UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

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The qualifying competition for UEFA Euro 2012 was a series of parallel association football competitions held over 2010 and 2011 to decide the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2012, held in Poland and Ukraine. The draw for the qualifying rounds was held on 7 February 2010 in the Congress Hall of the Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, with matches set to take place between August 2010 and November 2011.[1]

There were nine groups. Six of these groups had six teams (one each from pots 1 to 6 below); the remaining three groups consisted of five teams (one each from pots 1 to 5 below). Group competition was a double round robin: each team hosted a game with every other team in its group. The first-place team in each group qualified, along with the second-place team with the most points against teams ranked in the top five in the group. The remaining eight second-place teams were paired for two-game play-offs, with the winner of each total goals tie qualifying for the finals. The two host countries completed the field of sixteen teams.

Qualified nations[edit]

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1 2
 Poland Co-hosts 18 April 2007 1 (2008)
 Ukraine Co-hostsA 18 April 2007A 0 (debut)
 Germany3 Group A winner 2 September 2011 A10 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
 Russia4 Group B winner 11 October 2011 9 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2008)
 Italy Group C winner 6 September 2011 7 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
 France Group D winner 11 October 2011A 7A (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
 Netherlands Group E winner 6 September 2011A 8 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
 Greece Group F winner 11 October 2011B 3 (1980, 2004, 2008)
 England Group G winner 7 October 2011 7B (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Denmark Group H winner 11 October 2011C 7C (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Spain Group I winner 6 September 2011B 8A (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
 Sweden HBest runner-up 11 October 2011D 4 (1992, 2000, 2004, 2008)
 Croatia Play-off winner 15 November 2011 3A (1996, 2004, 2008)
 Czech Republic5 Play-off winnerA 15 November 2011A 7D (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
 Portugal Play-off winnerB 15 November 2011B 5A (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
 Republic of Ireland Play-off winnerC 15 November 2011C 1A (1988)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italics indicate (co-)host for that year
3 from 1972-88, Germany competed in the European Championship final tournament as West Germany
4 from 1960-88, Russia competed in the European Championship final tournament as the Soviet Union and in 1992 as the Commonwealth of Independent States
5 from 1960-80, Czech Republic competed in the European Championship final tournament as Czechoslovakia

Seedings[edit]

The pot allocations for the qualifying group stage draw were based on the UEFA national team coefficient rankings as of the end of 2009. The sole exception was the automatic placement of Spain, as reigning European champions, as the top-ranked team (their coefficient ranking would have also placed them in this position anyway).[2] Each nation's coefficient was generated by calculating:[3]

The 51 entrants were divided into the following six pots for the drawing of nine qualifying groups on 7 February 2010 in Warsaw, Poland:[4]

The countries which eventually qualified for the final tournament are emboldened in the table below.

Pot 1
Team Coeff Rank
 Spain (title holders) 39,964 1
 Germany 38,294 2
 Netherlands 37,821 3
 Italy 35,838 4
 England 34,819 5
 Croatia 33,677 6
 Portugal 33,226 7
 France 32,551 8
 Russia 32,477 9
Pot 2
Team Coeff Rank
 Greece 31,268 10
 Czech Republic 30,871 11
 Sweden 30,695 12
 Switzerland 30,395 13
 Serbia 29,811 14
 Turkey 29,447 15
 Denmark 29,222 16
 Slovakia 28,228 17
 Romania 28,145 18
Pot 3
Team Coeff Rank
 Israel 28,052 20
 Bulgaria 27,198 21
 Finland 26,827 22
 Norway 26,210 24
 Republic of Ireland 25,971 25
 Scotland 25,646 26
 Northern Ireland 24,518 27
 Austria 24,381 28
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 24,365 29
Pot 4
Team Coeff Rank
 Slovenia 24,221 30
 Latvia 23,303 31
 Hungary 23,048 32
 Lithuania 22,071 33
 Belarus 21,515 34
 Belgium 21,426 35
 Wales 21,274 36
 Macedonia 19,409 37
 Cyprus 18,791 38
Pot 5
Team Coeff Rank
 Montenegro 18,751 39
 Albania 18,319 40
 Estonia 17,792 41
 Georgia 15,819 42
 Moldova 15,734 43
 Iceland 15,404 44
 Armenia 15,164 45
 Kazakhstan 14,730 46
 Liechtenstein 13,581 47
Pot 6
Team Coeff Rank
 Azerbaijan 13,500 48
 Luxembourg 11,872 49
 Malta 11,517 50
 Faroe Islands 10,620 51
 Andorra 09,197 52
 San Marino 07,783 53
Notes
  • The co-hosts Ukraine and Poland, which qualified automatically, were ranked 19th (28,133) and 23rd (26,620) respectively.

