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Twists and Turns on Road to Poland and Ukraine

Twists and Turns on Road to Poland and Ukraine

Hosts aside, 14 other teams will qualify for the finals in Poland and Ukraine and, by the end of October, we’ll know exactly who all those participants will be. The nine group winners will automatically qualify as will the best placed-runner up. The remaining eight runners-up will be paired off and have a two-legged qualifier in November. Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain are already guaranteed of their place in the tournament, with Spain keen to defend the title they won in 2008 and currently looking like a very good bet to do so.

What you need to know:

* Germany won Group A, where Turkey and Belgium are fighting it out for second spot.


* Russia have the advantage when it comes to Group B but with games against Andorra and Armenia to come, the Republic of Ireland could still pinch it.


* Italy won Group C but second place is up for grabs with Serbia, Estonia and Slovenia leading contenders.


* Group D will come down to the final match when France hosts Bosnia and Herzegovina.


* The Netherlands won Group E with Sweden favourites to finish second.


* Group F will be decided by the Croatia-Greece match, with Croatia currently holding a one point lead over the 2004 Champions.


* England have practically sewn-up Group G and Montenegro should finish second, although Switzerland still have a chance of sneaking past them.


* Group H is tight with a three way tussle between Portugal, Denmark and Norway. The trio are all on 13 points although Norway have played an extra game. Denmark host Portugal in the final game.


* Spain topped Group I and the Czech Republic should finish second.



Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain are the first non-hosts to qualify for Euro 2012. Six more finalists will be decided in October and then the final four places will be revealed following the play-offs.