20 Things World Football Fans Can Look Forward to in 2012

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20 Things World Football Fans Can Look Forward to in 2012
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Spain celebrate victory in Euro 2008

2012 promises to be a very exciting year for world football, with plenty to feed the appetite of all fans, from the casual to the diehard. 

The main event on the field is sure to be the UEFA European Cup which is to be joint-hosted by Poland and Ukraine. Spain go into the tournament as favorites, but as history has proven, anything can happen with fixtures coming thick and fast in the flagship European international tournament. 

As usual, the UEFA Champions League will be ever-present with a few fantastic matchups in the last 16, while the Europa League may be given an extra boost due to the presence of Manchester United and Manchester City—two teams that would have been confident of making the last 16 of the Champions League. 

There is the African Cup of Nations, Copa Libertadores, the Olympics and the World Cup Qualifiers all of which display passionate affairs in the field, while far from pitchside the football fan can see their sport transcend the sporting boundary. 

John Terry's court case is scheduled to begin in February of 2012 and this promises to highlight the importance of the professional footballer, and international captain, as a vital member of society. With the England captaincy often being suggested as a tool to be utilized as a carte blanche on and off the field, it will be interesting to see how the Chelsea skipper gets on in the criminal court. 

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