european football championship 2012

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was the fourteenth European Championships and and was held in Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012. The tournament was won by Spain who beat Italy 4-0 at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv.

Host selection

Five bids representing seven countries were received by UEFA to host Euro 2012. A joint bids from Croatia and Hungary and from Poland Ukraine as well as bids from Greece, Italy and Turkey.

On 8 November 2005, UEFA's Executive Committee narrowed the candidates down to a short list of three: Poland and Ukraine, Italy and Croatia and Hungary with Poland and Ukraine being chosen by members of the UEFA Executive Committee on 18 April 2007.


Fifty one UEFA members entered the qualification tournament for the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship with Montenegro taking part in a Euro qualifying tournament for the first time since becoming independent of Serbia.

Poland and Ukrtaine qualified automatically as hosts.

Wales were seeded in pot 4 and were drawn into Group G alongside England, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Montenegro.

Uefa qualifying group G

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
58003/09/2010Montenegro 1-0 Wales Stadion Pod Goricom, PodgoricaECQ
 03/09/2010England 4-0 Bulgaria Wembley Stadium, LondonECQ
 07/09/2010Bulgaria 0-1 Montenegro Vasil Levski Stadion, SofiaECQ
 07/09/2010Switzerland 1-3 England St Jakob Park, BaselECQ
 08/10/2010Montenegreo 1-0 Switzerland Stadion Pod Goricom, PodgoricaECQ
58108/10/2010Wales 0-1 Bulgaria Cardiff City Stadium, CardiffECQ
 12/10/2010England 0-0 Montenegro Wembley Stadium, LondonECQ
58212/10/2010Switzerland 4-1 WalesBaleSt. Jakob Park, BaselECQ
 26/03/2011Bulgaria 0-0 Switzerland Vasil Levski Stadion, SofiaECQ
58426/03/2011Wales 0-2 England Millennium Stadium, CardiffECQ
 04/06/2011England 2-2 Switzerland Wembley Stadium, LondonECQ
 04/06/2011Montenegro 1-1 Bulgaria Stadion Pod Goricom, PodgoricaECQ
 02/09/2011Bulgaria 0-3 England Vasil Levski Stadion, SofiaECQ
58802/09/2011Wales 2-1 MontenegroMorison, RamseyCardiff City Stadium, CardiffECQ
 06/09/2011Switzerland 3-1 Bulgaria St Jakob Park, BaselECQ
58906/09/2011England 1-0 Wales Wembley Stadium, LondonECQ
59007/10/2011Wales 2-0 SwitzerlandRamsey (pen), BaleLiberty Stadium, SwanseaECQ
 07/10/2011Montenegro 2-2 England Stadion Pod Goricom, PodgoricaECQ
59111/10/2011Bulgaria 0-1 WalesBaleVasil Levski Stadion, SofiaECQ
 11/10/2011Switzerland 2-0 Montenegro St Jakob Park, BaselECQ

Group standings


Wales and the 2012 European Championship

Wales were seeded in pot 4 and were drawn into Group G alongside England, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Montenegro.

Following defeat to bottom seeds Montenegro in the opening match, manager John Toshack resigned after five and a half years in the post.

Brian Flynn was appointed Wales' caretaker manager for the next two Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

Following two defeats, the Football Association of Wales announced Gary Speed as the new manager. Following a defeat to Republic of Ireland in the short-lived Celtic Cup, Speed's first home match in charge was against England.

An injury to Gareth Bale pre-match hit Speed's preparations and England cruised to a comfortable win.

A home win over Montenegro followed by an unlucky 1-0 defeat to England at Wembley gave Wales fans renewed optimism.

Two wins at the end of the campaign against Switzerland and Bulgaria left Speed with a record of three wins and one defeat during the campaign.

Players used during qualifying

Wales used 27 players during the campaign. Ashley Williams was the only player who played every single minute of the campaign.

Darcy Blake and Shaun MacDonald won their first caps against Switzerland in Basel.

Chris Gunter became the 13th Welsh player to be sent off during an international match during the home defeat to Bulgaria.

Joe Allen      9090
Gareth Bale909090 89909090
Craig Bellamy90   90909090
Darcy Blake  54 90909041
Simon Church122290   921
Danny Collins 909090    
James Collins75909090    
Jack Collison    85   
Andrew Crofts  909026908190
Rob Earnshaw22   122  
David Edwards686876     
Ched Evans   25    
Chris Gunter9089 red 9090909090
Wayne Hennessey9090909090909090
Andy King 319082 5  
Joe Ledley9059 909090  
Shaun MacDonald  1     
Adam Matthews       49
Craig Morgan15       
Steve Morison7882146583688169
Aaron Ramsey   9064909090
Christian Ribeiro  36     
Sam Ricketts9090      
Hal Robson-Kanu 8  7   
Neil Taylor    90909090
David Vaughan909089890909 
Ashley Williams9090909090909090