The qualifying for Euro 2012 is drawing to a close and we are now starting to know who will be participating in next summer's tournament. While there are some teams that still need to win their final qualifying matches, most of Europe's giants need only a draw over their final few matches to qualify.
Anticipation has been building as UEFA gets ready to conduct the draw for group stages of the tournament. This year's draw could be very interesting since both Poland and the Ukraine, the tournament's hosts, will both be seeded in the top pot despite being what many people believe as two of the weakest teams in the tournament.
With Poland and the Ukraine both being in the top pot, the other top seeds, Spain and the Netherlands, now face a higher chance of being drawn against tougher opposition in the group stages. Conversely, top teams that would have normally been seeded now stand a 50 percent chance of avoiding the two giants, and being placed in a group with the perceived weaker teams.
The draw for the group stage of this tournament has the potential to make this a really interesting tournament, and give some of the giants a much harder road than they might have expected.
Nevertheless, it is shaping up to be a fantastic tournament. Here is a look at how the favorites rank to bring home the trophy.