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Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Euro 2012 draw and groups

The results of today’s draw to determine the groups for the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine next summer.....

Group A: Poland (66), Greece (14), Russia (12), Czech Republic (33).

Group B: Netherlands (3), Denmark (11), Germany (2), Portugal (7).

Group C: Spain (1), Italy (9), Croatia (8), Ireland (21).

Group D: Ukraine (55), Sweden (18), France (15), England (5).

(FIFA world rankings in parentheses.)

Unlike the World Cup, there are no predictable matches — which makes the European Championship the most competitive of all major tournaments.

Group of Death a Thousand Times Over: B.

Group of Near-Death Experience: C.

Group of Megadeath Concert: D.

Group of Spiritual Death: A.

Reigning champion Spain will be tested. England can’t have many complaints. Ireland has a brutal task ahead.

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