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Excited yet? You should be. And just to get the juices flowing even more, FourFourTwo have produced our biggest ever Euros preview, 68 pages jam-packed with everything you need to know about June and July’s jamboree in Poland and Ukraine. We’d given ourselves even more of an uphill task than England this summer by venturing to give you an interview with a player from each of the 16 competing nations, on top of the vital info about the teams, the stadia, the armchair viewing and, for those of you travelling to Eastern Europe, the tourism. But we pulled it off. The Three Lions take note: triumph in the face of adversity is possible.
First, though, they’ll need to get past resurgent France, new-look Italy, history-chasing Spain, redemption-seeking Holland and a German juggernaut. It should be a belter. Hopefully FourFourTwo can really get you in the mood.
Louis Massarella Supplement editor
04 Xavi: Welcome to the Euros 2008’s player of the tournament on what makes the continental carve-up so special
06 Why Euro 2012 will rock! From unlikely winners and end-to-end thrillers to naked protesters and the cheapest beer in Europe, a blinder awaits
14 How the Euros became massive From minnow to monster: the rise of the world’s toughest international tournament
20 Group A Poland, Russia, Greece, Czech Republic
30 Group B Holland, Germany, Portugal, Denmark
42 Group C Spain, Italy, Croatia, Republic of Ireland
52 Group D Ukraine, England, France, Sweden
62 The venues From Poland’s new nest of a national stadium (left) to Shakhtar’s spaceship that houses some of Donetsk’s best nightlife, grounds at the Euros have gone all futuristic
64 Fixtures and TV schedule At a glance: when, where and how to catch every single Euro 2012 game. We don’t plan on missing a single minute
66 “Sweden’s defence is how tall?” Euro 2012 in numerical extremes: from prolific scorers to freaks of nature
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