Football and Television are about to meet at UEFA Euro 2012

Now that IPL is over, heard many say that there is nothing interesting on Television. Don’t worry I’m not talking about those people who follow daily soaps. We are talking about a sporting event, and in this case we are talking about the most followed sports in the world – FOOTBALL. Yes Football. It’s finally time for Television audience to watch their favourite European teams battle it out for European Championship.

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2012, will be the 14th European Championship for national football teams organised by UEFA.  The final tournament will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012. It is the first time that either nation has hosted the tournament. The final tournament features 16 nations, the last European Championship to do so (from Euro 2016 onward, there will be 24 finalists). You might wonder why we are talking so much about football, it’s a competition between European teams, what is in it for us. Well, Football and television has always had a special place and audience (Sports Fans) look forward to events such as this. Well here are some stats that might surprise you.

The previous edition in 2008 was telecast live in 203 countries and the average audience figure for a live match exceeded 146 million. There was a substantial increase for the finals where the average audience figure was around 237 million. Crazy… right? Well now you might be eager to know where you can watch the matches live. Well, you can either visit Poland or Ukraine, or watch it on your television sets. But which channel will telecast the matches? Guess what there is a significant partnership between UEFA and Neo Sports and covers UEFA Euro 2012, 2013 UEFA European Under 21 Championship and the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013.

Now that you know which channel to tune in to watch the matches, you might want to know the top 16 teams and the groups in which they have been placed this year. So let’s find it out here.

Group A: Group B: Group C: Group D:
Poland Netherlands Spain Ukraine
Greece Denmark Italy Sweden
Russia Germany Republic of Ireland France
Czech Republic Portugal Croatia England

Guess what, Group B is also known as the “group of death” of the tournament. Did you know that the Qualification was contested by 51 nations between August 2010 and November 2011 to join the two host nations in the tournament? The winner of the tournament gains automatic entry to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Brazil. So are you ready for loads of goals? Are you ready to tune-in to the television set and cheer for your favourite team?

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Happy Viewing.