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LIVE! Euro 2012 Draw
The draw determines the four pools for the upcoming tournament and Goal.com will keep you posted on the matchups throughout the afternoon.

1:04 PM EST

12/2/11

And that concludes the Euro 2012 draw, feel free to share your thoughts on the draw with me on twitter (@sportslab)

12:57 PM EST

12/2/11

Group D
France
England
Ukraine
Sweden

Completing the draw. Lots of interesting rivalry matches in the draw. England vs France. Germany vs Netherlands.

12:55 PM EST

12/2/11

Group C:
Spain
Italy
Croatia
Republic of Ireland

12:54 PM EST

12/2/11

Group B
Netherlands
Denmark
Portugal
Germany

Talk about a group of death.

12:53 PM EST

12/2/11

Group A
Poland
Greece
Czech Republic
Russia

There are a lot of Eastern European rivals in Group A

12:52 PM EST

12/2/11

Group C:
Spain
Republic of Ireland
Croatia

Another tough group

12:49 PM EST

12/2/11

Portugal has been drawn into a difficult group with Netherlands and Denmark.

12:48 PM EST

12/2/11

Greece has been drawn into Poland and Czech Republic's Group. The opening match of the Euro 2012 will be between Greece and Poland.

12:46 PM EST

12/2/11

France has been drawn. After the initial confusion, here are the groups so far:

Group A
Poland
Czech Republic
Group B
Netherlands
Denmark

Group C
Spain
Republic of Ireland

Group D
Ukraine
France

12:44 PM EST

12/2/11

Denmark on the other end, not as fortunate, being drawn into the Netherlands' group.

12:43 PM EST

12/2/11

The Czech Republic manager is clearly celebrating as his team has been drawn into Group A with Poland.

12:42 PM EST

12/2/11

Correction World Champions Spain is drawn to Group C, Netherlands are in group D.

12:41 PM EST

12/2/11

The Netherlands have been drawn to Group C. Should be interesting to see who they are drawn with.

12:40 PM EST

12/2/11

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino is starting the draw. He has announced that Poland is in Group A and Ukraine is in Group B.

12:39 PM EST

12/2/11

 The official ball for Euro 2012, the adidas Tango 12, is shown to the audience. Here it is:

12:29 PM EST

12/2/11

While UEFA shows a few clips and welcome some European stars to the stage, here’s what the governing body’s president, Michel Platini, has had to say to CNN World Sport ahead of the draw.

“We think perhaps to change [from Ukraine], but in the end they gave us guarantees, the government changed…the new president and his team made a big effort to build the stadiums, to build the roads, to build the airport,” he said.

“Now the success is very nice. I’m sure that the fans will be happy to see some games in the beautiful atmosphere in Ukraine and Poland.”

12:08 PM EST

12/2/11

We have less than 30 minutes until the actual draw takes place. Excited about potential matchups? Let me know (@sportslab).

12:01 PM EST

12/2/11

Wayne Veysey reports from Kiev: “Some of the managers of the participating nations have been doing flash interviews with rights holders before the draw ceremony. And by flash, I mean you could barely have chopped a carrot while listening to the interviews in their entirety. What does Capello think of the Euros? ‘It should be exciting for fans from everywhere.’ And that, folks, was about it. Everyone has now been asked to take their seats. The draw ceremony starts in three minutes.”

11:51 AM EST

12/2/11

With the draw less than 15 minutes away. Here is a reminder of the Pots:


Pot 1: Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine

Pot 2: Germany, Italy, England, Russia

Pot 3: Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Sweden

Pot 4: Denmark, France, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland

Host nations Poland and Ukraine are in Pot 1 with World Cup finalists Spain and the Netherlands, the two highest placed teams in UEFA’s coefficient ranking system. Pots 2, 3 and 4 are also based on the nations’ rankings.

11:46 AM EST

12/2/11

From Wayne Veysey in Kiev: “You can have as many elite managers and UEFA dignitaries on the red carpet as you wish, but none has the charisma and flashbulb-popping capabilities of Zinedine Zidane.

Five years since his retirement, the Real Madrid executive still turns heads and cameras like few other football figures and it was the case when the Frenchman, clad in a dark suit and carrying a suit holder over his shoulder, arrived here oozing king-of-coolness. Peter Schmeichel and Marco van Basten are among the other ex-players here, as well as UEFA president Michel Platini.”