Before the draw UEFA confirmed that, for political reasons, Armenia would not be drawn against Azerbaijan (due to the dispute concerning territory of Nagorno-Karabakh) and Georgia would not be drawn against Russia (due to the dispute regarding the territory of South Ossetia).[5] Armenia and Azerbaijan were drawn together in Group A during the draw ceremony, forcing UEFA to reassign Armenia to Group B, as Azerbaijan had refused to play in Armenia when they had been drawn together during UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying.[6]

Tiebreakers[edit]

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.[7]

  1. higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
  3. higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  5. if, after applying criteria 1) to 4) to several teams, two or more teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria 1) to 4) will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6) to 10) apply;
  6. superior goal difference in all group matches;
  7. higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  8. higher number of goals scored away from home in all group matches;
  9. fair play ranking in all group matches;
  10. drawing of lots.

Groups[edit]

The following 18 dates were reserved for group matches in qualifying:

  • 3–4 and 7 September 2010
  • 8–9 and 12 October 2010
  • 25–26 and 29 March 2011
  • 3–4 and 7 June 2011
  • 2–3 and 6 September 2011
  • 7–8 and 11 October 2011

For the first time, Tuesday evenings replaced Wednesday evenings for midweek qualifying fixtures where two matchdays occurred in the same week. This was in order to allow players an extra day to return to their clubs for domestic duty the following week. Consequently, teams were permitted to move the earlier weekend match forward to the Friday evening.

Legend
Group winners and best runner-up among all groups directly qualified for the finals
The remaining eight runners-up advanced to the play-offs

Group A[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 10 10 0 0 34 7 +27 30
 Turkey 10 5 2 3 13 11 +2 17
 Belgium 10 4 3 3 21 15 +6 15
 Austria 10 3 3 4 16 17 −1 12
 Azerbaijan 10 2 1 7 10 26 −16 7
 Kazakhstan 10 1 1 8 6 24 −18 4
  Austria Azerbaijan Belgium Germany Kazakhstan Turkey
Austria  3–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–0
Azerbaijan  1–4 1–1 1–3 3–2 1–0
Belgium  4–4 4–1 0–1 4–1 1–1
Germany  6–2 6–1 3–1 4–0 3–0
Kazakhstan  0–0 2–1 0–2 0–3 0–3
Turkey  2–0 1–0 3–2 1–3 2–1


Group B[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Russia 10 7 2 1 17 4 +13 23
 Republic of Ireland 10 6 3 1 15 7 +8 21
 Armenia 10 5 2 3 22 10 +12 17
 Slovakia 10 4 3 3 7 10 −3 15
 Macedonia 10 2 2 6 8 14 −6 8
 Andorra 10 0 0 10 1 25 −24 0
  Andorra Armenia Republic of Macedonia Republic of Ireland Russia Slovakia
Andorra  0–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–1
Armenia  4–0 4–1 0–1 0–0 3–1
Macedonia  1–0 2–2 0–2 0–1 1–1
Republic of Ireland  3–1 2–1 2–1 2–3 0–0
Russia  6–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–1
Slovakia  1–0 0–4 1–0 1–1 0–1


