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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 December 2007, 10:35 GMT
Euro 2008 draw as it happened
Groups for the 2008 European Championship in Austria and Switzerland:

Group A:
Switzerland
Czech Republic
Portugal
Turkey

Group B:
Austria
Croatia
Germany
Poland
Group C:
Holland
Italy
Romania
France
Group D:
Greece
Sweden
Spain
Russia

LATEST NEWS FROM THE DRAW (All times GMT)

606: DEBATE
To get involved use 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111. (Not all contributions can be used)

By Alistair Magowan

1230: Thanks for your comments. Should be some good games for the neutral. For the record I think England's conquerors, Croatia, could cause a few surprises, they certainly look like they should make it into the knock-out stages.

Slaven Bilic looked happy anyway. Enjoy your Sunday.

1210: "Group A is a four-way contest too. Very tricky, not of course the glamour of Group C. On reflection this seeding has produced a cup-tie atmosphere for the group stages."
hawick on 606

1200: France coach Raymond Domenech looked distinctly unhappy when Italy were drawn out last for Group C. Beforehand he complained of the World Champions not getting a top seeding and you would have to agree with him. Still Raymond, c'est la vie.

1156: Group C is definitely the group of death with Holland, France, Romania and Italy in it.

1144: Here are the groups as the teams are drawn out.

Group A: Switzerland, Turkey, Portugal, Czech Republic

Group B: Austria, Poland, Germany, Croatia

Group C: Holland, France, Romania, Italy

Group D: Greece, Russia, Spain, Sweden

1142: Just so you know Group A will already feature Switzerland, Group B will have Austria.

1139: Nearly underway now folks. The former stars are poised and as the host says: "The tension is mounting."

1135: And now we wheel out the stars from the winning teams from Euro Championships past. Some stellar talent on show though. Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini, Marco Van Basten and Jurgen Klinsmann amongst them.

1132: I love this stuff where the bilingual host speaks to guests in a foreign language and then translates it for all us uneducated types. Austrian captain Andreas Ivanschitz and Switzerland captain Alexander Frei introduce the official match ball which apparently has dimples on it to help control.

1130: More operatic music. We think the draw will begin within the next 20 minutes, but you never know with these things.

1123: They are reeling out the top stars to introduce the two host countries. World number one tennis player Roger Federer on Switzerland: "I am very proud to say that Euro 2008 opens in my home town of Basle."

Meanwhile legendary downhill skier Hermann Maier talks us through the Austrian venues. Truly beautiful countries by the looks of it.

1120: "Shouldn't Alistair Magowan be doing impressions rather than commentating?"
Mike via text on 81111.

First time I've heard that Mike. To be fair, you have got the second-rate stuff here. My colleague and top-class live specialist Caroline Cheese doesn't get out of bed for stuff like this.

1117: Spanish tenor Jose Carreras is giving it the big 'un now in the theatrical-like auditorium. This draw has got some class.

1113: "Expect emotions" is apparently the official motto of Euro 2008 as we are treated to some highlights of Greece's win in 2004. I have to say my emotions when Greece won were: "How they hell did they do that?"

1110: "I'm putting my money on the Croats to get to the final!"
ManUnitedBadBoyZClub on 606

1107: My erstwhile colleagues tell me TV coverage starts on BBC Two at 1130, which you can also watch here, where you can join in the festivities. Worth tuning in for one of the hosts I'd say.

1100: Right we're off, the pre-draw titles feature lots of snowy towns and beautiful lakes as Uefa president Michel Platini welcomes us all. Time for some orchestral music and a choir strangely dressed in sailors outfits. Plenty of people in the crowd are stroking their chins in thinly-rimmed spectacles. So far, so European.

1052: "It's craziness that there can be a group consisting of Holland, Germany, Italy and France, but since it could help Spain [who I now want to win Euro 2008 since England can't] I really wouldn't mind it."
LFCBENITEZ on 606

1047: The pre-draw interviews are coming thick and fast on our TV feed. Italy coach Roberto Donadoni, Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari and the legendary Franz Beckenbauer are giving their thoughts in their mother tongues. Steve McClaren doesn't really belong in this type of company does he?

1040: We are informed that things will get going at 1100 whereby the teams from the four pots above will be drawn to make four lovely groups. However the top seeds are considered to be in pot one which has hosts Switzerland and Austria alongside reigning champions Greece, and Holland.

Strangely the heavyweights of Italy, France and Germany are all in separate pots which means they could all be drawn in the same group. You think someone would have had a word.

1030: Morning all. No home nations involved but welcome to what should be something like the Eurovision song contest without the singing.

European football's great and good have joined in Lucerne in Switzerland to find out who will be playing who in the European Championship next summer. Should be a belter so stay tuned...

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