European Championship Betting
UEFA European Championship is the second most popular football competition for national teams, and the tournament takes part every four years. The 14th edition of the European Championship takes place in Poland and Ukraine and a total of 16 national teams will be battling for the coveted title. There will be six or seven sides arriving to the tournament with title ambitions, but Euro 2012 betting odds suggest that Spain and Germany will meet in the final. Holland, England, France and Italy are also expected to reach the final stages of the tournament, whereas one of the host nation could also spring a surprise.
A total of 53 national teams took part in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, before 14 nations joined co-hosts Poland and Ukraine at the final draw. Sixteen teams were divided into four groups of four, with top two sides from each group set to qualify for the quarter-finals. The Euro 2012 betting enthusiasts believe Group B is the strongest of the four, with title contenders Netherlands and Germany joined by dark horses Portugal and Denmark. The final game of the tournament will be played on 1st July at the Olympick Stadium in Kiev.
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It may sound funny, but all other continental competitions had already started when the idea of a European Championship was born in early 1950s. After UEFA, Europe's governing body, was established in 1954, French newspaper L'Equipe started the initiative for a competition to be introduced that would involve national teams, but it took almost six years and several other initiatives for the first European Championship to be held in France. USSR beat Yugoslavia on 10th July 1960 to become the first European Championship winners.
From then on the competition was held every four years, right between the two World Cups and the title has been won by no less than nine different sides. Germany are the most successful team, having won the title on three occasions, followed by France and Spain with two titles each. Italy, Czechoslovakia, Soviet Union, Denmark, Greece and Netherlands are one-time winners. Spain beat Germany in the Euro 2008 final and they head to the Euro 2012 as defending champions.
Euro 2012 Betting Odds
Together with Summer Olympics, the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine will be the most popular sporting event next summer, and both online bookmakers and football bettors have prepared well for the start of the tournament. The biggest sports betting operators are going the extra mile to offer their customers competitive odds, interesting markets and a number of special offers, whereas the punters are already searching for bets they believe would bring them nice profits.
As far as the outright winner market is concerned, Spain and Germany are main candidates for the trophy, that is if we are to trust Euro 2012 betting odds. All four groups are populated by some very good and evenly matched sides, and this could be one of the most interesting tournaments in the competition's history. If you want to stay abreast of the latest developments from team's camps and place your bets at the highest possible odds, then this is the right place to be.