2012 UEFA European Football Championship or popularly known as Euro 2012 went underway on 8 June 2012.
2012 UEFA European Football Championship or popularly known as Euro 2012 went underway on 8 June 2012. It is hosted by Poland and Ukraine simultaneously.
Euro football championship is organized every 4 years since 1960. This is the 14th European Championship organized by Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
Final tournament featuring 16 nations will be played between 8 June and 1 July 2012 played across 8 venues: Warsaw: National Stadium Built for tournament Capacity: 50,000
31 matches will be played during Euro 2012 out of which Ukraine will host 16 and Poland will host 15.
Qualification contest between 51 nations began in August 2010 and concluded in November 2011. (Host Nation Qualify directly) So other teams competed for 14 remaining places. Poland and Ukraine automatically got entry to the tournament.
The winner of EURO 2012 will gain direct entry to 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup to be held in Brazil.
16 teams participating are:
Each team had a squad of 23 players, three of whom are goalkeepers.
The opening match was played between Poland and Greece, which resulted in 1-1 draw.
Competition slogan: Creating History Together
Official Euro 2012 Song: Endless Summer, Sung by the German singer Oceana
Official match ball: Adidas Tango 12
Official mascots of the UEFA Euro 2012: Slavek and Slavko twins representing Poland and Ukraine. They are wearing Polish and Ukrainian national footballers jersey.
Henri Delaunay Trophy is the trophy given to the winner of Euro Cup.
Baku, May 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Azerbaijan will join neither NATO nor the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), but is prepared to cooperate with both, a presidential aide said.
Panaji (Goa), May 24 (ANI): Surfers from across the country are competing for top honours at a national surfing competition here.
Kolkata, May 24 (IANS) Rating agency ICRA Ltd Friday announced a 21.64 percent rise in its net profit to Rs.27.49 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 from Rs.22.60 crore for the same period a year ago.
Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) Jet Airways Friday said its shareholders have approved the company's plans to offload 24 percent stake to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways for around $379 million (Rs.2,058 crore).
Hull (England), May 24 (IANS) India's Dipika Pallikal fought hard before losing to local hope Laura Massaro in the pre-quarterfinals of the Allam British Open Squash Championships here.
Hull (England), May 24 (IANS) India's Dipika Pallikal fought hard before losing to local hope Laura Massaro in the pre-quarterfinals of the Allam British Open Squash Championships here.
Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) Australian model-actress Kristina Akheeva, to be seen as a British girl in the forthcoming comedy "Yamla Pagla Deewana 2" (YPD2), hopes she is not trapped in the image of a "foreign girl".
London, May 24 (IANS) Berlin's Olympic Stadium will host the 2015 Champions League football final, European football's governing body, UEFA, announced.
Havana, May 24 (IANS) Five female and two male Cuban judokas will participate in the 2013 World Judo Masters tournament, to be held in Russia's Tuymen city.
New Delhi, May 24 (ANI): The Union Cabinet has approved the special recruitment drive to fill up the backlog in reserved vacancies of the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
Milan, May 24 (IANS/AKI) Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi played a key role in a "massive" fraud by his media group, appeals judges in Milan have said.
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Arrested Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila had received Rs.12 lakh for spot fixing in IPL 2012 matches, Delhi Police said Thursday.
Kolkata, May 23 (IANS) State run Hindustan Copper Ltd Thursday announced a 36.86 percent jump in its net profit to Rs.188.09 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 as compared to Rs. 137.43 crore for the same period last year.
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The cabinet Thursday approved a special recruitment drive to fill up the backlog in vacancies reserved under the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) quota, an official statement said.
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Ajit Chandila, arrested Rajasthan Royals player, had received Rs.12 lakh for spot fixing in IPL 2012 matches, Delhi Police said Thursday.
Pune, May 23 (IANS) Pune FC central defender Anas Edathodika Thursday signed a two-year extension at the football club.
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) State-run gas distributors Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) Thursday reported an over 4 percent rise in net profits year-on-year for its fourth quarter ended March 31.
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The expenditure on minorities' welfare has seen a ten-fold increase during the United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) tenure, says a handbook highlighting the achievements of the government.