Group C[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 10 8 2 0 20 2 +18 26
 Estonia 10 5 1 4 15 14 +1 16
 Serbia 10 4 3 3 13 12 +1 15
 Slovenia 10 4 2 4 11 7 +4 14
 Northern Ireland 10 2 3 5 9 13 −4 9
 Faroe Islands 10 1 1 8 6 26 −20 4
  Estonia Faroe Islands Italy Northern Ireland Serbia Slovenia
Estonia  2–1 1–2 4–1 1–1 0–1
Faroe Islands  2–0 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–2
Italy  3–0 5–0 3–0 3–0* 1–0
Northern Ireland  1–2 4–0 0–0 0–1 0–0
Serbia  1–3 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1
Slovenia  1–2 5–1 0–1 0–1 1–0

* The Italy v Serbia match was abandoned after six minutes due to rioting by Serbian fans.[8] The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body awarded the match as a 3–0 forfeit win to Italy.[9]


Group D[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 10 6 3 1 15 4 +11 21
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 10 6 2 2 17 8 +9 20
 Romania 10 3 5 2 13 9 +4 14
 Belarus 10 3 4 3 8 7 +1 13
 Albania 10 2 3 5 7 14 −7 9
 Luxembourg 10 1 1 8 3 21 −18 4
  Albania Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina France Luxembourg Romania
Albania  1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1
Belarus  2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–0
Bosnia-Herzegovina  2–0 1–0 0–2 5–0 2–1
France  3–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0
Luxembourg  2–1 0–0 0–3 0–2 0–2
Romania  1–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 3–1


Group E[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 10 9 0 1 37 8 +29 27
 Sweden 10 8 0 2 31 11 +20 24
 Hungary 10 6 1 3 22 14 +8 19
 Finland 10 3 1 6 16 16 0 10
 Moldova 10 3 0 7 12 16 −4 9
 San Marino 10 0 0 10 0 53 −53 0
  Finland Hungary Moldova Netherlands San Marino Sweden
Finland  1–2 4–1 0–2 8–0 1–2
Hungary  0–0 2–1 0–4 8–0 2–1
Moldova  2–0 0–2 0–1 4–0 1–4
Netherlands  2–1 5–3 1–0 11–0 4–1
San Marino  0–1 0–3 0–2 0–5 0–5
Sweden  5–0 2–0 2–1 3–2 6–0


Group F[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Greece 10 7 3 0 14 5 +9 24
 Croatia 10 7 1 2 18 7 +11 22
 Israel 10 5 1 4 13 11 +2 16
 Latvia 10 3 2 5 9 12 −3 11
 Georgia 10 2 4 4 7 9 −2 10
 Malta 10 0 1 9 4 21 −17 1
  Croatia Georgia (country) Greece Israel Latvia Malta
Croatia  2–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 3–0
Georgia  1–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–0
Greece  2–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–1
Israel  1–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 3–1
Latvia  0–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0
Malta  1–3 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–2


Group G[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 8 5 3 0 17 5 +12 18
 Montenegro 8 3 3 2 7 7 0 12
 Switzerland 8 3 2 3 12 10 +2 11
 Wales 8 3 0 5 6 10 −4 9
 Bulgaria 8 1 2 5 3 13 −10 5
  Bulgaria England Montenegro Switzerland Wales
Bulgaria  0–3 0–1 0–0 0–1
England  4–0 0–0 2–2 1–0
Montenegro  1–1 2–2 1–0 1–0
Switzerland  3–1 1–3 2–0 4–1
Wales  0–1 0–2 2–1 2–0


Group H[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 8 6 1 1 15 6 +9 19
 Portugal 8 5 1 2 21 12 +9 16
 Norway 8 5 1 2 10 7 +3 16
 Iceland 8 1 1 6 6 14 −8 4
 Cyprus 8 0 2 6 7 20 −13 2
  Cyprus Denmark Iceland Norway Portugal
Cyprus  1–4 0–0 1–2 0–4
Denmark  2–0 1–0 2–0 2–1
Iceland  1–0 0–2 1–2 1–3
Norway  3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0
Portugal  4–4 3–1 5–3 1–0


