International Soccer
 
          === Netherlands, Germany drawn in Euro "Group of Death" ===
 
 Kiev,  Ukraine (Sports Network) - Germany has been drawn into a group with the
 Netherlands,  Portugal and  Denmark  in Group  B for  the  upcoming Euro  2012
 competition.
 
 The  Netherlands,  which reached the final  of the 2010 World Cup, and Germany
 are  two of the top three ranked teams in the world, while Portugal is seventh
 and boasts a roster that includes Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
 
 Denmark is the clear outsider in the group, which is by far the most difficult
 in the competition.
 
 Defending Euro and World Cup champions Spain were placed in Group C along with
 Italy, Ireland and Croatia.
 
 Spain will be a prohibitive favorite to win the group while Italy is trying to
 bounce  back from  a disappointing showing at  the 2010 World Cup that saw the
 team fail to advance beyond the group stage.
 
 Ireland  returns to  the Euro competition for the first time since 1988, while
 Croatia topped Turkey in a playoff to advance to the group stage.
 
 Co-hosts  Poland  were handed a  favorable draw in  Group A along with Greece,
 Russia  and  the Czech Republic,  while England will  also be pleased with its
 place in Group D alongside co-hosts Ukraine, Sweden and France.
 
 Euro  2012  kicks off  on June 8,  2012 with Poland  meeting Greece and Russia
 taking on the Czech Republic in Group A.
 
 
 
 12/02 13:35:21 ET

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