Singapore, May 23 (IANS) Singapore's external trade continued to fall in the first quarter of this year, with declines for total trade, non-oil domestic exports (NODX) and non-oil re-exports (NORX), the city-state's trade promotion agency, International Enterprise Singapore, said Thursday.
Washington, May 23 (IANS) General Motors Corporation said it is recalling nearly 20,000 new Cadillac SRX SUVs for faulty wheel lug nuts, according to a Detroit News report.
Rio de Janeiro, May 23 (IANS) The Brazilian government has announced a curtailment of 28 billion reais ($13.65 billion) in the 2013 federal budget.
Madrid, May 23 (IANS/EFE) The 54,512 home sales recorded in Spain in this year's first quarter represent a decline of 21.5 percent from the same period in 2012, the development ministry said.
Moscow, May 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A drunk driver who crashed into a bus stop in Moscow, killing two adults and five teenagers, has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Attempting to dispel the public perception about lack of governance and charges of policy paralysis, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said his government is taking corrective steps to set things right.
Madrid, May 22 (IANS) Spanish Primera Liga football club, Real Sociedad have confirmed that coach Philippe Montanier will leave the club at the end of the current season.
New York, May 22 (ANI): A man from Tasmania, who set up a video camera to film ghosts in his home, caught his live-in girlfriend kissing and then having intercourse with his 16-year-old son.
London, May 22 (ANI): A woman from Newport, South Wales, has developed a peculiar condition in which she cleans and tidies the house while she is still sleeping.
London, May 22 (ANI): Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open starting Sunday, due to a chronic back injury which provoked him to leave Rome Masters last week in the second round match.
Dubai, May 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Iraq's central criminal court has resumed an investigation into officials suspected of corruption in a $4.2 billion deal to purchase Russian weapons.
Abu Dhabi, May 22 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China have held talks over their bilateral economic relations.
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Sahara India Pariwar pulled out its franchise Pune Warriors India from the already scandal-hit Indian Premier League (IPL) Tuesday besides announcing that the group will not sponsor the Indian cricket team after the present contract expires in December 2013.
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Vodafone India, the second largest mobile operator in the country clocked Rs.35,600 crore revenue for financial year 2012-13, a 10.6 percent rise, a top company official said here Tuesday.
Dharamsala, May 21 (IANS) A US report said people of Tibet faced severe religious repression and societal discrimination throughout 2012 in China, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said here Tuesday.
London, May 21(ANI): Apple has been accused of evading taxes in UK by creating offshore entities that are not tax resident anywhere, a Senate committee has alleged.
New York, May 21 (ANI): Edward Cullen may have sucked the life out of Bella Swan in Twilight series but in reality Robert Pattinson's heart is very much torn by the heartache caused by Kristen Stewart.
Madrid, May 21 (IANS) Jose Mourinho's three-year term as coach of Spanish football giants Real Madrid will end June 30.
Yangon, May 21 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pay a state visit to Myanmar soon, an official announcement said here Tuesday.
London, May 21 (ANI): Discrimination against Jews and Muslims is on the rise around the world, according to a new report in the US.
Mexico City, May 21 (IANS/EFE) Economic activity associated with tourism grew 4 percent in 2012 compared with the year before, Mexico's INEGI statistics service said.
Moscow, May 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A retired US diplomat and expert on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has been banned from entering Russia.
Riyadh, May 20 (IANS/AKI) A convicted Syrian drug trafficker has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi interior ministry said in a statement Monday.
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Gold hit a 21-month low and silver prices plunged to a two-and-a-half-year level Monday. Experts said this happened because of the strengthening of the dollar.
Kathmandu, May 20 (IANS) A 58-year-old Chinese climber died Monday while attempting to climb the Lhotse peak, the world's fourth highest, officials said.
London, May 20 (ANI): Yahoo Inc. has approved a deal to buy New York-based blogging service Tumblr for 1.1 billion dollars. The acquisition is expected to be announced as early as Monday.
Kabul, May 20 (IANS) A Taliban suicide bomber Monday blew himself up in front of a government office in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province, killing at least 14 people and wounding 13 others, the interior ministry said.
