Euro 2012 Draw - How It Works
The draw is made for the Euro 2012 finals today.
The draw, which takes place in Kiev at 1700 GMT on December 2, will see the 16 qualifiers placed into four pots of four.
The host nations, Poland, to be placed in Group A, and Ukraine, in Group D, are among the top seeds. As defending champions, Spain will also be seeded, while the final place in the top pot goes to the Netherlands as they are the next highest in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system.
The remaining teams have been divided into pots using November's coefficient ranking which can be found by clicking here.
England will be drawn from the second pot, with Ireland in the fourth.
With one team from each pot making up a group, the English and Irish could meet in the group stage - just as they diid at Euro 88 when Ireland pulled off a shock 1-0 win.
On Friday, the draw will start with pot one to decide which groups Spain and the Netherlands will go in (B or C).
Proceedings will continue with the drawing of teams from pot four, from which a team will be allocated to each group consecutively, from Group A to Group D. This procedure will then be repeated for pot three and finally pot two, leaving the prospect of England being the last team to be drawn.
The position of each team within its group (2, 3 or 4) will also be determined during the draw, thus deciding the order of the group fixtures. The match schedule, as it stands, can be found by clicking here.
The teams finishing in the top two places in each group will progress to the quarter-finals.
The tournament gets under way on June 8 next year with the final on July 1. Matches at the event will kick-off at 1700 and 1945 BST.
Tickets have been on sale for some time, but UEFA promise more will be released once the draw has taken place. More details can be found by clicking here.
Pot 1: Poland (Gp A), Spain, Netherlands, Ukraine (Gp D)
Pot 2: Germany, Italy, England, Russia
Pot 3: Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Sweden
Pot 4: Denmark, France, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland
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