Euro 2012 Football Betting - Spain retain Euro title
Spain have defended the European Championship trophy they won back in 2008 after thrashing Italy 4-0 in Kiev. Goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba and substitutes' Fernando Torres and Juan Mata capped off a perfect night for the Spanish. The win means they have now won an incredible three major tournaments in a row, a simply stunning achievement.
Semi Final Results
In the first semi-final Spain beat Portugal in a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out, after 120 goalless minutes. Italy will join them in the Final after stunning Germany 2-1 in the other last-four match.
27th June 2012
Portugal 0-0 Spain - Spain win 4-2 on penalties
28th June 2012
Germany 1-2 Italy
Euro 2012 Teams
Defending champions Spain head into the tournament looking to retain the title they won back in 2008. Managed by Vicente del Bosque, Spain are widely considered the best team in the world, and it comes as no surprise that they were most people's ante-post favourites to win Euro 2012. However, they will face stiff competition from Germany who are always a threat in major tournaments, France, England and Italy will also be gunning for glory.
England, so often underachievers in major tournaments, will be looking to prove that they can at last channel the huge expectation and pressure into positive energy. The Three Lions have assembled a decent combination of youth and experience but the absence of star player Wayne Rooney for the first two matches could ultimately prove costly.
European Championship Odds
Euro 2012 will be the 14th European Championships since the tournament was first played in 1960 in France. Spain head into into the tournament as the warm favourites in the Euro 2012 Odds to retain their title and win what would be their third major tournament in succession.
As always Germany feature strongly in the betting as do rivals Holland. Both countries have fallen victim to Spain in major tournament finals of late and will be desperate to go one step better this time round. France and Italy are also in contention, while England and Portugal will be hoping to add their name to the list of European Championship Winners.
Top Goalscorer Betting
In any major football tournament the Top Goalscorer Betting market is always popular and Euro 2012 promises to be no different. Europe's finest strikers head to Poland & Ukraine not only looking to win the tournament but claim the prized Golden Boot in the process. Key names to look out for this summer include the prolific Mario Gomez, Robin van Persie and Christian Ronaldo who have all been in scintillating form for their respective club teams this season. However, it remains to be seen whether they can replicate this form for their country this summer.
Euro 2012 Format
The 16 teams have been split into four groups (A-D), each consisting of four teams. The two best teams in each group will progress through to the knockout phase of the tournament, starting with the quarter-finals. Take a look at our Euro 2012 Format page for more information on dates and fixtures.
All matches will be shown Live On TV with the games split between the BBC and ITV.
Euro 2012 Venues
The Euro 2012 is being held by both the Ukraine and Poland meaning the countries will equally split the Euro 2012 Venues between them. Each country will showcase their four best stadiums, with Ukraine due to host 16 games and Poland 15. Follow the above link to take a look at the different stadiums to get an idea of where the matches will be played and in front of what capacity.
The Euro 2012 Final is due to be played on 1st July 2012 at the magnificent Olympic Stadium in Ukraine's capital Kiev.