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Sweden to meet England in Euro 2012

Geoff Mortimore · 2 Dec 2011, 19:17

Published: 02 Dec 2011 19:17 GMT+01:00

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The draw means that Sweden will feel confident of their chances of making it through to the knockout phase.

Manager Erik Hamrén and several of the Swedish players had said before the draw, which was held on Friday evening, that they were hoping to be in the same group as the English.

Sebastian Larsson who plays for premier league team Sunderland had also expressed a hope for such a draw and will have special reason to look forward to the clash in Kiev on June 15th.

The group will certainly be considered favourable for all four teams.

Although Ukraine, as one of the hosts will pose a threat, there is no doubt that it was one of the preferred options from the first pot, while France are still in a rebuilding phase after a disastrous World Cup in 2010.

The draw will also give Sweden a chance for revenge after England beat them 1-0 at Wembley in November.

It was the first time in over 40 years that the Swedes had succumbed to England.

The same team have also been confirmed as guest opposition in the first match to be played at the new national stadium in Solna, Stockholm next November.

Elsewhere in the draw, Sweden’s Scandinavian neighbours Denmark will face the daunting prospect of Germany and the Netherlands, two of the likely favourites, as well as Portugal in group B, while world champions Spain are set to meet Croatia, the Republic of Ireland and Italy in group C.

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Co-hosts Poland will face Greece, Russia and Czech Republic in Group A.

The tournament kicks off on June 8th, when Poland will take on champions from 2004, Greece, at the National Stadium in Warsaw, with the final game played at Kiev's Olympic Stadium on July 1st.

Geoff Mortimore (mortimore.geoff@gmail.com)

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20:53 December 2, 2011 by sweden_euro2012
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21:26 December 2, 2011 by Dimukas
Ukraine go!!!!!!

kick them, kick !!!!

Sorry , I am so performance oriented today. Looks like Ukraine has no chances ((((

If only Klichko would allowed to play they have a chance )))))
21:43 December 2, 2011 by GLO
Who cares!
22:17 December 2, 2011 by jvtx3232
I bet Sweden is going to whip them!

08:55 December 3, 2011 by spo10
I hope and cheer for Sweden to win! This country have great football players and I just hope that all the games will fall to their favor. Go Sweden!
09:59 December 3, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
This Group D looks like becoming a 'Group of Death'.

I'd speculate that France and Sweden will qualify - with England lucky to be bottom if they play as badly as they did in the 2010 World Cup, when they seemed to love themselves too much
10:47 December 3, 2011 by Mark737408
Im scottish and i want england to win
12:38 December 3, 2011 by Gabin
Allez les Bleus.-.--.-......--..-------------------
13:37 December 3, 2011 by Summer Dreams
a real ass whippin!
16:50 December 3, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
God save the Queen !
08:41 December 4, 2011 by fedotovskiy
I hate France and England, so I would like to see Sweden and Ukraine the leaders of this group :)
13:10 December 4, 2011 by Summer Dreams
long live the queen. ###ole
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