Group I[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 8 8 0 0 26 6 +20 24
 Czech Republic 8 4 1 3 12 8 +4 13
 Scotland 8 3 2 3 9 10 −1 11
 Lithuania 8 1 2 5 4 13 −9 5
 Liechtenstein 8 1 1 6 3 17 −14 4
  Czech Republic Liechtenstein Lithuania Scotland Spain
Czech Republic  2–0 0–1 1–0 0–2
Liechtenstein  0–2 2–0 0–1 0–4
Lithuania  1–4 0–0 0–0 1–3
Scotland  2–2 2–1 1–0 2–3
Spain  2–1 6–0 3–1 3–1


Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

The highest ranked second placed team from the groups qualified automatically for the tournament, while the remainder entered the play-offs. As some groups contain six teams and some five, matches against the sixth-placed team in each group were not included in this ranking. As a result, a total of eight matches played by each team count toward the purpose of the second-placed ranking table.

Tiebreakers
If two or more runners-up had an equal number of points from their eight matches contributing toward the ranking, then the following criteria were applied:

  1. Superior goal difference from these matches
  2. Higher number of goals scored in these matches
  3. Higher number of away goals scored in these matches
  4. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system
  5. Fair play ranking in these matches
  6. Drawing of lots

Final standings

Group
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD AG Pts
E  Sweden 8 6 0 2 20 11 +9 8 18
H  Portugal 8 5 1 2 21 12 +9 8 16
F  Croatia 8 5 1 2 12 6 +6 5 16
B  Republic of Ireland 8 4 3 1 10 6 +4 4 15
D  Bosnia-Herzegovina 8 4 2 2 9 8 +1 4 14
I  Czech Republic 8 4 1 3 12 8 +4 9 13
C  Estonia 8 4 1 3 13 11 +2 7 13
G  Montenegro 8 3 3 2 7 7 0 2 12
A  Turkey 8 3 2 3 8 10 −2 1 11
Legend
Qualified for the UEFA Euro 2012 finals
Advanced to the qualifying play-offs


Play-offs[edit]

The play-off ties were played over two legs, with the first legs on 11 November and the second legs on 15 November 2011. The four winners are found according to the standard rules for the knockout phase in European competitions, and the winners qualified for the Euro 2012 tournament.

Seedings[edit]

Zbigniew Boniek during the draw

The draw for the play-offs was held on 13 October 2011 in Kraków, Poland, to determine the four pairings as well as the order of the home and away ties.[10]

After the controversy caused by the UEFA play-offs during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying – which was widely assumed to be an unseeded draw and then later seeded by FIFA – UEFA stated from the outset that the draw for the play-offs would be seeded.[7] The four runners-up with the best positions in the UEFA team coefficient ranking system were therefore seeded.

Each nation's coefficient was generated by calculating:[11]

The seedings were as follows:[12]

Pot 1 (seeded)
Team Coeff Rank
 Croatia 32.723 7
 Portugal 31.202 11
 Republic of Ireland 28.203 13
 Czech Republic 27.982 15
Pot 2 (unseeded)
Team Coeff Rank
 Turkey 27.601 18
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 27.199 19
 Montenegro 21.876 35
 Estonia 20.355 37

Matches[edit]

Team 1 was home team in the first game, and guest team in the second game.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Turkey  0–3  Croatia 0–3 0–0
Estonia  1–5  Republic of Ireland 0–4 1–1
Czech Republic  3–0  Montenegro 2–0 1–0
Bosnia-Herzegovina  2–6  Portugal 0–0 2–6

Top goalscorers[edit]

There were 636 goals scored by 339 different players and 17 own goals.[13] This list reflects the top 15 players or those tied in the top 15.

12 goals
9 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals

Attendances[edit]

Data compiled from soccerway.com.

References[edit]

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