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Euro 2012 draw and groups

View Photo Gallery: Mesut Oezil and Germany were drawn into the “Group of Death” for Euro 2012 where they will face the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark.

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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Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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