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Europe's finest brace themselves for Euro2012 draw

Europe's finest brace themselves for Euro2012 draw
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Europe’s elite footballing nations will know their fate for next summer on Friday when the Euro2012 draw is made in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

The 16 qualified teams will be drawn into four groups.

Four seeding pots have been created, with the host associations Poland and Ukraine being top seeds.

Reigning champions Spain have also been placed in pot one for the draw together with the Netherlands, the team with the highest national team coefficient.

In pot two are Germany – with three wins the most decorated nation in the tournament.

Joachim Loew’s side were the first to qualify for the finals, apart from the co-hosts, and booked their spot with a 100 percent record.

After missing out on the last edition in Switzerland and Austria England will look to put that embarrassment behind them next summer.

Fabio Capello’s men also in pot two with Italy who reached the quarters in 2008 and haven’t won UEFA’s flagship tournament since 1968 on home soil.

Italy will head to the finals with the best defensive record being breached only twice in ten Group C fixtures.

Russia complete pot two but with Croatia, Greece, Portugal and Sweden in pot three and Denmark, France, the Czech Republic and Republic of Ireland making up pot four – the draw for the last 16-team finals before expanding to 24 teams is likely to produce some mouthwatering ties.