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    A glance at the 16 teams at Euro 2012

    Warsaw: A brief glance at the 16 teams that have qualified for the European Championship:

    Group A

    Poland
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Greece, June 8; vs. Russia, June 12; vs. Czech Republic, June 16.
    How the team qualified: Co-host.
    Euro 2008 Result: First Round.
    Best Result: First Round (2008).
    FIFA Ranking: 65th.
    Coach: Franciszek Smuda (Poland).
    Top Players: Jakub Blaszczykowski, Robert Lewandowski, Wojciech Szczesny.

    Greece
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Poland, June 8; vs. Czech Republic, June 12; vs. Russia, June 16.
    How the team qualified: Won Group F.
    Euro 2008 Result: First Round.
    Best Result: Champion (2004).
    FIFA Ranking: 14th.
    Coach: Fernando Santos (Portugal).
    Top Players: Fanis Gekas, Georgios Samaras, Vasilis Torosidis.

    Russia
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Czech Republic, June 8; vs. Poland, June 12; vs. Greece, June 16.
    How the team qualified: Won Group B.
    Euro 2008 Result: Semi-finals.
    Best Result: Champion (1960, as Soviet Union).
    FIFA Ranking: 11th.
    Coach: Dick Advocaat (Netherlands).
    Top Players: Andrei Arshavin, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Igor Akinfeev.

    Czech Republic
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Russia, June 8; Greece, June 12; vs. Poland, June 16.
    How the team qualified: Second in Group I, beat Montenegro in playoffs.
    Euro 2008 Result: First Round.
    Best Result: Champion (1976, as Czechoslovakia).
    FIFA Ranking: 26th.
    Coach: Michal Bilek (Czech Republic)
    Top Players: Petr Cech, Tomas Rosicky, Jaroslav Plasil.

    Group B

    Netherlands
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Denmark, June 9; vs. Germany, June 13; vs. Portugal, June 17.
    How the team qualified: Won Group E.
    Euro 2008 Result: Quarter-finals.
    Best Result: Champion (1988).
    FIFA Ranking: Fourth.
    Coach: Bert van Marwijk (Netherlands).
    Top Players: Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben.

    Denmark
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Netherlands, June 9; vs. Portugal, June 13; vs. Germany, June 17.
    How the team qualified: Won Group H.
    Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify.
    Best Result: Champion (1992).
    FIFA Ranking: 10th.
    Coach: Morten Olsen (Denmark).
    Top Players: Daniel Agger, Christian Eriksen, Nicklas Bendtner.

    Germany
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Portugal, June 9; vs. Netherlands, June 13; vs. Denmark, June 17.
    How the team qualified: Won Group A.
    Euro 2008 Result: Runner-up.
    Best Result: Champion (1972 and 1980 as West Germany, and 1996).
    FIFA Ranking: Second.
    Coach: Joachim Loew (Germany).
    Top Players: Thomas Mueller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Oezil.

    Portugal
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Germany, June 9; vs. Denmark, June 13; vs. Netherlands, June 17.
    How the team qualified: Second in Group H, beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in playoffs.
    Euro 2008 Result: Quarter-finals.
    Best Result: Runner-up (2004).
    FIFA Ranking: Fifth.
    Coach: Paulo Bento (Portugal).
    Top Players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Nani.

    Group C

    Spain
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Italy, June 10; vs. Ireland, June 14; vs. Croatia, June 18.
    How the team qualified: Won Group I.
    Euro 2008 Result: Champion.
    Best Result: Champion (1964, 2008).
    FIFA Ranking: First.
    Coach: Vicente del Bosque (Spain).
    Top Players: Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Iker Casillas.

    Italy
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Spain, June 10; vs. Croatia, June 14; vs. Ireland, June 18.
    How the team qualified: Won Group C.
    Euro 2008 Result: Quarter-finals.
    Best Result: Champion (1968).
    FIFA Ranking: 12th.
    Coach: Cesare Prandelli (Italy).
    Top Players: Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Mario Balotelli.

    Ireland
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Croatia, June 10; Spain, June 14; vs. Italy, June 18.
    How the team qualified: Second in Group B, beat Estonia in playoffs.
    Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify.
    Best Result: Quarter-finals (1964).
    FIFA Ranking: 18th.
    Coach: Giovanni Trapattoni (Italy).
    Top Players: Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Glenn Whelan.

    Croatia
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Ireland, June 10; vs. Italy, June 14; vs. Spain, June 18.
    How the team qualified: Second in Group F, beat Turkey in playoffs.
    Euro 2008 Result: Quarter-finals.
    Best Result: Quarterfinals (1996, 2008).
    FIFA Ranking: Eighth.
    Coach: Slaven Bilic (Croatia).
    Top Players: Luka Modric, Danijel Pranjic, Darijo Srna.

    Group D

    Ukraine
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Sweden, June 11; vs. France, June 15; vs. England, June 19.
    How the team qualified: Co-host.
    Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify.
    Best Result: Qualifying playoffs (2000).
    FIFA Ranking: 50th.
    Coach: Oleg Blokhin (Ukraine).
    Top Players: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, Serhiy Nazarenko.

    Sweden
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. Ukraine, June 11; vs. England, June 15; vs. France, June 19.
    How the team qualified: Best second-placed team in qualifying.
    Euro 2008 Result: First Round.
    Best Result: Semi-finals (1992).
    FIFA Ranking: 17th.
    Coach: Erik Hamren (Sweden).
    Top Players: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kim Kallstrom, Johan Elmander.

    France
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. England, June 11; vs. Ukraine, June 15; vs. Sweden, June 19.
    How the team qualified: Won Group D.
    Euro 2008 Result: First Round.
    Best Result: Champion (1984, 2000).
    FIFA Ranking: 16th.
    Coach: Laurent Blanc (France).
    Top Players: Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri.

    England
    Euro 2012 Schedule: vs. France, June 11; vs. Sweden, June 15; vs. Ukraine, June 19.
    How the team qualified: Won Group G.
    Euro 2008 Result: Did not qualify.
    Best Result: Semi-finals (1996).
    FIFA Ranking: Seventh.
    Coach: Roy Hodgson
    Top Players: Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, John Terry.