England v France. The schedule for UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine has been confirmed following the draw in Kyiv. Poland will launch the tournament on Friday 8 June at 18.00CET against Greece in Warsaw followed by the other Group A opener between Russia and the Czech Republic at 20.45CET. The next day the Netherlands face Denmark in Kharkiv and Germany take on Portugal in Lviv to begin Group B, and on 10 June Group C starts as holders Spain play Italy and the Republic of Ireland are matched with Croatia. Ukraine are involved in the last of the opening set of fixtures, meeting Sweden in Group D in Kyiv after England tackle France in Donetsk. The group stage runs until 19 June, then, after a rest day, the quarter-finals take place over four consecutive nights. The semi-finals are on 29 June in Donetsk and the following evening in Warsaw, before Kyiv stages the 1 July decider.

Match schedule All kick-offs CET, Ukrainian time is one hour ahead Friday

8 June 2012 #1: POL v GRE, 18.00CET, Warsaw #2: RUS v CZE, 20.45CET, Wroclaw

Saturday 9 June 2012 #3: NED v DEN, 18.00CET, Kharkiv #4: GER v POR, 20.45CET, Lviv

Sunday 10 June 2012 #5: ESP v ITA, 18.00CET, Gdansk #6: IRL v CRO, 20.45CET, Poznan

Monday 11 June 2012 #7: FRA v ENG, 18.00CET, Donetsk #8: UKR v SWE, 20.45CET, Kyiv

Tuesday 12 June 2012 #9: GRE v CZE, 18.00CET, Wroclaw #10: POL v RUS, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Wednesday 13 June 2012 #11: DEN v POR, 18.00CET, Lviv #12: NED v GER, 20.45CET, Kharkiv

Thursday 14 June 2012 #13: ITA v CRO, 18.00CET, Poznan #14: ESP v IRL, 20.45CET, Gdansk

Friday 15 June 2012 #15: SWE v ENG, 20.45CET, Kyiv #16: UKR v FRA, 18.00CET, Donetsk

Saturday 16 June 2012 #17: CZE v POL, 20.45CET, Wroclaw #18: GRE v RUS, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Sunday 17 June 2012 #19: POR v NED, 20.45CET, Kharkiv #20: DEN v GER, 20.45CET, Lviv

Monday 18 June 2012 #21: CRO v ESP, 20.45CET, Gdansk #22: ITA v IRL, 20.45CET, Poznan

Tuesday 19 June 2012 #23: ENG v UKR, 20.45CET, Donetsk #24: SWE v FRA, 20.45CET, Kyiv

Wednesday 20 June 2012 No matches

Thursday 21 June 2012 #25: 1A v 2B, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Friday 22 June 2012 #26: 1B v 2A, 20.45CET, Gdansk

Saturday 23 June 2012 #27: 1C v 2D, 20.45CET, Donetsk

Sunday 24 June 2012 #28: 1D v 2C, 20.45CET, Kyiv

Monday 25 June 2012 No matches

Tuesday 26 June 2012 No matches

Wednesday 27 June 2012 #29: W#25 v W#27, 20.45CET, Donetsk

Thursday 28 June 2012 #30: W#26 v W#28, 20.45CET, Warsaw

Friday 29 June 2012No matches

Saturday 30 June 2012 No matches

 Sunday 1 July 2012 #31: W#29 v W#30, 20.45CET, Kyiv

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