Euro 2012 TV Coverage: Matches That Will Showcase World's Top Talent

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Euro 2012 TV Coverage: Matches That Will Showcase World's Top Talent
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While Euro 2012 may not have every top team in the world, there aren't many that are missing as all of Europe's top teams compete for one of the most prestigious prizes in international soccer.

The tournament started with a bang on Friday, but there are tons of intriguing matches left to be decided in group play.

Not every game is going to be a great one, but there are several that look like they could be absolute classics on paper. Every single squad has some amazing talent, but there are a few teams that are simply the cream of the crop. When two of those teams go head to head, the possibilities are sure to be endless.

Here are three group-stage matches that will showcase some of the world's top talent and leave you amazed. 

 

Germany vs. Portugal

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The stacked Group B will offer a fantastic match every single time it is featured, but the most entertaining may be Germany against Portugal. Both teams are among the most explosive offensive squads in the world, so there is a good chance that we will see some fireworks.

This game is of particular interest because it will feature Germany's incredible depth of talent against one of the best players in the world, Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo. Many believe that Ronaldo may be second only to Lionel Messi in that regard, and he will be key to Portugal's success.

The German roster reads like a laundry list of stars, as the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski and many others will be on the attack all match long. If you are looking for a star-studded tilt that is likely to feature plenty of goals, then this is the match for you. 

 

Spain vs. Italy

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It may be true that the Italians are suffering a bit of a downturn at the moment, but nothing could be further from the truth for Spain. The Spaniards are the defending World Cup and Euro champions, so they will be out to confirm their greatness in this tournament.

Spain figures to be heavily favored, but Italy has been through a lot of battles, and while it is beginning to rely more on younger players instead of the old guard, the team has plenty of talent.

Unfortunately, David Villa and Carles Puyol will miss the tournament for Spain, but the defending champs have plenty of other players to fall back on. Fernando Torres, Xavi, David Silva and Cesc Fabregas will be counted on primarily to carry the offensive load.

Italy will have to play without budding star Giuseppe Rossi, but Andrea Pirlo and polarizing striker Mario Balotelli will buoy Italy's upset hopes. 

 

Netherlands vs. Germany

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If Germany vs. Portugal isn't the premier match of Group B, then Netherlands vs. Germany certainly will be. The Netherlands lost to Spain in the World Cup final and are in search of their first Euro title since 1988.

The Germans have been bounced unceremoniously in recent Euros as well, so they will be out to prove their dominance. The strength of each team is obviously depth, with so many players on both sides who can score and set up goals as well.

The Dutch will be led by the deadly trio of Dirk Kuyt, Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben up top. Along with those talented players, Nigel De Jong and Wesley Sneijder figure to be the catalysts for their attack.

Aside from Germany's vast array of offensive weapons, star defenders like Jerome Boateng and Philipp Lahm will need to be on top of their respective games to slow down the Netherlands. This one has all the makings of an exciting back-and-forth affair.

 

Euro 2012 Television Schedule

 

Date

Time (p.m. ET)

Team

v

Team

Group

Venue

TV Info

June 8

12:00

Poland

v

Greece

Group A

National Stadium

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US), ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 8

2:45

Russia

v

Czech Republic

Group A

Stadion Miejski (Wroclaw)

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 9

12:00

Netherlands

v

Denmark

Group B

Metalist Stadium

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 9

2:45

Germany

v

Portugal

Group B

Arena Lviv

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 10

12:00

Spain

v

Italy

Group C

PGE Arena

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 10

2:45

Ireland

v

Croatia

Group C

Stadion Miejski (Poznan)

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 11

12:00

France

v

England

Group D

Donbass Arena

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 11

2:45

Ukraine

v

Sweden

Group D

Kiev Olympic Stadium

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 12

12:00

Greece

v

Czech Republic

Group A

Stadion Miejski (Wroclaw)

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 12

2:45

Poland

v

Russia

Group A

National Stadium

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 13

12:00

Denmark

v

Portugal

Group B

Arena Lviv

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 13

2:45

Netherlands

v

Germany

Group B

Metalist Stadium

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 14

12:00

Italy

v

Croatia

Group C

Stadion Miejski (Poznan)

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 14

2:45

Spain

v

Ireland

Group C

PGE Arena

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 15

12:00

Ukraine

v

France

Group D

Donbass Arena

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US), IInternational Coverage

June 15

2:45

Sweden

v

England

Group D

Kiev Olympic Stadium

ESPN (US), ESPN Deportes (US) ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 16

2:45

Czech Republic

v

Poland

Group A

Stadion Miejski (Wroclaw)

ESPN2 (US), ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 16

2:45

Greece

v

Russia

Group A

National Stadium

ESPN (US), ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 17

2:45

Portugal

v

Netherlands

Group B

Metalist Stadium

ESPN (US), ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 17

2:45

Denmark

v

Germany

Group B

Arena Lviv

ESPN2 (US), ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 18

2:45

Croatia

v

Spain

Group C

PGE Arena

ESPN (US), ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 18

2:45

Italy

v

Ireland

Group C

Stadion Miejski (Poznan)

ESPN2 (US), ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 19

2:45

England

v

Ukraine

Group D

Donbass Arena

ESPN (US), ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

June 19

2:45

Sweden

v

France

Group D

Kiev Olympic Stadium

ESPN2 (US), ESPN3 (US),International Coverage

 

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