How quickly these tournaments come around and the Summer of 2012 is set to be an absolute cracker because as well as the London Olympics, we also have UEFA Euro 2012 which takes place in the co-host countries of co-hosts Poland and Ukraine.
Here's a run-down of how the groups will be decided…it's tricky enough to follow but go with me while I fumble together an explanation…
UEFA has announced the seedings for the UEFA EURO 2012 finals draw at the Palace of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine at 18.00CET (19.00 local time) on Friday 2 December.
The 16 teams that have qualified will been drawn into four groups of four teams each (Groups A to D). Four seeding pots have been created, with the host associations Poland and Ukraine being top seeds. Poland will be automatically placed in Group A as A1, Ukraine in Group D as D1.
The reigning champions Spain will be placed in Pot 1, together with the Netherlands, the team with the highest national team coefficient, as established at the conclusion of the play-off matches.
The other 12 qualifiers have been allocated to the remaining three pots according to their respective coefficients.
Pot 1: Spain, Netherlands
Pot 2: Germany, Italy, England, Russia
Pot 3: Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Sweden
Pot 4: Denmark, France, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland
The draw will start with Pot 1 in order to fill position one in Groups B and C. The draw will continue with Pot 4, from which a team will be allocated to each group consecutively, from Group A to Group D. This procedure will then be repeated for Pot 3 and finally for Pot 2.
The position of each team within its group (2, 3 or 4) will also be determined during the draw.
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino will conduct the draw, which will be shown live by more than 70 broadcast partners, covering more than 150 territories around the world on December 2nd!
So basically Ireland will be in the first pot that is allocated to the Groups and England will be one of the last drawn. But if you fancy England's chances before the groups have even been drawn then the latest and best odds for them are below!