The route to qualification for the next edition of Europe’s most elite international competition – UEFA EURO 2012 – is nearing its culmination point with as many as twelve nations having already secured their places for the event. Fortunes are still dangling for eight teams, out of which, only four shall make it to the finals to be held next year in Poland and Ukraine. The qualifying rounds that lasted over a year’s period, scheduled amidst the much-fancied European club football fixtures had failed to generate the equal amount of hype but did provide a general insight into the conditions of international football in Europe. Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Italy – the four biggest names in European footballing circles – all lived to their billing and ensured a very formidable qualifying campaign having won their respective groups with utmost comfort without inviting any surprises. England and France too lived to their reputation but did not exactly dominate their groups; yet […]