66 Stats Leading Into Euro 2012

0 – Only the Greek and Ukrainian squads have 0 Premier League players.

0 – Republic of Ireland are the only nation not to call a player up from their domestic league.

1 – Ukraine are the only nation making their debut at this European Championship.

1 – French Ligue 1 champions Montpellier HSC have just 1 player going to Euro 2012.

1 – Wesley Sneijder is the only Inter Milan player called up for Euro 2012.

2 – English Championship side Leicester City have 2 players called up for Euro 2012.

2 – Italy conceded the fewest goals in qualifying for Euro 2012.

2 – As of 29 May, both Paul Green and Markus Rosenberg have been called up for Euro 2012 without being contracted to a club.

2 – Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy) and Christian Wilhelmsson (Al-Hilal) are the only players who play domestic football outside of UEFA.

2 – Howard Webb is the only referee amongst the officials selected for Euro 2012 to have previous experience in this championship.

2.7 – An average of 2.7 goals were scored per game in qualifying.

3 – There are 3 head coaches in charge of countries they were not born in; Dick Advocaat (Dutch) of Russia, Fernando Santos (Portuguese) of Greece and Giovanni Trapattoni (Italian) of Ireland.

3 – Czech Republic lost the most group games of teams to qualify for Euro 2012.

4 – Vyacheslav Malafeev kept a clean sheet in all 4 qualifying games he played in.

6 – The 2011/12 English Championship teams are providing 6 players for Euro 2012 – 2 more than the Scottish Premier League.

7 – Slaven Bilic has lost only 7 of 61 games as the Croatia national team head coach.

7 – Liverpool and Manchester United have 7 players called up to the finals tournament.

7 – Mikael Forssell scored the highest number of goals in qualifying for a nation not participating in Euro 2012.

8 – Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City all have 8 players featuring at Euro 2012.

9 – Wojciech Szczęsny is Poland’s most capped goalkeeper in their final squad.

9 – The first game of the first European Championships still remains the highest scoring in the tournaments history (Yugoslavia 5-4 France).

9 – England have lost more games in European Championship finals than they have won (7).

9 – Chelsea are the most-represented Premier League side in this tournament with 9 players called up to the finals.

9 – The Turkish Süper Lig is the most-represented league for a nation that failed to qualify for the finals.

10 – 10 uncapped players were announced in the final squads on 29 May.

10 – Only Bayern Munich (13) and Real Madrid (11) are providing more players than Dynamo Kyiv for Euro 2012.

11 – Germany are participating in a record 11th European Championship finals.

12 – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was the top scorer in qualifying.

12 – Portugal conceded the most goals in qualifying of the 16 teams participating in Euro 2012.

12 – Czech Republic scored the fewest goals of the successful teams in qualifying for Euro 2012.

12 – Aiden McGeady and Glenn Whelan played the highest number of games in qualifying (including playoffs).

13 – Czech Republic picked up the fewest points of teams to qualify for Euro 2012.

15 – The Austrian Football Bundesliga is the highest-ranked league in the UEFA coefficient not to provide a single player.

15 – 65% of the Republic Ireland squad for Euro 2012 were born in their country – higher than any of their squads in previous tournaments.

18 – Switzerland are the highest placed nation in the FIFA World Rankings not to have qualified for Euro 2012.

18 – Jetro Willems is the youngest player competing in Euro 2012.

24 – Euro 2016 will be competed between 24 nations for the first time.

26 – 26 players who were playing league football in London during the 2011/12 Premier League season have been called up to the final tournament; more than any other city.

27 – 27 players from the 2011/12 Ukrainian Premier League season have been called up for Euro 2012.

28 – No player committed more fouls in qualifying than Ireland’s Kevin Doyle.

32 – The number of caps obtained by the 3 German goalkeepers as of 29 May.

37 – The Netherlands scored the most goals in qualifying for Euro 2012.

38 – Kostas Chalkias is the oldest player competing in Euro 2012 (38 today).

39 – Roy Hodgson will have been in charge of England for just 39 days when Euro 2012 beings, and 42 days when he takes charge of England’s opening game against France.

41 – Cristiano Ronaldo had the most shots on goal during qualifying for Euro 2012.

42 – Paulo Bento (Portugal) is the youngest head coach at the tournament.

45 – The 2011/12 German Bundesliga is providing the second highest number of players for Euro 2012.

53 – Only Miroslav Klose has scored more goals at international level than Ireland’s Robbie Keane.

53 – 47% of all the players Republic of Ireland have taken to international tournaments were born in England.

57 – Peter Schmeichel has made the most saves in European Championship history.

63 – Miroslav Klose has the most international goals heading into Euro 2012.

65 – Poland are the lowest placed nation in the FIFA World Rankings to participate in Euro 2012.

72 – The 2011/12 English Premier League is providing the most players for Euro 2012.

73 – Giovanni Trapattoni (Republic of Ireland) is the oldest head coach at the tournament.

85% – Vicente del Bosque has won 45 of his 53 matches as Spain head coach.

100% – England are the only nation to call up all of their players from their own domestic league.

100 – Germany were the only nation with a 100% win record in qualifying for Euro 2012.

129 – Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has more caps than any other player competing in the final tournament.

133 – 133 different clubs have at least 1 player going to Euro 2012.

464 – The Polish squad have the fewest international caps amongst their squad as of 29 May.

466 – Only Poland have fewer combined caps than the French players as of 29 May.

955 – Only Spain have more combined caps than the Netherlands players as of 29 May.

984 – The Spanish squad are the most experienced as of 29 May.

2000 – Morten Olsen is the longest-serving coach of any nation, in charge of Denmark since 2000.

77,116 – England had the highest average attendance in qualifying with over 12,000 more fans per game than second place France.

8,000,000 – Each nation received €8 million for competing in Euro 2012.

3 Replies to “66 Stats Leading Into Euro 2012”

  1. Arsenal has ten players in d championshp namely, permertesacker,sczeny,fabianski,koscielny,rosicky,chamberlain,walcot,vanpersie,bendtner,arshavin

  2. Hi bobbykayz,

    Thank you for your comment.

    We are counting Andrey Arshavin as Zenit Saint Petersburg as he played the latter half of the season there (yes, we are aware he’s on loan). Lukasz Fabianski is injured and ruled out of the Poland squad for Euro 2012. We are counting Lukas Podolski as FC Köln too.



  3. All 10 of Irelands’ outfield players in their opening match against Croatia (10/06/12) have scored an international goal.

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