Euro 2012 Nears

The 16-team Euro 2012 gets under way next Friday (June 8), with two soccer matches, in what promises to be compelling drama leading to the final July 1. Greece, the Euro winner in 2004, meets Poland at noon (E.S.T.) on the opening day, followed by Russia and the Czech Republic at 2:45 p.m. The teams are placed in four groups of four teams apiece. Those favored to advance beyond group play are Russia and Poland, Germany and the Netherlands, England and France and Italy and Spain, the Euro winner in 2008. German striker Mario Gomez is one of the formidable players in the event.