UEFA EURO 2012 begins in little more than a week and all 16 finalists are applying the finishing touches to their pre-tournament preparations.
Eight cities have been selected by UEFA as host venues. In a return to the format used at Euro 1992, Euro 1996 and Euro 2008, each of the four groups will be based around two stadiums each.
German car maker Mercedes, also a sponsor of the German Football Association (DFB), has created a new TV ad with the German national team ahead of the 2012 European Championships. Titled ‘A wie Angriff’ which is translated as ‘A as Attack’, it is an ad on Germany and the new A class.
In addition, the German automaker said fans can now show their support for the German team with accessories and high-quality clothing from the Euro 2012 Selection.
Football fans will never be offside fashion-wise with the white track jacket with stand-up collar and gold-coloured zipper. It too has the Mercedes-Benz and DFB emblems on the front and the “Deutschland” logo at the back of the neck. The polyester track jacket is available in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL.
When driving through town in the supporters’ convoy you’ll need the black, red and gold car flag with the Mercedes-Benz and DFB emblems printed on it. And many people, not just the key players, will pick up the white canvas lanyard with printed Mercedes-Benz and DFB logos or the black calfskin key ring. The latter is decorated with a stainless steel football on the front and a three-dimensional Mercedes-Benz star on the back.
The teams are arranged in four groups of four (England are in Group D with France, Ukraine and Sweden). Each team plays each other once, with the top two then progressing to the knockout stages.
The winner of Group A will then play the runner-up of Group B and vice versa. Ditto Group C and Group D.
The winners of those four games then go through to the semi-finals, and the two winners of those games will contest the final.
The UEFA European Football Championship begins Friday, June 8, 2012, and ends Sunday, July 1, 2012.