So, we couldn't qualify for the WC 2010, which means our next big appointments are next September, when the campaign for the EC 2012 start. As our NT coach announced he will now take the time to find the players who can bring Belgium to the EC 2012 I thought a new thread would already be welcome !
The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2012, will be the 14th European Championship for national football teams sanctioned by UEFA. Poland and Ukraine will be the host nations of the final tournament, scheduled for mid-2012, following the selection of their joint bid by UEFA's Executive Committee, on 18 April 2007, in Cardiff, Wales. This bid defeated the other shortlisted bids from Italy and Croatia/Hungary, becoming the third successful joint-bid for the European Championship, after those of Belgium/Netherlands, for Euro 2000, and Austria/Switzerland for Euro 2008. This will be the last European Championship finals in which only 16 nations will participate, with Euro 2016 being the first European Championship finals with 24 competing nations.
The UEFA Executive Committee has approved the procedure for the UEFA EURO 2012™ qualifying competition draw in Warsaw, Poland, on 7 February 2010. The procedure was given the green light at the committee's meeting in Nyon on Monday and Tuesday.
Fifty-one of the 53 UEFA member associations will take part in the qualifying draw, as the two UEFA EURO 2012™ host countries, Poland and Ukraine, qualify automatically for the final tournament.
The qualifying competition will comprise six groups of six teams (groups A-F) and three groups of five teams (groups G-I). Sides in each group will play one another on a home and away basis, with qualifying matches scheduled according to the international match calendar between September 2010 and November 2011. The nine winners and the best runner-up qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight remaining runners-up contest play-off matches.
For the draw, the 51 teams are allocated to six pots. Pots 1 to 5 contain nine sides each and Pot 6 will have six teams. The sides are classified on the basis of the UEFA national team rankings on completion of the qualifying games for the 2010 FIFA World Cup (last match to be played on 18 November). The reigning European champions (Spain) are seeded in Pot 1.