EURO 2012 Kicks off in Warsaw Today
EURO 2012 begins this morning, and the opening game features Poland v. Greece at the newly constructed National Stadium in Warsaw. Kickoff is at 11:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time and is available in the United States on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3 broadband, and the WatchESPN app.
This will be only the second time Poland has played in the Euros. The other appearance was Euro 2008. Poland was eliminated in the group stage after placing fourth. Since 1986, Poland has only appeared in the World Cup twice, including 2002 and 2006. Poland was also eliminated in the group stages for both of these tournaments.
Greece became European champions at Euro 2004 in their second trip to the tournament. They failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, and were eliminated during the group stage of both Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.
After a strong showing during qualifying, where they won their group, Greece is now ranked 15th in the world according to FIFA. Poland is ranked 62nd.
But never underestimate the home team in cup tournaments and history favors the Poles — Poland has defeated Greece in all eight games at home.