Thursday, 22 November 2007

Italy await Euro draw

The line-up for the UEFA Euro 2008 finals was completed last night and Italy now await the draw in Lucerne on 2 December.

The World champions will be drawn from Pot 2 as the Netherlands join hosts Austria and Switzerland and holders Greece in the top pot of seeds.

Croatia’s win over England sees them join the Azzurri in Pot 2 along with Sweden and the Czech Republic.

The pots have been filled by nations in order of their coefficient points - based on the results of the qualifying competition for Euro 2008 and the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Germany, Spain and Portugal are in Pot 3 alog with Romania, and France are somewhat surprisingly in Pot 4 with Poland, Turkey and Russia.

This leaves a possible worst-case draw for Roberto Donadoni's side, which could see the Azzurri face the Netherlands, Germany/Spain/Portugal and France.

Host nations Switzerland and Austria are already allocated into positions A1 and B1 respectively. The draw will begin with the placement of the other top two seeds in positions C1 and D1. The draw will then continue with Pot 4, Pot 3 and ends with Pot 2.

The seeding in full (Coefficient):
[Pot 1] Switzerland (1.800), Austria (1.500), Greece (2.167), Netherlands (2.417).
[Pot 2] Croatia (2.409), Italy (2.364), Czech Republic (2.333), Sweden (2.273).
[Pot 3] Romania (2.250), Germany (2.250), Portugal (2.192), Spain (2.182).
[Pot 4] Poland (2.167), France (2.091), Turkey (1.958), Russia (1.958).

Draw takes place on Sunday 2 December at 1100 (UK Time) in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Source: C4 Football Italia / UEFA

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