x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Spain handed easy draw for Euro 2012

The defending European champions, will face Czech Republic, Scotland, Lithuania and Liechtenstein as the Euro 2012 draw is made.

WARSAW // Spain, the defending European champions, will face Czech Republic, Scotland, Lithuania and Liechtenstein in the qualifying competition for the Euro 2012 championship after being the last team pulled out of the bowl at today's draw. The 2006 World Cup winners Italy will face two 2010 World Cup finalists in Serbia and Slovenia in their group which also includes Northern Ireland, Estonia and Faroe Islands.

Germany, runners-up to Spain in the Euro 2008 final, face neighbours Austria as well as Turkey in what should be a straightforward group for them to negotiate into the finals in Poland and Ukraine in two years' time. England will renew their old rivalry with Wales after being drawn together, while France, runners-up in the 2006 World Cup final, face a challenge from Romania, Bosnia, Belarus, Albania and Luxembourg. The qualifying competition starts in September and concludes with final-place playoffs in November 2011.

Group A Germany Turkey Austria Belgium Kazakhstan Azerbaijan Group B Russia Slovakia Ireland Macedonia Armenia Andorra Group C Italy Serbia Northern Ireland Slovenia Estonia Faroe Islands Group D France Romania Bosnia Belarus Albania Luxembourg Group E Netherlands Sweden Finland Hungary Moldova San Marino Group F Croatia Greece Israel Latvia Georgia Malta Group G England Switzerland Bulgaria Wales Montenegro Group H Portugal Denmark Norway Cyprus Iceland Group I Spain Czech Republic Scotland Lithuania Liechtenstein

* Reuters