Washington, May 20 (ANI): A court judge has ordered Akon to shell out 5,000 dollars a month in child support for his two kids.
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) India Monday asked China to provide greater market access to help lower the widening trade deficit that rose to $29 billion in 2012.
Sydney, May 20 (IANS) The Australian building and construction industry will see a mixed recovery over 2015-16 after a number of challenging years, according to Master Builders Australia (MBA) forecasts released Monday.
Washington, May 20 (ANI): Pop stars Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift won the big prizes on Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards.
Los Anegles, May 20 (IANS) Singer Beyonce Knowles says she always wanted to be rich and famous like late singer Whitney Houston.
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) On the eve of completing two years in office, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday claimed that West Bengal outperformed and outgrew the nation during 2012-13.
Mumbai, May 19 (IANS) Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who topped the list of Times 50 Most Desirable Women of 2012, says she is not good at fielding compliments and adds that beauty and physical attributes are "artificial".
Shanghai, May 19 (IANS/CMC) World and Olympic 400 metre champion Kirani James has warned that Grenada is capable of producing a relay team as a force to be reckoned with in world athletics.
Shanghai, May 19 (IANS/CMC) World and Olympic champion Kirani James powered to victory against his main rivals from London 2012 Olympics in the 400 metres at Shanghai's Diamond League meet.
London, May 19 (ANI): Denmark has been crowned the winner of Eurovision song contest 2013 that were held in the Swedish city of Malmo.
Beijing, May 19 (IANS) A Chinese man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping and killing a woman 15 years ago.
Los Angeles, May 19 (IANS) Pop singer Miley Cyrus has become the victim of swatting for the second time.
London, May 19 (ANI): Lara Bingle has revealed that she could have a new boyfriend, a new business venture and a new series this year, but wants to be more private this year.
Colombo, May 19 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday renewed his pledge to fight all "external elements" seeking to "disrupt" the country's peace.
Lucknow, May 18 (IANS) Voted to power with a promise to weed out corruption and send the guilty behind bars, the Akhilesh Yadav government has, a year-and-a-half later, not been able to take much action in cases involving high-ranking figures of the Mayawati regime despite damning evidence emerging out of the Lokayukta's investigations.
Washington, May 18 (ANI): A woman, who lost her hands, one leg and her other foot to a flesh-eating bacteria after an accident last year, has been fitted with bionic hands.
New York, May 18 (IANS/CMC) Three-time Olympic gold medallist and four-time World champion Veronica Campbell-Brown will lead about three dozen Caribbean athletes in the Adidas Grand Prix here next week.
Shanghai, May 18 (IANS) American hurdler Aries Merritt, who won his first Olympic gold in London and set a world record in the men's 110m hurdles last year, has geared up for the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League Shanghai leg.
Mumbai, May 18 (IANS) The release of director Prem Raj's "Ishkq In Paris" may have been delayed, but he is confident that the film will manage to recover the money.
London, May 18 (ANI): People in Britain spent a record-breaking 49.4 billion hours at work last year.
Washington, May 18 (ANI): A Microsoft security expert said that computer viruses are on a rise worldwide once again after years of being less popular amongst computer attackers.
The tiny northeast Indian state of Tripura has turned into the second largest producer of natural rubber in the country largely because several hundred former militants of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) were rehabilitated a decade ago and allotted land.
Moscow, May 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) There was just 1.6 per cent growth witnessed in the Russian GDP in the first quarter this year, which is its fifth quarterly fall, according to the country's federal statistics service.
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) An IPL match played between Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals in 2012 may have been fixed, police said here Friday.
Kolkata, May 17 (IANS) Cigarette-to-hotels conglomerate ITC Ltd Friday reported a 19.4 percent jump in its net profit to Rs.1,927.98 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, from Rs.1,614.36 crore for the same period a year ago.
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) Friday said its outlook on India remained negative and there is a one-in-three chance of a downgrade within the next 12 months. But the government asserted that there is nothing to worry about as it is taking the right measures to keep the country on a sustainable growth path.
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Global ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) Friday said its outlook on India remained negative and there is a one-in-three chance of a downgrade within the next 12 months.
