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Euro 2012 Betting Guide & Tips

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The European Football Championship is the top football competition for the men`s national football teams. The tournament is held every 4 years and it was first established in 1960. 53 teams compete in the qualification stage for the 16 places in the final tournament. From those 16 teams, one or two, depending of the situation, will be automatically qualified for hosting the final tournament. The next year, in 2012, the tournament will be hosted in Poland and Ukraine, and also 2012 is the last year with 16 teams in the tournament, in the next tournament in 2016, 24 teams will compete for the trophy.

12 teams are already qualified for the final tournament next year: Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland (co-hosts), Russia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine (co-hosts). For the rest 4 places, 8 teams will play one against other in 4 eliminatory double legs.


Winning the European Championship is the highest accomplishment in European inter-country football. From the beginning of this competition, 13 editions have been played, the next year`s tournament in Poland and Ukraine being the 14th.

The most successful national team in the history of European Championship is Germany with 3 titles, followed by Spain and France with 2 winner titles each.  


Euro 2012 Betting page

The Euro 2012 Betting page can be found among other football events taking place in the same period. Many of the bookmakers will display on their front page a link or a section dedicated to the Euro 2012 events. In the Euro 2012 section, you will find the list of fixtures there as soon as the draw for the final tournament is over, and the outright odds for the winning of this competition.


Betting stake

The betting stake will be the amount of cash you are willing to bet on an event to happen.


Placing a bet

Outcome: The bet is places on how the game will end after the 90 minutes. A win for the host, a draw, of a win for the visitors

Double chance: The bet covers the outcome of the game, but the bet is places on home team who win or draw, visitor team to win or draw, or either of the two teams to win.

Correct score: A bet that is placed on the exact correct score of the game after 90 minutes.

Half-time/Full-time: This bet is placed on the outcome of the game both at half-time and at after the 90 minutes.

Under/Over: This bet will be placed on the total number of goals scored to be under or over a specified number at the time the betting was placed.

Scorer: A bet on who will open the score, or score anytime during the match. If player will not participate in the match, the stakes are returned. If the player is on the field at least once during the game (even as a substitute or if replaced), the ticket is valid and can be lost if the player doesn`t score any goals. Own goals do not take account.

Score cast: A special bet commonly found in England and is a combo of two bets (who can individual may be placed in a multiple ticket for the same match): first scorer and final score of the match.

First Team scores: Predict which team will first score the first goal of the match. Own goals are considered as goals for the opposing team. If neither team scores, the bets are canceled.

More Goals in Which Half: Predict in which half there will be more goals scored. (goals scored by both teams). If the number of goals is equal bets are void.

Goals Difference: Intuition goal difference between the two teams based on the outcome.
Also marks / not to score: Indicate the team will not get any goals or even one that will achieve victory at zero.

Corners: A bet on the total number of corners in a match.

Bookings: A bet on the yellow/red cards shown in a game. Cards shown after the final whistle or cards shown to coaches, substitutes on the bench  or members of the staff are not counted.

Bet no draw: bet on any team to win the match. This option excludes bet equality and all bets will be refunded if the match ends as a draw.


Euro 2012 betting tips  

Here are the fixtures of the play-off phase of the Euro 2012 tournament.
Bosnia Herzegovina v Portugal  On this double leg Portugal is bookmakers favorite
Czech Republic v Montenegro  On this double leg the Czech Republic is bookmakers favorite
Estonia v Republic of Ireland  On this double leg the Republic of Ireland is bookmakers favorite
Turkey v Croatia  On this double leg Turkey is bookmakers favorite

