Euro 2012 will feature many of the world's top teams battling for UEFA supremacy. The European Championship is the second most prestigious international tournament behind only the World Cup, which makes it one of the sport's biggest events.
Spain will attempt to defend its title, which it won by defeating Germany in a nail-biting final four years ago. The unmatched depth of La Roja will once again give them the advantage, especially if Fernando Torres can build off his late-season form with Chelsea.
It won't be an easy journey for the Spaniards, however. Germany, France, England, Italy and the Netherlands all figure to be in the mix as well. That should make for some terrific action throughout the tournament, and whichever team does walk away with the trophy will have earned it.
Here's a look at the all the key information, a full schedule and players to watch for Euro 2012.
Where: Poland and Ukraine
When: June 8 – July 1
Watch: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes (all games)
Friday, June 8
Poland vs. Greece (Group A): 12 p.m. ET on ESPN
Russia vs. Czech Republic (Group A): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Saturday, June 9
Netherlands vs. Denmark (Group B): 12 p.m. ET on ESPN
Germany vs. Portugal (Group B): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Sunday, June 10
Spain vs. Italy (Group C): 12 p.m. ET on ESPN
Ireland vs. Croatia (Group C): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Monday, June 11
France vs. England (Group D): 12 p.m. ET on ESPN
Ukraine vs. Sweden (Group D): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Tuesday, June 12
Greece vs. Czech Republic (Group A): 12 p.m. ET on ESPN
Poland vs. Russia (Group A): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Wednesday, June 13
Denmark vs. Portugal (Group B): 12 p.m. ET on ESPN
Netherlands vs. Germany (Group B): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Thursday, June 14
Italy vs. Croatia (Group C): 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Spain vs. Ireland (Group C): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Friday, June 15
Ukraine vs. France (Group D): 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Sweden vs. England (Group D): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Saturday, June 16
Greece vs. Russia (Group A): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Czech Republic vs. Poland (Group A): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Sunday, June 17
Portugal vs. Netherlands (Group B): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Denmark vs. Germany (Group B): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Monday, June 18
Croatia vs. Spain (Group C): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Italy vs. Ireland (Group C): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Tuesday, June 19
England vs. Ukraine (Group D): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Sweden vs. France (Group D): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Thursday, June 21
Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up (Quarterfinal No. 1): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Friday, June 22
Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up (Quarterfinal No. 2): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Saturday, June 23
Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up (Quarterfinal No. 3): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Sunday, June 24
Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up (Quarterfinal No. 4): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Wednesday, June 27
Quarterfinal No. 1 winner vs. Quarterfinal No. 3 winner (Semifinal No. 1): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Thursday, June 28
Quarterfinal No. 2 winner vs. Quarterfinal No. 4 winner (Semifinal No. 2): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Sunday, July 1
Semifinal No. 1 winner vs. Semifinal No. 2 winner (Championship Match): 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Players to Watch
Wayne Rooney (England)
England has a new manager in the likes of Roy Hodgson, which has raised hopes ahead of the tournament, but the Three Lions' fate still depends on Rooney. The talented Manchester United striker has 28 career goals for the national team.
As always, back lines will be keying in on Rooney, which will put extra pressure on him not only to score, but to create chances for his teammates as well. Only two other players on the England roster have more than six international goals.
The team's defense should be improved, especially with goalkeeper Joe Hart in fine form after winning the Premier League title with Manchester City. So, it will be up to Rooney to provide enough offense for England to make a deep run.
Mesut Ozil (Germany)
One of the world's elite playmakers, Ozil tallied 17 assists in league play for Real Madrid this season. He has amazing vision and always seems to see the game two or three plays ahead, allowing him to find space to produce opportunities.
The 23-year-old rising star and his teammates will face a tough challenge in the group stage. Germany landed in the toughest group, which also features the Netherlands, Portugal and an underrated Denmark side that could cause some problems.
The Germans should have enough offensive firepower to advance, but Ozil will have to be on top of his game throughout. He always seems to rise to the occasion, so anything less than an elite performance would be a major surprise.
Iker Casillas (Spain)
Casillas often gets overlooked because of all the talent on Spain's roster, but the team's run of dominance wouldn't have been possible without the man between the pipes. He's one of the best goalkeepers on the planet and is also a terrific leader.
The veteran had 14 clean sheets in 37 league games for Real Madrid and had one in Spain's final warmup match against China on Sunday. That's the kind of play La Roja will need from him if they are going to capture another major title.
While manager Vicente del Bosque has plenty of options throughout his lineup, Casillas will be the constant. He has earned his spot as the team's captain and should have another memorable tournament for the defending champions.