• Euro 2012 Contender – Republic of Ireland

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Republic of Ireland (Group C) Appearances: 1 (1988, knocked out at group stage) FIFA world ranking: 21st Coach: Giovanni Trapattoni – Captain: Robbie Keane Prospects: Italian Trapattoni has led Ireland back to the Euros for the...
  • Euro 2012 Contender – Croatia

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Croatia (Group C) Appearances (3): 1996, 2004, 2008 – Best performance: Quarter-finalists: 1996, 2008. FIFA world ranking: 8th Coach: Slaven Bilic – Captain: Darijo Srna Prospects: Croatia failed to reach last year’s World Cup finals and...
  • Euro 2012 Contender – Italy

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Italy (Group C) Appearances: (7) 1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 – Best performance: Winners 1968 (as hosts) FIFA world ranking: 9th Coach: Cesare Prandelli – Captain: Gianluigi Buffon Prospects: Humiliated at last year’s World...
  • Euro 2012 Contender – Spain

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Spain (Group C) Appearances: 8 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) – Best performance: Winners: 1964, 2008 FIFA world ranking: 1st Coach: Vicente del Bosque – Captain: Iker Casillas Prospects: Spain head to the...
  • Euro 2012 Contender – Denmark

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Denmark (Group B) Appearances: 8 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) – Best performance: Winners 1992 FIFA world ranking: 11th Coach: Morten Olsen – Captain: Thomas Sorensen Prospects: Coach Olsen is one of the...
  • Euro 2012 Contender – Portugal

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Portugal (Group B) Appearances: 5 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) – Best performance: Runners-up: 2004 (as hosts) FIFA world ranking: 7th Coach: Paulo Bento – Captain: Cristiano Ronaldo Prospects: The presence of the world’s most expensive...
  • Euro 2012 Contender – Germany

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Germany (Group B) Appearances: 10 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) – Best performance: Champions 1972, 1980, 1996 (1972, 1980 as West Germany, 1996 as Germany) FIFA world ranking: 3rd Coach: Joachim...
  • Euro 2012 Contender – Netherlands

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Netherlands (Group B) Appearances: 8 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) – Best performance: Winners: 1988 FIFA world ranking: 2nd Coach: Bert van Marwijk – Captain: Mark van Bommel Prospects: Runners-up in last year’s...
  • Euro 2012 Contender – Czech Republic

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Czech Republic (Group A) Appearances: (7) 1960, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 – Best performance: Winners 1976, Runners-up 1996 (as Czechoslovakia from 1960-80) FIFA world ranking: 33rd Coach: Michal Bilek – Captain: Tomas Rosicky Prospects:...
  • Euro 2012 Contender – Greece

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Greece (Gruop A) Appearances: 3 (1980, 2004, 2008) – Best performance: Champions 2004 FIFA world ranking: 14th Coach: Fernando Santos – Captain: Giorgos Karagounis Prospects: Greece, surprise winners in 2004, are a completely different team from...
  • Euro 2012 Contender – Russia

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Russia (Group A) Appearances: 9 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2008) – Best performance: Winners 1960 (1960-88 as the Soviet Union, 1992 as CIS, 1996-2008 as Russia) FIFA world ranking: 12th Coach: Dick...
  • Euro 2012 Contender – Poland

    by - Dec 5, 2011
    Poland (Group A) Appearances: 1 (2008, knocked out at group stage) FIFA world ranking: 66th Coach: Franciszek Smuda – Captain: Jakub Blaszczykowski Prospects: Rated among the 50-1 and up outsiders, Poland, like co-hosts Ukraine, are likely...