Football: Euro 2012 Qualification, Fixtures Friday 25 March 2011

Six football matches take place across Europe on the evening of Friday 25th March 2011 as the Qualification for UEFA Euro 2012 continues.

Austria v Belgium – Group A – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30

Austria currently sit second in Group A, five points behind Germany, though they have a game in hand. Belgium are three points back in fourth place, meaning that both teams need a win tonight if they are to retain a realistic chance of automatic qualification.

Hungary v Netherlands – Group E – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30

Netherlands lead Group E with a maximum 4 wins from 4 giving them 12 points, while Hungary are second having recorded three wins and a loss, so they’ll be keen to draw level with a home win today.

Serbia v Northern Ireland – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30

Serbia are 5th and Northern Ireland 4th in the tricky Group C, which also features Italy, Slovenia and Estonia – and only one point separates the two side, meaning that tonight is a must-win game, or, rather, a can’t-lose match.

Slovenia v Italy – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45

2nd v 1st takes place in group C as Slovenia take on Group leaders Italy, who are three points ahead at the top of the table. If the azzuri can get a victory tonight, they’ll be strong favourites to win the group and qualify, though a Slovenia victory would throw the race wide open, meaning this could be the match to watch this evening.

Luxembourg v France – Group D – Kick-Off (CET) 21:00

France lead Group D by a point, so they’ll be looking to maintain their advantage away at neighbouring minnows, Luxembourg.

Spain v Czech Republic – Group I – Kick-Off (CET) 21:00

The biggest match of the evening takes place in Spain where the World Champions will seek to continue their excellent 100% record in the qualification for Euro 2012 against second placed Czech Republic. The Czechs can draw level on nine points with Spain if they pick up the away win.

Euro 2012 Qualification – Fixtures, Friday 25th March 2011

  • Austria v Belgium – Group A – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30
  • Hungary v Netherlands – Group E – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30
  • Serbia v Northern Ireland – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30
  • Slovenia v Italy – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
  • Luxembourg v France – Group D – Kick-Off (CET) 21:00
  • Spain v Czech Republic – Group I – Kick-Off (CET) 21:00

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Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a landlocked East Alpine country in the southern part of Central Europe. It is composed of nine federated states, one of which is Vienna, Austria’s capital and its largest city.

It is bordered by Germany to the northwest; the Czech Republic to the north; Slovakia to the northeast; Hungary to the east; Slovenia and Italy to the south; and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.

Austria occupies an area of 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi) and has a population of nearly 9 million people. While German is the country’s official language, many Austrians communicate informally in a variety of Bavarian dialects.

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    It covers an area of 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.5 million, making it the 22nd most densely populated country in the world and the 6th most densely populated country in Europe, with a density of 376 per square kilometre (970/sq mi). The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liège, Bruges, Namur, and Leuven.

    Legally, Belgium is a sovereign state and a federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. Its institutional organization is complex and is structured on both regional and linguistic grounds. It is divided into three highly autonomous regions: the Flemish Region in the north, Wallonia in the south, and the Brussels-Capital Region.

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    Czechoslovakia was restored in 1945 until 1 January 1993 when it dissolved with its constituent states becoming the independent states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic is a member of NATO, EU, OECD, OSCE and CoE.

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    Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Its capital, Budapest, is bisected by the Danube River. Its cityscape is studded with architectural landmarks from Buda’s medieval Castle Hill and grand neoclassical buildings along Pest’s Andrássy Avenue to the 19th-century Chain Bridge. Turkish and Roman influence on Hungarian culture includes the popularity of mineral spas, including at thermal Lake Hévíz.

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    The capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

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