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Conglomerate ITC's fourth quarter (January to March) 2012-13 net jumped by 19.4 percent.
London, May 17 (ANI): The literary editions collected by an English teacher from Stirling were sold for a total of 226,000 pounds at an auction in Edinburgh.
London, May 17 (ANI): Jenny Colgan's 2012 book 'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams' has won the romantic novel of the year award.
London, May 17 (ANI): England national football team manager Roy Hodgson and FA chairman David Bernstein have paid tributes to the football star David Beckham and urged him to stay at the game, saying that he is a charismatic and talented player the football world cannot afford to lose.
Miami, May 17 (IANS/EFE) Singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra, a veteran of 29 years in the music industry, calls joy the key to his success and says "the best is yet to come".
London, May 17 (ANI): Key football figures have paid their tributes football star David Beckham after he announced his retirement from international football.
Moscow, May 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia will spend some 440 billion rubles (around $14 billion) on federal programmes to develop the country's scientific and technological complex in 2014-2020, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
Kolkata, May 16 (IANS) West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee led government Thursday released a performance report, claiming the state has clocked a growth rate higher than that of the overall country during the nearly two years it has been in power.
Madrid, May 16 (IANS) Real Madrid take on rivals Atletico Madrid this Friday night in the final of the Copa del Rey in Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu knowing that failure to defeat their neighbours will condemn their season to be considered as an abject failure.
Singapore, May 16 (IANS) The Football Association of Singapore named Bernd Stange the new coach of the national team for two years.
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Two- and three-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto Thursday reported a marginal increase of one percent in net profit for 2012-13.
Washington, May 16 (IANS) US industrial production, an indicator of the output of mines, factories and utilities, dropped 0.5 percent in April, US Federal Reserve reported.
London, May 16 (ANI): Will.i.am has praised Prince Harry, relating him to the movie superhero "Iron Man."
Washington, May 16 (IANS) International migration is projected to surpass natural increase as the principal driver of US population growth by the middle of this century, the first time in two centuries, the US Census Bureau estimates.
Panaji, May 16 (IANS) A record 2.7 million tourists landed in Goa last year, the tourism department has said.
Amsterdam, May 16 (IANS) A late injury-time goal by Branislav Ivanovic helped Chelsea win the Europa League football title final beating Benfica 2-1 here Wednesday night.
Brussels, May 16 (IANS/EFE) The Eurozone's gross domestic product contracted 0.20 percent in the first quarter of this year, compared to the prior three-month period, while the European Union's GDP declined 0.10 percent during the January-March period, Eurostat said Wednesday.
San Juan, May 16 (IANS/EFE) Puerto Rico's ex-Miss Universe Denise Quiñones announced her return as a singer with performances May 30-31.
Beijing, May 16 (IANS) A 39-year-old businesswoman has been sentenced to death by a court in China for "illegal fund-raising".
Moscow, May 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) An Antonov An-2 light plane crashed in southern Russia's Stavropol region, killing the pilot, police said.
Abu Dhabi, May 16 (IANS/WAM) Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, Wednesday launched its inaugural flight to the Netherlands' capital Amsterdam.
Los Angeles, May 16 (IANS) Singer Jennifer Lopez has not given up on her idea of having a fairytale love story and might walk down aisle again in future.
Los Angeles, May 16 (IANS) Singer Will.i.am cannot stop showering praises on Prince Harry, after meeting him at a charitable function recently.
Srinagar, May 15 (IANS) There was a 36 percent decline in militancy-related violence in Jammu and Kashmir during 2012 as compared to 2011 and 54 security forces' bunkers were removed from public places here in 2012, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Wednesday.
Shillong, May 15 (IANS) Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Wednesday hinted that the government may ask the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the illegal functioning of the controversial CMJ University.
Madrid, May 15 (IANS) Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol confirmed Wednesday that he will not be able to form part of the Spanish squad which will defend its European title in Slovenia this September.
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Automobile major Tata Motors Wednesday reported a 7.02 percent decline in group global sales in April, which stood at 81,241 units from 87,377 units sold in the corresponding month of 2012.
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