Euro 2012 Outright betting tips
Team Logo Details Odds to win the competition
SPAIN Spain are the current World and European Champions. Everyone will expect them to perform as well as before next summer in Poland and Ukraine. They won Group I in the qualification stage with an impressive 8 games, 8 wins, 26 goals scored and 6 goals against. They are still a dominant force in the World and European football and they will surely show that next year as well. 3.75 - Spain is the top favorite according to the bookmakers. Excellent style of play, great players, everyone expects to see them at least in the final for this tournament.
GERMANY Germany is one of the most successful teams in international competitions. They won the World Cup three times and the European Championship also three times. As Spain, they clearly dominated their qualification group, Group A. 10 games played, 10 wins, 34 goals scored and 7 against. This makes them a true force in the European football and a strong candidate for the title next year. 5 - Brilliant performance in the qualification stage. They proved they are a force in the European Football, and their objective on every tournament will be the trophy. Second favorites according to the bookmakers.
NETHERLANDS Netherlands is another of the top national football teams from Europe. Without impressing, they easily won their qualification group, Group E with 9 wins and 1 loss from the 10 games they have played. The loss came in the last game against Sweden, thus making Sweden the best runner up from all games and granted them direct qualification to the final tournament. Netherlands displayed a very good form in the last World Cup tournament, eliminating Uruguay and Brazil, and getting in the final, loosing the final after extra time against Spain. They still remain one of the strongest football team in Europe and the world. 7 - Finalists in the last World Cup tournament, they proved they have the strength to fight for every trophy on final tournaments. Good team, very organized, great players. Last in bookmaker`s top 3.
ENGLAND England is the oldest football national team, along with Scotland. They played the first game against each-other in 1872. England won qualification Group G without defeat, with 5 wins and 3 draws from the 8 games played. Their highest performance in the European Championship tournaments was reaching the semi-finals in 1968 and 1996. 13  - England starts every final tournament with high hopes, but they end up feeling a bit disappointed. They want this trophy and they will work hard to get it. Fourth place in bookmaker`s favorites top.
FRANCE World Champions in 1998 and European Champions in 2000, France managed to get in the final of the World Cup tournament in 2006. Since then, France hasn`t managed to get anymore notable performances. The last tournament performance in 2010 was considered disastrous and this thing led to a major reconstruction in the federation and also the national football team. Former international Laurent Blanc was appointed as manager. France won qualification Group D with 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 from 10 games.  14 - France badly needs to redeem their name after the shameful elimination in the group stage last year in South Africa. A new coach, some new players, but the team still struggles sometimes. Only 5`th place on the favorites list.
ITALY After winning the European Championship in 1968, Italy was able to get only in the final in 2000 as the highest performance. They lost the final to France after extra time. They won qualification Group C with 8 wins and 2 draws in 10 games played, and they hope to have a good tournament next year.  15 - Italy seems so be suffering from an aging problem. Some of the players got close to the end of their career and the younger players don`t have yet the experience necessary. Only sixth place on the favorites list.

Euro 2012 Top Strikers

Player Photo Current club Details
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Schalke 04 Top goalscorer in the Euro 2012 qualification stages with 10 goals, Huntelaar became a must have player in the Netherlands teams. If he can stay away from injures, he will be one player that will pose serious problems to opponents defense.
Miroslav Klose Lazio Miroslav Klose doesn`t need ant introduction. Top German player, now playing in Italy for Lazio Rome, remains a very agile and powerful striker, always able to scores a lot of goals.
David Villa Barcelona Barcelona`s striker, David Villa is a very important asset for the Spanish National team. Pure striker, lightning speed and reflexes, with powerful kicks from long distance, but also fine and subtle dribbles, Villa will be one of the contenders to the Euro 2012 best goalscorer trophy.

Euro 2012 Top Coach

Coach Photo Team Details
Vincente del Bosque Spain With del Bosque as head coach Spain has an impressive record of 42 wins, 1 draw and only 5 losses. 8 wins out of 8 games in the qualification stage, and del Bosque proved he is a top coach that could lead Spain to win another European Champions trophy.
Joachim Löw Germany Germany`s coach since 2006, Joachim Löw has a record of 52 wins, 12 draws and 10 losses. He managed to lead his team into 10 victories from 10 games in the qualification stage and he could lead Germany to get the trophy next year.

European Championship past winners

Year Team Score Runner up Location
2008 Spain 1-0 Germany Austria & Switzerland
2004 Greece 1-0 Portugal Portugal
2000 France 2-1 (on sudden death) Italy Belgium & Netherlands
1996 Germany 2-1 (on sudden death) Czech Republic England
1992 Denmark 2-0 Germany Sweden
1988 Netherlands 2-0 Soviet Union West Germany

We sincerely hope that this EURO 2012 betting guide will help both beginners in online betting as well experienced betters decide on how to place money on bets and win money.

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