EURO 2012

You may not yet know who is going to win it or what player will finish as top scorer but you know it’s definitely going ahead and Tomasz and Dimitriy above have been training for it for years.

If you’re worried about the imminent threat of racist lunatic Eastern Europeans upon your arrival in Poland and Ukraine then you’ll agree with the words of an ex-England international because I think Sol Campbell has a point.

In an attempt to either make some money off the bookies or help you justify to your mates why you advised them to pick that losing selection, I’ve undertaken the arduous task of copying and pasting these stats from *another site but added a personal touch of some pics for extra visual effect.

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THE TEAMS

 

 

 

 

CROATIA

Kept six clean sheets in their 10 qualification games, and averaged 1.8 goals per game – however, a third of their tally came from two games against whipping-boys Malta.

They’ve played in the competition three times and have never lost their opening match – that sequence includes two 1-0 wins and a 0-0 draw.

Two of their three World Cup openers have also ended 1-0, albeit to the opposition. This includes defeat to Brazil in 2006, and the only game that doesn’t adhere to the low-goals trend is their 3-1 win over Jamaica in 1998.

 

 

 

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

If we include their play-off, they kept a clean sheet in exactly half their qualifying matches – five from 10 – while both teams scored in just three.

Scored first in seven of those 10 games, which includes away in Spain.

Defender Michal Kadlec was their top-scorer with four, three of which came from the penalty spot. No other player scored more than twice in qualifying.

 

 

 

 

DENMARK

Scored in every one of their qualifying games and indeed have found the net in 17 of their last 19 internationals.

However, in their last four European Championships, they’ve scored just once in their opening game, and Denmark also failed to score in their first game of the last World Cup.

Their qualifying goals were almost equally spread – eight of 15 came in the first half and seven in the second

 

 

 

 

ENGLAND

As shown below, England top the charts when it comes to entertainment in this competition since 1996, with both teams scoring in 75 per cent of their games and an average goals total of over three.

Unbeaten in qualifying, but failed to win having scored first in two of their last four games, both of which ended in 2-2 draws.

Failed to beat all three of their group opponents when last they met in either a qualifying campaign or major tournament.

 

 

 

 

FRANCE

France’s unbeaten run (prior to facing Serbia) stands at 19 games, the longest active streak of any international side.

Won five of their 10 qualifying games to nil, and have 11 clean sheets in their last 19 games.

Their last three opening games at major tournaments have ended 0-0, that’s since they beat this year’s opening opponents England 2-1 in 2004, and they’ve not won any of their last seven games in summer finals.

 

 

 

 

GERMANY

Won each of their 10 qualifying games and scored three or more goals in eight of them.

Have failed to score in just one of their last 21 internationals and average three goals per game across their last 10.

Unbeaten in their opening game of the tournament since unification, winning six of those 10 contests without conceding.

 

 

 

 

GREECE

Since the 2010 World Cup, Greece have lost just one of their last 20 internationals and prior to that defeat had gone 17 matches unbeaten.

Thirteen of their last 15 wins have been by exactly one goal, while only once in their last 20 games have Greece conceded more than once.

Since winning this in 2004, they’ve played in two major tournaments, winning one of six games and failing to get out of their group both times.

 

 

 

 

HOLLAND

Won their first nine qualifying games before losing their final match to Sweden, despite leading 2-1.

Have won eight of their last nine games in the group stages of major tournaments and have not lost their opening match in this competition since 1988.

Beaten after extra time or penalties three times in their last five major tournaments, including the 2010 World Cup final.

 

 

 

 

ITALY

Nine of their last 10 international victories have been to nil.

Eliminated in the group stage of the last World Cup despite being drawn with Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia, and indeed failed to beat any of the trio.

Have won just two of their last nine games in the finals of this competition.

 

 

 

 

POLAND

Have lost just one of their last 11 international matches, but have won just three of their last 13 in major tournament finals.

Six of their last nine victories have been by a goal to nil and each goal came courtesy of a different scorer.

In 13 games against their Group A opponents, they’ve lost just three times, while they’re unbeaten against Greece who they play in the tournament curtain-raiser.

 

 

 

 

PORTUGAL

Seven of their 10 qualifying games provided three or more goals, while six of them saw Portugal score three or more on their own.

Lost the first and last game of Euro 2004 to Greece, the champions.

Indeed, their last five eliminations from this tournament have been to either the eventual winners (four times) or the eventual runners-up (once).

 

 

 

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Eleven of their last 12 internationals have provided three or fewer goals, with 10 of those providing two or fewer.

At their last major competition in 2002, three of their four games ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.

First appearance in this competition since 1988, when they beat England in their opening game but finished third in the group despite also drawing with the USSR.

 

 

 

 

RUSSIA

Unbeaten in 12 internationals, with six wins and six draws.

Just four of their last 24 have provided three or more goals.

Have lost their opening game in each of their three European Championship finals, two of them to Spain, who also knocked them out in the 2008 semi-finals.

 

 

 

 

SPAIN

Current holders of both this title and the World Cup, and won all eight qualifying games despite keeping just three clean sheets.

Have lost just one of their last 40 games in either qualifying for major tournaments or the finals of them, which was a 1-0 defeat in their first game of the last World Cup.

Spain were the top-scoring team at Euro 2008, David Villa was the top-scoring player, and nine of their squad made the team of the tournament.

 

 

 

 

SWEDEN

Just four of their last 38 international matches have ended all-square.

Nine of their 10 qualifying games provided three or more goals, despite the fact that both teams scored in just six of them.

Unbeaten in the first game of their last four major finals, and have advanced from the group stage in three of those competitions.

 

 

 

 

UKRAINE

This will be their debut in the European Championship, having failed to qualify in three attempts.

Ukraine have played just one major tournament but reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup.

Their last 19 games show six wins, six defeats, and seven draws.

 

 

 

 

THE STATS

Qualifying total goals per game

Holland 4.50
Sweden 4.20
Germany 4.10
Portugal 4.10
Spain 4.00
England 2.75
Denmark 2.63
Croatia 2.33
Republic of Ireland 2.33
Czech Republic 2.30
Italy 2.20
Russia 2.10
France 1.90
Greece 1.90
Poland and Ukraine qualify as tournament hosts

Qualifying both teams score percentage

Spain 62.50
Germany 60.00
Portugal 60.00
Sweden 60.00
Denmark 50.00
Greece 50.00
Republic of Ireland 50.00
Holland 40.00
England 37.50
Croatia 33.33
Czech Republic 30.00
France 30.00
Italy 20.00
Russia 20.00
Poland and Ukraine qualify as tournament hosts

Tournament total goals per game

England 3.08
Russia 2.82
Holland 2.67
Czech Republic 2.59
Denmark 2.50
France 2.44
Sweden 2.40
Portugal 2.37
Spain 2.35
Croatia 2.27
Germany 2.22
Greece 1.89
Italy 1.88
Poland 1.67
Republic of Ireland n/a
Ukraine n/a
Since competition switched to current format in 1996

Tournament both teams score percentage

England 75.00
France 61.11
Spain 58.82
Czech Republic 52.94
Germany 50.00
Sweden 50.00
Russia 45.45
Greece 44.44
Holland 44.44
Portugal 42.10
Croatia 36.36
Poland 33.33
Italy 26.67
Denmark 20.00
Republic of Ireland n/a
Ukraine n/a
Since competition switched to current format in 1996

*Statistics courtesy of BettingZone